Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and Varsity Spirit to Release “American Cheerleader”

The film follows two high school cheerleading teams through their journey to win the National High School Cheerleading Championships

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 25, 2014 – Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions, and Varsity Spirit today announced the Aug. 26th release of “American Cheerleader,” a documentary with unprecedented access following the journey of two high school cheerleading teams vying for the National High School Cheerleading Championship title. After months of hard work and preparation, cheerleaders from Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky, and Burlington Township High School in Burlington, New Jersey, advance through regionals and earn a place in the Championship Finals to compete for the coveted white jacket – the prestigious symbol of tireless dedication in high school competitive cheerleading.

VarsityNow in its 34th year, the National High School Cheerleading Championship is a two-day event held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando. The event hosts more than 500 teams from dozens of states that are judged on crowd-leading abilities, stunting and tumbling skills, and overall performance. Every year, the competition is televised worldwide on ESPN and ESPN2 to more than 100 million homes in 32 countries.

Directed by Retribution Media, which is made up of filmmakers James Pellerito and David Barba, “American Cheerleader” is produced by Milojo Productions, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ production company. The film is being released through Video On-Demand on August 26 by FilmBuff on leading platforms, including: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Google Play, XBOX, and Playstation. To watch the trailer and pre-order the film, visit

In addition to the Video On-Demand release, the film will be screened the Varsity All-American High School Film Festival Oct. 24 – 26 in New York City, along with two other soon-to-be-announced film festivals this fall.

Is NFL Cheerleading As Controversial As It Seems?

Refinery29 published Is NFL Cheerleading As Controversial As It Seems?, discussing NFL cheerleading including the recent wage lawsuits.

It’s no wonder, then, that a culture rooted in burlesque garners little attention as a professional sport. Cheerleaders are seen as glamorous peripherals to America’s favorite game. As William C. Rhoden writes in The New York Times, “While cheerleading at the high school and collegiate levels has become competitive and athletic, today’s NFL cheerleaders are little more than props that reinforce objectified sex roles. The professional cheerleader has become feminized and eroticized.”

What Elite Athletes Can Teach You About Dealing With Pressure

Entrepreneur published What Elite Athletes Can Teach You About Dealing With Pressure, relating performing well under pressure in sports and business.

When faced with pressure, you rapidly assess the demands of the situation, and weigh them against your personal resources. If you have sufficient resources, you get a challenge state — happy days! If you have insufficient resources, meaning the demands outweigh your resources, you get a “threat state” — not good.

Why We Don’t Speak Up at Work

Signal v. Noise published Why We Don’t Speak Up at Work, discussing communication problems at the office.

The biggest reason I didn’t give my boss feedback is I believed that even if I did speak up, nothing would change. I believed my boss wouldn’t do anything with my feedback. No action would be taken. And if nothing was going to change, what was the point of me saying anything?

Cheerleading is a Sport and Just as Much a Workout as Football

Diets in Review published Cheerleading is a Sport and Just as Much a Workout as Football, emphasizing the athleticism of those on the sideline.

“The greatest difference between football and cheerleading is that football requires sheer strength while cheerleading also requires balance and body control. Balancing a top heavy 120 pounds in one hand takes much more coordination than running full steam into the guy facing you.”

Observations Between Convention & Voting Weeks

Voting week is approaching and talk about the voting slate has taken over my social media feeds. It’s good that people are talking about the items and planning on voting, but I’ve seen too many of the conversations turn sour. Hopefully as the conversations continue everyone involved can be open minded and listen to what’s being said as well as being a little less defensive when others are speaking and a little less offensive when speaking.

USASF Policy & Rules Voting Information

Today is the deadline for updating your USASF Professional Member and Organization profiles for the purpose of voting on the Policy and Rules Changes.


USASF LogoCredentialing sessions are starting to be scheduled in various locations across the country. If you need to get credentialed please check for new dates and locations.

The Majors added the Cheer Sport Sharks as an exhibition team, making them the first non-American team to be part of the event.

