- Cambridge’s Queensland Sharks to represent Canada at Junior Cheerleading Worlds via Cambridge Times.
- How I Went From A Bullied Teen To The First Male Cheerleader At The Super Bowl via Refinery29.
- Part of KSU Cheerleader’s Lawsuit Dismissed Against Sheriff, Ex-Lawmaker via WSBTV.
- The Twists, Tumbles and Turns of Josh Marsh via Kentucky Kernel.
- USA Cheer named the teams that will compete as Team USA in Hip Hop (Brigham Young University), Jazz (Utah Valley University), and Pom (Rutgers University).
- The Special Stars: How Cheerleading Helped These Girls With Special Needs Shine via Inside Edition.
- Women’s Cheerleading Team Flying High Under the Radar via The Bona Venture.
- George Mason Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Brings Infectious Spirit to Team via WJLA.
- At Wisconsin High School, Accusations of Body Shaming at a Cheerleading Banquet via New York Times.
- Diane Keaton Takes on Retirement Communities and Cheerleading in ‘Poms’ Trailer via the Hollywood Reporter.
- Texas Cheerleader’s Final Moments Before Gas Explosion at House Kills Her Captured on Video via Fox News.
- Beloved Fort Thomas Cheerleader Dies Suddenly via Cincinnati.com.
- Japanese Cheerleaders Share ULM Cheer Experience via The Hawkeye.
- There’s More to Cheerleading Than Meets the Eye via Daily Lobo.
- N.C. A&T Cheerleaders Won’t Return to the Court this Season via News & Record.
- USA Cheer Announces Special Olympic Teams for 2019 via USA Cheer.
- USA Cheer Announces Expansion of Special Ability and Adaptive Ability Teams for 2019 via USA Cheer.
- Two Cheerleading Coaches are Out at N.C. A&T via News & Record.
- Ole Miss’ Cheerleading Coach is Starring in a New Reality Show via Red Cup Rebellion.
Any U.S. Junior dance team that would like to receive a bid to compete in the Junior Division at The Dance World Championship in 2019 may submit a video for qualification. Up to 6 U.S. teams (limited to one team per program) are selected to receive At-Large bids in the Junior Division.
Video submission deadline: March 3, 2019. Click here for more details.
Any Exceptional Athlete team that would like to receive a bid to perform at the 2019 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds may submit a video for qualification. Up to five (5) Cheer teams and up to five (5) Dance teams will be selected to receive At-Large bids to perform at Worlds.
Video submission deadline: March 3, 2019. Click here for more details.
We’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.
Once again, the USASF is assisting its members in determining the appropriate category to enter that most closely matches the descriptions provided in the USASF Divisions & Categories document located in your USASF Member Profile.
Because of the nuances and similarities between the genres, if you have any question as to which category you should register your routine in at any USASF Sanctioned Event, and especially if you’re competing for a bid to The Dance World Championship, submit a Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical Designation Form and at least one week prior to any sanctioned event. Our evaluation staff will review and advise.
The 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]
Dear USASF Members:
We have some exciting news to share!
You may be aware that, last year, the IASF began to oversee the Age Grid, Safety Guidelines and Scoring System for the Open/International Divisions at The Cheerleading Worlds. The IASF is now ready to do the same for The Dance Worlds in 2019.
What does this mean? The USASF will continue to oversee the Senior Divisions & Categories, Safety Guidelines and Scoring for Worlds, and the IASF will oversee the Open Divisions & Categories, Safety Guidelines and Scoring for Worlds. Coming soon, information about awarding bids in the IASF Open Divisions and Categories for dance will be made available to Event Producers.
Want to learn more? Join us on Wednesday, July 25th at 2:00PM EST for an informational webinar to learn more about The Dance Worlds Divisions and Categories for 2019. Click here to register (link removed). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
- 2018-2019 USASF Divisions & Categories (available during the event season)
- 2019 Worlds Divisions & Categories
Questions? Log into The Connection to join the conversation in the Coach Open Forum.
