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Mulkey Named Baylor Head Coach

The NCATA published Mulkey Named Baylor Head Coach.

Felecia Mulkey, after guiding the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) national championships in five seasons as the Ducks’ head coach, has accepted the head coaching job at Baylor University, athletic director Ian McCaw announced Tuesday.

The Season Pass Changes the Competition Season Forever

Season Pass Logo14 different Event Producers have teamed up to bring you The Season Pass! For the 2014-2015 season, customers will have over 200 quality events to choose from when making decisions for their competition schedules.

With The Season Pass you have the ability to customize your competition schedule all for one low price. Whether you are looking to compete locally, or you are looking to travel to different areas of the country with your team(s), you can do it all with The Season Pass!

Bids to the Cheerleading & Dance Worlds (72 total), Bids to THE ONE Finals, Bids to U.S. Finals, and Bids to Amazing! are all available between the 200 Events that are included on The Season Pass. To start saving and customizing your competition schedule check out jointheseasonpass.com!

The current list of event producers participating on The Season Pass include:
ACDA, Advanced Spirit, Champion Cheer & Dance, Champion Spirit Group, Cheer Starz, DanceFest, Nation’s Choice, Redline Championships, Rockstar Championships, Spirit Celebration, Spirit Unlimited, US Spirit, VIP, and WSA.

For more information on getting your events added to The Season Pass, contact us at 888- 565-1335.

Press Release – The Season Pass Changes the Competition Season Forever

USA Cheer Participates in White House’s Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

USA CheerMemphis, Tenn., May 29, 2014 – USA Cheer President Bill Seely participated in today’s Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, joining President Obama to discuss sports safety and concussions. The event featured young athletes, parents and coaches, as well as professional sports stars and military service members convening to discuss ways to prevent and treat concussions and encourage research into sports-related head injuries.

“USA Cheer is proud to join with the White House and leading sports stakeholders to build a blueprint to make sports safe for young athletes across the country. We applaud President Obama’s commitment to help ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely,” Seely said.

The cheerleading community’s efforts, led by USA Cheer, have contributed to a documented decrease in catastrophic injuries among cheerleading athletes. One such change, the removal of a dismount known as the “double down,” reversed a trend of increasing concussion rates. Currently, the cheerleading concussion rate is 42% lower than the overall concussion rate of all sports.

As part of the summit, the White House announced new steps by both the private and public sectors to inform the public on prevention and treatment of concussions.

“Today’s event provides the sports community with a great opportunity to come together and participate in a national conversation that impacts the lives of all athletes. We’re happy to be a part of the dialogue and continue our commitment to making cheerleading as safe as possible,” said Bill Seely.

USA Cheer has made great strides over the last several years in significantly reducing injuries, making it one of the safest athletic activities for young people. The organization works to educate parents, cheerleaders and coaches on cheerleading safety at every level.

USA Cheer is also releasing its Safety Commitment (below), showcasing progress towards helping understand the problem of sports-related concussions, improving strategies and tools to keep kids safe, and educating parents and other adults involved in youth sports on how to keep children safe during play.

A full list of USA Cheer’s Safety Commitment is available online at www.usacheer.net, but some of the highlights include:

  • A comprehensive Head Injury Protocol, developed by the USA Cheer National Safety Council, to be rolled out at summer clinics around the country to over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches. This protocol is based on current research and evidence-based methods including consistent assessment practices, evaluation protocols, and appropriate referrals consistent with all new published research. All instructors are trained on head injury policies and will be teaching over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches how to prevent, identify, and seek treatment for any suspected head injuries.
  • Educational training videos, on the Cheersafe.org website, where cheerleading coaches, parents and athletes can review skills for legality and safety. The videos will expand the current training tools to anyone with internet access and will be available free of charge.
  • Updates to existing safety rules, developed in coalition with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, the National Federation of State High Schools Associations, and the U.S. All Star Federation cheerleading rules committees, which will further reduce the risk of injury to those who participate in cheerleading.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Bill Seely, please contact Sheila Noone, [email protected] or 901-251-5959.

Press Release – USA Cheer Participates in White House’s Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

USA Cheer Names Ronnie Carter Executive Director

USA CheerMemphis, Tenn., May 27, 2014 – USA Cheer has announced that Ronnie Carter has been named its Executive Director. USA Cheer, the governing body of cheer in the United States was founded in 2008 to serve all aspects of cheer in America – traditional, all star and the emerging sport of STUNT.

Ronnie Carter served for many years as the Executive Director of the Tennessee State Secondary Athletics Association, where he oversaw the association that coordinated and regulated the competitive athletic programs for the more than 400 schools in the state. Carter was eventually named President of the National Federation of State High School Associations, based in Indianapolis, IN. There, he worked with leaders from around the country and advocated on behalf of students participating in a wide range of sports and activities.

“Ronnie has been a consistent voice for student athletes for more than 40 years, and USA Cheer is proud to have him on our team,” says Bill Seely, co-founder of USA Cheer, who will now assume the role of President, previously held by Jeff Webb. “Ronnie brings a profound understanding of youth sports in America, and an ability to work with all of our shareholders, specifically in our mission to grow all disciplines of cheerleading.”

“USA Cheer has set a foundation for cheer at all levels to thrive and grow. It’s our mission to ensure that cheerleading remains an exciting, challenging and safe option for athletes,” says Carter. “And I look forward to furthering that mission and seeing USA Cheer expand upon its leadership role.

