All 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.
Summer is ending. It’s not cheerleading or dance specific, but ESPN published Study: On Average Child Quits Sports at Age 11.
- I Made $3,400 As An NFL Cheerleader — & Spent It ALL On Looking The Part via MSN.
- Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Makes All-American Team via CBS Local.
- 20 Unsettling Rules Professional Cheerleaders Must Follow via The Things.
- Kids Aren’t Playing Enough Sports. The Culprit? Cost via ESPN.
- It’s a Sport and They are Athletes – Get Over It via Opelika Observer.
- USA Cheer Appoints New Director of College STUNT via USA Cheer.
- 2019 University of Kentucky Cheer Coed Stunting Clinic via UK Athletics.
The 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.
The 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.
One of USA Cheer’s primary objectives is to “promote safety and safety education for cheer in the 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
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
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.
Summer news is a little slow.The IASF posted a comparison of the USASF and IASF rules.
- Florida’s Famous Cheerleader, Mr. Two Bits, Dies via ESPN.
- ‘Black Girls Cheer’ Documentary, Coming to Chicago, Looks at Joy, Power of All-Black Cheer Squads via Chicago Tribune.
- Varsity Spirit Expands Its Band Division With Two Significant Acquisitions via Yahoo!.
- Students Lament Death of El Paso Cheerleading Coach Who Died in Vehicle Crash via KFOX14.
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.
The 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.
All teams, athletes, coaches and personnel attending a USASF sanctioned event that are competing or performing as an Exhibition Team in an All Star Division must meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more.
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 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: