USASF Cheer Rules Poll Results and What’s Next

The USASF sent the results of the recent Age Grid and Rules vote and published the results on

USASF LogoThe Process Up To Now

  • Cheer Rules Change Proposal Forms were submitted until June 1, 2014.
  • NACCC Executive Committee and the USASF Cheer Rules Committee reviewed all forms to determine the final list of proposals.
  • Proposals were discussed and debated at all USASF Regional Meetings and at the NACCC Annual Congress Meeting this past summer.
  • USASF Professional Members had one week to cast votes following the NACCC Annual Congress Meeting.

What Happens Next

  • NACCC LogoNACCC Board of Directors and USASF Rules Committee review the results of both the Age Grid and the Cheer Rules slates.
  • USASF Rules Committee presents final rules recommendations to the USASF Board of Directors for approval.
  • 2015-17 Cheer Rules are scheduled to be posted in March, 2015.
  • For those who want more details, the process is posted on line as noted:

Cheer Rules Poll Results

Male Cheerleader Generates Support in More Ways Than One

The Dakota County Star published Male Cheerleader Generates Support in More Ways Than One, discussing a male cheerleader in Homer, NE.

“They don’t treat him different. They don’t go to automatic stereotypes with a male cheerleader,” said DeAnna Schmitt. “They judge him on his character and his ability to cheer, which is pretty cool.”

The History of Cheerleading

Inside Cheerleading Magazine LogoInside Cheerleading published The History of Cheerleading, providing a great, short version of the history of cheerleading in the United States.

In 1884, the first official cheer was performed in New Jersey at a Princeton football game. In that Princeton audience was a man named Mark Peebles, who brought his own created cheers to the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota games, Peebles led the crowd with his cheers.

How To Turn Your Passion Into A Profession

Forbes published How To Turn Your Passion Into A Profession, discussing the challenges of making a career out of a hobby.

For entrepreneurs trying to turn their passion into a career, it’s easy to forget that a creative business is just that: Like all small business owners, creative entrepreneurs have to love the business end of their work in order to be successful.

50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company

Entrepreneur published 50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company, providing things to consider when thinking about starting a business.

Not everyone has what it takes to start a company. That’s not to say that your idea is not brilliant. It just means that you may not have the personality traits to handle launching a company of your own.

2015 IFAF World Championships to Feature Competition for Cheerleading and American Football

International Cheer Union (ICU) and International Federation of American Football (IFAF) will highlight each of their sports at the 2015 IFAF World Championships

International Cheer Union logoThe International Cheer Union (ICU) and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) will be working together to promote both sports at the 2015 IFAF World Championships, to be held July 4-18, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The ICU and the IFAF have each been recognized by SportAccord as the official governing body for their respective sports. Both Cheerleading and American Football have a rich 100-year history originating from American university sporting programs in the late 1800s. More than a century later, both sports are thriving and growing rapidly.

Tommy Wiking, IFAF’s President said, “Cheerleading and American Football obviously have a long history of working together, American Football athletes on the gridiron, and Cheerleading athletes in the same venue engaging the American Football spectators. The 2015 IFAF World Championships will bring together both of these great sports at one event, promoting an atmosphere of national pride for both the American Football and Cheerleading fans in this uniquely historical and now famous game environment.”

“This is quite an exciting time for both the sports of American Football and Cheerleading,” said Karl Olson, ICU’s Secretary General. “What began more than 100 years ago at an American university campus for both of our sports is continuing to grow on all continents at a very rapid pace.”

As a complement to IFAF’s qualified national teams traveling to Stockholm for the 2015 IFAF World Championships, ICU’s respective national cheer federations plan to send their own national cheer teams to support and perform during their nation’s American Football games, as well as compete against the other national cheer teams for a 2015 World Cheerleading Game Day Championship title. Currently, ten (10) American Football teams have qualified for the 2015 IFAF World Championships: Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Sweden and the USA, and two (2) more nations will qualify within the next five (5) months.

ICU President Jeff Webb commented, “Cheerleading is certainly a unique sport. While it is very competitive from the Competition aspect, Cheerleading also has the ability to enhance the game experience for other sporting events. ICU values the great relationship we have with the IFAF organization and IFAF President Tommy Wiking. We know that the 2015 IFAF World Championships will be a wonderful event for all of the competitors and we look forward to working together to help make this event a great experience for the fans.”

About IFAF and ICU

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the world governing body for American Football and the International Cheer Union (ICU) is the world governing body for Cheerleading. More information can be found on and Photography is available upon request. Contact Michael Ryan at [email protected] (American Football) or Sheila Noone at [email protected] (Cheerleading) for more information.

Observations Beginning Football Season

USASF LogoLast week the USASF sent an email, Help for Resetting Athlete User Names and Passwords, with instructions on how gyms can send parents credentials so the parents can login to their child’s USASF profile. The USASF profile is something the parent or athlete should control. They should have the login credentials so they can update their own information, pay their own membership fee, and ensure they have direct access to member resources.

Coaches should also control their USASF profiles. The profiles are meant to belong to the individual, not the gym, and go with the individual in the event of a gym change. If you are a member of the USASF and don’t know how to login to your profile you should work on getting that information.


School is back in session which means football games are here. Friday night high school games and Saturday college games produce some of the best memories of the year. I hope you enjoy your time on the sideline, you represent your school well, and your team wins.

OverStretch – September 3, 2014