USASF: Additional At Large Worlds bid in the IASF Non-Tumbling Cheer Divisions Available!

Dear USASF Members:

The International All Star Federation (IASF) recently released new, non-tumbling cheer divisions for the 2018-19 season. To support these new divisions and to give more opportunity to programs, these provisional, Level 5, non-tumbling divisions were selected to be offered at the 2019 Worlds.

Each Worlds bid event will have the opportunity to offer one At Large Worlds bid in the IASF Non-Tumbling Cheer Divisions, in addition to any other bids they are eligible to offer. Our shared goal is to give more opportunities to programs that will help build participation at Worlds internationally.

Programs are encouraged to be in contact with event producers that award Worlds Bids to find out if these new IASF non-tumbling divisions will be offered.

In Review – May 2018

May has arrived and brought the start of a new season with it.

USASF: 2019 Divisions at The Cheerleading Worlds

Dear USASF Program Owners and Coaches:

As a follow up to information about Cheerleading Worlds Divisions for 2019, please see the updated information below.

  • Click here for a full list of all Worlds Divisions (Club and IASF) for 2019. Please note: The Board of Directors is considering the possibility of adding Worlds Bids for the non-tumbling divisions, and will be announced this summer.
  • Updated Age Grid (Early Release Version – with new International Provisional Divisions)
  • Don’t forget to join our webinar on Thursday that will review all divisions

Join the Webinar

We’ll be hosting an informational webinar about Worlds Divisions on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00 PM EDT.

(Registration information removed)

USASF: XS Divisions at The Cheerleading Worlds

Dear USASF Program Owners and Coaches:

The Cheer Worlds Advisory Board met to discuss next steps and to send recommendations to the Board of Directors for Sr. Extra Small (SXS) and Sr. Extra Small Coed (SXSC) divisions at Worlds. After discussing successes and challenges for these divisions at Worlds, 2018, they considered whether the divisions should

  1. be kept with limitations,
  2. be kept and open to every program, or
  3. be discontinued.

After reviewing input from the WAB, The Board agreed that the best interest of all gyms would be well served by continuing the SXS and SXSC divisions at Worlds, and by opening participation in those divisions to all programs, as is consistent with all other divisions at Worlds.

The continuation of the SXS and SXSC Divisions, along with the existing Club Divisions and the three new Senior Open Divisions (announced earlier this year), will provide opportunities for programs to effectively build Worlds teams to the strengths within their programs.

Click Here for a listing of all Club Divisions for Worlds, 2019. A complete list that includes International Divisions will be made available as soon as announced by the IASF.

Questions? Please log in to The Connection and post in the Sr. Extra Small discussion thread. Haven’t visited The Connection yet? Here’s how:

Join the Webinar:
We’ll be hosting an informational webinar about Worlds Divisions on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00 PM EDT:

Register for the Worlds 2019 Division Overview

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

USASF: Athlete Safety

Athlete 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.

Log in to your member profile, select Visit USASF Community in the drop down menu top right, and search athlete protection resources to view the PDF with valuable information.

USASF Cheer Rules & Policy Change

Cheer Coaches and Owners

Want to make a change to the Cheer Rules & Policies for the 2019-2021 seasons? Find out how and complete this form.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Editor’s Note – We omitted the link to the form in this article. The link was included in the email sent to USASF members.

USASF National Meeting | Registration Open

Elevate yourself. Elevate your program. Elevate All Star!

Don’t miss the first ever USASF National Meeting this summer! Log in to your COACH profile, select Credentialing Website from the drop down menu at the top right, then select MEETINGS AND EVENTS on the left side to register. Registration is $195 per person. Click here for general information and the block schedule.

USASF: Welcome New Connection Leaders

The Connection is Expanding

We are pleased to announce that five new leaders have been selected to serve in The Connection. These leaders will be dedicated to contributing to the overall enhancement of the All Star community in a variety of ways, including contributing through the Peer2Peer Mentoring program, as Connection Ambassadors who engage with other members within The Connection online, and through the development and delivery of business related resources.

Log in to The Connection through your USASF member profile and meet your new leaders! They’re waiting for you there!

In Review – April 2018

Daytona is over and Worlds is almost over. Here’s what else happened in April:

USASF: Updated Cheer Age Grid for 2018-19 Season

Dear USASF Members:

The International All Star Federation (IASF) released its official list of competition divisions for the global All Star community last fall. To provide additional growth opportunity for U.S. All Star cheer teams to participate in these divisions, the USASF is adopting 4 new provisional international divisions in the USASF Cheer Age Grid for the 2018-19 competition season.

