USASF: Have A Suggestion For Rules?

USASF LogoRules suggestions may be submitted until July 15, 2019 to be considered for future discussions.

This is a non rules change year. This form is to allow for our members to begin conversations, as needed, in anticipation for the next rules cycle year and/or imminent safety concerns that the USASF Rules Committee may consider.

As a reminder, you must have support for this change by three USASF members outside of your gym/organization. You will need to include their names as well as their email addresses below. If that information is left blank, or is incorrect, your submission will not be considered.

Cheer Rules & Policy Change Suggestion | Dance Rules & Policy Change Suggestion

USASF: Become A Certified Legality Official for 2019-20

USASF Logo 2018USASF Legality Official certification for All Star Cheer and All Star Dance is based on each annual All Star season.

Make plans to join USASF at one of these locations:

  • Dallas, TX: July 20 & 21
  • Las Vegas, NV (in conjunction with the National Meeting): August 3 & 4
  • Washington, DC/National Harbor: September 7 & 8 (tentative dates)

Can’t make it to one of these locations?You can become certified via online (NOT recommended for first time candidates).  Click here to learn more and to register.

USASF: Rules Release 2019-2020

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Coaches,

The 2019-2020 Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grids have been approved by the USASF Board of Directors and can be found on the USASF Rules Site accessed via the Member Portal.

New Look | New Content.  In an effort to make the documents more user friendly and easier to understand, we have reformatted them in hopes that will meet or exceed your expectations.

Want a sneak peek of how to view the Cheer Rules documents?  Check out the Cheer Rules Sneak Peek.

USA Cheer: Rules Training for Coaches and Officials!

USA Cheer LogoUSA Cheer announces the first ever comprehensive safety rules course!

Unlike other rules training that primarily reviews new rules, this 4-part course covers the entire spectrum of the high school cheerleading rules. There are two courses available, with one geared towards coaches and another with additional fifth training section for rules officials.

The course is developed by the USA Cheer rules committee which is led by rules experts Bill Ahern and Jim Lord, both of whom are also advisers to the NFHS rules committee. The course is designed to be compatible with both the USA Cheer and NFHS safety rules, and should serve as the foundation for rules understanding for any cheerleading coach or choreographer.

The course will be updated each year, along with a “new rules” add-on for coaches who have completed the comprehensive training.

For more information, and to complete the USA Cheer Safety Rules Course, click below and select “Responsibilities and General Rules (Part 1)” from the “HS Rules” section. Join USA Cheer for course discounts!

USA Cheer: New High School Rules

USA Cheer LogoThe 2019-20 high school rules were published to the USA Cheer site on May 1 and are available here.

Some of the highlights of the new rules include allowing certain braced flips using one bracer, allowing inversion releases to land in extended stunts, modifying the “switch lib” rule to allow landing on one or both feet. In addition, new restrictions were placed on sign use, prohibiting signs from being released from a top person.

Further changes were made to clarify previous rules, and minor changes were made so that the USA Cheer and NFHS rules are virtually identical!

In Review – April 2019

April means Daytona, ICU, and Worlds. Congratulations to all the new champions and good luck to those competing at May’s end of the season events.

USASF: Cheer and Dance Rules Updates ….Coming Soon

USASF Logo 2018We’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.

USASF Cheer Rules/Age Grid Release and Membership Policy Update

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Coach and Owner Members:

We’re approaching the time of year that USASF posts an early release of the Cheer and Dance Rules and Age Grid and Membership Policies 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. Likewise, the Membership Team is reviewing the member policies and guidelines of other youth sports National Governing Bodies to ensure we are fully supporting our Athletes 1st initiative, aligning with best practices and being compliant with the law.

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.

Here is the timeline for communication of all of the above:

Next week: The Membership Team will host and record a webinar on February 5 at 12pm Eastern to review updates to the Professional Responsibility Code for the 2019-2020 season. The recording will be available for members who were unable to attend live, and supporting documents will be posted in The Connection. Click here to register. Not sure you can make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recorded session.

Later in February: 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 on Thursday.

Please attend the webinars if at all possible so that you can ask questions during the discussions as time permits. The webinars will also give you a first glimpse at Membership Policies, Rules and Age Grids before the documents are posted. We hope the webinars will help with interpretation, understanding and clarity.

If you can’t attend live, you’ll have access to the recordings, followed by the documents posted on our websites. We look forward to connecting with you in February!

USASF: Quick Reference Video Overview

USASF Logo 2018Cheer Coaches, check out this member resource – now available to you! The USASF Quick Reference Guide is a 75-minute video overview by the Cheer Rules Team and is located in the Rules & Safety Member Site under “Cheer”.

Multiple skills are highlighted in the video as they are commonly broken and/or misunderstood. This video does not cover all rules. Refer to the USASF Cheer Rules for the full rules and remember that all skills, prior to the event, should be submitted thru the USASF Coach App.

USASF: Cheer Rules Proposal Survey

USASF Logo 2018As a reminder of last week’s update; cheer coaches and owners with a current, paid membership as of 10/7 will receive a link via email to a survey gathering input for the Cheer Rules Proposal. If your membership is active, check your inbox within the next 24 hours for the survey!

USASF Cheer Rules 2018-19

USASF Logo 2018Dear USASF Cheer Members:

The final USASF Cheer Rules 2018-19 have been approved by the Rules Committee and Board of Directors and is now available in your USASF Member Profile.

For easy access to the 2018-19 USASF Cheer Rules:

  1. Log into your Member Profile
  2. In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu, Rules & Safety Site
  3. You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the age grid and rules

Questions?

Contact Ali Stangle, [email protected]

AACCA College Cheer Rules for 2018-19

Last week AACCA released the college cheer rules for 2018-19, which contained several changes including sex based toss restrictions. The rules have since been pulled down and the Cheer Rules website has replaced them with a page stating:

The 2018-2019 College Safety Rules are under review to add more specifics to clarify the intentions of the rules.  They will be posted again shortly.

USASF Dance Rules are Now Available

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:

  1. Log into your USASF Member Profile
  2. In the top right hand corner, look for your name and a drop-down menu that links to the rules
  3. You will be able to view, download and/or print a PDF version of the rules

As the rules are a benefit of membership in the USASF, they will only be available to members and will not be posted on USASF.net or USASFrules.com.

Questions?

Contact Meredith Walker

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