Past Ideas

Several of my past ideas centered around trying to increase the average number of teams within a division.

First is making the standard team size 24. Forget XS, Small, Medium, and Large divisions and make a single sized-based division with a maximum of 24 athletes. Second is reducing the number of mainstream levels from 5 (last season) or 6 (next season) to 3, excluding Level 6/7. Tumbling wise  the first would require hand support (walkover and handsprings), second would be flips without twisting (tucks, layouts, whips), and third would be flipping and twisting (fulls and double fulls). Building wise we could start with next season’s Level 2, 4, and 6 rules.

Third is changing from the 5 age groups (Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, and Senior) we currently have to 4, Tiny (6 & Under), Youth (4-10), Junior (8-14), and Senior (12-18). Fourth is defaulting to every team within the same level and age group competing against each other until there are enough teams to split them. This puts every Senior 4 team, coed, all girl, small, and large, in 1 division until there are enough teams to warrant a split. Fifth is raising the number of teams remaining on each side before a split is made from 2 to 8.

The intent of each of these changes is to increase the average number of teams per divisions at competitions. Implementing any of these changes would have a small impact on increasing the number of teams competing against each other and all of them should have a significant increase.

USASF: Learn About The Dance Rules And Age Grid

USASF Logo 2018Join Meredith Walker, Director of Rules and Safety, for the 2019 Dance Rules and Age Grid Webinar.  Open to Owners, Coaches, and Event Producers, the webinar will cover the updates to the Dance Rules and Age Grid document and will conclude with a Q&A.

Registration is required.

2019 Dance Rules and Age Grid Webinar

Wednesday, June 19th at 11:00am CST | 12:00 EST

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USASF: Cheer and Dance Rules Updates ….Coming Soon

USASF Logo 2018We’re approaching the time of year that USASF posts an early release of the Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grid for the following season. We’re carefully watching how the current season’s Age Grid and Rules are helping our members as any new updates are considered. At the same time, the USASF Rules Committees are monitoring changes that other national and international cheer and dance rules organizations are making, and they’re weighing whether or not those changes would be in the best interest for USASF members to adopt.

Additionally, every two years is a cheer rules change year (as is 2019-2020) which makes for a much more involved process of reviewing two years of submissions and feedback from our members. The USASF Cheer Rules Committee has been meeting and working for months on the rules and age grid and we are excited to share with the membership the updates for the 2019-2020 season which continue to encourage athlete safety, longevity and growth.

Later this month, the Cheer and Dance Rules Teams will host and record webinars outlining updates for the 2019-2020 season. The recordings will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted on the rules website and in The Connection.

USASF Cheer Rules/Age Grid Release and Membership Policy Update

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Coach and Owner Members:

We’re approaching the time of year that USASF posts an early release of the Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grid and Membership Policies for the following season. We’re carefully watching how the current season’s Age Grid and Rules are helping our members as any new updates are considered. At the same time, the USASF Rules Committees are monitoring changes that other national and international cheer and dance rules organizations are making, and they’re weighing whether or not those changes would be in the best interest for USASF members to adopt. Likewise, the Membership Team is reviewing the member policies and guidelines of other youth sports National Governing Bodies to ensure we are fully supporting our Athletes 1st initiative, aligning with best practices and being compliant with the law.

Additionally, every two years is a cheer rules change year (as is 2019-2020) which makes for a much more involved process of reviewing two years of submissions and feedback from our members. The USASF Cheer Rules Committee has been meeting and working for months on the rules and age grid and we are excited to share with the membership the updates for the 2019-2020 season which continue to encourage athlete safety, longevity and growth.

Here is the timeline for communication of all of the above:

Next week: The Membership Team will host and record a webinar on February 5 at 12pm Eastern to review updates to the Professional Responsibility Code for the 2019-2020 season. The recording will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted in The Connection. Click here to register. Not sure you can make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recorded session.

Later in February: The Cheer and Dance Rules Teams will host and record webinars outlining updates for the 2019-2020 season. The recordings will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted on the rules website and in The Connection on Thursday.

Please attend the webinars if at all possible so that you can ask questions during the discussions as time permits. The webinars will also give you a first glimpse at Membership Policies, Rules and Age Grids before the documents are posted. We hope the webinars will help with interpretation, understanding and clarity.

If you can’t attend live, you’ll have access to the recordings, followed by the documents posted on our websites. We look forward to connecting with you in February!

USASF: Final Cheer Age Grid 2018-2019

USASF LogoDear USASF Cheer Members:

The final USASF Cheer Age Grid for 2018-19 has been approved by the Board of Directors and is now available in your USASF Member Profile as well as on usasf.net under the Safety tab at the top.

For easy access to the 2018-19 USASF Cheer Age Grid and Rules:

  1. Log into your USASF Member Profile
  2. In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu
  3. You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the age grid and rules

Questions?

Contact Ali Stangle, [email protected]

IASF Dance Latest Updates

IASF LogoThe latest IASF 2019 Dance Worlds Age Grid and Division List has been updated. Click Here to see this updated list.

Two common questions we have received about this list are:

1. What is the difference between Elite and Premiere?

The only difference is the size of the team. Elite is 6-15 team members and Premiere is 16-30.

2. Will there be Cont/Lyrical at the 2019 Dance Worlds?

Yes, this will be under the Open Open Division.

 

Also, the IASF Dance Scoring System has been released. Click Here

If you are a Dance Coach and you missed the IASF webinar regarding IASF Dance, you can Click Here and watch the recorded webinar. You will have to input some information first but you will have immediate access to the webinar.

