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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 childrenĀ  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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USASF: 2019-2020 Athletic Performance Standards for Cheer

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Cheer Members,

The recording of the webinar presentation that shared a broader understanding of the 2019-2020 Athletic Performance Standards for cheer is available now on USASF.net.

If you missed it the first time, please watch and share with your parents and athletes. Watching the full webinar will allow you to be well-informed and aware of this important time in All Star.

Click here to watch the recording.