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.
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.
- One Set of Rules for High School Cheer via USA Cheer.
- Varsity Spirit Idles Workers as COVID-19 Threatens Business via The Daily Memphian.
- “Sobering”: SC Cheerleading Gym Owner Recovering From COVID-19 Reflects on Experience via WLOS.
- Risk Minimization Remains Key in 2020-21 College Cheer Rules Changes via USA Cheer.
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.
The past week contained several updates to end of the season events.
- Worlds (Update Page)
- Plan is to reschedule for late June
- Will provide update by Friday, April 24th
- Would consider virtual championship before being rescheduled to July or later
- Summit(s) (Update Page)
- Plan is to reschedule for late June
- Will provide update by April 24th
- Would be cancelled before being rescheduled to July or later
- US Finals
- Will be virtual, details coming soon (Twitter Announcement)
- The One
- Cancelled (Cancellation Release)
- Season Ending Update II was published on April 28th
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.
All Level 6 and 7 teams entering one or more of the following USASF Sanctioned Events will receive points based on the size of their division and placement rankings. At the end of the season, the Level 6 and/or Level 7 teams with the highest point totals will win 3 Paid Bids and 3 At Large Bids to The Cheerleading Worlds, 2020.
The Road to Worlds is an exciting one for All Star teams around the globe, and we share in the excitement and anticipation each year! The growth and momentum of All Star brings together incredible athleticism, artistry and talent at The Worlds annually. We’re looking forward to 2020.
Circumstances outside of our control have necessitated a slight adjustment of the dates of The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds for 2020. Worlds will take place on April 24, 25 and 26. The location remains at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL.
If you have questions, please contact:
- U.S. Event Producers and Teams, please contact the USASF
- Non-U.S. Event Producers and Teams, please contact the IASF
Why is there a date change for The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds?
The International Cheer Union is slightly changing their event date due to a scheduling conflict with important international meetings. That change is causing the USASF and IASF to slightly change their event date for The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds to avoid event overlap at Walt Disney World®.
What are the dates of the ICU World Championships?
To avoid a scheduling conflict with important international meetings, the 2020 ICU Worlds Championships will change their event date to April 27, 28 and 29.
Will this be the schedule for the following year?
At this time, we are only aware that it is a one-time change to the schedule.
As we gear up for a new event season, we wanted to share the Divisions that will be offered at The Dance Worlds, 2020. Click here to view.
We’re excited to announce that The Dance Worlds will have a new (temporary) home in 2020! The Dance Worlds will return to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in 2021.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center – April 25-27, 2020
Note: The resorts that will be offered with the 2020 Worlds resident’s packages will continue to be Disney’s All Star Resort and Coronado Springs Resort. Transportation to Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center will be provided for those staying on the 2020 Worlds resident packages.
Additional details will be provided later this Fall.