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CHEERLEADING REACHES OLYMPIC STATUS

By Steve Pawlyk

Published July 20, 2021

The day has finally come!  Cheerleading reaches Olympic status.

At the close of the 138th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting, the International Cheer Union (ICU) received “Full Sport Recognition”.  So what does this mean moving forward? 

As a result of receiving full sport recognition, cheerleading will now be eligible  to petition to not only be included in the Olympic games and other multi-game events, but will also help to ensure more funding, education and support to help develop cheerleading in other countries who seek to participate.

CHEERLEADING REACHES OLYMPIC STATUS

This is such a momentous occasion because it’s been 11 years in the making.  The ICU was founded in 2004 with the goal of positively impacting cheerleading and cheerleaders throughout the world.  Shortly after it’s formation, the ICU applied for recognition by the OIC.  It wasn’t until 2016 that ICU was granted provisional recognition.

Jeff Webb, President of the ICU recently stated, ““The IOC’s actions have created a monumental milestone for cheerleading. We are truly honored to receive this recognition by the IOC,” said Jeff Webb, President of the International Cheer Union. “This decision will greatly assist us as we strive to create opportunities for healthy participation and competition for millions of cheerleading athletes worldwide.”

We look forward to the coming years and are excited for cheerleaders from all nations to take the stage at the Olympics and perform the routines and choreography the world has been waiting to see!


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Your Mix Can Now Have Audio on Varsity TV

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By Steve Pawlyk

Published September 21, 2020

We have some good news!

Your mix can now have audio on Varsity TV.  Fear of copyright law violation and potential lawsuits have burdened the cheer community with having to watch videos of their favorite teams in silence.  Moreover, viewers have been paying subscription fees year after year for an incomplete service.  However, this season Varsity TV, Flo Cheer and a few music production companies, such as IPP,  have come up with a solution!  I can almost see the excitement on your face.  I bet you’re saying, “about time” right now.

Want your mix to be streamed with audio?  Here’s what you have to do.  First, you’ll need to choose content for your mix that comes with synchronization rights.  More specifically, transferable synchronization rights.  You’re scratching your head right now. I know.  Bear with me though. I’ll help you out.  Without getting into some technical mumbo jumbo regarding licensing it can be summed up easily:

1@1x

Avoid cover songs

2@1x

Purchase a full custom mix or select content from a licensing platform such as  www.songsforcheer.com

3@1x

Work with a cheer music production company, such as IPP, who has a synchronization agreement in place with FloCheer

Technically, you’ll be all set if you work with one of the cheer music companies who have an agreement in place.  Just let your production company know that you want your mix to have audio when streamed.        

The only question we have left to answer for you is, which production companies have an agreement with FloCheer?  There are only 4 companies (IPP is one) that I know of at the time of this blog. My best advice would be to contact your production company and ask them. If they do not have an agreement with FloCheer then you should encourage them to reach out to get a contract in place. You’ll definitely be disappointed if every team in your division has audio on their stream except for you.  Your music is a major part of your routine and the whole world should hear it!            

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Coach Monica Aldama of Netflix’ CHEER to be on Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars

Monica Aldama Netflix Cheer Dancing with the Stars

By Steve Pawlyk

Published September 2, 2020

Brush off your dancing shoes! It’s time to boogie.

There hasn’t been much good news circulating in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but we’ve finally got something to cheer about! ABC has just revealed the much anticipated cast for season 29 of Dancing With The Stars. And let me tell you this season is about to be lit! The cheerleading community is going to get to see America’s favorite coach, Monica Aldama, on the big stage.




The world saw coach Monica rise to fame on the Netflix series “CHEER”. She, along with her amazing collegiate cheerleading squad, became an instant household name.  Her 25 years of collegiate coaching experience and 14 National Titles are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to coach Monica.  She is an inspiration to young women, has a powerful work ethic, she’s her athlete’s biggest fan and is an advocate for inclusion, diversity and equality both on and off the mat. Monica is a force to be reckoned with and truly deserving of all of her blessings.  She will be the perfect addition to the Dancing With The Stars cast.




