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In Review – April 2020

Welcome to May. We should be recovering from Worlds and starting the all level end of the year events, but instead most of us are still sitting at home. USASF cancelled Worlds 2020. IASF hasn’t announced a definitive plan, but is leaving the door open for having the event in conjunction with the ICU Championship in the fall. Varsity has announced A Summit will take place combining their end of the year events into this single event.

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In Review – March 2020

What a month! Here’s some of the news that is not related to the season pausing.

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In Review – February 2020

February came and brought some major events including both NCA and UCA High School Nationals, Cheersport, and the beginning of NCA All Star. USA Cheer also announced the 2020 National Team representative for Hip Hop (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Jazz (Brigham Young University), and Pom (University of Tennessee).

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In Review – January 2020

January came and brought significant events like UCA & UDA College Nationals, Majors, NDA All-Star Nationals, and JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals.

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In Review – December 2019

Welcome to 2020. Here’s some of the news to close out 2019.

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In Review – November 2019

This weekend is the busiest weekend of the year per USASF sanctioned events.

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In Review – September 2019

September has come and gone, bringing back school and football. Here’s some of the news that came along with it.

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In Review – August 2019

Summer is ending. It’s not cheerleading or dance specific, but ESPN published Study: On Average Child Quits Sports at Age 11.

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USA Cheer College Rules Released

USA Cheer LogoThe 2019-20 USA Cheer College Cheerleading Rules have been posted at USA Cheer.

The college rules process uses an “odd year/even year” rotation between addressing major and minor changes. 2019-20 is a “minor changes” year, with the addition of a sign rule in which top person and middle layers may not release hard signs to the ground.

In addition, the performing surface rules and basket toss rules have been slightly reworded for clarity without changing the implementation of the existing rules.

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USA Cheer: High School Rules Updates

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

An update has been made to the new rule regarding signs for high school teams and younger. Bases are not allowed to hold props that are made of hard material or have sharp corners or edges. Stunts and pyramids that use these types of signs should choreograph them so that the top person comes down with the sign legally or hands them to a person on the ground who is allowed to hold signs.

The NFHS has released their current “Comments on the Rules“, which include this change as well.

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USA Cheer: Fall Safety Update!

One of USA Cheer’s primary objectives is to “promote safety and safety education for cheer in USA Cheer Logothe United States.” It is a responsibility that is central to everything we do, including growing cheer participation and representing the USA in cheerleading internationally.

This safety update includes information on updated high school rules and the new rules course, as well as the recently released college rules.

Thanks to the combination of appropriate safety rules, ongoing safety education, and increased safety awareness by all, cheerleading has been ranked among the lowest risk high school sports for ten years!

We are excited to provide this safety update to our members, partner organizations, and friends!

Jim Lord, Director of Education and Programming

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In Review – June 2019

Summer is in full swing and here’s some of the news dropped while we’ve been enjoying our vacations. The biggest news, in our opinion, is the first article. We’ve also ended with a video for your entertainment.

The USASF held a meeting with members of multiple parts of the industry, including event producers, coaches, choreographers, media, uniforms, vendors, and music producers, to discuss the image of All Star. We haven’t seen anything come from it yet, but it is a step toward the industry working together to address the image being portrayed like this:

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In Review – May 2019

The end of the season events have ended and today the new season begins.

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USA Cheer: NCAA Endorses Catastrophic Injury Policies

USA Cheer LogoThe NCAA Board of Governors recently unanimously approved a set of policies to help prevent catastrophic injury and death across all NCAA sports.

We are proud to say that the recommendations include areas that the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, now part of USA Cheer, has been promoting since its first Cheerleading Safety Manual, published in 1990, and which many of USA Cheer’s member organizations have teaching at camps and clinics for at least as long.

These include developing a practiced emergency action plan, acclimatization and conditioning, strength and conditioning of personnel, protective equipment, and education and training. Additionally listed is an area that is already a centerpiece of cheer – sportsmanship.

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USA Cheer: New USA Cheer/AACCA Safety Manual

USA Cheer LogoThe long-awaited USA Cheer Safety Manual update has been completed!

The manual is the 4th edition of the original AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual, which made cheerleading history when published in 1990. It was the first publication to specifically address risk minimization in all areas of safety awareness, legal and medical responsibilities, skill progressions, emergency planning, and performer readiness.

The new manual builds upon the foundations laid by the latest AACCA Cheerleading Safety Manual and updates important information and concepts that have changed since the last publication in 2006.

In addition, the manual also now includes an online appendix, so that future updates or additional forms and reference material can be added as needed.

The manual is currently in the printing process, and online versions can be downloaded as part of the new online course, which is available on the USA Cheer training portal. To complete the course, click the button below and select “USA Cheer Safety & Risk Management Section 1” from the “Safety/Risk Mgt” section. Join USA Cheer for course discounts!