As summer continues the news cycle is slow, but here’s what’s going on:
Dear USASF Members:
Please click below to learn about NEW and important USASF Membership Requirements for the 2017-18 season. These updates include a new required membership status for personnel that accompanies teams into warmup rooms at events, acceptance of membership terms, program definition and additions to the Professional Responsibility Code.
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USASF Member Management System Launch is Near! The USASF is excited to announce the Launch Schedule for the new Member Management System:
- Monday, July 24th – Open to all Program Owners and Event Producers
- Thursday, July 27th – Open to all Coaches
- Tuesday, August 1st – Open to all Athletes or Parents of Athletes
The member management system is a complete re-build of the previous system. We were able to migrate close to 90% of the existing profiles into the new system. Those members (program, coach, athlete) that had a UNIQUE EMAIL entered in their member information should have a smooth transition to the new system.
Usernames & Passwords
For security purposes, usernames and passwords were not transferred to the new member management system. Be sure to clear any saved or cached usernames and passwords from your computer and internet browser.
In the new system, the user structure utilizes the EMAIL of the member as their login ID/username. When the site opens, from the login screen you will enter your email address and click FORGOT PASSWORD and be guided through the login process.
On each of the launch dates for Program Owners, Event Producers and Coaches, we will be sending emails DIRECTLY to each of the user emails that are in the system with additional instructions.
Support & Assistance
Any time you need assistance with the login process or using the new member management system, we are a click away! Simply select the CHAT button on any of the website screens OR email [email protected].
We need your input! Can you spare 3 minutes?
The USASF is thrilled to offer several classes on the subject of attracting new clients and client retention this summer at the USASF Regional Conventions. We want to be sure our curriculum shares current successful marketing strategies and retention rates in All Star, and your input will help us in those efforts.
All information will be considered confidential and will not be shared.
Again, thank you for taking the time to provide your input.
Deadline to respond: Wednesday, May 31st.
Click here to take this brief survey.
Each year following The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship, the Worlds Advisory Board (WAB) reviews successes, opportunities for improvement, and new ideas for the following year. Because 2017-18 team placements and tryouts are in process, this new information is time sensitive as programs plan for next season. (Dance Worlds Divisions and Categories for 2018 will be released in early June.)
After reviewing Cheer Divisions and considering new opportunities for programs to field Worlds eligible teams, the WAB proposed, and the USASF Board of Directors approved, adding two new divisions for The Cheerleading Worlds in 2018.
- Senior Extra Small All Girl (14 members and below)*
- Senior Extra Small Coed (14 members and below)*
- A program may have only one Extra Small team at Worlds; either All Girl or Coed, not both.
- If a program receives a bid in either Senior Extra Small All Girl or Senior Extra Small Coed, that program may not compete in any other Cheerleading Worlds division.
- If a program receives a bid in any division, and also has a bid in a Senior Extra Small division (14 members and below), and decides to take both teams to Worlds, the Extra Small division team will compete in the Senior Small division. The team will not be eligible for the Extra Small division.
Questions? email [email protected]
The USASF will continue to review annually and adjust as needed Worlds divisions that will best reflect the current program and team structures nationwide. We hope these new Cheerleading Worlds divisions will provide new opportunity to programs working towards fielding Level 5 Worlds teams.
Want to be a certified Legality Official? Join USASF this summer at any of the Regional Convention locations. For more information, click here.
Buy one – Get one FREE: Legality Official Candidates may take both Cheer & Dance certification courses for the price of one.
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 [email protected] for assistance. Your Regional Director will be available for all other membership questions.
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!
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.
USASF Board of Directors
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