- login to your Member Profile
- Select “Visit USASF Community” at the top right
Elevate yourself. Elevate your program. Elevate All Star!
Join USASF this summer at the National Meeting in Dallas, TX August 10-11. 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. Click here for general information and the block schedule.
See what the excitement is about!
Coaches & Owners
Integrity Motivates People And Cultures to Transform (IMPACT). Coaches and owners will make an IMPACT on their athletes, program and fellow coaches by participating in this leadership series exclusively for All Star Cheer and Dance professionals. Click here for details
Cheer & Dance Leaders
Bettering Our Leaders of Tomorrow (BOLT) activates young cheer and dance leaders to become strong peer role models who put team first, fully commit to their All Star program and learn to make the choices that lead to accomplishment. Developed and led by alumni of the USASF Mentoring Leaders program, BOLT will set young athletes on their path to success. Click here for details
Male All Star Athletes
A leadership program just for male All Star athletes! Males Advancing Respect, Character and Honor (MARCH) builds confident, strong, principled and motivated male leaders, and prepares them to lead their peers, their team, their All Star programs and in their extended community. Click here for details
Developed for ALL All Star athletes. Want to transform your athletes into leaders for their teammates, their program and their community? Join USASF this summer! Watch this testimonial by Drake #leadershipforlife
Dear USASF Dance Members:
The U.S. All Star Federation Dance Safety Rules, Glossary and Divisions & Categories documents have been approved by the Dance Rules Committee and Board of Directors and are now available in your member profiles.
For easy access to the 2018-19 USASF Dance Rules:
- Log into your USASF Member Profile
- In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu that links to the rules
- You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the rules
Contact Meredith Walker
Want to be a Certified Legality Official in the 2018-19 Season?
The USASF trains and certifies Legality Officials for All Star Cheer and All Star Dance on an annual basis and registration is now open! See dates, locations and more by clicking here.
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.
The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship History
The Cheerleading Worlds launched in 2004 and The Dance Worlds in 2007. This international phenomenon draws top talent from the four corners of the globe. Check out the Worlds Championship History here.
Who is going to Worlds?
The list of talented teams who have qualified for The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship is growing every week! See who earned bids.
The Cheerleading Worlds Cup Race
View the standings for the Worlds Cup Race, where Level 5 and 6 cheer teams earn points towards Paid or At-Large Bids to The Cheerleading World Championship!
Junior Dance Qualification
Want to compete your Junior dance team at the 2018 USASF Dance World Championship? Earn a bid to compete in the Junior Dance division by submitting a video for qualification. Click here to learn more.
Video submission deadline: March 1, 2018.
Exceptional Athletes (formerly teams with Special Needs) Qualification
Up to five (5) Cheer teams and up to five (5) Dance teams will be selected to receive “At Large” bids to perform at the 2018 Cheerleading and Dance Worlds. For more information, visit:
Video submission deadline: March 1, 2018.
Cheer Credentialing Update
Cheer Coach Credentialing has been updated in the database. Please log into your coach profile and review the credentials that appear on your dashboard. If your dashboard does not display credentials or you believe the data that is showing is incorrect, follow this link and let us know.
Dance Rules & Policy Change Suggestions
Dance coaches and owners, have suggestions for existing rules? The 2018-19 Dance Rules & Policy Change Form is now available. We’d love to hear from you.
Policy change submission deadline: March 1, 2018.
Is this Legal?
Don’t risk legality points at an event when you could have your skill reviewed before you compete and know if it’s legal or not!
Eligible Coaches & Owners will be asked to cast their ballot in the National Advisory Board Election between February 12-15. Ballots will be emailed on February 12. Log into your Member Profile today and make sure your email address is accurate!
The USASF is thrilled to announce a brand new resource for members! You now have access to an exclusive Video Library that illustrates nearly every Rule and Glossary term for the USASF Cheer & Dance Rules & Safety Guidelines. Do you ever ask yourself “what exactly does that rule mean?” Just click the links and we’ll show you! Log in to your USASF member profile, go to the drop down menu in the top right corner, select “Visit USASF Rules Video Library” and start clicking!