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.
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 event will not require a bid and will be open to Worlds eligible teams.
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 to other sports and really hit home when March Madness, a personal favorite, was cancelled.
Between the Center for Disease Control recommending “cancelling all events of 50 or more people” for 8 weeks on March 15th and the White House suggesting everyone “avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people” for the next 15 days on March 16th, pretty much everything sports related I’ve seen was cancelled or postponed, except for the Iditarod sled dog race.
This responsibly, but unfortunately includes the scheduled end of the cheer and dance season. Since March 16th I haven’t seen any industry event scheduled before the end of May saying it would remain on it’s original date. This includes:
- ICU & USASF/IASF Worlds
- All Varsity Events including NCA College, Summits, and US Finals
- Many and possibly all Independent events. I’m not aware of any continuing, just not able to conclusive state I’m aware of all being postponed or cancelled.
At USASF and IASF, nothing is more important to us than the safety of the athletes, coaches, friends and families that attend our Worlds events. We are closely monitoring the potential impact the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), may have on upcoming Cheerleading and Dance Worlds events and will continue to make decisions based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, local health officials and our event Partners. At this time, we have not received any indication that there is cause to cancel the upcoming Cheerleading and Dance Worlds events. We will notify you if circumstances change.
For what you should know, timely updates and more information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
The Cheerleading Worlds Club Scoring Now Available
A final version of the 2019 Worlds Score System is now available. Click here for the Club Divisions score sheet and deductions explanations.
For rules, scoring and information regarding the IASF Divisions at Worlds, visit www.iasfworlds.com.
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!
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.
The Dance Worlds Important Reminders
To learn about the differences in scoring, routine advancement and other nuances between the Senior divisions and the Open & Junior divisions at The Dance Worlds, click here.
The IASF had several announcements including renumbering some levels, adding a few divisions to Worlds, and some rules changes. Please visit IASFWorlds.com for more info.
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- San Francisco 49ers Cheerleader Kneels During National Anthem Before Thursday Night Game via USA Today.
- Practice, Pain, Pure Energy: North Carolina A&T Cheerleaders are the Real MVPs via The Undefeated.
- JONES: Edmonton Eskimos Cheerleading Coach Calling it a Career via Edmonton Sun.
- 49ers Cheerleader Who Kneeled During Anthem Identified As Kayla Morris, of Antioch, California via Newsweek.
- Texas Teen Paralyzed After Powderpuff Cheerleading Stunt Went Wrong via WEAR TV.
- Chester Cheerleaders Sleeping Rough in Aid of the Homeless via Cheshire Live.
- A Brief History of Cheerleading In Honor of the Sport’s 120th Anniversary via Real Clear Life.
- Friendship and Family Above Everything for SFU Cheerleading via The Peak.
Les Stella, Director IASF
Dana Fielding, IASF Director of Cheer Rules
Amy Tyler, IASF Director of Cheer Adjudication
Megan Wagner, IASF Executive Assistant
Meredith Walker, IASF Director of Dance Rules
Mary Wendt, IASF Director of Dance Adjudication
Questions? We have you covered.
Scoring, Divisions & Age Grids are accessible on our website! Can’t find what you’re looking for?
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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]
The 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]
IASF Legality Judge Training courses!
- Dallas, TX – 8/11/18
- Registration Deadline: 8/4/2018
- Spring CDT Conference
- Montreal – 9/7/2018
- Registration Deadline: 9/1/2018
- Future Cheer UK Conference
- Birmingham – 9/29/2018
- Registration Deadline: 9/21/2018
- Sydney, Australia – 1/25/2019
- Registration Deadline: 1/18/2019
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
Dear USASF Members:
The International All Star Federation (IASF) recently released new, non-tumbling cheer divisions for the 2018-19 season. To support these new divisions and to give more opportunity to programs, these provisional, Level 5, non-tumbling divisions were selected to be offered at the 2019 Worlds.
Each Worlds bid event will have the opportunity to offer one At Large Worlds bid in the IASF Non-Tumbling Cheer Divisions, in addition to any other bids they are eligible to offer. Our shared goal is to give more opportunities to programs that will help build participation at Worlds internationally.
Programs are encouraged to be in contact with event producers that award Worlds Bids to find out if these new IASF non-tumbling divisions will be offered.
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.
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.
The IASF held a Worlds Scoring Webinar last week and the video has been posted in their Facebook group.
Cheer Worlds Scoring
Teams With Special Needs
Any Team with Special Needs that would like to receive a bid to perform at the 2018 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 1, 2018.