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USASF: 2019-2020 Cheer & Dance Rules Have Been Released

USASF Logo 2018The 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.

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USASF: Coach App Opening Soon

NEW DATE…The Coach App will reopen on August 1st for the new season.

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USASF: Is Your Eligibility Up-to-Date?

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

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USASF: All Star Leaders Gather

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.

USASF Logo 2018The 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.

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USASF: There’s an App for That!

USASF LogoThe 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.

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USASF: Worlds 2020 Divisions for Dance

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.

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USASF: New Location for The Dance Worlds in 2020

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.

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USASF: Learn About The Dance Rules And Age Grid

USASF Logo 2018Join 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)

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USASF: Have A Suggestion For Rules?

USASF LogoRules 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.

Cheer Rules & Policy Change Suggestion | Dance Rules & Policy Change Suggestion

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USASF: Become A Certified Legality Official for 2019-20

USASF Logo 2018USASF Legality Official certification for All Star Cheer and All Star Dance is based on each annual All Star season.

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.

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USASF: Rules Release 2019-2020

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Coaches,

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.

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USASF: The Cheerleading Worlds Air Dates 2019

Cheerleading Worlds LogoRelive the Magic of Worlds!

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

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USA Cheer: NCAA Endorses Catastrophic Injury Policies

USA Cheer LogoThe NCAA Board of Governors recently unanimously approved a set of policies to help prevent catastrophic injury and death across all NCAA sports.

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.

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USA Cheer: New USA Cheer/AACCA Safety Manual

USA Cheer LogoThe long-awaited USA Cheer Safety Manual update has been completed!

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!

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USA Cheer: Rules Training for Coaches and Officials!

USA Cheer LogoUSA Cheer announces the first ever comprehensive safety rules course!

Unlike other rules training that primarily reviews new rules, this 4-part course covers the entire spectrum of the high school cheerleading rules. There are two courses available, with one geared towards coaches and another with additional fifth training section for rules officials.

The course is developed by the USA Cheer rules committee which is led by rules experts Bill Ahern and Jim Lord, both of whom are also advisers to the NFHS rules committee. The course is designed to be compatible with both the USA Cheer and NFHS safety rules, and should serve as the foundation for rules understanding for any cheerleading coach or choreographer.

The course will be updated each year, along with a “new rules” add-on for coaches who have completed the comprehensive training.

For more information, and to complete the USA Cheer Safety Rules Course, click below and select “Responsibilities and General Rules (Part 1)” from the “HS Rules” section. Join USA Cheer for course discounts!