USASF: Cheer & Dance Rules and Video Glossary

The USASF is thrilled to announce a brand new resource for members! You now have access to an exclusive Video Library that illustrates nearly every Rule and Glossary term for the USASF Cheer & Dance Rules & Safety Guidelines. Do you ever ask yourself “what exactly does that rule mean?” Just click the links and we’ll show you! Log in to your USASF member profile, go to the drop down menu in the top right corner, select “Visit USASF Rules Video Library” and start clicking!

In Review – November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome to December and the first Cheer Worlds bid events.

USASF: Level 6 Credentialing

Coaches interested in a L6 Credentialing Session this season need to schedule your session now with Andre Carter! The goal is for the session to take place by mid-January. After that, the next session will take place next season.

USASF: Update Your USASF Profile, We’re Shipping to All Programs!

Membership boxes are being packed and ready to ship. We need to make sure we have your BEST delivery address in your program profile.

Log into your profile and make sure your delivery address is one that UPS can deliver to between 9 am and 5 pm.

For instructions on HOW to update delivery address, click here.

While you’re there…enter your athletes and update your coach profile so you’re ready for the season!

Don’t Delay — Log In today!

IASF: International Divisions Score Sheets Level 1-6

Early this week the IASF released the International Divisions Score Sheets Level 1-6. Mid this week they released a revised version, reversing some of the policies announced in the original version.

USASF: Athlete Protection Messaging

Dear USASF Members:

The USASF Board of Directors held their annual in-person meeting on November 6-7, 2017. One of the key discussions at the meeting was a thorough review of USASF policies and resources targeted at athlete protection.

The USASF mission includes “strive for a safe environment for our athletes.” To the USASF, safety extends beyond our Cheer and Dance safety rules for performance. We’re committed to equipping our members with the tools to create the safest overall environment for every All Star athlete, so we’ve established membership requirements and made resources available that are aimed directly at athlete protection.

As we enter the 2017-18 competition season, the Board strongly urges that all USASF members review membership requirements regarding athlete protection and make it a priority to implement the resources provided. The Board will continue to review our efforts to ensure that the most timely policies and resources are in place.

Membership Requirements

Professional Responsibility Code

The “PRC” contains the terms and conditions that all members agree to upon joining the USASF. From sportsmanship to a code of ethics to athlete protection, membership expectations are clearly defined here.

Athlete Sexual Abuse Prevention

The USASF requires that all member Programs have clear, written guidelines that prohibit adults who have contact with minors from engaging in conduct that is either inappropriate and/or illegal. We’ve partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to provide an applicable policy and protocol.

Electronic Communications Policy

The USASF recognizes the need to address the prevalence of inappropriate messaging between adults affiliated with a USASF Member program and athletes via email, texting, and social media. It is required that all member Programs adopt a clear and concise policy regarding Electronic Communication.

Addressing Bullying

USASF member programs are required to have an action plan to address bullying.

Background Screening

Implemented in 2015, the USASF requires background screening for anyone age 18 or older who accompanies a team into a warm up room at all USASF Sanctioned Events.

In close partnership with event producer, program owner and coach members, the USASF takes seriously our collective responsibility of the protection of the athletes in our care. The membership requirements and associated additional resources for implementation show our commitment to safeguarding All Star participants.

USASF Regional Directors conduct regular webinars to educate members on the protocols, policies and resources available to them. It’s true teamwork and takes diligent effort by all of us to ensure that All Star is, and remains, a safe and wholesome sport.

Thank you for standing together in support of our athletes!

USASF: Welcome Robin Galik as the Northeast Regional Director

Dear USASF Northeast Program Owners & Coaches:

I am writing to inform you of some staff changes that will affect the Northeast Region.

We are pleased to announce that Tim Morgan will transition from Northeast Regional Director to an operational role focusing on logistics and field staff development. Prior to stepping into the role of Regional Director in 2014, Tim served as a lead member of our credentialing team for eight years. Although his day-to-day interactions with our members will change, he will continue to play an important role in the operations of the USASF.

We have named Robin Galik as the new Northeast Regional Director. Robin has been with the USASF for two years as a member of our field staff as a lead credentialing instructor and Member Support Specialist, proving herself to be a valuable resource for owners and coaches. Her background as an All Star program owner and her working knowledge of the USASF will foster a smooth transition to her new role as Regional Director.

Please join me join me in congratulating and thanking Tim for his dedication and service to the programs, owners and coaches in the Northeast, and in welcoming Robin to her new role.

Amy Clark
Vice President, Membership, U.S. All Star Federation

USASF: Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical Category Designation 2017-18 Season

Dear USASF Dance Programs and Coaches:

Because of the nuances and similarities between the genres, the USASF is, once again, assisting its members in determining the appropriate category to enter that most closely matches the descriptions provided in the USASF Divisions & Categories document located in your USASF Member Profile.

If you have any question as to which category you should register your routine in at any USASF Sanctioned Event, and especially if you’re competing for a bid to The Dance World Championship, submit a Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical Designation Form and at least one week prior to any sanctioned event. Our evaluation staff will review and advise.

Best of luck to you this season!

In Review – October 2017

October has come and gone, bringing showcase season and Halloween with it. Here’s the rest of the news:

Receiving USASF Emails

The USASF has sent a steady stream of emails over the past couple of weeks. These emails have covered topics including the Webinar Wednesday series, Special Needs, the Growth Task Force, being Competition Ready, Provisional International Cheer Divisions, and the Dance Worlds Score Sheet. We’ll share as much information from these emails as we feel is appropriate, but suggest you ensure you are receiving the emails directly.

If you are not receiving USASF emails, please be sure your USASF member profile is up to date with an active email address.