It will be quite a sight to see coach Monica competing against the likes of Carol Baskin, star of Netflix’s “Joe Exotic” and owner of Big Cat Rescue. It will be the “big dawg” Monica versus “cool cat” Carol. Other stars include Chrishell Stause of TV’s “Selling Sunset”, GRAMMY award-winning rapper, Nelly and many more.  We will all be looking forward to parking ourselves on the coach for one more series starring coach Monica.  The global cheerleading community will be rooting for her when the season premieres live Monday September 14 at 8e/7c only on ABC!

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Netflix CHEER! Snatches 6 Emmy Nominations

Netflix Cheer Navarro Emmy Nominations

By Steve Pawlyk

Published July 30, 2020

The Results are in…

The Results are in…

and Navarro Cheer just made mat! As of July 28, 2020 Netflix “CHEER” Snatches 6 Emmy nominations. Soon after airing in January 2020, the coaches and athletes became household names. 

Whether you were are cheerleader or not, you were on the edge of your seat waiting to see if Jerry was going to make mat or if Lexi was going to stay on the team or if Morgan was going to hit her elite stunt!  And of course we all wanted to be Gabi Butler!

The amazing docu-series shed light on an industry that is so deserving of the spotlight. We can all agree that cheer is an intensely competitive sport like no other. The combination of strength, agility, stamina and competitiveness shredded any preconceived notions that many viewers may have had about cheerleading. 

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Each episode of Netflix Cheer! grew more and more intense and made us all hopeful that we too could make mat so that we could experience the sense of accomplishment that the Navarro athletes felt when hitting a flawless routine. Although the season ended abruptly due to covid-19, it’s undeniable that Navarro College was about to capture another college national title adding to their mound of accolades.

Visit Netflix to relive the experience with your favorite Navarro Cheer athletes!

  • Outstanding cinematography for reality program
  • Outstanding directing for a reality program
  • Outstanding picture editing for an unstructured reality program
  • Outstanding unstructured reality program
  • Outstanding sound editing for a nonfiction or reality program (Single or Multi-camera)
  • Outstanding sound mixing for a nonfiction or reality program (Single or Multi-camera)  




Check out Navarro College’s 2019 Performance!

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Varsity Releases New Considerations For Competition Formats

By Steve Pawlyk

Published July 27, 2020

Covid-19 has been the ultimate disruptor in both our personal and professional cheerleading lives.

The Coronavirus has brought many uncertainties and has suspended many things that bring us joy and make us feel whole.  It abruptly ended our 2019-2020 season and has delayed our 2020-2021 season.  With each state operating under unique safety guidelines it’s unclear as to when we will have a uniformed practice protocol in place to prep each program for competition. 

Thus, resulting in unpredictability for the possibility of normalized competitions this season.  To help ease some tensions, Varsity Spirit has released some new considerations for competition formats!  Each is designed to be beneficial to all programs nation-wide.  

Cheer Coronavirus Guidelines 2020

According to Varsity Spirit:

We are considering four options to safely and responsibly host Varsity Spirit events for the 2020-21 season. The format that each event follows will be communicated pre-event to all registered teams. All Varsity Spirit event staff will be educated and trained based on the guidelines set forth for each event.”



The formatting will possibly proceed as follows:

Varsity competition option 1

In-Person with Spectators

  • Spectators allowed with social distancing measures in place
  • Live awards ceremony with limited athletes and/or coaches
Varsity competition option 2

In-Person with Limited Spectators

  • Spectator viewing limited to team performance time only
  • Live awards ceremony with limited athletes and/or coaches; OR virtual awards ceremony
Varsity competition option 3

In-Person with No Spectators & Virtual Awards

  • Spectators not allowed; only athletes and coaches permitted 
  • Virtual awards ceremony
Varsity competition option 4

Virtual

  • Routines will be uploaded and judged virtually by Varsity Spirit certified judges 
  • Virtual awards ceremony

To learn more about our Varsity All Star Virtual Competition Series click here:

To learn more about Varsity All Star Virtual Competition Series click below:



Based on the aforementioned competition format options above and information found on the Varsity Spirit website, it appears that Varsity Spirit is holding the health and safety of competitors, coaches, families and staff at the forefront.  The presented formats will provide options for most programs to be able to compete and enjoy the 2020-2021 season to the best of their ability.  

