Success is Everything

I’ve been involved in several cheer programs over the years and each of them was significantly different from the others. Each set their goal and definition of success uniquely and to each of them achieving that goal was paramount.

The first’s goal was to perform the greatest routine ever performed. The program had already won several championships making that was the expectation so the goal had to be something beyond. The second’s was to compete at Nationals. No one involved in this program remembered the last time the program got their act together and made it to Nationals and wanted to be the year that changed.

The next’s goal was to hit in finals. The program had gone about a decade without hitting in finals and the squad was determined to be the group that ended the streak. The final program’s goal was to win National. They had won in the past and had a couple near misses and wanted to return the big trophy to the trophy case.

All of these goals were very different and specific to each program. All were realistic goals for each group with their difference. Goals vary by team and by circumstance. Regardless of what the goal is achieving success toward and truly achieving that goal is everything.

PS – 3 of the 4 accomplished their goal.

In Review – May 2019

The end of the season events have ended and today the new season begins.

USASF: The Cheerleading Worlds Air Dates 2019

Cheerleading Worlds LogoRelive the Magic of Worlds!

Record it, tune in and host a watch party as the best in The Cheerleading Worlds hit the mat on CBS Sports Network!

  • June 2nd, 12 noon Eastern: Senior Large All Girl Level 5
  • June 9th, 12 noon Eastern: Senior Small Coed Level 5 and International Open Large Coed Level 6

Hosting a watch party? Don’t forget to tag us in your All Star celebration – #USASF, #AllStarCheer #CheerWorlds2019 #ThisIsAllStar

USA Cheer: NCAA Endorses Catastrophic Injury Policies

USA Cheer LogoThe NCAA Board of Governors recently unanimously approved a set of policies to help prevent catastrophic injury and death across all NCAA sports.

We are proud to say that the recommendations include areas that the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, now part of USA Cheer, has been promoting since its first Cheerleading Safety Manual, published in 1990, and which many of USA Cheer’s member organizations have teaching at camps and clinics for at least as long.

These include developing a practiced emergency action plan, acclimatization and conditioning, strength and conditioning of personnel, protective equipment, and education and training. Additionally listed is an area that is already a centerpiece of cheer – sportsmanship.

USA Cheer: New USA Cheer/AACCA Safety Manual

USA Cheer LogoThe long-awaited USA Cheer Safety Manual update has been completed!

The manual is the 4th edition of the original AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual, which made cheerleading history when published in 1990. It was the first publication to specifically address risk minimization in all areas of safety awareness, legal and medical responsibilities, skill progressions, emergency planning, and performer readiness.

The new manual builds upon the foundations laid by the latest AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual and updates important information and concepts that have changed since the last publication in 2006.

In addition, the manual also now includes an online appendix, so that future updates or additional forms and reference material can be added as needed.

The manual is currently in the printing process, and online versions can be downloaded as part of the new online course, which is available on the USA Cheer training portal. To complete the course, click the button below and select “USA Cheer Safety & Risk Management Section 1” from the “Safety/Risk Mgt” section. Join USA Cheer for course discounts!

USA Cheer: Rules Training for Coaches and Officials!

USA Cheer LogoUSA Cheer announces the first ever comprehensive safety rules course!

Unlike other rules training that primarily reviews new rules, this 4-part course covers the entire spectrum of the high school cheerleading rules. There are two courses available, with one geared towards coaches and another with additional fifth training section for rules officials.

The course is developed by the USA Cheer rules committee which is led by rules experts Bill Ahern and Jim Lord, both of whom are also advisers to the NFHS rules committee. The course is designed to be compatible with both the USA Cheer and NFHS safety rules, and should serve as the foundation for rules understanding for any cheerleading coach or choreographer.

The course will be updated each year, along with a “new rules” add-on for coaches who have completed the comprehensive training.

For more information, and to complete the USA Cheer Safety Rules Course, click below and select “Responsibilities and General Rules (Part 1)” from the “HS Rules” section. Join USA Cheer for course discounts!

USA Cheer: New High School Rules

USA Cheer LogoThe 2019-20 high school rules were published to the USA Cheer site on May 1 and are available here.

Some of the highlights of the new rules include allowing certain braced flips using one bracer, allowing inversion releases to land in extended stunts, modifying the “switch lib” rule to allow landing on one or both feet. In addition, new restrictions were placed on sign use, prohibiting signs from being released from a top person.

Further changes were made to clarify previous rules, and minor changes were made so that the USA Cheer and NFHS rules are virtually identical!

USASF: Leadership Workshops

USASF Logo 2018Attention SOUTHEAST and NORTHEAST regions – we’re headed your way! Unlock your leadership potential by attending a USASF Leadership Workshop.

  • Franklin, TN – Impact, Bolt, March Leadership Workshops: deadline June 5th
  • Notre Dame, IN – Bolt, March Leadership Workshops: deadline June 13th

Coaches and athletes have the opportunity to develop the leader within them during the BOLT, MARCH and IMPACT workshops. To learn more and to register, click here.

USASF: Legality Official Certification for Cheer & Dance

USASF Logo 2018Interested in becoming a certified USASF Legality Official for All Star Cheer and All Star Dance? The certification term is based on each annual All Star season, which typically begins in the fall and extends through the spring. Click here to find out more and plan to join USASF at one of these locations:

  • Dallas, TX: July 20 & 21
  • Las Vegas, NV (in conjunction with the National Meeting): August 3 & 4
  • Washington, DC/National Harbor: September 7 & 8 (tentative dates)

USASF: Register for the National Meeting Today!

USASF Logo 2018Early Bird registration has been extended until May 15. Las Vegas, NV at the M Resort and Casino is the place to be August 5-6, 2019. Save up to $35 if you register on or before April 30th. Click here to find out more!

National Meeting Registration Fees:

  • $185 – Early Bird Registration (registered on or before April 30) EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 15
  • $195 – Regular Registration (registered between May 1and August 1)
  • $210 – Late Registration (registered after August 1)

IMPACT Registration Fee:

  • $50 (if also registered for the National Meeting)

BOLT or MARCH Registration Fee:

  • Free (if also registered for the National Meeting)

USASF: Athlete Safety

USASF Logo 2018Athlete Safety is our #1 Priority! Our mission includes “strive for a safe environment for our athletes.” To the USASF, safety extends beyond our Cheer or Dance safety rules for performance. We’re committed to helping our members create the safest overall environment for every All Star athlete, so we’ve made resources available for use in gyms and studios. Click on the SafeSport tab at usasf.net for more information.

USASF: FUNdamentals for Cheer

Cheer Programs! Have you launched your FUNdamentals classes yet? This is a great growth opportunity for your program. Introduce All Star to new athletes in a FUN, non-competitive, learning environment. All the class schedules and curriculum are ready for you to click, download and utilize right away! Click here to meet the Super Heroes of All Star, then log in to your member profile to opt-in to access all the tools at no additional fee!

USASF: New Membership Term Dates

USASF Logo 2018You asked, we listened! To better align with the non-stop All Star season (who needs summers off anyway) and to make sure member benefits are intact during training season, we have shifted the Membership Term FROM August 1 – July 31 TO June 1 – May 31.

As you build your teams, you can enroll earlier and have the comfort of knowing insurance benefits will cover your athletes. Note: members with expiration dates of 7/31/19 will still be honored. Be on the lookout for additional information coming your way soon!

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