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.
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.
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.
September came, bringing football season and an updated IASF website with it. Here’s the news that came along with it:
- Pensacola News Journal published ‘It Felt Like I Was the King’: Pensacola Gym Starts Special Needs Cheerleading Team.
- Express posted Britain’s First NFL Cheerleader Holly Warden: It’s Very Competitive.
- The Post published Film Review: In Short – ‘Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack’ is a Joke.
- KSTP posted Minnesota Moment: Rochester Teen Uses Cheerleading to Bring Awareness to Tourrete Syndrome.
- ESPN posted The Move I Love to Hate: Cheerleader Whitney Agee’s Pushup Block.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution published Cheerleader Killed in Cherokee County Crash.
- Cape May County Herald posted Girl Wide Receiver Was Bored Cheerleader.
- Land of 10 published Wisconsin Nose Guard Olive Sagapolu’s Cheerleading Background Highlights His Impressive Athleticism.
- Memphis Business Journal posted ‘Spirited’ Memphis Company Gets New President.
- M Live published Alma’s Burke named STUNT Athlete of the Year.
- 5 News posted Former Gentry Student Killed In Car Wreck Remembered By Cheer Coach.
- The Seahawk published Competitive Cheerleading Offers an Alternative in School Spirit.
- Collegiate Times posted Who is at the Base of the Pyramid?.
- Daily Record published Talented Cheerleader Paige is Heading Stateside for Florida Competition.
- Morgan County Citizen posted Rebecca Lindsey: World-Class Cheerleader.
- 7 News published East High School Assistant Principal Resigns; Principal Retires Amid Controversy Over Forced Splits.
- CBS posted Protesters Want ‘Forced Splits’ Principal Reinstated.
- The Varsity published The Life of a Varsity Blues Cheerleader.
- The Tribune posted Girl Finds Acceptance, Friends in Cheerleading.
- CBC News published ‘It’s Not Just Rah Rah’: Sask. Cheerleaders Work to Smash Stereotypes as Sport’s Popularity Grows.
- The Vanguard posted Inside Athletics: Cheerleading.
- Yahoo! shared Cheerleader Who Knelt in National Anthem Protest Goes Viral.
- Inside Edition published 14-Year-Old Cheerleader With Tourette Syndrome Raises Awareness: ‘I Can Do a Lot’.
And in case you’ve ever had a bad game, it probably wasn’t much worse than the dancer in this video.
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!
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:
- Log into your USASF Member Profile
- In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu that links to the rules
- You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the rules
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:
- Entertainment Weekly published Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Best Lyric Wasn’t in Hamilton.
- Regulatory Review posted Supreme Court Clarifies Test for Evaluating Useful Articles.
- Hollywood Reporter published Inside NFL Cheerleaders’ Legal Fight for Better Pay.
- Mirror posted Good Morning Britain Guest Claims Cheerleading is ‘Sexist’ But is Blasted for Being ‘Ignorant and Offensive’ in Heated Debate.
- Daily Mail published Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Proudly Shows Off Her College Acceptance Letter After Fearing She Would Never Get The Chance to Go to School.
- Cherokee One Feather posted Let’s Hear a Cheer for the Cheerleaders.
- ABC News published Parents Link Concussion With Football, but Ignore Other Contact Sports: Survey.
- Keighley News posted Special Needs Cheerleading Classes to Begin in Keighley.
- Orange County Register published Cheerleading is Starting School Year as a CIF-Regulated Sport.
- Hoover Sun posted A Dream, Realized.
- USA Today published Missouri Teen With Down Syndrome Makes School’s Cheerleading Team.
- University News posted UMKC Cheerleading Team Loses Funding.
- Calaveras Enterprise published From Flips to Flying, Cheerleaders Are More Than What Meets the Eye.
- Valley News posted Curve Balls: Cheering Is One Part Sport, One Part Theater.
“Something good comes out of every crisis.” – Dave Pelzer, American Author
Dear USASF Members:
As a native Texan, I could not be more proud of the response of so many of our USASF Program Owners and Coaches, from around the country, seeking ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. What an incredible example of unity and leadership at a time when we are all preparing for the upcoming competition season.
Our All Star friends in Houston are joining efforts to help each other out and could use our support. Please go to the Allstars United for Harvey Facebook page to see what’s needed and to offer your help.
They are organizing drop off locations in at least four areas of Houston to collect clothing, supplies and other needed items and will distribute to those in need in our All Star and extended cheer and dance families. Let’s show them our love and support!
We are Texas strong. We are All Star.
Regional Director, Southwest
Dear USASF Members:
Recent clarifications made to the 2017-18 USASF Cheer and Dance rules are nearing completion and will be available to you on September 6th by logging into your USASF member profile.
If you haven’t already, log in to renew your USASF Membership. For help with how to log in or for additional support, click here.
NASCDD is right around the corner! Host your very own National All Star Cheer & Dance day at your gym or studio on Saturday, September 9th.