If You Don’t Know

During my years of being involved in cheerleading I’ve learned athletes mess up for 3 main reasons: They don’t know what to do (The guy who didn’t know throwing a basket also meant catching it) They don’t know how to do it (The lifelong all star kid using a sign for the first time) They… Continue reading If You Don’t Know

Code of Points

Our first article each month will include the news and articles we found interesting from the previous month. News from December 2021: Cheer on Nexflix is returning for season 2 on January 12th. (Yahoo! Sports, and many other outlets) USASF announced both Dana Fielding, Associate Director of Rules and Safety, and Mary Wendt, Director of… Continue reading Code of Points

ICU Recieves Full IOC Recognition

On July 20, 2021 the International Cheer Union (ICU) announced (Press Release) it has been granted full recognition status by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Below is the ICU President Jeff Webb discussing the announcement on Good Morning America.

USASF Announces Retirement of President, Appoints Interim Management Team

Penree and Stangle to lead organization Board to commence national search for new President MEMPHIS, TN (April 15, 2021) – U.S. All Star Federation, dedicated to driving excellence in All Star Cheer and Dance, announced today that Jim Chadwick, who served as President and Board Chair, has retired from the organization after nearly 18 years. The USASF… Continue reading USASF Announces Retirement of President, Appoints Interim Management Team

USASF: Important Letter to Members from President Jim Chadwick

Dear USASF Members, Organizing All Star to make it safer for participants, an idea discussed by many, began to take shape in earnest when Elaine Pascale and I realized we shared the same dream during a dinner in Philadelphia almost 20 years ago. Turning All Star from the “wild west” of hundreds of rules, divisions,… Continue reading USASF: Important Letter to Members from President Jim Chadwick

In Review – March 2021

March has come and gone without leaving us with much news. The USASF posted the Early Release of the 2021-2022 USASF Cheer Rules and Age Grid and the Dance Rules and Age Grid/Categories. International Cheer Union announced their 2021 World Championship would take place in September in an all virtual format. USASF announced their National… Continue reading In Review – March 2021

WDYT: Falling Brace

Scenario: During a pyramid sequence a stunt group falls. Later in the sequence the fallen group was to become a required bracer for a pyramid element. That element was performed without the bracer, making it illegal as performed.  What should factor into whether it is a deduction or not? When, if ever, should a penalty… Continue reading WDYT: Falling Brace

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In Review – February 2021

February has come and gone, bringing an in person Cheersport and virtual NCA. IASF announced it is working to secure dates in September 2021 for the annual World Championship event. Les Stella made several announcements in 1 Facebook post. IASF was moved under ICU ICU moved out of the Varsity office Les did not make… Continue reading In Review – February 2021

USASF and IASF World Championship Clarification

To all USASF Members:  We are aware of the recent announcement by IASF concerning the World Championship and the potential for a date in September along with virtual, in person and hybrid options. This announcement does not change ANYTHING for our 2021 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds event in May. Specifically: All U.S. and non-U.S. teams can… Continue reading USASF and IASF World Championship Clarification

WDYT: Missed Connection

Scenario: During the pyramid section the connection between a bracer and flipper is not made. Both are in the air and reach for each other, but don’t connect. The flip is illegal as performed due to not having a bracer.  What should factor into whether it is a deduction or not? When, if ever, should… Continue reading WDYT: Missed Connection

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Letter to USASF members from the Board of Directors

To all USASF members: This letter contains important updates from the Board of Directors on our athlete protection policies as well as plans and activities for competitive club cheer and dance in 2021. Following a challenging year for all of us due to the pandemic, we begin to think about a more normalized environment for… Continue reading Letter to USASF members from the Board of Directors

Reviewing the Reviews

I recently worked an in person event as the Scoring and Deduction review person. Review requests were submitted via online form so I decided to go back and look at the basis provided for the Legality challenges. There were 63 total, how many do you think fell in each category? USASF Ruling This group said… Continue reading Reviewing the Reviews

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