Although we may be some time away from normalcy in both our personal lives and cheer, unprecedented steps are being taken to ensure that allstar cheer doesn’t suffer anymore than it has already had to endure. 

I know that the cheer community is looking forward to a productive competition season regardless of the format.  We must all strive to make sure that comeback is greater than the setback!

For more information on the 2020-2021 competition season and the health and safety measures that Varsity Spirit is taking please visit https://www.varsity.com/health-update/

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Varsity Summer League

By Steve Pawlyk

Published July 13, 2020

As Allstar cheer programs around the country are beginning their summer practices, it seems like cheerleading is going to make an unbelievable comeback. Despite the huge setback caused by Covid-19, Varsity is giving the allstar world something bright and sunny to look forward to! Just last week we saw the release of the Varsity Allstar Summer League.

What is Summer League?

Varsity Summer League

The main goal of the summer league is to keep athletes active in allstars all summer long. Athletes of all skill levels will get the chance to learn compulsory routines created by Jennifer Cooper of Big Red Choreography and will be able to challenge other groups in both live and virtual competitions. 

Two different routine options were developed to help abide by state-by-state social distancing guidelines. One set of routines will include stunts and pyramids for those who can practice in such a manner and the other will focus on choreography only. All routines are set to music created by Innovative Performance Productions (IPP Music). 8 count sheets are also available for each routine.





Rules and Levels

The summer league routines are categorized by level and include levels 1&2, 3&4 and 5&6. Each level was purposely created to highlight level appropriate skills. For example, according to the Varsity website:

The Level 1/2 Routines were designed to highlight the execution of basic building skills while introducing all star elite athletes to beginner level choreography and transitional elements. This program provides great Summer building blocks to set your lower level teams up for success in the coming season.

The Level 3/4 Routines were designed to elevate athletes knowledge of key level appropriate building skills and highlight tumbling and jump progression mixed with unique transitional choreography. This program provides great Summer building blocks to set your mid-level teams up for success in the coming season.

The Level 5/6 Routines were designed to challenge top level athletes with intricate building sequences, stamina-driven tumbling & innovative choreography. This program provides great Summer building blocks & a challenge to your most advanced teams, to set them for success in the coming season.

The Level 1/2 Routines were designed to highlight the execution of basic building skills while introducing all star elite athletes to beginner level choreography and transitional elements. This program provides great Summer building blocks to set your lower level teams up for success in the coming season.

The Level 3/4 Routines were designed to elevate athletes knowledge of key level appropriate building skills and highlight tumbling and jump progression mixed with unique transitional choreography. This program provides great Summer building blocks to set your mid-level teams up for success in the coming season.

The Level 5/6 Routines were designed to challenge top level athletes with intricate building sequences, stamina-driven tumbling & innovative choreography. This program provides great Summer building blocks & a challenge to your most advanced teams, to set them for success in the coming season.

For more information or to register your athletes for Varsity Summer League click here

To download the music for your level click here

For choreography tutorials and 8 count sheet click here

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Cheerleading Worlds Postponed and NCA College Nationals in Daytona Cancelled for 2020

By Steve Pawlyk

Published March 16, 2020

Is Cheerleading Worlds 2020 Cancelled?

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, last night at 9:00pm Varsity Spirit made the unprecedented and clearly difficult decision to postpone all Varsity competitions and events scheduled to take place over the next 8 weeks, including Cheerleading Worlds, originally scheduled for April 24th in Orlando.

Varsity made a statement last night via their website:

As you may have seen, the CDC just announced their recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, we have made the decision to not proceed as planned with scheduled events for at least the next eight weeks of the 2020 competition season. We are actively exploring all options, including rescheduling events, extending the competition season, and hosting virtual competitions, to continue to provide a competition experience for the thousands of athletes who have worked so hard this year to compete.”



Are the NCA Cheerleading College Nationals in Daytona cancelled?

