JAM Brands recently announced The Grand JAMpion contest.
During the 2012-2013 season, teams competing at The JAM Brands events will be automatically entered into the Grand JAMpion competition for FREE! This competition will last throughout the entire 2012-2013 season. Teams will not only compete against the teams at their event, but they will also go up against every other team that competes at ALL JAM Brands events…all year long.
LOUISVILLE, KY (August 20, 2012) – The U.S. Finals is excited to announce two big changes for this season. First, The U.S. Finals has secured another BEACH destination for customers in the Southeast USA. The U.S. Finals events formerly held in Orlando and Baton Rouge will be merged together into one amazing event in the Florida panhandle on April 13, 2013 at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL. Per Executive Director, Tina Sexton, “We searched high and low for a coastal destination and an ideal end-of-season date for our Southeast U.S. Finals location, and we found the perfect match with the city and civic center in Pensacola, FL. Customers have been asking us for a beach event, and we are more than thrilled to offer this beautiful, family-friendly destination in 2013!”
The second big change is happening on the West Coast at The U.S. Finals Anaheim. The U.S. Finals has successfully secured a NEW DATE in Anaheim, April 14, 2013. The event will again be held in the Anaheim Convention Center, just minutes from Disneyland. Assistant Director of The U.S. Finals, Mady Mitchell, who managed the event in Anaheim in 2012 says, “We knew that our original date in Anaheim (the first weekend in May) was just too late for the teams in the region. The Anaheim Convention and Visitors Bureau helped us tremendously in securing an earlier date so that more teams would be able to participate. I’m really looking forward to watching this event grow this season, and this new date is just right to make it happen!”
ABOUT THE U.S. FINALS
The U.S. Finals is a multi-brand, end-of-the-year event series aimed at crowning TRUE CHAMPIONS in all divisions and levels of cheer and dance, giving teams a chance to see where they rank against other teams in their respective divisions from coast to coast and around the world. Teams must receive a bid from a qualifier event in order to attend The U.S. Finals. Once qualified, teams are welcome to attend The U.S. Finals closest to them, or travel to an awesome destination to compete. At the end of the event series, all teams from all locations are ranked against all the other competitors from all the locations. The Final Rankings Show is webcasted online in mid-May, and the Overall Champions are crowned in every division! For more information, please visit www.theusfinals.com.
This is the final piece of a 5 part series on increasing competition in All*Star Cheerleading. This one will focus on my recommendations and suggestions that were sent to the USASF as part of the Rules Process for 2013-15 seasons.
Move Coed Divisions on the Age Grid
My first suggestion is to move Coed divisions from the top of the Age Grid and list them in the When to Split Divisions section similar to how Small and Large splits are listed. This would make it so every Junior Level 3 team is competing against each other, regardless of large, small, coed, or all girl, until there are enough Junior Level 3 teams to warrant splitting Junior Level 3.
I intentionally avoided stating how many teams should remain on each side of a split in the official suggestion to avoid clouding the issue with a specific number, but I think it should be raised to 5.
Remove Size Based Division Splits in Favor of a Single Team Size
My second suggestion is to remove Small, Medium, and Large divisions in favor of a single division size. Once again I intentionally did not state what size teams should be in the official suggestion to avoid clouding the issue of if there should be a single division size with what size it should be. If it were up to me I would go with 24, but I’ve heard some decent logic behind using 25 instead.