2014-15 Spirit Rules Changes Focus on Minimizing Risk During Inverted Stunts

NFHS published 2014-15 Spirit Rules Changes Focus on Minimizing Risk During Inverted Stunts, regarding the changes to NFHS spirit rules for the 2014-15 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee adjusted several rules with the goal of minimizing risk and increasing creativity during its March 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis. The recommended rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

USASF April eNews

The USASF sent the April eNews earlier this week.

Worlds 2014

Worlds LogoLive Stream all four venues on ONE screen all Worlds weekend long and order Video on Demand to watch again and again all year long! Ordering information available April 14th at worlds.usasf.net!

Bid Watch Is Almost Over! Worlds Countdown: 24 Days! Check out the latest list of bid recipients. Cheer Bids | Dance Bids

The Cheerleading Worlds Performance Order Drawing, aka the Worlds Lottery, will take place on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm Eastern. The Worlds Lottery will be live streamed on USASF.net.

Don’t miss a minute of the premiere international event of the year! The Worlds Commemorative Issue is available for preorder now! Reserve Your Copy Now!

USASF Summer Meetings

Featured Speakers and more Regional Meeting info is available online now! Book your hotel rooms today and enjoy USASF special group rates! Book Your Hotel Rooms Now!

Remember the early years of Congress meetings? Where rules were discussed, debated and voted on? This year’s NACCC Annual Congress Meeting returns to this focus! Be a part of the process! August 15-16 in Chicago, IL. Learn More!

USASF Logo2014-15 Athlete Membership

As a reminder, a new and streamlined Athlete Membership program begins with the 2014-15 season. Membership provides athletes with the opportunity to participate in a safer sport and allows the USASF to administer full support for athletes through current and ongoing programs. As you plan tryout information, remember that an annual Athlete Membership fee of $30 for all athletes begins August 1.

World 2015

In order to maintain the balance of Paid and At-Large bids awarded for Cheer Worlds, the Sanctioning Committee has adjusted the number of At-Large Bids to be awarded per Paid Bid for the 2014-15 season from three (3) to two (2). The number of available At-Large bids naturally fluctuates each year based on the number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 event producer members, the mix of teams at their bid giving events and the number of Paid bids awarded. This adjustment allows for a more even distribution of bids to The Cheerleading Worlds.

2015-17 Cheer Rules

Have a suggestion for a Cheer Rules Age Grid or Safety Guideline change? Submit a Rules & Policy Change form by May 1. Must be a USASF member.Submit a Suggestion! Don’t miss Regional Meetings and the Congress Meeting for further discussion.

Observations After Event 18 of 2013-14

Event 18 took me to the Midwest for the first time in since December. For the third weekend in a row I didn’t get to see many teams perform, this time because I was working the event tent. Working the event tent is an interesting experience because you hear all the comment, good and bad, regarding all aspects of the event. Listening to the coaches reinforced execution and deductions are what determines the winners.

With difficulty scores being less objective, making the range of the scores very small, the winners end up being determined by the execution scores and the larger range of scores used. Put another way, it’s very hard to separate yourself based on difficulty because everyone knows how to get in the high range and can “prove” they deserve a score in the high range. It’s much harder to “prove” what score is deserved on the execution side of the score sheet, leading to a wider range of scores, allowing teams to separate themselves from the competition.

On the rules side of things I had conversations with coaches about how I’m failing at my job because there are safety judges missing out of level skills in routines most of the season, then teams get correctly called on them at major events or later events. The unfortunate thing is when this happens the coach is usually mad at the people and event that got it right, not the several people and events that didn’t. These conversations ended with me being told we need to do a better job of training judges so they correctly call everything, but I disagree. I think we need to train everyone so there is nothing out of level in routines to call.

Miscellaneous

NCA College Nationals LogoThe Worlds Lottery will be held Tuesday, April 8th. This is when the performance order for the opening rounds at Worlds will be determined. The event has been live streamed in the past, but I haven’t seen information regarding that yet.

Good luck to all the teams competing at Champions League this weekend and NCA College Nationals next week.

Only 2 Cheer Worlds bid events remains, with Reach the Beach being the only one this weekend, and 3 Dance Worlds bid events are left, with Spirit Cheer being this weekend.

2014 Team USA Dance

University of Minnesota and University of Cincinnati dance teams will represent the US as Team USA Dance in 2014 International Cheer Union Championship

USA CheerMemphis, Tenn., – Team USA Dance has announced that the dance teams from the University of Minnesota and the University of Cincinnati have been selected as the 2014 Team USA Dance Team and will represent the United States at the 2014 International Cheer Union (ICU) Worlds Championship.

The ICU World Championship will take place in Orlando, Florida on April 24 and 25 at the Walt Disney World® Resorts. More than 80 nations are expected to send one team to represent their county in a variety of categories. The dance team portion of the event will include three categories, Freestyle (Pom), Jazz and Hip Hop.

The University of Minnesota will be competing in Freestyle and Jazz and the University of Cincinnati will be competing in the Hip Hop division.

Alysia Ulfers, Director of Team USA Dance says, “The University of Minnesota and the University of Cincinnati are both establish programs and have proven them themselves as not only competitors but also ambassadors to their university. I’m confident they will positively represent Team USA Dance both on and off the floor. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the coaches and the athletes as we compete on the global stage.”

USA Cheer is the governing body for sport cheering in the United States, and Team USA Dance and Team USA Cheer are the representative National dance and cheer teams. Team USA Cheer and Dance have been competing at the ICU Championships for the last five years and have won a cumulative 27 gold medals.

The ICU World Championship is the largest international cheerleading and dance team competition in the world. The ICU is now comprised of more than 110 member countries fielding a national cheer or dance team.

Chiefs Spotlight: Cheerleading

KCChiefs.com published Chiefs Spotlight: Cheerleading.

“It takes a lot to be a Chiefs Cheerleader,” Stephanie Judah, Director of Chiefs Cheerleading explained. “We look for well-rounded women who have both high talent and character. These women work so very hard throughout the year, but always find that it is worth it to have an opportunity to stand on that field at Arrowhead Stadium and represent the best organization in the National Football League.”