Congratulations to Cherokee Greendeer (National Elected), Tanya Roesel (Midwest Re-elected), Sean Sova (Northeast Elected), Britten Blackburn (Southeast Elected), Brian Barnhart (Southwest Re-elected), Carlos Onofre (West Re-elected), Lisa Golden (1 year Appointed), and Pam Puckett (3 year Appointed) on being elected, re-elected or appointed to the NACCC Executive Committee.

In addition, congratulations to Morton Bergue on being elected as the new chairman of the NACCC Board of Directors, as well as Debbie Love and Cheryl Pasinato for being re-elected to the board, and Brett Hansen for being newly elected to the board.

OverStretch – August 20, 2014

NCATA Appoints Janell Cook as Executive Director

EUGENE, Ore. — National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) President Dr. Renee Baumgartner has announced the appointment of Janell Cook to the post of Executive Director.

NCATA Logo“I’m very excited to join the team of administrators and coaches at the NCATA,” commented Cook. “I’ve followed the sport since its inception and look forward to helping to continue its growth to championship sport status in the NCAA.”

In addition to her administrative role within the NCATA, Cook currently serves as the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement at the University of Oregon, dealing directly with the Duck Athletic Fund. Since her appointment to the position in December 2013, Cook has worked closely with the inception and operation of the “Women in Flight” fundraising initiative, geared to generate funds for the Ducks’ women’s athletics programs.

“As a former collegiate student-athlete, I appreciate the opportunities Acrobatics & Tumbling provides to engage more young women in collegiate athletics at the varsity level,” added Cook. “With the backing of USA Gymnastics, those opportunities and the passion of the staff and coaches of the NCATA will be the driving force in growing this sport nationally at each divisional level.”

A member of the Oregon Athletic department since July 2006, Cook has served in several roles, most notably as Director of Operations for the Ducks’ women’s basketball team from May 2009 to September 2013, coordinating all day-to-day operations for the squad during her tenure. In addition, Cook served as Special Assistant to the Executive Senior Athletic Administration during the 2008-09 academic year, additionally working as an academic advisor for the Oregon Services for Student-Athletes (SSA) from 2006-08 and as a tutor coordinator during the 2006-07 campaign. Cook arrived back in Eugene from Dartmouth College of the Ivy League, where she served as a Varsity Sports Coordinator from August 2005 to June 2006.

Cook graduated from Oregon in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human Service, earning her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2005. A softball student-athlete, Cook was a four-time letter-winner, earned Pac-10 First Team All-Academic honors during the 2002-03 academic year and earned both the Pac-10 Cooper Tire Leadership Award and Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2003.

The hiring of Cook ushers in a new era for the NCATA, which is quickly gaining momentum as one of the fastest rising intercollegiate sports in the United States. Boasting 11 member institutions spanning from Connecticut to Hawaii, Cook will lead the NCATA into a new period of success while continuing to improve expansion of the sport on both an institutional and national level.

“Janell’s background in intercollegiate athletics will bring exceptional experience to our organization. She thinks big-picture and has a unique ability to make complicated issues simple,” says NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner. “Janell brings exactly what our organization and sport need to reach the next level: NCAA Championship status.”

Consisting of Adrian College, Alderson-Broaddus University, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Concordia College (Wisc.), Fairmont State University, Gannon University, Hawaii Pacific University, King University (Tenn.), Oregon University and Quinnipiac University, the NCATA offers institutions an opportunity to partake in a highly competitive, team-oriented and individual sport. The college sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling began competition in the spring of 2011 and is offered to colleges and universities throughout the country. Teams compete in six events including – compulsories, acrobatics, pyramid, toss, tumbling and team event. Each season a team typically competes in 6-8 meets during the spring of each year.

Member institutions have team roster sizes of 28-40 athletes. Member institutions include all levels of the NCAA – Division I, II, and III. Acrobatics & Tumbling teams train up to 20 hours per week and are varsity athletic teams and treated the same as all other varsity teams on the respective campus. The recruiting base for Acrobatics and Tumbling is broad pulling from artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, Team Acrobatics & Tumbling youth sport, and high-level competitive cheer teams.

NCATA Appoints Janell Cook as Executive Director