USASF: L6 Credentialing for Cheer

USASF Logo 2018The USASF has added a Level 6 Credentialing session in Dallas the day before NCA All-Star Nationals begins. For additional information and to register click here.

  • Thursday February 28th, 1:00pm-9:00pm CST
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center – Room TDB
    650 S. Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202

USASF: Cheer and Dance Rules Updates ….Coming Soon

USASF Logo 2018We’re approaching the time of year that USASF posts an early release of the Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grid for the following season. We’re carefully watching how the current season’s Age Grid and Rules are helping our members as any new updates are considered. At the same time, the USASF Rules Committees are monitoring changes that other national and international cheer and dance rules organizations are making, and they’re weighing whether or not those changes would be in the best interest for USASF members to adopt.

Additionally, every two years is a cheer rules change year (as is 2019-2020) which makes for a much more involved process of reviewing two years of submissions and feedback from our members. The USASF Cheer Rules Committee has been meeting and working for months on the rules and age grid and we are excited to share with the membership the updates for the 2019-2020 season which continue to encourage athlete safety, longevity and growth.

Later this month, the Cheer and Dance Rules Teams will host and record webinars outlining updates for the 2019-2020 season. The recordings will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted on the rules website and in The Connection.

USASF: Triple AAA Challenge

USASF Logo 2018Education and awareness is KEY in preventing child abuse and sexual exploitation! We challenge you to pause before you post and think Triple AAA: Is it Athletic? Is it Age Appropriate? What does it Amplify? Post thoughtfully in social media using #ThisIsAllStar and #usasfATHLETES1st. Visit the Athletes 1st resources (login required) in The Connection to learn more.

USASF: Athletes 1st

USASF Logo 2018In January we introduced you to the Athletes 1st Initiative, an awareness campaign that equips you with tools to supply to your athletes; all with the purpose of empowering athletes to protect themselves anywhere they are.

Visit the Athletes 1st resources (login required) in The Connection to view tips, videos and other items to learn more on how to protect your athletes on and off the floor! #usasfATHLETES1st

USASF: Save the Date and Join Us This Summer

USASF Logo 2018USASF National Meeting

The first annual USASF National Meeting in 2018 was a huge success! Your input for the 2019 National Meeting asked for a destination location, dates before back to school, and the convenience and cost saving benefits of being able to travel ONCE for multiple coach conferences. Travel to Las Vegas for the IEP or Varsity U Vegas Coaches Conference and STAY in Las Vegas for the USASF National Meeting! More details will be coming soon!

Save the Date

  • August 5-6, 2019
  • Las Vegas, NV

USASF: Healthy Kids Challenge Recipients

USASF Logo 2018The USASF Leadership Team is pleased to announce the athletes who participated in the BOLT and MARCH workshops and have been selected to present their success stories of the 2019 Healthy Kids Challenge. Created by Tufts University, the HKOS Challenge teaches youth to create and lead projects in their program, school or community that encourage physical activity and healthy eating habits.

The newly selected Athlete Presenters will receive advanced leadership training and an invitation to present their projects during one of the Regional Advisory Board meetings to be held via video conference this summer. Congratulations

  • Marina Giammettei (USA Wildcats)
  • Kaylee Ojala (Energizers)
  • Ashleigh Johnson (Royalty Athletix)
  • Skylar Wechsler (The California All Stars)

USASF: Celebrating 1 Year of The Connection

USASF Logo 2018February marks the 1-year anniversary of your exclusive online community, The Connection. Coming later this month we’ll take you through the ‘numbers’ on your Top Contributors, Resources Shared, Popular Discussions, and Search Terms. The Connection is your place to have conversations, find member-only resources, ask questions, get advice and connect directly with USASF Staff and members about everything All Star.

USASF: Are You Election Ready?

USASF Logo 2018Cheer and Dance National Advisory Board elections are coming up! Eligible members as of February 15 will receive a ballot on February 21. Voting closes on February 28. We will announce the newly elected members in the March Newsletter early March.

USASF Cheer Rules/Age Grid Release and Membership Policy Update

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Coach and Owner Members:

We’re approaching the time of year that USASF posts an early release of the Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grid and Membership Policies for the following season. We’re carefully watching how the current season’s Age Grid and Rules are helping our members as any new updates are considered. At the same time, the USASF Rules Committees are monitoring changes that other national and international cheer and dance rules organizations are making, and they’re weighing whether or not those changes would be in the best interest for USASF members to adopt. Likewise, the Membership Team is reviewing the member policies and guidelines of other youth sports National Governing Bodies to ensure we are fully supporting our Athletes 1st initiative, aligning with best practices and being compliant with the law.

Additionally, every two years is a cheer rules change year (as is 2019-2020) which makes for a much more involved process of reviewing two years of submissions and feedback from our members. The USASF Cheer Rules Committee has been meeting and working for months on the rules and age grid and we are excited to share with the membership the updates for the 2019-2020 season which continue to encourage athlete safety, longevity and growth.

Here is the timeline for communication of all of the above:

Next week: The Membership Team will host and record a webinar on February 5 at 12pm Eastern to review updates to the Professional Responsibility Code for the 2019-2020 season. The recording will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted in The Connection. Click here to register. Not sure you can make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recorded session.

Later in February: The Cheer and Dance Rules Teams will host and record webinars outlining updates for the 2019-2020 season. The recordings will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted on the rules website and in The Connection on Thursday.

Please attend the webinars if at all possible so that you can ask questions during the discussions as time permits. The webinars will also give you a first glimpse at Membership Policies, Rules and Age Grids before the documents are posted. We hope the webinars will help with interpretation, understanding and clarity.

If you can’t attend live, you’ll have access to the recordings, followed by the documents posted on our websites. We look forward to connecting with you in February!

In Review – January 2019

January has come and gone, taking along with it one of our favorite events, UCA & UDA College Nationals.

In Review – December 2018

Happy New Year, here’s the news that closed out 2018:

In Review – November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving.

The IASF had several announcements including renumbering some levels, adding a few divisions to Worlds, and some rules changes. Please visit IASFWorlds.com for more info.

In Review – October 2018

October came and went, bringing Fall and Halloween with it. This month I was reminded of cheerleading being used in headlines to catch the attention of readers. People published an article titled Cheerleader’s Alleged Admission that She Didn’t Want to Be Mom Is Admissible in Baby Murder Trial that had nothing to do with cheerleading knowing including cheerleading in the title would increase clicks. The article even starts with “The former cheerleader accused of” and the only other time cheerleading is mentioned is another reference to “the former cheerleader”, unless you count links to other articles related to the same story. It is a reminder of the gap between the attention and respect cheerleading is given.

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