USASF: Establishment of Growth Task Forces

The USASF has established six Board level Growth Task Forces to consider barriers to growth for All Star Cheer and to recommend strategies for growth based on research findings. The six Task Forces are:

  • Image and Appearance
  • Cost
  • Rules
  • Scoring
  • Time Commitment
  • DI/DII

Click here to learn more.

USASF: Is It Time to Change the Name of the Special Needs Division?

The USASF Committee for teams with Special Needs has witnessed a significant growth in this division and feels it may be time to explore the idea of a name change that more fully supports our philosophy of promoting independence and celebrating the abilities of the athletes on the cheer and dance floors. Read more and submit your ideas here.

USASF: Worlds Announcement for Teams With Special Needs

Any Team with Special Needs that would like to receive a bid to perform at the 2018 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds may submit a video for qualification. Five (5) Cheer teams and five (5) Dance teams will be selected to receive “At Large” bids to perform at Worlds. Video submission deadline: March 1, 2018.

USASF: How Well Do You Know Your Cheer and Dance Rules?

The USASF Rules teams have created a series of questions, quizzes, and clarifications for you to determine how well you know your cheer and dance rules. Subscribe to the USASF Rules updates and receive notifications by email.

USASF: Wednesday Webinar Series

The USASF started a Webinar Wednesday Series this month. The first topic was USASF Portal Tips and Tricks and presented on October 4th. The second Webinar Wednesday will be October 18th with the topic being USASF Portal Tips and Tricks: Updates for Owners and Coaches using the USASF Portal.

Each topic is discussed during each of the 5 session, with the sessions being at 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 9 pm Eastern. Every topic and session has separate registration links so you’ll need to check your email for the link and additional details.

Take the Stairs

Too often when there is a conversation about adjusting what’s allowed in a level I hear someone say it messes up the progressions. I generally disagree with this statement. To me the progressions are the steps taken to get a skill, a backward roll before a back walkover, a back walkover before a back handspring, a back handspring before a back tuck, a tuck before a layout, a layout before a full, a full before a double, etc., along with many steps in between these skills. These would be followed even if there were no levels.

The levels are different. They allow us to group similarly skilled athletes and teams together, largely for the sake of competition, which is great because they allow athletes to successfully compete the skills they have, without being rushed to gain new skills. The levels are progressive, allowing more and harder skills as the levels move up, but not the same as the progressions. I believe you are doing it wrong if you look at the maximum skill allowed in each level as the only steps in the progression because you would be skipping many steps and skills.

I think of the levels as the floors to a building and the progressions as the stairs between each floor. There are many stairs between each level and that’s how I believe we should think about the progressions between each level. I also believe you should take the stairs between each floor. Don’t take the elevator to skip the stairs. Also don’t rush or skip stairs because that is eventually going to cause you to trip.

In Review – September 2017

September came, bringing football season and an updated IASF website with it. Here’s the news that came along with it:

And in case you’ve ever had a bad game, it probably wasn’t much worse than the dancer in this video.

USASF: Join the USASF Mini Age Growth Challenge and Grow your Business!

This is a reminder, don’t forget to enroll by September 8th. Together we will grow All Star!! Learn More | Sign up Now

The USASF is dedicated to fostering growth for All Star and has developed a concentrated plan to aid USASF Program owner members to specifically focus on growing the Mini Age market during the 2017-2018 season.

The USASF Mini Age Challenge is designed as an initiative to guide program owners to utilize resources and tools created by the USASF to drive participation in the 5-8 year-old age group. By intentionally focusing on growing this age group, we will enhance the programs ability for long-term growth and the longevity of All Star.

The goal of the Mini Age Growth Challenge is to commit to increasing participation by 7 new athletes and converting 7 athletes to full-season team members by the end of the challenge time frame of September 8th – April 15, 2018.

To participate in the challenge, enroll by September 8th by completing the registration form. At the end of the challenge, participants will complete a Results form in order to be eligible for recognition for completing the Mini Age Growth Challenge.

Sign up today. Together we will grow All Star!

USASF Cheer and Dance Rules are Posted

Dear USASF Program Owner and Coach Members:

The USASF Rules are created by committees comprised of coaches, event producers, legality officials and rules experts, and represent the most current and authoritative set of safety guidelines for the protection of All Star athletes. By choosing to be members of the USASF, event producers and programs together commit to train and compete All Star athletes utilizing these best known safety practices.

The USASF safety guidelines are created as a benefit of membership, and will now only be available for use by USASF event producer and program members.

For easy access to the 2017-18 USASF Cheer and Dance Rules:

  1. Log into your USASF Member Profile
  2. In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu that links to the rules
  3. You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the rules

In Review – August 2017

August came and many of us returned to school. The unfortunate major news of the month came from Colorado, as reported by Denver Post, USA Today, and Fox News, among others. Here’s the other news of the month: