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The Majors 2023 Lineup

The Majors 2023 Lineup

By Annemarie Arthurs

Published August 18, 2022

the majors 2023 lineup

Here we are…. the first look into the 2022-2023 season, and it’s all starting with MAJORS!!!

The invites have gone out, teams are getting ready, and the season is about to begin!  The MAJORS 2023 is a one-day competition where some of the greatest level 6 teams in the world are invited to compete! This year, they are taking place at The Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 20, 2023!  MAJORS is a huge event that athletes, coaches, and gym owners from all around the world tune in to watch! That reminds me…make sure to get your Varsity TV subscription NOW!!

Let’s take a look at the lineup of teams that have been invited and are excited to attend this prestigious event!

Large Senior 6

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Lineup

Extra Small Coed 6

  • Central Jersey All Stars Team Gunz
  • CheerVille Athletics Anarchy
  • Twist & Shout Diamonds

 Extra Small Senior 6

  • South Coast Cheer Fearless
  • California All Stars Vixens
  • Elite Cheer Stars

Small Coed 6

  • KC Cheer Fierce 5
  • Brandon All Stars Senior Black
  • MAC Senior Starz

Small Senior 6

  • Cheer Extreme SSX
  • ICE Lady Lightning
  • Rain Athletics Aqua

Medium Coed 6

  • Woodlands Elite Black Ops
  • Prodigy All Stars Midnight
  • Spirit of Texas Royalty
  • California All Stars Black Ops

Medium Senior 6

  • East Celebrity Elite Bombshells
  • Top Gun All Stars Lady Jags
  • Stingray Allstars Peach

Large Coed 6

  • Cheer Athletics Cheetahs
  • Stingray Allstars Steel

Large Senior 6

  • World Cup Shooting Stars
  • Cheer Extreme Senior Elite
  • Cheer Athletics Panthers
  • Stingray Allstars Orange

Exhibition

  • Top Gun All Stars Revelation
  • Twist & Shout Adam & Eve
  • Woodlands Elite General

D2 Summit Winners, Scores, & Recap – Searchable

By Annemarie Arthurs

Published May 12, 2022

With the D2 Summit over, the 2022 All Star Cheerleading Season has officially come to an end! Huge congrats to all the teams this season! Whether you compete at Worlds, Summit, or D2 Summit, it’s a huge accomplishment to attend any of these prestigious end of season events! 

From day 1 to day 3, these teams fought the hard climb to the top! Some gyms came with one team while others came with five! It’s always amazing to see these D2 gyms from small towns come to these events with such strong teams! The owners, coaches, athletes, choreographers, and parents put in so much time and effort to be successful and it really showed this weekend! 

As a coach in Florence, SC this season, I decided to reach out to both programs here in town! They are both D2 gyms on either side of town, and they both made it finals, one with a first place Summit win! I interviewed Coach Brittany Durrah, Head Cheer Coach at Xtreme Athletics South, and Alex Devlin, Co-Owner of Athletic Cheer Force. 

Photo Courtesy of XA South

I asked Brittany, Coach of Xtreme Athletics Small Senior 1, Burn… “What was this experience like for you and how did It feel to move onto finals with your team for the first time”

Photo Courtesy of XA South

She said, “The experience at D2 summit was great! A much better experience from last year due to the safety regulations of Covid. Our team and parents were able to get the full Summit experience. Competing in the arena is a spine-chilling realization that you finally made it to the finish line! I loved the way we were able to get in person reveals for our teams moving on. The buildup was unreal! With only 6 teams being able to make it to day two we know it was anyone’s game with so many amazing teams. When the announcer said my teams name before they could even finish speaking our feet were off the floor! As a coach it was such a full circle moment. I can’t wait to see what next year’s teams are going to bring and for our team to surpass this year’s placement” 

I then asked Alex Devlin, who was also on their Senior Open Coed 4 team that won, “How does it feel to win the D2 Summit as a second-year program with your first open team?!”

She said “As a 2nd year program I never imagined winning summit!! Our athletes and coaches work so hard each day to strive for excellence. We have a true Cinderella story with this win. We advanced from the wildcard division in first and after semifinals we were entering into finals in 2nd. We knew it was going to be a fight as all the teams in our division are amazing. On finals day we had an athlete get injured at the start of our elite section. We had to completely stop the music and exit the stage. This athlete was center flyer and point in pyramid. We were given a new compete time and rallied together to teach one of our teammates her position. This athlete stepped up and learned some of the most difficult portions of this routine!! As nervous as we were we knew that we had the fight in us to go out there and put on a stellar performance! That’s exactly what we did!!! Air Force One is a team made up of coaches, college athletes and retired athletes. Our Allstar Director and Owner of the program even cheer on this team! We are beyond blessed to get to experience this and it’s even more amazing because we are a 2nd year program! I’m so thankful for my all-star director Lanell Timmons and Co-owner and husband Ryan Devlin as well as our choreographer Ty Rogers and stunt choreographer Patrick Smith! We will cherish this moment for a lifetime!”