USASF event producer members will have the option to utilize these divisions at sanctioned events where they feel these new opportunities will meet the needs of their customers.

The updated Age Grid is available upon logging in to your USASF member profile.

Questions?

To find out if a provisional division will be offered at an event you’re attending within the U.S., please contact the event producer to inquire.

For international divisions at events that you will attend outside the U.S., contact the event producer that is conducting the event.

USASF: DI/DII Decision for the 2018-19 Season

Dear USASF Program Owners:

Member Input and Data Collection

Following months of member discussions, webinars, focus groups, and finally a survey of owners regarding a potential change in Division I and II guidelines for the 2018-19 season, the Board of Directors met on April 4, 2018 to review all information and determine next steps for DI/DII.

Board Review

First, the Board recognized that an unprecedented number of owners actively participated in the most recent webinar and survey, demonstrating the importance of this topic. While the Board hoped to hear from every owner, 20% of owners attended or watched the webinar and responded to the survey. This is nearly double the participation of previous webinars and surveys.

After reviewing and discussing all of the information, these were the four most compelling takeaways:

  • A majority of owners indicated in the survey that there should be a DI/DII separation, but there is no clear majority for the number that should define a DI/DII separation.
  • There are quite a few changes happening for the 2018-19 season, including bottom ages and brand-new division progressions with FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite. Let’s see how/if All Star shifts and settles with these new opportunities and revisit the DI/DII discussion next year.
  • A strong majority (65%) of survey respondents agree that DII programs should be permitted to opt in to compete DI.
  • A clear majority (72%) of survey respondents agree that, if a DII program opts to compete DI, they should remain DI for the entire season.

What This Means

The Board decided to defer the decision about a number that defines DI/DII until more member data and input can be gathered and broad member support and consensus is clear. The DI/DII split will remain at 125 for the 2018-19 season. Given that allowing DII teams to opt in to compete DI was supported by a clear majority of owners, the Board voted unanimously to allow that provision for the 2018-19 season. Here are the details:

Division II (DII) Definition – 2018-19 Season

  • A “Division II” PROGRAM is defined as having 125 or fewer athletes registered in its competitive cheer program.
  • Novice and FUNdamentals athletes do not count toward the 125 or fewer athletes.
  • Exhibition teams, crossover athletes, exceptional athlete teams and dance teams do not count toward the 125 or fewer athletes.
  • All Star Elite athletes and All Star Cheer Prep athletes are counted toward the 125 athletes or fewer.
  • It is up to the event producer’s discretion as to how to monitor “Division II” status for their particular event(s), given the definition provided above.
  • Multiple-location programs must follow the Program Classification as outlined in USASF PROGRAMS: Classifications and Program Definition
  • Once a program has 126 or more competitive cheer athletes, the program is no longer eligible for Division II status for the remainder of the competitive season, regardless of the number of athletes they may have in their program at any given time.
  • NEW for 2018-2019:
    • Programs that qualify for DII based on their competitive cheer athlete count (125 or fewer) may select to compete DI at USASF Sanctioned Events.
    • The selection to compete DI will apply to all teams in the Program.
    • Once the program selects DI, they will compete DI for the remainder of the season at any competition where a DI/DII split is offered.

Prep Update

Additionally, broad member consensus is to maintain consistency in the midst of the significant new opportunities with FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite. To better measure growth and create a clearer path for future opportunities with the new progressions, Prep guidelines regarding competing once at two-day events will remain the same from 2017-2018 through 2018-2019.

What’s Next – Member Involvement

The Board is optimistic about the combination of the new opportunities in divisions for 2018-19, and the stabilization of DI/DII for another season while more data and input are gathered. Allowing FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite to establish, without a shift in DI/DII at the same time, will allow members to more clearly evaluate next steps for DI/DII. We look forward to continued member dialogue that will reach the decision that will put All Star on its best footing for growth. Here are two direct paths for dialogue:

  1. The National Meeting will be the optimum occasion for face to face dialogue with your peers, Regional Directors, Connection Leaders and the Rules Team about how you can grow and strengthen your program through the four progressions (FUNdamentals, Novice, Prep and Elite), and how to best position your business for longevity in our sport.
  2. The USASF Connection, the new online community accessible through your member profile, is the ideal social platform for conversation, debate and opinion sharing directly with USASF members and staff.

We look forward to YOUR input and involvement!

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