Unfortunately the bad news did not stop there, as this morning confirmation broke that the 2020 NCA College Nationals in Daytona will be cancelled entirely. This marks the first time in 40 years the competition will not take place.

Varsity‘s Michele Shetzer had this to say in a statement:

Dear College Cheer and Dance Coaches:
At Varsity Spirit, NCA & NDA, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friend: is our top priority. We have been diligently monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and closely watching official information from public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and World Health Organization (“WHO”), and state and local health authorities, as well as recent announcements from colleges and universities across
the U.S., as it relates to our larger community and our events, camps and competitions.

In the best interest of the health and well-being of all those involved, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona Beach,
Florida. This marks the first time in 40 years that this event will not take place.

We know that this announcement is difficult for all teams and coaches that have been working tirelessly over the past several months, so we have begun to
explore video/virtual options for your routines to be seen, shared and judged. If your school and administration allows, we encourage you to continue
to prepare your competition routines in hopes that you will still have the opportunity to have your performance judged in comparison to the other team:
from around the country. We will be communicating more details in the near
future. NCA & NDA will provide full refunds or the option to reallocate those funds to your summer cam balance. Please contact Michele Shetzer at
[email protected] to communicate your
preference.

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Is the 2020 NCA Cheerleading College Nationals in Daytona Beach cancelled?

On March 15 2020, Varsity Spirit announced that the 2020 NCA College Nationals will be cancelled for the first time in 40 years and will no longer take place, as planned, April 4th and 5th in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Is Cheerleading Worlds 2020 cancelled?

The ICU World and Junior World Cheerleading Championships are officially postponed, as are the Cheerleading Worlds originally scheduled for April 24th in Orlando

Cheerleading and the Coronavirus: Schools with Travel Restriction (LIVE UPDATES)

By Steve Pawlyk

Published March 13, 2020

updated 11:31 a.m. (EST)
Sunday March 15, 2020

The cheerleading world has seen a tidal wave of competition cancellations in the last 24 hours.  In an effort to help you stay up to date on what’s going on with your team and your competitions, this post will serve as our official list of which colleges and schools have announced travel restrictions for their student body and extra curricular programs.

We will do our best to update this throughout the day so check back to be sure your school has not announced a ban on travel or any other restrictions.

SCHOOLS WITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS:

updated 10:45 am (EST) Friday, March 13 2020

  • Boston college
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Harvard University
  • Framingham State University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Florida International University
  • Radford University
  • Fitchburg State
  • University of San Diego
  • West Virginia University
  • Cal State Stanislaus 
  • Holy Cross
  • Valley State
  • Umass Lowell
  • UW – Milwaukee *pending
  • New York University (NYU)
  • College of Charleston
  • Merrimack College

updated 2:29 pm (EST) Friday March 13, 2020

  • UMKC
  • American University
  • Penn State – Behrend
  • Brenau University
  • University of Michigan
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Alderson Broaddus University *pending
  • Elon University
  • Virginia commonwealth university
  • University of New England
  • Oakland University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (decision will be made monday)
  • CalU of PA *pending
  • Limestone College
  • Wingate University
  • Stan State University

updated 5:10 pm (EST) Friday March 13, 2020

  • University of maine
  • Arkansas State
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • Endicott College
  • Bellamine University 

updated 8:45 pm (EST) Friday March 13, 2020

  • University of South Carolina
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Young Harris College

 

updated 10:50 a.m. (EST) Saturday March 14, 2020

  • University of North Texas
  • Georgia College
  • North Carolina Wesleyan

last updated 6:35 a.m. (EST) Saturday March 14, 2020

  • Utah Valley University

updated 11:31 a.m. (EST) Sunday March 15, 2020

  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
  • Ohio State University

We will continue to stay on top of this and update the list throughout the day as schools announce travel restrictions for athletic programs.

