NEW DATE…The Coach App will reopen on August 1st for the new season.
With the start of a new Membership Term (June 1st), have you taken the necessary steps to be eligible this event season? NEWfor the 2019-20 season, all Owners, Coaches, and Personnel must be SafeSport trained. Find out more here. #DontbelikeDiana
In early June, 63 representatives from 35 companies including apparel, makeup, accessories, music, coaches, choreography, photography, video and the media that cover the sport came together with USASF Board members and staff in a first-of-its-kind discussion and discovery. Attendees learned about the risks of sexual exploitation of All Star athletes and to unify around the commitment to be diligent in how we portray children so we do not put them at risk.
The USASF asked a research firm to survey parents considering All Star cheer as an activity for their child and learned that, in addition to concerns about cost and time, 9% of parents did not choose All Star cheer because of the image and appearance of athletes. Image concerns included uniforms, hair, makeup and, of that 9% that did not choose All Star, a shocking 23% of parents worry about the potential for abuse and exploitation in All Star. The companies in attendance committed to protect athletes through the products and services they offer by supporting new Athletic Performance Standards as outlined in the USASF Professional Responsibility Code and Safety Rules for All Star.
Stacy Pendarvis, Program Director for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children was in attendance and affirmed that All Star is leading the way for other youth sports to follow regarding athlete protection. Companies will meet again at the USASF National Meeting in August.
Summer is in full swing and here’s some of the news dropped while we’ve been enjoying our vacations. The biggest news, in our opinion, is the first article. We’ve also ended with a video for your entertainment.
- Acrobatics and Tumbling, Women’s Wrestling Get Backing to Join NCAA Emerging Sports via NCAA.
- USA Cheer Announces DI and DII/III Players of the Year, Kennedy Wingbermuehle and Samantha Jenkins via USA Cheer.
- NCAA Takes Pep Out of Cheerleading Company Varsity Brands via New York Post.
- Tuks Cheerleaders Making Impossible Stunts Look Easy via Pretoria East Rekord.
- 2019-2020 Sanctioned Event & Warm-Up Room Requirements via USASF.
- Cheerleading is Demanding and Just as Competitive as Other Sports via Daily Gazette.
- From Cheerleader to Circus Freak: Meet Abbie Springer via StyleBlueprint.
- ‘Cheerleader Generation’: Mother-Daughter Coaching Duo Tease Intense New Series Will Help Cheerleading ‘Gain Respect’ via Pop Culture.
- STUNT Teams Enjoy Recognition from Members of Congress via USA Cheer.
- I Was a Cheerleader, and It Made Me the Person I Am Today via Thrive Global.
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Cheerleader Generation via TVOvermind.
- Ole Miss Cheer Takes Center Stage in New Lifetime Series via HottyToddy.com.
- Varsity Brands’ Bid to Make Cheerleading an Olympic Sport (Video) via Yahoo!
The USASF held a meeting with members of multiple parts of the industry, including event producers, coaches, choreographers, media, uniforms, vendors, and music producers, to discuss the image of All Star. We haven’t seen anything come from it yet, but it is a step toward the industry working together to address the image being portrayed like this:
The USASF Connection has moved to a new location to better fit your needs. The Connection is a place where you can find relevant discussion and meaningful connections with All Star professionals and colleagues.
Accessing the USASF Connection easy! Select the method that works for you:
- Member Portal > dropdown menu (top right) > Visit the USASF Connection
- Direct Access on your laptop or desktop
- Via App on your phone > Apple Store or Google Play > Search for USASF Connection (look for the yellow icon) > Install the App
You’ll need to login with your USASF username and password. Forgot your password? No worries, click ‘forgot password’. Click here to see more.
As we gear up for a new event season, we wanted to share the Divisions that will be offered at The Dance Worlds, 2020. Click here to view.
We’re excited to announce that The Dance Worlds will have a new (temporary) home in 2020! The Dance Worlds will return to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in 2021.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center – April 25-27, 2020
Note: The resorts that will be offered with the 2020 Worlds resident’s packages will continue to be Disney’s All Star Resort and Coronado Springs Resort. Transportation to Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center will be provided for those staying on the 2020 Worlds resident packages.
Additional details will be provided later this Fall.
Join Meredith Walker, Director of Rules and Safety, for the 2019 Dance Rules and Age Grid Webinar. Open to Owners, Coaches, and Event Producers, the webinar will cover the updates to the Dance Rules and Age Grid document and will conclude with a Q&A.
