USASF: We’re Building the USASF CommUNITY and Need Your Help!

Dear USASF Coach and Owner Members:

I hope this email finds you successfully surviving a busy 2016-17 competition season! In the midst of the busy-ness, we hope you’ll find some time to contribute to the USASF CommUNITY!

We’re building an online community full of articles, sample forms, informational resources and more that will launch this summer and we’d love for YOU to contribute and share ideas and tips with USASF members!

Keep reading for details – and submit your articles and sample forms starting today!  Click here to submit content.

Content Ideas for Owners

File Sharing

  • Employee Contracts
  • Athlete Contracts
  • Social Media etiquette

Parents

  • Communication with Parents
  • Setting Expectations
  • Athlete Contracts

Marketing

  • Marketing Strategies
  • Creating loyal fans
  • Growing your program

Financial

  • Creating an effective Booster Club
  • Booster Club – Non Profit?
  • Revenue Builders
  • Fundraising Ideas

Personnel

  • Hiring
  • Communication
  • Setting Expectations
  • Employee Reviews
  • Front Desk personnel
  • Employee Contracts

Management

  • Running effective meetings
  • Constructing a one year plan
  • Managing time efficiently
  • Planning b-­day parties, banquets, performances, showcases
  • Community outreach ideas
  • Social Media policy

Content Ideas for Coaches

Motivation

  • When/when not to push your athletes
  • Self motivation
  • Accountability
  • Pre-Comp Traditions

Conditioning

  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Stretching

Team Building

  • Just for Fun
  • Team Talks
  • Setting Goals
  • Building Trust
  • Commitment

What Do I Do Next?

It’s simple! Choose as many topics from above as inspire you (or create your own) and submit articles to us! Click here to read all the details for submitting your content. Questions? Just reply to this email.

Your contribution to the CommUNITY will be beneficial to your fellow USASF members…THANK YOU for being a part of our new initiative!

Most Sincerely,

Lynn Singer

USASF Executive Director, Communications and Dance

USASF: Save the Date!

Summer USASF Regional Conventions will be here before you know it, so get the date for your convention on your calendar today! Don’t forget the pre- and post-convention workshop opportunities for mentoring and leadership education and training for coaches, owners and athletes. Read more.

USASF: Make the USASF Connection

In January we held web conferences by region to announce the launch of the National All Star Connection (The Connection) which is the pathway to USASF involvement for cheer and dance coaches and owners. We introduced you to the Region Leaders and let you know that more opportunity for input and collaboration would be coming. That opportunity is March 14 and 15!

Join your USASF Regional Director and your Connection Region Team Leaders for an interactive webinar. They’ll be facilitating information sharing and discussion about the topics YOU want to talk about!

Follow the links below to

  1. Register for the webinar in your region and
  2. submit questions about topics that are important to you.

March 14th

West: 12:00PM PST   |   Midwest: 12:30PM CST

Southwest: 6:00PM CST   |   Southeast: 9:00PM EST

March 15th

Northeast: 9:00PM EST

What would you like your Regional Director and Connection Region Leaders to discuss? Submit your ideas by March 10th.

USASF: Watch Worlds Live!

Even if you’re not in Orlando, you won’t miss a minute of the action from The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship when you subscribe to the live stream available exclusively on FloCheer! Tune in for performances from every cheer and dance venue, special features, stories, interviews, results and more!

Sign up for Live Stream Now!

In Review – February 2017

February came and went along with some of the largest events in our industry. The most tragic news of the month was the fatal plane crash in California involving a small group returning from a cheerleading competition (Washington Post, ABC, People). Here’s the other news you may have missed:

USASF: Are You Election Ready?

Cheer & Dance National Advisory Board elections are coming up! If you’re a current USASF Professional Member and your email address is accurate in your member profile, you’ll receive the ballot to vote for coaches in your region! Remind your co-coaches to update their profiles!

NCA All Star Nationals 2017 – Insights into Division Splits

Coaches,

On or before next Tuesday, the Block Schedule and Final Team Listing will be released. Since there have been several questions lately in regards to division splits, I wanted to clarify NCA’s process. Throughout this entire journey, we’ve remained compliant with the USASF mandates, as well as our own internal philosophies and processes. We’ve also tried to be very transparent and go out of our way to communicate with everyone during each stage of the process. Below you’ll find insight into Division Splits.

Registration

The USASF mandates that we offer the standard division listing. For example, that is why the forms you filled out did not allow you to register for a Level 2 Small Junior D2 Division. The only option it gave you was a general, “Level 2 Junior/5-32 members” Division. It did not include Small or Large and it didn’t include D2. Divisions for D2 teams at NCA All-Star Nationals are NOT guaranteed. In some instances, Small/Large splits aren’t either.

Initial Small/Large Splits

USASF mandates that we can split a division (i.e. Level 2 Junior/5-32 members) based on size into Small (5-20 members) and Large (21-32 members) once we have enough registrations in-house to warrant a split. With the size of NCA All-Star Nationals, that was easily achieved in most potential divisions.

Team Listing Emails

During the week of January 22nd, Rachael Alexander sent a personalized email to each program to verify divisions, participant totals and crossovers. On January 26th, I sent out the first Team/Division listing with most Small/Large splits to review. I sent out another updated Team/Division listing on January 30tth.

A/B Splits

Given the prestige and reputation of our event, coupled with our desire to have DEEP divisions at Nationals, we decided to only split divisions with 16 teams or more into A/B or D2. For a division to split into D2, there must be at least 16 teams in a division with at least 5 eligible D2 teams. Once D2 splits are complete, we look at the remaining teams and consider A/B splits.

  • Divisions with at least 16 teams are split into A/B.
  • Divisions with at least 25 teams are split into A/B/C.
  • Divisions with at least 36 teams are split into A/B/C/D.

We use a snapshot of enrollment on the official Split Day of February 1st to make final splits. We do not further split L5 and L6 Worlds divisions, as Worlds Bids are up for grabs and most teams that travel across the world to compete against the best at NCA would be disappointed to find out some of their favorite competition ended up in a “B” division instead of their division.

I know that understanding this side of the sport is complicated and confusing at times. We’ve tried to remain as consistent and transparent as possible in our processes leading up to these splits. For us, it is a challenge to balance NCA’s goal of providing every team a fair chance to be competitive with our mission of retaining NCA All-Star Nationals’ reputation as the most prestigious competition of its kind in the industry.

We know many of you choose NCA for that reason, because people that think NCA is the ultimate – where winning means something because you competed against the best of the best. I’ll be back in touch soon!

Justin Carrier

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