Here’s an easy reference guide for your USASF & NACCC Regional Connections (PDF Version).
Last June, Les Stella, Vice President of Rules, Safety and Judging, brought an idea to the USASF Board of Directors proposing new Divisions at Worlds. The idea would split Small and Medium Senior and Small and Medium Senior Coed into Divisions I and II based on gym size as a way to address two specific requests from Worlds participants:
- to reduce the number of teams in the four largest cheer divisions, and
- to create an avenue for smaller gyms to maintain athletes and to be more competitive at Worlds.
The Board asked Les to take the idea to members for input and feedback and bring a proposal to the October Board Meeting.
Coaches and owners who attended USASF Regional Meetings over the summer participated in discussions with Les about Divisions I and II. He also presented and discussed the idea with the Worlds Advisory Board, The National Advisory Board, the Sanctioning Committee, the NACCC Board of Directors and Executive Committee and finally the Division II committee, created specifically to vet the idea from all angles. On the October 10th Board Conference Call, Les presented the results of all meetings.
Overall support is positive across the industry for Division II at Worlds. There also is caution being voiced for taking the time to carefully plan and roll out this new program in a manner that will be successful for all participants. After discussion, the Board unanimously agreed that, while in support of Division II, the concept is not fully ready to implement in 2014. The Board further agreed that it will continue discussions at the November, 2013 meeting with the goal of focusing on the potential of including Division II for Worlds, 2015.
Dear USASF Members:
USASF Regional Meetings started this month and our staff has been working on sessions and classes that will educate, inspire and motivate coaches and program owners to new levels of growth and excellence in all star. From idea sharing to learning new coaching techniques and program management strategies, these meetings will be the perfect place for leaders to “Share, Connect and Unite” (to quote our theme) and create new ways to continue the forward momentum of all star.
This summer we’ll be adding to the more than 4000 cheer coaches already credentialed and launching the first ever dance coaches credentialing program, making the sport safer for our athletes. Add classes for tumbling, injury prevention, stunting, building your business, dance techniques, judge’s certifications and discussions about industry issues and opportunities for involvement in the USASF and NACCC, and it’s easy to see that coaches and owners have endless possibilities for growth and participation through our organization.
In April we celebrated the 10th Annual Cheerleading Worlds, causing us to both realize and celebrate the incredible list of accomplishments in our history. 10 years ago we were an industry without an official set of safety guidelines, no way of tracking athlete eligibility, no standardized coach credentialing and no agreed upon professional code of conduct. Through the hard work of the USASF staff and thousands of volunteer members, we now have not just safety guidelines, but levels and divisions for fair play, we track athlete eligibility through Athlete ID, we credential coaches in both cheer and dance to confirm proficiency to teach safely and we’re guided by our Professional Responsibility Code which defines member conduct.
The quality and integrity of our sport has certainly strengthened as a result of the dedicated efforts of everyone involved with the USASF and NACCC. With 18 active cheer and dance committees, subcommittees and boards creating programs and initiatives to move our mission forward, the USASF and all star as a whole, is stronger than ever.
Thank you to everyone who has helped the USASF from its inception through today and who will continue to help its progression in the next 10 years and beyond.
Jim Chadwick, USASF President and Chairman
The National Allstar Cheerleading Coaches’ Congress (NACCC) annual meeting at Doral begins today. This is one of the meetings that many industry initiatives were born so it will be great to hear about all the discussions taking place.
The VIP Gala & Awards is a celebration of excellence and accomplishment in All Star. Held the evening before The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds preliminary competition begins, coaches, program owners, event producers, media partners and industry affiliates gather to “kick off” Worlds weekend and to congratulate peers for their achievements.
Industry publications including Inside Cheerleading, CheerBiz News and The Cheer Leader Magazine, along with Dance Coach Association and the NACCC join the USASF in presenting the following awards annually. Each media partner creates and manages its own nomination and selection process. The USASF collected details from each partner and has posted them online so that members may see all awards processes in one location. Be a part of the process! Go nominate someone deserving today!
- USASF Hall of Fame Presented by: USASF
- LEADERSHIP THROUGH SPORTSMANSHIP Presented by: USASF
- SMALL GYM OF THE YEAR Presented by: Inside Cheerleading Magazine
- COACH OF THE YEAR Presented by: CheerBiz News Magazine
- GYM OWNER OF THE YEAR Presented by: NACCC
- CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Presented by: The Cheer Leader Magazine
- DANCE COACH OF THE YEAR Presented by: Dance Coach Association
- CHAIRMAN’S CUP USASF COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Presented by: USASF
Click Here to read about the awards and submit your nominations!