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updated 11:31 a.m. (EST) Sunday March 15, 2020

Cheer Competitions & Coronavirus – What’s Cancelled as of now (LIVE UPDATES)

By Steve Pawlyk

Published March 12, 2020

updated 7:14 p.m. (EST) – Tuesday March 17 2020

Varsity has made another announcement this evening:

“The coronavirus is affecting our sport in ways we could never imagine. Gyms across the country are anxious about their futures. Athletes in every state are worried about being deprived of their year-end memories. And parents are understandably concerned about the safety and well-being of their children. Throughout this crisis, we are trying to carefully think through every scenario before we make a decision that could affect everyone involved in our sport.

In parallel with most other sports, we made the decision to postpone year end events, including those at Disney. But unlike some other sports, we feel that our season has more flexibility. We train and compete year-round. Therefore, we hope to save the competitive season for our athletes. We understand that kids just want to finish what they have started. So do we.

We are exploring ways to reschedule as many events as possible, including our Championships at Disney, which could extend the season to possibly end by late June to mid-July. Will this process be perfect? No. Will it be optimal? No. But we are making every effort to not deprive thousands of athletes the chance to finish this season, while still complying with future CDC and governmental guidance.

To achieve this we are asking you, our customers, to remain flexible. We need your support and partnership as we work to navigate this extremely difficult situation. We know that cheerleaders are tough and resilient. We are not a crowd that “throws in the towel” easily, and we will continue to explore all opportunities to safely save the season. We are all in this together.

WORLDS AND DAYTONA CANCELLED/POSTPONED:

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– 11:13 p.m. (EST) – Sunday March 15 2020

VARSITY SPIRIT SUSPENDS ALL EVENTS FOR THE NEXT 8 WEEKS

As you may have seen, the CDC just announced their recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, we have made the decision to not proceed as planned with scheduled events for at least the next eight weeks of the 2020 competition season. We are actively exploring all options, including rescheduling events, extending the competition season, and hosting virtual competitions, to continue to provide a competition experience for the thousands of athletes who have worked so hard this year to compete.”

source: Varsity.com

we've received many questions regarding coronavirus and CHEER...

There is an obvious concern at the moment regarding cheerleading competitions cancellations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • “Is my competition cancelled?”
  • “Will my license still be valid whenever a makeup event is held?”
  • “Will there be any discounts?”
  • “Is Cheerleading Worlds 2020 cancelled?”
  • “Is NCA Cheer Nationals in Daytona cancelled?” 

Let’s start with the license issue.  IPP will be issuing license extensions to any current customers whose competitions have been cancelled.

To request an extension, click here.  Be sure to include your team name and order number in the message and we will send an updated license.

Additionally, all purchases made from today onward will come with 15 month licenses (vs the standard 12).  

There have also been inquiries regarding discounts as the COVID-19 outbreak is expected to have a negative impact on the economy.  To help offset this, we have implemented a discount code that anyone can use to take an additional 10% off any order of any kind.

Simply enter this code at checkout in the coupon code box:

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WHAT CHEERLEADING COMPETITIONS ARE CANCELLED?

As it stands right now (3:40 EST, Thursday, March 12), no competitions have been cancelled.(see below)  Varsity released a statement this morning saying that they were “diligently monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and closely watching official information from health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and World Health Organization (“WHO”) as it relates to our larger community and our events, camps and competitions.”

The article goes on to suggest the CDC’s best practices to mitigate the spread of the disease at events and promises that they “have a dedicated response team working around the clock to make sure that we keep our participants and attendees updated as the situation evolves.”

Bottom line is nothing has been cancelled as of yet.  Below is a searchable list of all upcoming Varsity events through the summer.  We will be actively tracking any changes to the status of these events and providing live updates here in this article.

Be sure to check our other coronavirus-related POST:

LIVE UPDATES:

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.
Sincerely,
Jeff Webb
President
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:

Varsity Cheer Twitter

“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


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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

Cheerleading Competitions Coronavirus Cancellations Varsity TwitterVarsity announces via Twitter: The Quest Recreational Championship and the UCA International All Star Championship this weekend in jeopardy…

Tweet reads:

“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

 
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….

ICU Cheer Compoetiotion coronavirus cancelled


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

 


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We hope all of you are safe and well.  Remember to wash your hands and check back here for any cancellations or further news.