I can’t wait to see how much both programs grow this season along with all the other D2 gyms that competed!! 

D2 Summit Winners Scores

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2022 Varsity All Star Summit Championship Scores and Recap

By Annemarie Arthurs

Published May 2, 2022

The 2022 Season has come to an end for all the Division 1 gyms and their teams that earned a bid and competed at the Summit this weekend! After four days of competition, the teams have made the tough climb to finals and winners have been crowned! These junior and senior teams have worked endlessly all season to get to finals to be crowned a Summit Champion

My favorite behind the scenes moment this weekend was when the Cheer Extreme Senior Elite legend of 2010-2013, Maddie Gardner, met and interviewed the current face of Senior Elite, Ryan Cummings. This was for sure a full circle moment and just goes to show you how rare and successful these athletes are. We want to wish Ryan good luck with her journey after this season and maybe we will see her again like Maddie! 

Twitter seems to still be in an uproar over the G.I Janes disqualification at Worlds due to Cheer Athletics Sabres being disqualified at summit due to a crossover rule. There are a lot of different rules going into these large end of season events and I’m sure this was an eye opener for all coaches and gym owners going into next season when making teams with crossovers and completing their rosters with USASF!

The Summit does a great job showcasing the best of the best in levels 1-6 and allows all these athletes to strive to be the best they can be! 

Let’s look at this year’s Summit Champions! Great job to all the teams that attended, and we will see you next season! 

2022 Summit Scores

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The Cheerleading Worlds 2022 Results

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By Annemarie Arthurs

Published April 26, 2022

The Cheerleading Worlds 2022 was one for the books!! The divisions were tough, and the outcomes shocked most of us! From 100+ non tumble teams, a fire alarm during Small Coed awards, and a disqualification for the Woodlands Elite G.I Janes…I had no idea what the rest of the event was going to look like!! 

cheerleading worlds 2022 results

MACS Senior Starz have officially joined the “elite three”, or should we say “elite four” now, by winning Senior Small Coed! Brandon Senior Black, Cali Smoed & Prodigy Midnight are the only other teams to win that division in the last decade! 


Twitter was in an uproar during the Senior Small All Girl division! Aqua came and HIT and got a well-deserved bronze globe! ICE Lady Lightning and Cheer Extreme SSX fought it out and ICE came out on top! Next year will be interesting…

The California All Stars Smoed left the Small Coed division and went undefeated their first time ever in Global Coed while CheerSport Great Whites had the greatest comeback from 3rd to 1st! Even during a four-month lockdown in Canada, they came and got those rings! 

As a proud ECE Alumni, shout out to the Bombshells for placing second in the world in the Senior Medium Division! 

The Senior Large All Girl and Coed division had me holding my breath on day 2! I’m forever team Orange and TGLC so I could barely watch while both these divisions performed! 

With 3 out of the 4 Large Senior All Girl teams hitting, we finally get to see who the best of the best really is!! That was a division I will never forget! Large Coed, ATE!! All three teams put out ICONIC routines and showed us what true cheerleading really is!! Imagine what worlds would look like if every team put on a show like Top Gun TGLC & GLOC! #TKO #MAGIC

With that being said, let’s look at this year’s WORLD CHAMPIONS!!

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Cheerleading Worlds 2022 Performance Order (searchable)

Cheerleading Worlds Competition 2022 Performance Order

By Steve Pawlyk

Published April 20, 2022

Worlds is only 3 days away!

Verify your place in the performance order lists below!

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LIMITED WORLDS DIVISION EXPLAINED

LIMITED WORLDS DIVISION EXPLAINED

By Cat Weeden

Published April 18, 2022

We have all waited 3 LONG years for the return of “The True Worlds Experience.” 3 long years for international teams to return. 3 long years for the fans to sit from sunup to sundown to watch the best of the best duke it out one last time. 

After the 2020 Worlds was canceled (understandably), we were all grateful to be back in action in 2021. But the experience was just not the same. There were hardly any spectators, most teams only competed in person 2-3 times leading up to the World Championships and there was a noticeable absence of international teams. It was an all-around strange year, but man, were we so thankful to be back in Orlando. 

For the first time since 2018-2019, we all experienced a real competitive season. Albeit, a very strange regular season, but we all competed multiple times, the biggest and best events were back in person (NCA, Jamfest, and Jamz) and our kids returned fully to the sport they love. Beyond these factors, there was an extra magical air to this season. The addition and mystery of the Limited All Girl and Coed Worlds Divisions. 