Registration is required.
2019 Dance Rules and Age Grid Webinar
Wednesday, June 19th at 11:00am CST | 12:00 EST
(The Registration Link was included in the email)
Rules suggestions may be submitted until July 15, 2019 to be considered for future discussions.
This is a non rules change year. This form is to allow for our members to begin conversations, as needed, in anticipation for the next rules cycle year and/or imminent safety concerns that the USASF Rules Committee may consider.
As a reminder, you must have support for this change by three USASF members outside of your gym/organization. You will need to include their names as well as their email addresses below. If that information is left blank, or is incorrect, your submission will not be considered.
Make plans to join USASF at one of these locations:
- Dallas, TX: July 20 & 21
- Las Vegas, NV (in conjunction with the National Meeting): August 3 & 4
- Washington, DC/National Harbor: September 7 & 8 (tentative dates)
Can’t make it to one of these locations?You can become certified via online (NOT recommended for first time candidates). Click here to learn more and to register.
The 2019-2020 Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grids have been approved by the USASF Board of Directors and can be found on the USASF Rules Site accessed via the Member Portal.
New Look | New Content. In an effort to make the documents more user friendly and easier to understand, we have reformatted them in hopes that will meet or exceed your expectations.
Want a sneak peek of how to view the Cheer Rules documents? Check out the Cheer Rules Sneak Peek.
The end of the season events have ended and today the new season begins.
- UK Grad Defies Gravity, Changes Perception of Sport He Loves via UKNow.
- Golden Hat-Trick for England ParaCheer at ICU World Championships via Sky Sports.
- Canadians to Receive Medal After Team Says They Were ‘Robbed’ at Cheerleading Championships in U.S. via Global News.
- Cheerleaders Injured During Storms at ESPN Wide World of Sports via WFLA.
- Montgomery County Special Olympics Cheerleading Team Makes History via WTOP.
- US National Teams Bring Home 18 Medals from International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships via USA Cheer.
- Go, Fight, Win! Santa Rosa Special Olympics Cheer Squad Takes Home Gold Medals at State via Pensacola News Journal.
- Special Education Teachers Form Student Cheer Squad, Take Home Gold at First Competition via Yahoo!
- Eagles Select Male Dancer To Join Cheerleading Squad, But It Turns Out He’s Not Franchise’s First via CBS.
- OSU Cheer and Dance Looks Towards Change via The Daily Barometer.
- The College STUNT Association Announces Season Nine STUNT All Americans via USA Cheer.
- New TV Series ‘Cheerleader Generation’ Features Dunbar Coach and Daughter, the Ole Miss Coach via Lexington Herald-Leader.
Record it, tune in and host a watch party as the best in The Cheerleading Worlds hit the mat on CBS Sports Network!
- June 2nd, 12 noon Eastern: Senior Large All Girl Level 5
- June 9th, 12 noon Eastern: Senior Small Coed Level 5 and International Open Large Coed Level 6
Hosting a watch party? Don’t forget to tag us in your All Star celebration – #USASF, #AllStarCheer #CheerWorlds2019 #ThisIsAllStar
We are proud to say that the recommendations include areas that the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, now part of USA Cheer, has been promoting since its first Cheerleading Safety Manual, published in 1990, and which many of USA Cheer’s member organizations have teaching at camps and clinics for at least as long.
These include developing a practiced emergency action plan, acclimatization and conditioning, strength and conditioning of personnel, protective equipment, and education and training. Additionally listed is an area that is already a centerpiece of cheer – sportsmanship.
The manual is the 4th edition of the original AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual, which made cheerleading history when published in 1990. It was the first publication to specifically address risk minimization in all areas of safety awareness, legal and medical responsibilities, skill progressions, emergency planning, and performer readiness.
The new manual builds upon the foundations laid by the latest AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual and updates important information and concepts that have changed since the last publication in 2006.
In addition, the manual also now includes an online appendix, so that future updates or additional forms and reference material can be added as needed.
The manual is currently in the printing process, and online versions can be downloaded as part of the new online course, which is available on the USA Cheer training portal. To complete the course, click the button below and select “USA Cheer Safety & Risk Management Section 1” from the “Safety/Risk Mgt” section. Join USA Cheer for course discounts!