For more information about Ronnie Carter and USA Cheer, visit www.usacheer.net or contact Sheila Noone at [email protected].

Press Release – USA Cheer Names Ronnie Carter Executive Director

Nfinity Teams Up With U.S. Finals for 2014 Event Series!

US Finals LogoThe U.S. Finals is pleased announce that we have added a new sponsor to our event series this season! Nfinity will be the official shoe and backpack sponsor of The 2014 U.S. Finals. You will be able to purchase Nfinity’s amazing line of both shoes and backpacks at ALL 7 U.S. Finals locations.

Nfinity Logo“Nfinity is proud to sponsor US Finals and further our long standing tradition to support the growth of our beloved sport,” said Nfinity CEO, Tate Chalk. “The US Finals is the largest end of the year competition in the country and our thoughts and vision align perfectly. We look forward to seeing all of our amazing customers at their respective events this year.”

The 2014 U.S. Finals season kicks off in Indianapolis, IN March 29th and ends May 4th in Virginia Beach, VA. For more information please visit our website at www.theusfinals.com. For more information on Nfinity check out their website at www.nfinity.com.

Nfinity Teams Up With U.S. Finals for 2014 Event Series!

USA Cheer: Stunt Wraps Up Season with Championship, Awards

University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University take home titles.

USA CheerMemphis, Tenn., March 27, 2014 – STUNT, the new title IX sport derived from cheer and launched by USA Cheer, held its fourth annual National STUNT Championship this weekend in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with three teams in Division I and four in Division II.

The Division I National Champions are from Oklahoma State University, who beat the University of Oklahoma in the finals. The University of Delaware also competed in Division I.

The Division II National Champions are from the University of Central Oklahoma, who beat out Davenport University. Other competing teams included Oklahoma City University and Alma College.

At the Championship, awards were also bestowed on standout coaches and an administrator, whose support helped move the sport forward. From Oklahoma State University, Dave Martin was named Administrator of the Year. The Division I Coach of the Year was awarded to Ben Schreiber from the University of Delaware, and the Division II Coach of the Year was awarded to Michelle Sabourin from Alma College.

Final games wrapped up on the West Coast as well, with six teams competing in two days of games.

“This year, STUNT continued to grow and evolve and we couldn’t be more proud of the teams that competed throughout the season,” says Bill Seely, Executive Director of USA Cheer, which worked with experts from both the cheer, sport and Title IX communities to launch the new format in 2010. “We owe the success of STUNT to the enthusiasm of the coaches and administrators who participated and to the athletes, who spread the word about competing in this new sport for female athletes.”

STUNT has successfully met the minimum requirements set by NCAA for the Emerging Sport application process for the last four years, which is unparalleled in the world of sport.

For more information, visit www.usacheer.net or www.collegestunt.org or contact Sheila Noone at 901-251-5959 or [email protected].

Stunt Wraps Up Season with Championship, Awards

Thirty-Fourth Annual National High School Cheerleading Championship Attracts Largest Participation in Event History

560 cheerleading teams from across the U.S. competed at Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando

UCA NHSCC LogoMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Feb. 10, 2014 – After months of practice, more than 11,000 of the country’s top high school cheerleaders competed this weekend in the National High School Cheerleading Championships, produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, a Varsity brand. The prestigious championship, showcasing the country’s best high school cheerleaders, took place at the Walt Disney Resort® in Orlando, Fla., from February 8 – 9. New to the competition this year was the Game Day National Championship, where 25 teams competed in a true sideline competition.

These groups have spent months on the sidelines cheering on their high school sporting teams, and all the hours of hard work and preparation was highlighted when each team took the stage. In its 34th year, the two-day event hosted 11,424 cheerleaders from 560 teams across 30 states. The cheerleading teams were judged on their stunting and tumbling skills, crowd-leading abilities and overall performance. Teams competing in the championship had to qualify at a regional event in order to participate.

Varsity will be posting segments of each performance on www.varsity.com so fans around the world can watch their favorite teams. The competitions will also air on ESPNU and ESPN2 starting March 22. Viewers can check their local listings for air times.

The Large Division Winners (17 – 20 members) included:

  • Large Varsity Division 1 (>1,600 school enrollments): Hagerty High School – Oviedo, Fla.
  • Large Varsity Division 2 (<1,599 school enrollments): Mount Sinai High School – Mt. Sinai, N.Y.
  • Large Varsity Coed: Dyer County High School – Newbern, Tenn.

The Super Division Winners (21 – 30 members) included:

  • Super Varsity Division 1 (>1,600 school enrollments): Westlake High School – Austin, Texas
  • Super Varsity Division 2 (<1,599 school enrollments): James Clemens High School – Madison, Ala.

Game Day Winners included:

  • Large Varsity (17 – 20 members) Game Day: Vandebilt Catholic High School – Houma, La.
  • Super Varsity (21 – 30 members) Game Day: Arlington High School – Arlington, Tenn.

More than 18,000 spectators attended the national championship event, with performances at three different venues within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and one stage at Hollywood Studios, all on the grounds Walt Disney World Resort.

The Universal Cheerleaders Association is dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading, and all teams participating in the National High School Cheerleading Championships comply with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators safety guidelines.

Thirty-Fourth Annual National High School Cheerleading Championship Attracts Largest Participation in Event History