The 2022 World Championships will feature 3 NEW division offerings for US Based Teams, Limited XS/SM Sr 6, Limited XS Coed and Limited Sm Coed 6. For your team to have qualified for these divisions, you must meet 3 standards: 

  1. Any team participating in Limited must be your brand’s ONLY worlds team. 

  2. Your Team must be a Senior Club Level U.S. Based team 

  3. 22 or less members. 

These divisions are not exclusionary of any size gym, as long as you meet the three requirements, you’re in. 

The History of How we got here

During the 2017 D2 Summit, USASF announced the addition of the XS worlds division. The parameters to participate were that you had to have only 1 Worlds team under your brand, and your team had to be 14 participants or less. At the time, the smallest worlds division size was “small'' which was up to 20 athletes. For a smaller Worlds gym that had approx 75-125 athletes, having 20 Worlds athletes would mean that approx 20-45% of their program would need to be Worlds athletes in order to field these teams. The max number of 14 was an opportunity that created positive ripples in the small gym community for years.

That very first year of XS was MAGICAL. There was a sense of hope that we had never felt before on the world side. We would have the ability to compete on the Worlds stage, in a division that was more realistically attainable for Smaller D1 and D2 gyms. We were in regular season divisions of other teams that looked like us and were developmentally at the same place as us. 

We had 1 year. One fantastic, magical, wonderful year of this division with the limitations for participation. By the end of the season the gyms with more than 1 Worlds team made a full court press to not be excluded from Extra Small. At the time it was devastating for the division to be opened to everyone. In retrospect, the mistake was that it was a new SIZE category and that the option to field smaller teams SHOULD have been inclusive of everyone. 

Since the inclusion of Extra Small, Non-Tumbling Coed and All girl, Senior Open Small Coed and All girl, Senior Open Large Coed, Int Small Coed and numerous other divisions have been adopted by Worlds. Each division added serves a purpose and helps bridge gaps in the World’s fabric. 

Over the last 4 years, the Worlds dynamic has drastically changed. There are no longer 50+ teams in Small Coed and All girl. Large Senior and Large Senior Coed remain the title divisions of the championships, but they are dramatically smaller in size. Non-Tumbling and Senior Open Small Coed have EXPLODED in the US and Extra Small has taken its place as the largest coed and all girl club divisions at Worlds. 

While divisions have been continuously created to fill gaps, there hasn't been anymore regard to the creation of divisions that are focused on further developing the Worlds opportunity amongst all types of gyms. What we do know is that according to USASF, D2 gyms are approximately  83% of the allstar gym industry. Yes, you read that correctly - at least 83%. We know that this number is probably TOO LOW based solely on the amount of D2 gyms that do not participate in USASF, so that number is probably closer to 92%, conservatively. 

We had divisions for athletes over 18 (Open/ Int Open), for club teams of different sizes (Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large), for Athletes that do not tumble, but still deserve the right to participate (Non-Tumbling all girl and coed) and if you look at the international spectrum, they have many more additional options that are direct reflections of the everchanging allstar landscape. However, no division for gyms that reflect possibly 92% of the industry… It didn’t make sense.

During the USASF National meeting in Charlotte, the Limited divisions were brought for discussion, and were overwhelmingly agreed upon by D2 and D1 gyms in attendance. There would be no gym size limitations on them, anyone could participate, and they would not be a new exclusionary size category.  The idea would be that while for the 21-22 season they would not be stand-alone divisions, they would be their own divisions for the World Championships. Mid-Summer the divisions were made official.

The Mystery Surrounding Limited

Since Limited was not a stand-alone division in 21-22, no one really KNEW who would participate in the divisions at Worlds. Would teams that qualify, but have had success in the standard divisions choose to stay in the standard divisions or would they participate in Limited? There have been many assumptions, guesses and predictions about who would be in the divisions, but up until last week, no one knew for sure.

That mystery has been nerve wracking, but also very exciting. By not having to declare until you registered for the World Championships, no one really knew what these divisions would look like. Now that the first Worlds schedule has been released.  We now know that Limited has not only been well received by D2 gyms, but even more by the D1 gyms that qualify. This was absolutely the hope. We have previous World Champion Teams, many Worlds Finalist teams, and teams that have been right outside of the podium for years. 

Limited by the Numbers

(As of 4/18, The numbers are anticipated to grow since some teams are not classified correctly)

Limited DIVISION
Limited Small Coed
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Teams: 11
Paid Bids: 3
Limited DIVISION
Limited XS Coed
Limited XS Coed will be the SECOND largest Club Coed division, following XSC
Teams: 10
Paid Bids: 3
Limited DIVISION
Limited SM/XS All Girl
Limited All girl will be the SECOND largest Club all girl division, following XS
Teams: 18
Paid Bids: 7

The Future of Limited

The future of Limited is currently up in the air, with USASF commenting that they would like to see what participation at Worlds looks like and how the division goes next weekend. There are many more questions hanging in the air about Limited’s future, but I think it’s fair of USASF to wait until after its first run to decide its long-term fate. 

