Observations After the Midwest Regional Meeting

The first USASF Regional Meeting of the summer was held in Chicago last weekend. The meeting offered a range of classes for cheerleading and dance including skills classes, business classes, insights into scoring, choreography, and music, as well as general industry sessions and a variety of specialized sessions. The meeting also had the first preview of the Universal Scoring System, which will be the system used at Worlds in 2015.

The meeting had several opportunities to discuss the industry as a whole and the path we’re on. Sessions with Les Stella, Amy Clark, and NACCC Executive Committee members gave attendees the chance to find out why certain things were done, why they were done the way they were, hear about rules and policy changes that have been proposed and will be included on the voting slate, as well as introduce topics that need to be discussed and addressed in the future.

During the weekend I had the pleasure of working with Kenny Feeley to teach the skills portion of the Level 6 credentialing course, which was a learning lesson from all sides. The attendees learned tips and tricks to help with the fundamental Level 6 stunts, pyramids, and tosses. The attendees were very complimentary, but I hope they send in feedback, good and bad, so we can learn what needs to be adjusted and what we need to continue doing. Kenny and I had a crash course in working remotely around busy travel and work schedules and quickly learned we can’t cover nearly as much material as we thought we’d be able to in 50 minutes.

Miscellaneous

USASF is looking for a new Assistant Regional Director for the Northeast Region. If you are interested please Contact Me and I’ll forward the email to you. The application deadline is July 3rd.

Varsity Spirit bought Cheer LTD. Varsity also requested to be referred to as Varsity Spirit or Varsity All Star which is related to the rebranding of Herff Jones.

You’ll need to take the CDC Head Up Concussion course if you plan on credentialing or becoming a certified safety judge. Even if you don’t plan on being credentialed or certified you should take it in the interest of improving your safety education.

OverStretch – June 24, 2014