The USASF emailed the following Worlds updates:
WORLDS DIVISIONS – Division I & II Proposal
Last month the USASF updated members on a proposal that was brought to the Board of Directors to split the largest cheer divisions at Worlds based on gym size into Divisions I and II. After gathering input from gym owners, coaches and event producers, a number of wide ranging concerns were voiced that could mean unforeseen ramifications and be counter-productive to the original purpose of the proposal. As a result, the USASF has decided to fully explore and thoughtfully consider additional and/or alternative avenues that are best for the industry as a whole. New division proposals, small gym definition, and other related topics will continue to be discussed while more feedback is solicited to develop a more comprehensive solution for fair and healthy competition in gyms of all sizes.
WORLDS SCORING – Updating Worlds Score Sheets
The USASF is working with the Universal Score Sheet Committee to finalize the score sheets for the 2014 Cheerleading Worlds and will have them completed and posted online in mid-January, 2014.
The committee is working to fine-tune the Worlds scoring process to best represent a blend of the industry’s current scoring philosophies and elements of a Universal Score Sheet that is being worked on within the USASF for future implementation.
WORLDS TRAVEL and INFO – Bid Packets Are Online
Travel and information packets for Worlds 2014 are available online now. If you’ve received a bid or are working for a bid, start reviewing and preparing now! Click here for more information.
WORLDS BID RECIPIENTS – Bid Watch is On!
The first Worlds bid giving event was held November 9-10! Click here to watch the growing list of bid recipients.
Jammy and Varsity All Star released their 2013-14 scoring system updates today. I haven’t spent much time looking at the updates yet, but am sure Fierceboard and Twitter will be full of comments on the updates. I’m sure I’ll have more to say regarding them once I spend some time with them.
JAM Brands | Varsity Brands
2012 Cheerleading Worlds Scoresheets are now available on USASF.net.
2012 Dance Worlds Scoresheets are now available on USASFDance.net.
Before complaining about the results of a competition, please figure out if your complaint comes from the design of the scoring system, the implementation of the scoring system, or a lack of knowledge of the scoring system. If the complaint starts with the system itself, you need to let the event producer know. The scoring systems are young and event producers want feedback to make them better. If the complaint is due to the implementation of the scoring system, aka judges’ error, you should ask the event producer about it. Some mistakes are as simple as an incorrect number being written (or typed) and are easy to correct. Event producers need to know so they can determine if they need to give the judges more information about the scoring system or remove anyone from their pool of judges. If the problem stems from a lack of knowledge about the scoring system, you need to do your homework and get to know the scoring system.
Judges are hired to implement an event producer’s scoring system. Some event producers, Jammy & Varsity Brands included, have fairly detailed, publicly available, guidance on what needs to be done in order to score in each range. Other event producer give guidance to the judges during the judges’ meeting, and we hope these event producers are giving the same information to coaches and choreographers prior to their competitions. Some event producers have little or no guidance. We suggest encouraging this group to make information available so you know how your teams will be judged. As a coach, you need to familiarize yourself with the scoring system of the events you are attending and put your teams in a position to score well.
The unfortunate side of Cheer and Dance is judges make mistakes. No matter how hard we try or how much experience we have, we are going to mess something up. Sometimes our mistakes are material and change the order of finish. Other mistakes are minor, only causing a missed opportunity for a coach or team to learn. Either way, mistakes will continue to happen and all we can do it work harder at preventing them and apologize when they occur.
P.S. We’ll have more “Dear Coaches” letters coming in the near future to address many aspects of judging and scoring systems.