- UConn Cheerleading Returns To National Competition via UConn Today.
- REVIEW: ‘Cheer’ Shows How Grueling Cheerleading Can be & Plenty to ‘Cheer’: New Netflix Series Goes Behind the Scenes via Madison.com.
- ‘Cheer’ Is An Incisive Look At Injury, Coaching And Competition via NPR.
- USA Cheer announced the 2020 Special Olympic and Adaptive Abilities Teams, US National Junior Team Cheer Freestyle Pom Division Coaching Staff and Region, and US National Junior Team Hip Hop Division Coaching Staff and Region.
- Review: How Netflix’s Superb ‘Cheer’ Dispels Your Assumptions About Cheerleading via USA Today.
- Netflix Cheerleading Docuseries Sheds Light on $2B Industry via Fox Business.
- Teams Put Aside Rivalries to Honor Beloved Cheer Coach via LEX 18.
- Stunt Men: The Guys Who Power Polk Cheerleading via News Chief.
- ‘It’s a Hard and Challenging Sport’: Inside the World of Competitive Cheerleading via The Guardian.
- USA Cheer Response to Netflix’s “CHEER!” via USA Cheer.
Welcome to 2020. Here’s some of the news to close out 2019.
- Kennesaw State Pays Former Cheerleader Tommia Dean $145K to Settle Anthem Lawsuit via ESPN.
- Netflix Orders College Cheerleading Docuseries From ‘Last Chance U’ Creator via Deadline.
- USA Cheer Announces 2020 US National Junior All Girl & Junior Coed Coaching Staffs and Regions via USA Cheer.
- USASF announced the dates (June 26-28) and location (New Orleans) of the 2020 National Meeting.
- Shelby County Cheer Team Gives Joyful Christmas to Thousands of Local Kids via WMC.
- Australia’s First ParaCheer Competitor Breaks New Ground After Horrific Crash via ABC (Austrailia).
- Practice More Dangerous than Competition for High School Cheerleaders, Concussion Study Shows via Safety+Health.
- ‘Refreshing,’ the Presence of Male Cheerleaders at NKU via the Northerner.
- Cheerleading and Olympic Sport, a Best Kept Secret via TeamUSA.org.
This weekend is the busiest weekend of the year per USASF sanctioned events.
- Former Cheerleaders Warn of Concussion Risks in the Sport via Inside Edition.
- Cheering from Japan to Kentucky via The Trail Blazer.
- USA Cheer Recognized by Sports Destination Management via USA Cheer.
- Column: Male Cheerleaders, Take Off Your Clothes! via The Daily Tar Heel.
- Special Report: Research Shows Cheerleading Injuries Declining With Coach Education, Regulation via Heart of Illinois.
- Kennesaw State Cheerleader Settles Lawsuit Over School Deliberately Hiding Anthem Protest via Yahoo!.
- Words of Cheer – Interesting History of Cheerleading Clinics via Battlefords News-Optimist.
Here are your October articles as you enjoy your Halloween candy:
- Texas Cheerleader Saves Choking Toddler During Homecoming Parade via ABC News
- Former UC Berkeley Cheerleader Says She was Forced to Perform Despite Concussions via San Francisco Chronicle
- Men Return to Husker Cheer Squad, Add More Stunts, Tumbling via The Eagle.
- New Study Shows High Rates of Concussions in High School Cheerleading via Newsweek.
- A Day in the Life of a Trinity Cheerleader via The Trinitonian.
- Q&A With Rochester’s Kyle Tanguay, NFL Cheerleader via Fosters.com.
- Why Cheerdancing Should be Recognized as a ‘Legit’ Sport via Spin.ph.
- Police Investigate Male Cheerleader Bullying Incident at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara via NBC Bay Area.
- Game Day Preparation — BYU Cheer and Stunt via The Daily Universe.
Dear 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.
September has come and gone, bringing back school and football. Here’s some of the news that came along with it.
- Squad Goals | Cheerleader with Down Syndrome is the Inspiration, Heart and Soul of the Cheer Squad via WFMY.
- Cowboys Settle Cheerleader Pay Dispute, Entire Squad Gets Pay Boost via WFAA.
- Cheerleader Movies Are Big Business for Lifetime via Glamour.
- Youth/Rec Coach Membership Available via USA Cheer.
- Houston Cheerleader Updates Her Status After Dangerous Fall On Friday via The Spun.
- Youth/Rec Coach Membership Available via USA Cheer.
- Local Cheerleading Squad on Probation for ‘Political Message’ at Game via WSOC.
- ParaCheer Helps Wheelchair User ‘Love Dance Again’ via BBC.
- Guy Cheerleaders Back on Sidelines for Huskers via 1011 Now.
- USA Cheer Names Nicole Nichols to US National Team Coaching Staff via USA Cheer.
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.