Switch It, Change It

Another experimental thing I’d like to see some event try is switching panels after day 1. I don’t know that this is a great idea, but I believe it would be worth trying at some events. The apparent downside would be getting inconsistent scores across days when performing the same routine. I believe this is… Continue reading Switch It, Change It

USASF: Personal Development Has Gone Virtual

Personal Development & Leadership Training coming to you Virtually! Now is the time to invest in yourself! The IMPACT Leadership Workshop, designed for All Star Professionals like yourself, has been redesigned to be even more accessible and affordable!. Developed by the IMPACT Leadership team, you will be taken through a series of introspective lessons designed to… Continue reading USASF: Personal Development Has Gone Virtual

Chance & Me – Part 1

When I sat down my plan was to write an article about how to get into judging, but I don’t have an attention span so my mind started wandering. As I thought about what to write I drifted from how to get into judging, to how I got into judging, to the journey to judging… Continue reading Chance & Me – Part 1

Season Ending Update III

Since publishing Season Ending Update II a couple weeks ago the International Cheer Union (ICU) and IASF have cancelled their World Championships and Varsity cancelled the combined Summit event mentioned in that second update. To our knowledge there are no in person cheer or dance competitions remaining scheduled as part of the 2019-2020 season.

In Review – April 2020

Welcome to May. We should be recovering from Worlds and starting the all level end of the year events, but instead most of us are still sitting at home. USASF cancelled Worlds 2020. IASF hasn’t announced a definitive plan, but is leaving the door open for having the event in conjunction with the ICU Championship… Continue reading In Review – April 2020

Season Ending Update II

Since publishing our Season Ending Update, USASF has announced Worlds 2020 is cancelled, but IASF is continuing to considering having the International teams compete in the fall with the ICU Championship. Varsity announced a “One of a Kind” Summit that will combine or replace The Summit, D2 Summit, Dance Summit, and The US Finals. The… Continue reading Season Ending Update II

Execution First

Execution wins. I’d really like to stop writing with just that, but I feel like some sort of explanation is expected. On most of today’s scoring systems the difficulty portion is outlined enough that it’s hard to separate yourself from other teams on that side of the score sheet. In All Star Cheerleading if a… Continue reading Execution First

Season Ending Update

The past week contained several updates to end of the season events. Worlds (Update Page) Plan is to reschedule for late June Will provide update by Friday, April 24th Would consider virtual championship before being rescheduled to July or later Summit(s) (Update Page) Plan is to reschedule for late June Will provide update by April… Continue reading Season Ending Update

In Review – March 2020

What a month! Here’s some of the news that is not related to the season pausing. Cheerleading in the UK: We’re Not on the Sidelines Any More via BBC. Black Girls Cheer: How a Mom’s Social Media Group Sparked a Movement via ABC. Cheer Shows Competitive Cheerleading Is Almost as Dangerous as Football. So Why… Continue reading In Review – March 2020

Jury of Their Peers

Another experiment I would like see is programs judging their own divisions, specifically at an event like Majors with a few teams in high level divisions. I’d prefer to pay to hear the coaches of F5, Orange, Panthers, Senior Elite, and Shooting Star discuss and rank each team in the division in each category of… Continue reading Jury of Their Peers

Season Ending?

About a week ago the season for many sports started falling apart. For me it started with several conference basketball tournaments announcing they’d be played without fans and picked up speed while watching an NBA game get postponed just before tipoff, after the players had warmed up. It spread quickly to other games and then… Continue reading Season Ending?

Building Blocks

In recent days I listened to a podcast that led me to the idea of treating each thing I learned as a building block, like a Lego. Each is a piece that isn’t that impressive on its own but can be combined with other blocks to make something impressive. I imagine the most blocks came… Continue reading Building Blocks

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