National Championship Standard

Could and should events labeled as a “National Championships” be held to a higher standard? Ideally each Event Producer would have only 1 National Championship, but since it seems a little late for that should other standards be set. Something that comes to mind is requiring a multi-year history of 100+ teams attending the event, similar… Continue reading National Championship Standard

Observations Before Diving Into Competition Season

It’s almost time to dive into competition season. This weekend is my last open weekend before 5 straight weekend of events, with 3 of them being outside the United States. Judging by the number of upcoming showcases on CheerLive’s Schedule, I’m not the only one about to dive into competition season, and the next several… Continue reading Observations Before Diving Into Competition Season

Increasing Competition – Part 5 – Recommendations

This is the final piece of a 5 part series on increasing competition in All*Star Cheerleading. This one will focus on my recommendations and suggestions that were sent to the USASF as part of the Rules Process for 2013-15 seasons. Move Coed Divisions on the Age Grid My first suggestion is to move Coed divisions… Continue reading Increasing Competition – Part 5 – Recommendations

Increasing Competition – Part 4 – All Girl & Coed

This is Part 4 on our series on Increasing Competition in AllStar Cheerleading. This one focuses on the All Girl & Coed options for AllStars. There are several questions asked and none answered, but it raises the questions we need to think about as we head towards rules changes for the next couple of year.… Continue reading Increasing Competition – Part 4 – All Girl & Coed

Increasing Competition – Part 3 – Small, Medium & Large

This is Part 3 on our series on Increasing Competition in AllStar Cheerleading. This one focuses on the sized based division splits for AllStars. At what point is it no longer “fair” for teams of different sizes to compete against each other? I’ll assume the majority believes a team of 20 should not go against… Continue reading Increasing Competition – Part 3 – Small, Medium & Large

Increasing Competition – Part 2 – Ages & Levels

This is Part 2 on our series on Increasing Competition in AllStar Cheerleading. This one focuses on the Age and Level options for AllStars. There are currently 23 combinations for Levels 1-5: Tiny (5 & Under) – Level 1 Mini (8 & Under) – Levels 1, 2, & 3 Youth (11 & Under) – Levels… Continue reading Increasing Competition – Part 2 – Ages & Levels

Increasing Competition – Part 1 – Introduction

This is the first part of a series about increasing the average number of teams in a division at each event. This part re-introduces the idea that the average number of teams in a division is too low and provides statistical support for that idea. The next 3 parts will look at factors we have… Continue reading Increasing Competition – Part 1 – Introduction

Starting from Scratch: Competition at Competitions

I would like to see the average number of teams in a division increase to 10-12 teams and have divisions with only one team become a less than a 1 in 100 occurrence. I have thought of a couple of ideas to move towards this that can be used together or separately. The reason I… Continue reading Starting from Scratch: Competition at Competitions