I want to make sure everyone is aware of this change.
New days of 2013 Worlds competition and why:
April 27-29, 2013 (Sat, Sun & Mon)
- Do not want to be the same days as ICU …. because of the Team USA issues we had this year
- ICU / International “National Teams” growth may create a need for Jostens on Friday in 2013
- Will relieve kids needing to take their state’s Scholastic Testing (always on Fridays)
- Will now give us 2 venues on Day 1 (Saturday) for Prelim Rounds and US Worlds Trials, instead of just having Jostens
Thank you all!
VP – USASF Events & Corporate Alliances
The Board appreciates the recommendations recently made by the Rules Committee and, as always, gave them serious consideration before issuing the revised rules that we feel are in the best interest of our sport and its athletes. Given the feedback we received, it seems appropriate to now address the developments that led the Board to initially issue these rules.
The Board has a deep respect for the technical qualifications of the members of the Rules Committee and sincerely appreciates the hard work of every member. The Board believes that much focus has been given to important detailed technical points; however, there are broader issues involving the rules that deserve immediate attention. Because of this, the Board felt compelled to address what it believes are critical and urgent issues. Addressing these issues is consistent with the mission of the USASF, which is to create a safe and positive environment for All Star athletes and to grow the sport.
An inordinate number of injuries in tumbling appears not to have been adequately addressed by the rules. All technical areas (stunts, pyramids and basket tosses) have restrictions to enhance safety. When particular skills are deemed to be unsafe for the vast number of athletes involved in our sport, rules and restrictions need to be created. If there are skills that appear to be creating injuries, then it is the responsibility of the USASF to address these skills for the overall benefit of our athletes and our sport.
In recent days, some have advocated leaving decisions on what specific skills can be performed by an athlete strictly to the coaches and athletes themselves, thereby eliminating any restrictions. The result would be allowing virtually any skill to be attempted. The Board believes that this approach would have a devastating effect on our sport (envision four high pyramids, basket tosses from shoulder stands, and double or triple backs with multiple twists on the floor and in baskets).
The Board is also concerned about the continued lack of serious competition in many of the divisions that have been created. While the concept of level play has been positive for our sport, the very large number of divisions inherently creates a lack of serious competition in many circumstances. There are now more than 140 divisions. This is counter to creating what is an essential element of any legitimate sport, which is competition. The Board believes that decisions must be made over the coming months to create a more balanced and robust competitive environment.
The image and appearance policy addresses the increasing criticism about the general appearance of our athletes during competition and the unflattering media stories that have focused on how our sport is presenting its athletes, particularly those in the younger age groups.
Regarding process, the Board appreciates the procedure whereby the NACCC recommends rules to the Rules Committee, and the Committee then considers these recommendations, as well as those the Committee develops itself. The Rules Committee then recommends specific rules to the Board, the vast majority of which have historically been passed. However, the Board has always reserved the right to pass certain rules it develops itself if such rules are deemed to address issues of important and immediate concern. Going forward, in an effort to advance the USASF’s mission in a more substantial and timely way, the Board will give as clear a direction as possible to the Rules Committee as it relates to the development of rules.
While fully respecting and appreciating each individual’s right to freely express themselves, it is imperative that those who are involved with the USASF on an official basis or project conduct themselves constructively and professionally with respect for their peers working within the organization. Based on the developments that have recently transpired regarding these rules, the USASF will soon be issuing its own standards of conduct relative to official work being done on behalf of the USASF. To hold an official position, including a USASF committee position, the USASF will require that members discuss and address these issues within the organization’s official structure.
Finally, the Board, which is composed of both event producers and coaches, believes that it is imperative to put the overall good of the sport before personal or company interests. This includes event companies and gym companies. The Board believes everyone should keep this principle at the forefront of our future efforts in furthering the USASF’s mission to create a safe and positive environment for All Star athletes and to grow the sport.
Board of Directors
Jim Chadwick (Chairman), Mike Burgess (USA), Justin Carrier (NCA), Brian Elza (Premier Athletics), Jeff Fowlkes (CHEERSPORT), Mack Hirshberg (Mac’s Cheer), Gwen Holtsclaw* (Cheer Ltd.), Happy Hooper (Ace All Stars), Dan Kessler (Jamfest), April LaFramboise (JAM Brands), Colleen Little (IEP), Jody Melton (Cheer Athletics), Catherine Morris (UDA), John Newby (UCA), Elaine Pascale (World Cup), Steve Peterson (IASF/USASF), James Speed* (GymTyme), Lance Wagers (ACA)
*Consultants to the Board
Dear USASF Members and Officials:
The USASF and IASF are endorsed by and belong to the International Cheer Union, the international governing body for Cheer, which is recognized by national cheer federations from 100 different countries.
The ICU has traditionally conducted its World Championships for National Teams (like USA Cheer) representing its member countries immediately prior to the USASF/IASF Worlds. This year’s ICU World Championship will include teams from 60 countries. The ICU recognizes the USASF/IASF Worlds as the official World Championship for “Club” (All Star) Cheer.
As a member of the International Cheer Union, the USASF/IASF is committed to growing and supporting our sport both in the USA and around the world. In order to achieve these objectives, it is essential that there be a unified and coordinated effort to properly govern and support Cheer. It is therefore the policy of the USASF/IASF that no athlete, coach, judge, or official is permitted to participate in any way in any event that claims to be a World or International Championship, other than the ICU World Championships for National teams, or the USASF/IASF Worlds for All Star or Club teams.This stipulation applies to any regional international championship affiliated with an organization claiming to operate a World Championship, other than the ICU and USASF/IASF.
Failure to comply with this rule is grounds for disqualifying any athlete, coach, judge, or official from participating in the ICU and USASF/IASF World Championships. Therefore, it is critical that you clearly communicate this stipulation to all your participants, athletes, and coaches in order to insure compliance and to insure that their eligibility for Worlds is protected.
Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions about this policy, please contact Steve Peterson or myself.
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Who is on the USASF Board?
The voting members of the USASF Board of Directors are:
- USASF Chairman – Jim Chadwick
- USASF Representative – Steve Peterson
- ACA Representative – Lance Wagers
- CHEERSPORT Representative – Jeff Fowlkes
- JAM Brands Representative – Aaron Flaker
- NCA Representative – Karen Halterman
- UCA Representative – John Newby
- UDA Representative – Catherine Morris
- USA Representative – Mike Burgess
- NACCC Representative – Elaine Pascale
- Coach Representative – Jody Melton, Cheer Athletics
- Coach Representative – Mac Hirshberg, Mac’s All-Stars
- Coach Representative – Happy Hooper, ACE Cheer Company
The non-voting members are:
- IEP Representative – Colleen Little
- JAM Brands Representative – Steve Wedge
- Varsity Brands Representative – James Speed
We keep a list of who’s on the board on our USASF Board of Directors page.