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updated 11:13 p.m. (EST) – Sunday March 15 2020

Which 2020 Cheerleading Competitions have been cancelled/postponed due to Coronavirus?

These are the current cancellations as of March 13, 2020:
Spirit Festival Nationals – POSTPONED
CHEERSPORT – NorCal Grand Championship – CANCELLED
CHEERSPORT – West Coast D2 Championship – CANCELLED
JAMfest – Lucky JAM – POSTPONED
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
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
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
MSAA New England Cheer @Worcester State MA – CANCELLED
Gateway Championship – St. Louis – CANCELLED
Mardi Gras Spirit Spectacular (St. Louis) – CANCELLED

How to Maximize Your Score Sheet

How to Maximize your Score Sheet in Pop Warner Cheer








By Melissa Eannuzzo

Updated February 24, 2020




How to Maximize Your Score Sheet



Ahhhh youth cheerleading…

It’s an exhilarating, inspiring yet scary sport.  In the world of Pop Warner cheerleading, ALL of the coaches are volunteers so many are starting with limited knowledge and working their way up. Typically,  they coach because their kids are cheering and they want to spend more time with them. For others, like me, we do it because we simply love the sport. My name is Melissa Eannuzzo and I’ve been coaching in the Pop Warner organization (as well as college, All Stars, middle school – you name it) for over 15 years.  In this blog series I’ll be talking to various Pop Warner coaches about topics that are near and dear to our hearts.



Score Sheet Max-Out


I’ll be kicking off this series by talking to Kaitlin Eby of the South Pasco Predators.  Kaitlin is the perfect coach to start with seeing she’s won 9 regional first place titles, 4 National first place titles, 3 national second place titles, 1 national 3rd place title and so on.  Her scores have been the definition of “maxed out”, having scored 95-97 at each competition. 

Let’s dive deep into what exactly it takes to “max out” your score sheet.


First thing you need to know is that there is a top half of your score sheet and there is a bottom half.  Both are just as important, but also very different. The top half, according to Kaitlin, “is where many teams don’t maximize their scores”. The top half includes choreography, dance and performance. Here are a few rules I always follow when creating a routine:








4 count transitions:

I can’t emphasize enough how important this is. Cheerleaders should not have to move any further than they are able to in 4 counts. This ensures that no one is running across the floor and that they can confidently move to each formation.



No more than 2 counts of nothing:

This means that when cheerleaders are walking, stunting, dancing or whatever it may be, there should be movement at least every 2 counts. For example, when moving from their stunt group to jumps, many will walk in clean for an eight count to get there. Instead, add motions every two counts to give the judges more entertainment!



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Rules of 3’s:

For each section of the routine (stunts, jumps, tumbling, pyramid & etc.), the judges want to see different pictures being created and unique transitions to get to each picture. By following the rule of 3’s in each section, choreography scores will improve. 3 pictures, and 3 transitions for each section!


Now comes the bottom half of the score sheet. This is broken into difficulty and execution. According to Kaitlin, here’s how to maximize both areas:



Difficulty in the routine:

Instead of having one stunt sequence that includes a 1/4 turn up to prep and a 1/4 turn cradle, look at every stunt and see where those 1/4 turns can be added. If you 1/4 turn up to each stunt and 1/4 turn cradle out of every stunt, you are much more likely to score a perfect 15 than if you only do it once. Another tip to maximize difficulty is by utilizing every member of the team. 9 groups of 3 athletes will always score higher than 5 groups of 5 athletes doing the same skills.







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Execution:

This might be the most important section. Although execution only gives you an extra 1 point in each category, that 1 point is the difference between 1st and 5th place. Execution is what wins National Championships. When coaching, execution comes down to two things: being clean and being consistent. Kaitlin’s tip for all coaches when it comes to cleaning & consistency in a routine is to get your routine taught as soon as possible. The earlier that the cheerleaders know the routine, the more confident they will be. The cleaning and perfecting can’t start until the routine is taught.


