updated 7:10 pm EST – Sunday, March 15, 2020
ICU Postpones competition for international teams // US Teams will compete as planned
announced via Facebook (@InternationalCheerUnion):
Memphis, 15 March 2020
European Office: Lausanne
National Cheer Federation Members
International Cheer Union (ICU)
Re: ICU World Championships Week Update – 15 March 2020
Dear ICU National Cheer Federations:
As you all know, the global sports community is facing an unprecedented test: determining when and how to move forward with competitions and events in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families, and friends is paramount.
The ICU Governing Council has met and has unanimously agreed to postpone the 2020 ICU World Championships and AGM, scheduled for 27 April – 1 May. A large number of countries have already informed us that their athletes and delegations will not be attending and there are travel restrictions in place in the US and around the world, making a global competition impractical at this time.
We will continue to actively work with officials in the United States, as well as Walt Disney World management, to monitor and assess the situation so we can determine when we may be able to reschedule. We will communicate updates to you when we have them.We are grateful for your cooperation as we take steps to confront the spread of this virus. Thank you again for your commitment to our athletes and your support of the International Cheer Union and its mission.
International Cheer Union
updated 8:55 am EST – Friday, March 13, 2020
MG Spirit Spectacular (St. Louis) – CANCELLED
UCA International All Star Championship – OCCURRING
Varsity announces on Twitter UCA International All Star Championship in Disney still occurring as scheduled:
“Hello Coaches, and Gym Owners, Family and Friends,
Due to the fact that the Walt Disney World Resort is not closing the Theme Parks until March 16th, we will continue to host the UCA International All Star Championship with the precautionary measures we have put into place. We hope you understand how quickly the situation has been evolving over the last few hours. Because so many of our teams have worked so hard to be here and have already arrived in Florida, we are going to proceed with our isolated competition format as planned with the event ending Saturday evening.
The following precautionary measures were announced earlier today to significantly reduce the number of people in the venues and large crowds in general:
• All UCA International All Star Championship teams will compete one time on Saturday only.
• Only the families and fans from the team that is on deck, on the floor, or just finishing will be allowed in all competition venues.
• To enable social distancing, all award ceremonies will be online only (no live presentations) and available free of charge on Varsity TV on Varsity.com.
For those who have not yet verifiedto your Disney hotel or picked up your commuter Licenses, if you choose to cancel, although we are bound to Walt Disney World’s cancellation policies, we – Varsity Spirit will be issuing you a full refund. If you choose to cancel, please contact your registration specialist.
If you have already verifiedto your Disney hotel, picked up your Licenses and have used them at the Theme Parks and decide to leave early based on the recent developments, we – Varsity Spirit will be fully refunding any unused portion of your package.
The Theme Parks will be open until the close of business Sunday for you to enjoy if you choose to do so with your teams. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.”
source: Varsity Cheer Twitter
updated 1:50 am EST – Friday, March 13, 2020
MSAA New England Cheer @Worcester State MA – CANCELLED
Gateway Championship – St. Louis – CANCELLED
updated 12:57 am EST – Friday, March 13, 2020
Varsity announces via Twitter: The Quest Recreational Championship and the UCA International All Star Championship this weekend in jeopardy…
“As you may have just seen, the Walt Disney World Resort just announced that they will be closing the Theme Parks on Monday, March 16th. Note that the hotels will remain open at this time. The Quest Recreational Championship will continue as scheduled tomorrow. Please understand that we are diligently working with Walt Disney World in regards to the potential impact it may have on the UCA International All Star Championship. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we gather more information from Disney throughout the night and will share it with you as soon as we can.”
updated 9:02 pm EST – Thursday, March 12, 2020
CHEERSPORT – Colorado Grand Championship – POSTPONED
Bowie State Cheerstarz 2020 – POSTPONED
Universal Spirit-The Grand Championship – POSTPONED
USA Non Affiliated Rec Championships – POSTPONED
USA All Star Championships – POSTPONED
Twin Cities Challenge – POSTPONED
Tournament of Champions & All Star Prep Nationals – POSTPONED
Tidewater Beach Championship 2020 – POSTPONED
Spirit Festival Nationals – POSTPONED
Spirit Celebration Spring Fling Nationals – POSTPONED
Northside Xpress Regional – POSTPONED
One Up – Syracuse – POSTPONED
Platinum Nationals PA 2020 – POSTPONED
Reach the Beach Dance National 2020 – POSTPONED
Reach the Beach Daytona National 2020 – POSTPONED
updated 7:34 pm EST – Thursday, March 12, 2020
CHEERSPORT-Kansas City – Midwest D2 Championship – POSTPONED
CHEERSPORT-Kansas City Grand Championship – POSTPONED
CSG Dance Nationals – POSTPONED
COA – Nor Cal Nationals – POSTPONED
Athletic Championships – Tulsa DI & DII – POSTPONED
ACP Bid Championship – POSTPONED
ACP Disco Open Championship – Trenton – POSTPONED
ACP Power Dance Nationals & TX State Championship – POSTPONED
Aloha DI & DII Championships – POSTPONED
updated 6:54 pm EST – Thursday, March 12, 2020
JAMfest – Louisville Championship – POSTPONED
JAMfest – JAM Bash North Georgia – POSTPONED
Epic Tour: Ocean City 2020 – POSTPONED
Colonial Championship 2020 – POSTPONED
Double Down Championships – Smoky Mountain Championship DI & DII – POSTPONED
Empire State Championship 2020 – POSTPONED
Encore Championships – Pittsburgh Area DI & DII – POSTPONED
updated 6:20 pm EST – Thursday, March 12, 2020
ICU Cheer is holding emergency meetings to evaluate the fate of ICU Worlds 2020. Decision will be made in 24 hrs….
updated 5:10 pm EST – Thursday, March 12, 2020
Spirit Festival Nationals – POSTPONED
CHEERSPORT – NorCal Grand Championship – CANCELLED
CHEERSPORT – West Coast D2 Championship – CANCELLED
JAMfest – Lucky JAM – POSTPONED