Will Limited be back at Worlds 2023?

Based on 2022 Worlds participation alone, I would call this a YES. With at least 40 teams participating, 13 Paid Bids and many more teams already declaring that they will be out of Open divisions to participate next season, I think there is no way Limited disappears for 2023 Worlds.

Will Limited become a Standalone Division for the 2022-23 Season?

This is up in the air. I think the mystery surrounding Limited and its participants was fun this year, but going into Worlds, there were a lot of teams that were classified and listed in wrong divisions on the first schedule. Some didn’t note Limited on registration and believed it would automatically populate them into the division, so it’s not really at the fault of USASF.  However,  this would be an easier process if we were ‘Limited’ all year. Also, there is value in competing against the correct teams all year and not only seeing your competitors at Worlds. If it isn’t granted stand-alone division status next season, which it should, it should at least become a Division Split that EP’s are allowed to use. 

Does the inclusion of Limited dilute Worlds?

No. While it feels like there are so many Worlds Divisions and Champions, the reality is that the number of teams that participate at Worlds represent less than 3-5% of the TOTAL membership of allstar cheer. The World Champs, even with 40 divisions, are less than the top 1% of active allstars. Back when there was one All Girl and one Coed winner, allstar was dramatically smaller. The participation has exponentially grown at a rate that called for more divisions and levels. If you are strong enough to take down 17 other teams in Limited All Girl 6, you have earned the right to the World Championship Title. 

Should franchises be allowed to participate in Limited?

In my opinion, no. The division has specific qualifications around it and within those parameters the division is already alive and well and could double in size within the next year. Even though some franchises are smaller in size, they are still a part of very successful brands, and they still have many options for divisions without the ability to participate in Limited. There are many benefits to being a part of a strong national brand, but there are also drawbacks, and to me this is one of them. This division is about development in the same way Non-Tumbling is about offering a division to kids who are not strong tumblers. 

Is Limited a Fast Track to the Podium?

We have divisions at Worlds where you wake up as AT LEAST a Bronze Worlds Medalist. Or you must take down 1 team to Globe. Take it, these are the most talented, best coached, most storied, and outright toughest divisions of Worlds, but that doesn’t change the stats. Whoever wins Large coed, has to move mountains to do it, and they deserve every second of glory and infamy for doing it. With the Limited divisions already being second largest in club division size, I would go as far as to say that these divisions are legitimate, hard and going to be unpredictable. 

Not Everyone Should be able to Compete at Worlds?

Are you the Worlds gatekeeper? Am I? Is your mom? No none of us are. And again, less than 3% of the industry gets to even compete. No one behind a keyboard, a screen, a group text or behind nasty comments gets to decide who can participate, USASF does. You get a bid or you don’t. You go and hit or you don’t.

Who are the Front Runners for Limited?

That’s the best part of these divisions, IT’S ANYONE’S GAME. When was the last time a Worlds Division felt like that?

My final thoughts on Limited

I hope every team in the 3 divisions go out this weekend and performs the routine of a lifetime. I hope any given day the best team of that day wins. I hope that every kid who has waited their turn to compete at Worlds, in their home gym uniform, lives the dream this weekend. I mostly hope that the MAGIC we found 4 seasons ago lives on through Limited. 

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Collegiate Champions Choose IPP!

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By Annemarie Arthurs

Published April 18, 2022

Another NCA College Nationals is in the books and this one just hit differently.  Daytona Beach was on fire with talent and excitement this year after we missed 2020 and only saw a small variety of teams in 2021 as most competed virtually. It was nothing short of amazing seeing teams back on the bandshell battling it out for supremacy.  And to top it off, we were able to see 4 teams win using our music

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Framingham State UniversityFRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY

Framingham State UniversityFRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY

The first champion crowned was Framingham State University.  This was definitely a monumental win for FSU and coach Dave Lombardi.  Dave has been the head coach of FSU for 13 years and is set to retire at the conclusion of this season.  He’s been waiting a long time to be in the limelight and that’s just where he was!  After being in first place coming out of prelims the tension was still high because of the 25/75 score split. At any moment a small mistake from the day before could potentially haunt you in finals.  However, the ladies of FSU were able to perform with consistency and showed Daytona Beach just what it means to be RAM TOUGH! 

When asked about his experience coaching in his final season, Dave said, “What an amazing year we had.  It was a year of firsts for us. This was the first year that we competed as a small coed team. It was the first year we hit zero. And this was the first year we won NCA College Nationals!”