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Know Your Role

As a coach do you realize how significant your role can be in a child’s life? If you name the adults a child spends the most time with in a year the list will probably start with Mom & Dad, then move to their teacher. The person after that may very well be a coach. I figure Mom & Dad get a couple hours with a child per week day and a little more on the weekend.  A teacher probably gets a little over an hour a day, maybe 7.5 hours per week. A coach gets a couple hours per practice a couple days a week, maybe 4 hours. School doesn’t go year round while our sports typically do so that pulls the teacher and coach closer over the span of a year. Once you factor in children rarely having the same teacher for multiple years, but often having the same coach for multiple years it becomes very possible the coach could be a clear third.

Do you appreciate your role as one of the most consistent adults in a child’s life and do you use that role and time to help shape the child into a better person. I hope you answer with a resounding Yes!

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In Review – November 2019

This weekend is the busiest weekend of the year per USASF sanctioned events.

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In Review – October 2019

Here are your October articles as you enjoy your Halloween candy:

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USASF: Are You Competition Ready? (2019-20)

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Coaches and Program Owners,

Competition season is upon us. Are you competition ready? Join Regional Directors Glenda Broderick and Robin Galik as they walk you through the steps to ensure you are prepared for your 2019-2020 events and fully understand compliance, eligibility, rostering, and more!

SELECT THE TIME THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU

  • October 16, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
  • October 16, 2019 at 9:00pm EDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Can’t join us at the times listed? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording.

Be sure to check The Connection for a posting of the webinar and further discussion.

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USASF: Scoring for Senior Divisions at The Dance Worlds 2020

Dance WorldsLearn about the USASF Dance Score Sheet for the Senior Divisions at The Dance Worlds used by Worlds judges by watching the NEW Scoring Webinar, hosted by the Worlds Senior Panel Directors.

To learn about the Rules, Divisions, and Scoring System for the Open & Junior divisions, visit iasfworlds.com.

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In Review – September 2019

September has come and gone, bringing back school and football. Here’s some of the news that came along with it.

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USASF: 2020 Worlds Cup Race

USASF Worlds Cup Race LogoAll Level 6 and 7 teams entering one or more of the following USASF Sanctioned Events will receive points based on the size of their division and placement rankings. At the end of the season, the Level 6 and/or Level 7 teams with the highest point totals will win 3 Paid Bids and 3 At Large Bids to The Cheerleading Worlds, 2020.

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In Review – August 2019

Summer is ending. It’s not cheerleading or dance specific, but ESPN published Study: On Average Child Quits Sports at Age 11.

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USA Cheer College Rules Released

USA Cheer LogoThe 2019-20 USA Cheer College Cheerleading Rules have been posted at USA Cheer.

The college rules process uses an “odd year/even year” rotation between addressing major and minor changes. 2019-20 is a “minor changes” year, with the addition of a sign rule in which top person and middle layers may not release hard signs to the ground.

In addition, the performing surface rules and basket toss rules have been slightly reworded for clarity without changing the implementation of the existing rules.

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USA Cheer: High School Rules Updates

USA Cheer LogoThe 2019-20 high school rules were published to the USA Cheer site on May 1 and are available here.

An update has been made to the new rule regarding signs for high school teams and younger. Bases are not allowed to hold props that are made of hard material or have sharp corners or edges. Stunts and pyramids that use these types of signs should choreograph them so that the top person comes down with the sign legally or hands them to a person on the ground who is allowed to hold signs.

The NFHS has released their current “Comments on the Rules“, which include this change as well.

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USA Cheer: Fall Safety Update!

One of USA Cheer’s primary objectives is to “promote safety and safety education for cheer in USA Cheer Logothe United States.” It is a responsibility that is central to everything we do, including growing cheer participation and representing the USA in cheerleading internationally.

This safety update includes information on updated high school rules and the new rules course, as well as the recently released college rules.

Thanks to the combination of appropriate safety rules, ongoing safety education, and increased safety awareness by all, cheerleading has been ranked among the lowest risk high school sports for ten years!

We are excited to provide this safety update to our members, partner organizations, and friends!

Jim Lord, Director of Education and Programming

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USASF: Announcement Regarding Worlds 2020

Cheerleading Worlds LogoFrom the U.S. All Star Federation and the International All Star Federation regarding The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship

The Road to Worlds is an exciting one for All Star teams around the globe, and we share in the excitement and anticipation each year! The growth and momentum of All Star brings together incredible athleticism, artistry and talent at The Worlds annually. We’re looking forward to 2020.

Circumstances outside of our control have necessitated a slight adjustment of the dates of The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds for 2020. Worlds will take place on April 24, 25 and 26. The location remains at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL.

If you have questions, please contact:

  • U.S. Event Producers and Teams, please contact the USASF
  • Non-U.S. Event Producers and Teams, please contact the IASF

The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds 2020 Date Change FAQ

Why is there a date change for The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds?

The International Cheer Union is slightly changing their event date due to a scheduling conflict with important international meetings. That change is causing the USASF and IASF to slightly change their event date for The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds to avoid event overlap at Walt Disney World®.

What are the dates of the ICU World Championships?

To avoid a scheduling conflict with important international meetings, the 2020 ICU Worlds Championships will change their event date to April 27, 28 and 29.

Will this be the schedule for the following year?

At this time, we are only aware that it is a one-time change to the schedule.

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In Review – July 2019

Summer news is a little slow.The IASF posted a comparison of the USASF and IASF rules.

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USASF: Learn the Cheer Rules Through the Eyes of the Experts!

USASF LogoDear USASF Program Owners and Coaches,

Join Ali Stangle, Dana Fielding and special guests including Kenny Feeley at the USASF National Meeting as they bring the Cheer Rules to life through video and live stunt demonstrations. This is an in-depth workshop where you learn the nuances of the rules while gaining a real understanding in a fun, interactive environment.

This workshop will explain the intent behind the rules and how to prepare your athletes with skills focused on safety through level rule progressions. The workshop is for ALL experience levels and includes a working lunch!

Register for the National Meeting, select the Cheer Rules Workshop track and unlock your coaching potential! Click here for a preview.

National Meeting Registration

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USASF: June Disciplinary Report

USASF Logo 2018The USASF Disciplinary Committee has posted its report of member non-compliance concerns that were addressed last month. Reports will be posted each month, so check back regularly.