USASF Member Database Update

Dear USASF Member,

Our Member Database will be closed for maintenance beginning May 17, 2017 and will reopen prior to the new membership term that begins August 1, 2017. Watch for announcements in July.

If you need any member information, such as member ID numbers, please email support@usasf.net for assistance. Your Regional Director will be available for all other membership questions.

USASF: Athlete Leadership Programs

Dear USASF Coaches and Owners:

Please forward this email to your parents and athletes, and encourage attendance at USASF leadership programs this summer!

BOLT (Bettering Our Leaders of Tomorrow) activates young female cheer and dance leaders to become strong peer role models who put team first.

MARCH (Males Advancing Respect, Character and Honor) a NEW program designed to build confident, strong, principled and energetic male leaders.

Athletes who complete this exclusive training and the associated give-back project in their program are eligible to apply to attend the Regional Advisory Board meeting in their region the following summer. Get plugged in to the USASF as an athlete and grow with us!

Learn More

USASF Cheer 2017-18 Age Grid Updates

Dear USASF Cheer Program Members:

The USASF is listening to input from members regarding the Cheer Age Grid and Exhibition status for Tiny teams for the 2017-18 event season. As plans for team placements and tryouts are underway, concerns have been brought forward by coaches recently about the ability of programs to field teams within the 2017-18 Age Grid parameters. Additionally, while there is broad support of the 2017-18 safety guidelines for Tiny teams, concern has been voiced about limiting Tiny teams to exhibition only.

As a result of these recent concerns, the Board of Directors has determined that the prudent action for 2017-18 is to allow time for continued member discussion through Regional Conventions and Committee Meetings this summer and then make final decisions for the 2018-19 event season. Effective immediately, the following adjustments will be made to the Age Grid for the 2017-18 event season:

  • The new Age Grid will be updated to reflect the following changes to the division offerings:
    • Tiny: 5 – 6 years old
    • Mini: 5 – 8 years old
    • Youth: 5 – 11 years old
    • Junior: 5 – 14 years old
    • Senior (non-Worlds Divisions):  10 – 18 years old
  • The new Safety Guidelines for Tiny Pre-Teams (ages 3 to 6 years old) will remain as posted for 2017-18, but they will also be permitted to compete rather than being limited to Exhibition only.

The revised Cheer Rules and Age Grid reflecting the above points will be posted on USASF.net as soon as possible.

The Board’s focus is always on upholding the spirit of the USASF mission, which starts with supporting our members. We are confident that this decision will allow additional time for further conversation about Age Grid adjustments in upcoming seasons.

Sincerely,

USASF Board of Directors

USASF Regional Convention Workshops

USASF Regional Conventions – Pre-and Post-Convention Workshops

Because you asked for it again this year! Don’t miss the pre- and post-convention workshops for coaches, owners and athletes!

Extend your Regional Convention experience with these opportunities:

  • IMPACT (Integrity Motivates People and Cultures to Transform) leadership series for All Star Cheer and Dance Coaches and Owners
  • J.U.M.P. Start Growth and management strategies for owners of new and emerging programs
  • BOLT (Bettering Our Leaders of Tomorrow) activates young female cheer and dance leaders to become strong peer role models who put team first
  • MARCH (Males Advancing Respect, Character and Honor) a NEW program designed to build confident, strong, principled and energetic male leaders

USASF Regional Convention Registration Now Open!

USASF Regional Conventions – It’s Time to Register!

We hope you’ve Saved the Date for the USASF Regional Convention near you this summer, because Registration is officially OPEN, and ALL of the class descriptions are available online!

New This Year

Dance specific classes and and Level 6 Cheer Credentialing are available ONLY at the West Regional Convention in Las Vegas.

Register for a USASF Regional Convention now! Spring Special: $150 ~ Register by May 30th.

Note: Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel, separate from your Convention registration. Look for the appropriate link on the Convention page.

Legality Official Training

Cheer and Dance Legality Official Training will be offered at all five Regional Convention locations. Get cheer and dance certified for the price of one certification! Click here for details.

Don’t Miss These Extras

We’re continuing last year’s pre-and post-convention workshops for coaches, owners and athletes! Extend your Regional Convention experience with:

  • BOLT and MARCH leadership training for athletes
  • IMPACT leadership training for coaches and owners
  • A free JUMPstart session for new and growing programs to connect with mentors and share ideas
  • Regional Connect session on Sunday to discuss relevant topics to your region with Connection leaders

Don’t Delay. Register Today!

