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!

USASF: Dance Worlds Score Sheets and Webinars

The USASF Dance Worlds score sheets and training webinars have been posted to the website. The Category Directors recorded a detailed review of the score sheets breaking down each caption, highlighting point values, judge thoughts, and even giving insight to some of the tools the judges use to encourage consistency at The Dance Worlds. These same reviews will be used to train judges at the 2018 Dance Worlds.

These sheets are available to all event producers as an option to use during the 2017-18 event season. Coaches, be sure to check with each event producer to verify what scoring system will be used and to plan your choreography accordingly.

Click here to view the Worlds Score Sheets and Training Webinars

Cheers to a successful event season!

Cheryl Paquette, USASF Dance Adjudication Director

USASF: New Provisional International Cheer Divisions for 2017-2018

The International All Star Federation (IASF) recently released its official list of competition divisions for the global All Star community. To provide additional growth opportunity for U.S. All Star cheer teams to participate in these newly developed divisions, the USASF is including 11 provisional international divisions in the USASF Cheer Age Grid for the 2017-18 competition season.

USASF event producer members will have the option to utilize these divisions at sanctioned events where they feel these new opportunities will meet the needs of their customers.

The updated Age Grid is available upon logging in to your USASF member profile.

Questions?

To find out if a provisional division will be offered at an event you’re attending within the U.S., please contact the event producer to inquire.

For international divisions at events that you will attend outside the U.S., contact the event producer that is conducting the event.

USASF: Are You Competition Ready?

Please make sure you are READY and ELIGIBLE to attend sanctioned events this season! The compliance requirements are the same as last season, HOWEVER the system by which we confirm compliance is NEW.

Take some time to log into your USASF Member Profile and review your eligibility status. Click here and read “Account Information” for a list of what to do when you log in to make sure you’re ready for the season.

USASF: Establishment of Growth Task Forces

The USASF has established six Board level Growth Task Forces to consider barriers to growth for All Star Cheer and to recommend strategies for growth based on research findings. The six Task Forces are:

  • Image and Appearance
  • Cost
  • Rules
  • Scoring
  • Time Commitment
  • DI/DII

Click here to learn more.

USASF: Is It Time to Change the Name of the Special Needs Division?

The USASF Committee for teams with Special Needs has witnessed a significant growth in this division and feels it may be time to explore the idea of a name change that more fully supports our philosophy of promoting independence and celebrating the abilities of the athletes on the cheer and dance floors. Read more and submit your ideas here.

USASF: Worlds Announcement for Teams With Special Needs

Any Team with Special Needs that would like to receive a bid to perform at the 2018 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds may submit a video for qualification. Five (5) Cheer teams and five (5) Dance teams will be selected to receive “At Large” bids to perform at Worlds. Video submission deadline: March 1, 2018.