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.

USASF: Submit Your Proposal

Do you have an idea for a Dance Rule Change? Submit your proposal here.

Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017.

USASF: Are You Election Ready?

Cheer & Dance National Advisory Board elections are coming up! If you’re a current USASF Professional Member and your email address is accurate in your member profile, you’ll receive the ballot to vote for coaches in your region! Remind your co-coaches to update their profiles!

USASF: Legality Violations by Level

The USASF Cheer Rules Team has compiled a list of Legality Violations by level as reported by the USASF Legality Official onsite at USASF Sanctioned Events. This can be a wonderful resource for you to not only see what areas the violations are occurring, but to go back to the rules and review for your own teams/skills routines.

As always, when in doubt about the legality of a skill, members are encouraged to submit a video for review.

USASF: Are You Using the Most Recent Copy of the USASF Dance Rules?

Clarifications from post summer training were reflected in the 8/22/2016 draft. However, the rules have been reformatted and cleaned up a bit (no changes / no clarifications) for improved user experience and released on 11/1/16.

USASF Dance Rules

USASF Cheer and Dance Member Updates – February 2017

Cheer & Dance Updates

Scholarship Opportunities – USASF Scholarships are available to young athletes to help offset expenses associated with participating with USASF member programs. Share the opportunities with your athletes! Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017

Are These Dates On Your Calendar Yet? – Plan ahead and connect with USASF members at a USASF Regional Convention this summer!

Who Is Going to Worlds ? – Check out the list of talented teams who have qualified for The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship! The list is growing every week!

Is This Legal? – Don’t risk legality points at an event when you could have your skill reviewed before you compete and know if it’s legal or not!

Cheer Updates

Cheer Rules Overview – If you haven’t registered yet, please join us on Thursday, February 2nd at 1pm EST, 12pm CST, 10am PST for a webinar to review the 2017-18 Cheer Rules, Age Grid and Program Definition.

You must register for the webinar, as space is limited.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have questions after having reviewed the new Cheer Rules documents, you can submit them online prior to the webinar.

Cheer Worlds Cup Race – Check out the standings for the Worlds Cup Race, the newest opportunity for Level 5 and 6 cheer teams to earn their way to The Cheerleading World Championship!

Dance Updates

Submit Your Proposal – Do you have an idea for a Dance Rule Change? Submit your proposal here. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017.

Category Designation – The Contemporary/Lyrical category is being offered for the second season at USASF Sanctioned Events, and for the FIRST time at The Dance Worlds in 2017. If you have any question as to which category you should register your routine at any USASF Sanctioned Event, and especially if you’re competing for a bid to The Dance World Championship, please submit a form at least one week prior to any sanctioned event. Our evaluation staff will review and advise.

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.

USASF Scholarship Opportunities

USASF Scholarships are available to college bound seniors and to young athletes to help offset expenses associated with participating with USASF member programs. Share the opportunities with your athletes!

There are 2 types of scholarships, College Scholarships (open to college bound seniors) and Young Athlete Scholarships (open to athlete members). The first deadline for the College Scholarship is tomorrow, February 1, 2017.