If you have a question regarding IASF Dance Scoring, please send an email to [email protected]

If you have a question about IASF Dance Rules or want to send in a video to check for legality of a skill, please send an email to [email protected]

IASF Cheer Latest Updates

IASF LogoThe IASF Overall Cheer Age Grid for the 2018-2019 Season is out. To see the IASF Overall Cheer Age Grid, Click Here.

Also, the IASF 2019 WORLDS Division List is out with two new categories. Check with your bid giving event producers to see which categories they will be offering. To see the IASF 2019 Worlds Division List, Click Here.

The first new category for Worlds is IASF Non-Tumbling Level 5. For the IASF 2019 Cheer Worlds, there are two divisions in this new category, IASF Open Level 5NT and IASF Open Level 5NT Coed. There are some new rules that go with these divisions and you can see those on the Non-Tumbling Score Sheets by clicking HERE.

The second new category for Worlds is IASF Global Club Level 5. For the IASF 2019 Cheer Worlds, there are also two divisions in this new category, IASF Global Club Level 5 and IASF Global Club Level 5 Coed.

We are currently working on the score sheets for this category and will have them released soon.

For the IASF Scoring System for all other 1-6 divisions, Click Here.

If you have a question regarding IASF Cheer Scoring, please send an email to [email protected]

If you have a question about IASF Cheer Rules or want to send in a video to check for legality of a skill, please send an email to [email protected]

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.

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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 Cheer Rules and Age Grid 2018-19

Dear USASF Cheer Members:

The USASF Cheer Rules and Early Release Age Grid for the 2018-19 season is now available in your member profile. Please read this email for full details before logging in.

Based on broad member support, the greatest near term opportunities from the Growth Task Force process surfaced in the Age Grid in the form of new entry-level divisions with FUNdamentals and Novice. Additionally, the progression and revision in the All Star Prep and All Star Elite divisions create an easy to navigate path for cheer athletes of all ages and abilities to find a place to successfully grow in All Star. They are focused on increasing the numbers of athletes entering the sport at an earlier age and keeping them in the sport longer. The USASF will provide program owners with education, support, resources and marketing tools so that you can quickly and seamlessly integrate these new growth opportunities into your program.

All updates are available through your member profile, and here are a few specifics that members have asked about recently.

Now that new entry-level divisions (mentioned above) are in place, the Rules Committee, with full support of the Board of Directors, feels that the sport of All Star, and programs of all sizes, are ready to make the shift to increased bottom ages for some divisions. In addition, the XS Worlds Division will move to a maximum team size of 16, in line with the Olympic cheer initiative team sizes. Importantly, the Worlds Advisory Board will review all aspects of the XS Division at Worlds after the 2018 event occurs in April to help determine eligibility and participation in XS at Worlds going forward.

We hope you can join us on Feb 20th. We look forward to growing All Star with you!

USASF Cheer Rules and Age Grid Webinar | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • Choose from: 12:00PM EST, 3:00PM EST, 8:00PM EST
  • Register (via the Connection) and select the time that works best for you.
  • After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar.
  • Unable to attend? The webinars will be recorded and available to members in your member profile.

Access the 2018-19 Cheer Rules & Early Release Age Grid

  1. Log in to your member profile at USASF.net
  2. In the drop down menu in the top right corner, select “Visit USASF Rules & Safety Site”
  3. On the Rules site, select “New” from either Cheer Age Grid or Cheer Rules in the menu bar.

Note: as a courtesy to owners and coaches, athletes will not have access to the 2018-19 rules until March.

USASF Cheer Rules and Age Grid 2018-19 Coming Your Way

Dear USASF Cheer Members:

The USASF Cheer Rules and Age Grid for the 2018-19 season will be available in your member profile on February 15th. While this is a non-rules-change year, there are some new opportunities offered in the Age Grid that will be helpful to all programs – new or established; small or large. Please read the entirety of this message to be fully informed.

2018-19 Cheer Rules & Safety: Big Picture

Several webinars will take place on February 20th offering members further education and information. Look for information coming your way Thursday.

USASF Cheer Rules and Age Grid Update – 2018-19

Dear USASF Cheer Members:

We are very excited to unveil all of the hard work by our membership with the creation of our 2018-2019 Cheer Safety Rules and Age Grid. The new opportunities that will be available to you to grow your program and All Star are a direct result of research data, member involvement and feedback. The next few weeks will be filled with a lot of information to get you ready for your best season yet in 2018-2019!

Important dates:

  • February 15, 2018 – 2018-2019 Cheer Rules and Age Grid will be available at member profile login
  • February 20, 2018 – Member Webinars to review the Cheer Rules and Age Grid

Get ready to grow!

USASF: New Provisional International Cheer Divisions for 2017-2018

The International All Star Federation (IASF) recently released its official list of competition divisions for the global All Star community. To provide additional growth opportunity for U.S. All Star cheer teams to participate in these newly developed divisions, the USASF is including 11 provisional international divisions in the USASF Cheer Age Grid for the 2017-18 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 Cheer and Dance Rules are Posted

Dear USASF Program Owner and Coach Members:

The USASF Rules are created by committees comprised of coaches, event producers, legality officials and rules experts, and represent the most current and authoritative set of safety guidelines for the protection of All Star athletes. By choosing to be members of the USASF, event producers and programs together commit to train and compete All Star athletes utilizing these best known safety practices.

The USASF safety guidelines are created as a benefit of membership, and will now only be available for use by USASF event producer and program members.

For easy access to the 2017-18 USASF Cheer and Dance Rules:

  1. Log into your USASF Member Profile
  2. In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu that links to the rules
  3. You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the rules

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