USASF: Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical Category Designation 2017-18 Season

Dear USASF Dance Programs and Coaches:

Because of the nuances and similarities between the genres, the USASF is, once again, assisting its members in determining the appropriate category to enter that most closely matches the descriptions provided in the USASF Divisions & Categories document located in your USASF Member Profile.

If you have any question as to which category you should register your routine in at any USASF Sanctioned Event, and especially if you’re competing for a bid to The Dance World Championship, submit a Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical Designation Form and at least one week prior to any sanctioned event. Our evaluation staff will review and advise.

Best of luck to you this season!

Receiving USASF Emails

The USASF has sent a steady stream of emails over the past couple of weeks. These emails have covered topics including the Webinar Wednesday series, Special Needs, the Growth Task Force, being Competition Ready, Provisional International Cheer Divisions, and the Dance Worlds Score Sheet. We’ll share as much information from these emails as we feel is appropriate, but suggest you ensure you are receiving the emails directly.

If you are not receiving USASF emails, please be sure your USASF member profile is up to date with an active email address.

USASF: Dance Worlds Score Sheets and Webinars

The USASF Dance Worlds score sheets and training webinars have been posted to the website. The Category Directors recorded a detailed review of the score sheets breaking down each caption, highlighting point values, judge thoughts, and even giving insight to some of the tools the judges use to encourage consistency at The Dance Worlds. These same reviews will be used to train judges at the 2018 Dance Worlds.

These sheets are available to all event producers as an option to use during the 2017-18 event season. Coaches, be sure to check with each event producer to verify what scoring system will be used and to plan your choreography accordingly.

Click here to view the Worlds Score Sheets and Training Webinars

Cheers to a successful event season!

Cheryl Paquette, USASF Dance Adjudication Director

USASF: New Provisional International Cheer Divisions for 2017-2018

The International All Star Federation (IASF) recently released its official list of competition divisions for the global All Star community. To provide additional growth opportunity for U.S. All Star cheer teams to participate in these newly developed divisions, the USASF is including 11 provisional international divisions in the USASF Cheer Age Grid for the 2017-18 competition season.

USASF event producer members will have the option to utilize these divisions at sanctioned events where they feel these new opportunities will meet the needs of their customers.

The updated Age Grid is available upon logging in to your USASF member profile.

Questions?

To find out if a provisional division will be offered at an event you’re attending within the U.S., please contact the event producer to inquire.

For international divisions at events that you will attend outside the U.S., contact the event producer that is conducting the event.

USASF: Are You Competition Ready?

Please make sure you are READY and ELIGIBLE to attend sanctioned events this season! The compliance requirements are the same as last season, HOWEVER the system by which we confirm compliance is NEW.

Take some time to log into your USASF Member Profile and review your eligibility status. Click here and read “Account Information” for a list of what to do when you log in to make sure you’re ready for the season.

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.