Spring Special: $150 through May 30th! (Full Price $200)

USASF Now!

It’s not too early to plan your summer! Regional Conventions are the place to be for Cheer & Dance Legality Official certification, we have an exclusive dance concentration at the Las Vegas location and check out these pre and post-convention add on’s below! Click here to register for the Regional Convention near you!:

  • IMPACT (Integrity Motivates People and Cultures to Transform) leadership series for All Star Cheer and Dance Professionals
  • Jump Start for emerging programs
  • BOLT (Bettering Our Leaders of Tomorrow) activates young cheer and dance leaders to become strong peer role models who put team first
  • MARCH (Males Advancing Respect, Character and Honor) a NEW program designed to build confident, strong, principled and energetic male leaders

USASF: We’re Building the USASF CommUNITY and Need Your Help!

Dear USASF Coach and Owner Members:

I hope this email finds you successfully surviving a busy 2016-17 competition season! In the midst of the busy-ness, we hope you’ll find some time to contribute to the USASF CommUNITY!

We’re building an online community full of articles, sample forms, informational resources and more that will launch this summer and we’d love for YOU to contribute and share ideas and tips with USASF members!

Keep reading for details – and submit your articles and sample forms starting today!  Click here to submit content.

Content Ideas for Owners

File Sharing

  • Employee Contracts
  • Athlete Contracts
  • Social Media etiquette

Parents

  • Communication with Parents
  • Setting Expectations
  • Athlete Contracts

Marketing

  • Marketing Strategies
  • Creating loyal fans
  • Growing your program

Financial

  • Creating an effective Booster Club
  • Booster Club – Non Profit?
  • Revenue Builders
  • Fundraising Ideas

Personnel

  • Hiring
  • Communication
  • Setting Expectations
  • Employee Reviews
  • Front Desk personnel
  • Employee Contracts

Management

  • Running effective meetings
  • Constructing a one year plan
  • Managing time efficiently
  • Planning b-­day parties, banquets, performances, showcases
  • Community outreach ideas
  • Social Media policy

Content Ideas for Coaches

Motivation

  • When/when not to push your athletes
  • Self motivation
  • Accountability
  • Pre-Comp Traditions

Conditioning

  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Stretching

Team Building

  • Just for Fun
  • Team Talks
  • Setting Goals
  • Building Trust
  • Commitment

What Do I Do Next?

It’s simple! Choose as many topics from above as inspire you (or create your own) and submit articles to us! Click here to read all the details for submitting your content. Questions? Just reply to this email.

Your contribution to the CommUNITY will be beneficial to your fellow USASF members…THANK YOU for being a part of our new initiative!

Most Sincerely,

Lynn Singer

USASF Executive Director, Communications and Dance

USASF: Save the Date!

Summer USASF Regional Conventions will be here before you know it, so get the date for your convention on your calendar today! Don’t forget the pre- and post-convention workshop opportunities for mentoring and leadership education and training for coaches, owners and athletes. Read more.

USASF: Make the USASF Connection

In January we held web conferences by region to announce the launch of the National All Star Connection (The Connection) which is the pathway to USASF involvement for cheer and dance coaches and owners. We introduced you to the Region Leaders and let you know that more opportunity for input and collaboration would be coming. That opportunity is March 14 and 15!

Join your USASF Regional Director and your Connection Region Team Leaders for an interactive webinar. They’ll be facilitating information sharing and discussion about the topics YOU want to talk about!

Follow the links below to

  1. Register for the webinar in your region and
  2. submit questions about topics that are important to you.

March 14th

West: 12:00PM PST   |   Midwest: 12:30PM CST

Southwest: 6:00PM CST   |   Southeast: 9:00PM EST

March 15th

Northeast: 9:00PM EST

What would you like your Regional Director and Connection Region Leaders to discuss? Submit your ideas by March 10th.

USASF: Dance Worlds Junior Video Qualification

Six deserving U.S. teams will be awarded At Large bids to compete in the Jr. Dance Division at The Dance Worlds! If your team wants to apply for qualification, read all the details here.

Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017.