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USASF: Announcement Regarding Worlds 2020

Cheerleading Worlds LogoFrom the U.S. All Star Federation and the International All Star Federation regarding The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship

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

The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds 2020 Date Change FAQ

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.

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Connect the Kids

A long time ago, when I first started coaching Tiny and Mini aged kids, I was told kids won’t do anything for you until they think you care about them. This was quickly proven true. At that age some of the kids instantly decide you are best friends and you are good from the first moment. Others are a little more suspicious of new people and it takes more effort to build trust and rapport with them, so step 1 was getting the kids to like you.

A recent conversation with a coach reminded me that sometimes competitiveness in this area isn’t the best thing. The conversation was about a coach who was so determined to be every child’s favorite that he was in some ways cutting down the other coaches to improve his position. Even though I think wanting to be the favorite can be a good thing I don’t think doing it at the expense of others is good. I hope coaches are putting in effort to ensure each kid connects with someone on staff without getting too caught up on being the one each kid connects with. It is great to be the coach every kid loves, but much more important that every kid feels loved.

 

 

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In Review – July 2019

Summer news is a little slow.The IASF posted a comparison of the USASF and IASF rules.

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All Eyes on the Floor

Another unconventional idea is to crowdsource bobbles, falls, and legalities to the other teams competing at the event, basically turning in your opponents. This would put more eyes on the floor looking for deductions, reducing the likelihood of one being missed and if one is missed it is at least partially the responsibility of those most impacted by it. I believe to accomplish this programs would assign someone to watch their competition.

The side effect of teams watching each other is it gives them more insight into what placements should be. It may even incentivize programs to have their staff judge some or more often, which could lead to more people who spend a significant amount of time in the gym being on the judges’ stand, something I’ve heard coaches requesting for years.

On the legality side this I could see this leading to more programs having a rules expert because each program would need to know the rules in order to call someone else on them. On top of that I imagine the programs that have an in house rules expert would be able to ensure their own routines are legality free which is part of the end goal.

There are several logistics that need to be worked out to make this work and I’ve thought about a couple. First the events would no longer have deduction judges on the stand, they would instead be in a score review type area to verify the deductions turned in by the other teams. Next there would need to be a way to limit programs from turning in meritless deductions. For this I envision something like NFL uses. Each team starts with X challenges and when they submit a deduction they use one. If the deduction is accurate they get the challenge back and if it is incorrect they lose it. I know there are many more logistics that would need to be worked out, but I think it would interesting to give something like this a shot.

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USASF: Learn the Cheer Rules Through the Eyes of the Experts!

USASF LogoDear USASF Program Owners and Coaches,

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.

National Meeting Registration

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Certifiably Challenged

I’ve worked scoring and deduction challenges at several events in the past, usually on the deductions side, but occasionally on the scoring side. In doing this I’ve been part of and have overheard many discussions related to scoring and rules in our industry and it has left me with an idea for an experiment.

I’d like to see what would happen if a major event required the coach to be certified in that category to be able to challenge a score. Using legality deductions as an example, only USASF certified judges would be able to challenge a legality issue. The exception I would add for legality concerns is if the skill was sent in via the USASF Coach App. If you aren’t certified and didn’t send it in there is no opportunity to get a legality deduction reviewed. Similarly on the scoring side, you’d need to be a certified building judge to challenge your stunt score, etc.

I believe this would accomplish a couple things. First, I think it would incentivize coaches to better educate themselves regarding the scoring system or rules. Some coaches are already doing a great job of this on their own, others have shown up to challenge scores and as I was showing where what was performed fell on the scoring rubric, they asked where I got it (the rubric) and asked if they could get a copy.

Second, I believe this would reduce the number of baseless challenges giving the challenge representatives more time to work with coaches on the legitimate challenges. And to help keep the number of baseless challenges minimal I would also have a method for revoking a certification a lack of knowledge is demonstrated in a coaching role just as it is if a lack of knowledge is shown in a judging role.

On top of that to keep the interactions professional I’d reserve the right to revoke the certifications of those not being professions, removing their ability to challenge for the remainder of the season. There are several logistics that would need to be worked out to make this a reality, but I think it would be worth trying.

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USASF: June Disciplinary Report

USASF Logo 2018The USASF Disciplinary Committee has posted its report of member non-compliance concerns that were addressed last month. Reports will be posted each month, so check back regularly.

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USASF: 2019-2020 Sanctioned Event & Warm-Up Room Requirements

USASF LogoAll teams, athletes, coaches and personnel attending a USASF sanctioned event that are competing or performing as an Exhibition Team in an All Star Division must meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more.

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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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In Review – June 2019

Summer is in full swing and here’s some of the news dropped while we’ve been enjoying our vacations. The biggest news, in our opinion, is the first article. We’ve also ended with a video for your entertainment.

The USASF held a meeting with members of multiple parts of the industry, including event producers, coaches, choreographers, media, uniforms, vendors, and music producers, to discuss the image of All Star. We haven’t seen anything come from it yet, but it is a step toward the industry working together to address the image being portrayed like this:

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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.