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.
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.
The end of the season events have ended and today the new season begins.
- UK Grad Defies Gravity, Changes Perception of Sport He Loves via UKNow.
- Golden Hat-Trick for England ParaCheer at ICU World Championships via Sky Sports.
- Canadians to Receive Medal After Team Says They Were ‘Robbed’ at Cheerleading Championships in U.S. via Global News.
- Cheerleaders Injured During Storms at ESPN Wide World of Sports via WFLA.
- Montgomery County Special Olympics Cheerleading Team Makes History via WTOP.
- US National Teams Bring Home 18 Medals from International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships via USA Cheer.
- Go, Fight, Win! Santa Rosa Special Olympics Cheer Squad Takes Home Gold Medals at State via Pensacola News Journal.
- Special Education Teachers Form Student Cheer Squad, Take Home Gold at First Competition via Yahoo!
- Eagles Select Male Dancer To Join Cheerleading Squad, But It Turns Out He’s Not Franchise’s First via CBS.
- OSU Cheer and Dance Looks Towards Change via The Daily Barometer.
- The College STUNT Association Announces Season Nine STUNT All Americans via USA Cheer.
- New TV Series ‘Cheerleader Generation’ Features Dunbar Coach and Daughter, the Ole Miss Coach via Lexington Herald-Leader.
- Three Victories and Counting: The Woman Behind SMU Cheer’s Success via The Daily Campus.
- USA Cheer Announces Upcoming School Cheer Rules Changes via USA Cheer.
- Chicago Area Special Abilities Cheer Team Making History via Fox 32 Chicago.
- Minimizing Risk of Injury the Focus of 29 Rules Changes for High School Cheerleading via High School OT.
- National Cheer Expo Was a Study in Organization, Efficiency via Cape Breton Post.
- Montgomery County Special Olympics Team to Represent US in World Cheerleading Championships via My MC Media.
- The Cheerleader Who Blew the Whistle on the N.F.L. Soldiers On via The New York Times.
- Weber State Cheerleaders’ Routine Going Viral via Fox 13 Salt Lake City.
- NKY Competitive Cheerleading Team Dedicates Season to Teammate Who Died via WLWT5.
- USA Cheer Announces its 9th College STUNT National Championship via USA Cheer.
- New Mexico Cheerleading Competition May End Over Death Threats, Aggressive Posts via Las Cruces Sun News.
- Cheerleading is More Than Shorts Skirts and Yelling “Go, Team!” via Arrow.
- Former Ole Miss Cheerleader Plans to Expand Oxford Gym via Oxford Stories.
- What it Takes To Be an NKU Cheerleader via The Northerner.
- Special Olympic Cheerleading Teams Compete At The World Championships via News on 6.
- Finland, USA Win Premier Titles at 2019 ICU World Cheerleading Championships via Olympic Channel.
- Cheerleading Should be Considered a Sport via Oxford Stories.
- Cheerleading Can Apply to Become an Olympic sport… But Where Does it All End? via Inside the Games.
- International Cheer Union World Championship results.
- National Law Review published Sis-Boom-Bah: U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Cheerleader Uniform Design Elements May Be Eligible for Copyright Protection and Cheerleader Uniform Designs Protectable Under Copyright Act.
- TMZ posted Floyd Mayweather Blows Up at Cheer Judges.
- Outsports published Michigan State Cheerleader Found Solace in Sport After his Boyfriend’s Suicide.
- ESPN posted Coastal Carolina Cheerleading Suspended; Team Members Allegedly Acted as Escorts.
- WATE (ABC) reported Man Charged with Taking Photos of Girls at Sevierville Cheerleading Competition.
- University Press published The Everyday Life of a Cheerleader.
- The Advance-Titan posted Cheerleading Competitions Go Beyond Showing School Spirit.
- Her published Leave the Pom Poms at Home… Cheerleading is Serious Business in Ireland.
- The New York Post was busy, publishing Cheerleading has Evolved into a Billion-Dollar Business, As the Cheerleading Craze has Skyrocketed, so Have Injuries, and US Group Aims to Decrease Cheerleading Injuries.
Eastside Middle School will represent the U.S. in the Inaugural International Cheer Union Junior World Championship
Memphis, Tenn., January 30, 2017 – USA Cheer, the national governing body for cheer in the U.S., has announced that Eastside Middle School from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, will represent the U.S. at the International Cheer Union (ICU) Junior World Championship in the newly developed Junior Elite division, which will take place on April 26, 2017 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.
The ICU is the international governing body for cheer, and has members from 110 Member Nations. Their World Championship hosts athletes from around the globe. Last year’s World Championship included National Teams from 70 countries in the Elite (ages 14+) and Premier divisions (ages 15+). This year, the ICU has added Junior divisions for athletes aged 12-16.
The Eastside Middle School cheerleading team is coached by Carrie DeBold and Kristal Stillwell, who will also coach the team in preparation for the ICU World Championship. Currently, the team is focused on preparations for the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC). Eastside Middle School took first place in 2016 in the Small Junior High division, and was the Kentucky State Middle School Champions from 2013 to 2017.
“It’s exciting that the ICU is now including junior division in the World Championship. Engaging these younger cheer athletes helps build a solid foundation for future teams,” says Tony Nash, Director of USA Cheer, and Head Coach of the US National All Girl Team. “Eastside Middle School has a track record of success in Kentucky and at the National level. Carrie and Kristal have built a talented team that supports their school and stand as an example for other communities.”
“I am very honored and humbled that my program was selected to represent the U.S. at the ICU World Championship, said Carrie. “We are excited and ready for the challenge to take cheerleading to the next level on the world stage!”
For more information about USA Cheer, please contact Sheila Noone, [email protected]
About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for-profit national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading (including Traditional Cheerleading, STUNT, and Club Cheer/All Star). USA Cheer has three primary objectives: promote safety and safety education for Cheer in the United States; help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; and represent the United States of America in international Cheer competitions.