Kaitlin Eby provided GREAT tips to help to understand the score sheet and also amazing tools to use as you prepare for the upcoming Pop Warner season. Since Pop Warner is year round now, you can start preparing your teams and your athletes IMMEDIATLEY by utilizing some of these techniques.  This will ensure you certainly have an advantage over your competition.



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Throughout the Pop Warner season, I would love to talk to as many of you as possible about topics YOU want to learn more about.  If you have any suggestions, questions, insight etc. please email me: [email protected].

I wish you and your organization the best of luck this upcoming season!

Cheerily Yours, 

Melissa Eannuzzo (Pop Warner & Allstar Coach)

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RadioMelissa

Twitter: @radiomelissa







The 2019 Cheerleading Worlds Recap

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By Steve Pawlyk

Published May 1, 2019

Another Cheerleading Worlds is in the books and 2019 was one for the ages...

Over 500 hundreds teams from all around the world took the stage hoping to achieve their dreams of becoming World Champions. What we witnessed was nothing short of amazing. Our friends from up north (Canada) dominated this year taking home 9 globes. Leading the charge was Flyers Allstarz with 5 globes and Cheersport Sharks with 2 globes. The U.S. based teems also did not disappoint. Performances by World Cup Shooting Stars, Woodlands Elite Recon and many more left us on the edge of our seats.


We finally saw triple crown winners, Rockstar Cheer The Beatles, hit a grand slam and take home the gold after years of falling just shy of this incredible feet. California Allstars Blackops succeeded at their three-peat taking home the gold in the Senior Medium Coed Division. The original queen from the World Cup Shooting Stars regained their title with their super woman themed routine. Cheer Extreme Lady Lux took home the first ever gold in the new Non-Tumlbing division. And finally, we had the privilege of seeing Prodigy Allstars Midnight complete their undefeated season by taking home the gold in the Senior Small Coed division after a tie-breaker with Brandon Senior Black.


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Congratulations to all who competed. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!


Here are your division winners:

XSmall Allgirl: Cheer Central Suns – Lady Suns



XSmall Coed: Gymtyme Illinois – Fever



Small Senior Allgirl: Cheer Extreme -Raleigh -SSX



Small Senior Coed: Prodigy Mignight



Senior Medium Allgirl: East Celebrity Elite – M5 – Bombshells



Senior Medium Coed: The California Allstars – Livermore – Black Ops



Senior Large Allgirl: World Cup – Shooting Stars



Large Senior Coed: The Stingray Allstars – Steel



Senior Open Allgirl: Infinity Allstars – Royals



Senior Open Small Coed: Rockstar Cheer – The Beatles



Senior Open Large Coed: Cheer Athletics – Wildcats



International Open Allgirl: Cheer Sport Sharks – Great White Sharks



International Open Small Coed: Indiana Ultimate – Insanity



International Open Large Coed: Top Gun – 005



International Global Allgirl: Flyers Allstarz – Knockout



International Global Coed: Flyerz Allstarz – Notorious


International Open Non-Tumbling Allgirl: Cheer Extreme – Lady Lux



International Open Coed Non-Tumbling: Cheer Extreme – Raleigh – Code Black



International Open Allgirl L6: Flyers Allstarz – Karma



International Open Small Coed L6: The California Allstars – Team Reckless



International Open Large Coed L6: The California Allstars – Rangers


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Get Twisted with a New Beat

Get Twisted With A New Beat

By Luke Johnson

Updated April 16, 2019

Twisted Choreography and Innovative Performance Productions (IPP)are excited to announce a new partnership for the 2019-2020 season. Starting today, both Twisted and IPP’s clients will have access to exclusive pricing and offers to complete their routine experience.

With the addition of IPP Music as the official music provider for Twisted Choreography, Twisted clients will now have access to the most trusted, reliable music service at exclusive rates. Any of IPP Music’s clients will also receive discounts for any of Twisted Choreography’s full range of services.

Twisted Choreography is the premier provider of full-service choreography services. From full routine choreography to routine outlines, dance choreography, and stunt clinics – Twisted offers something for everyone.


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Twisted employs more than 30 choreographers across the United States, each specializing in various elements of a cheerleading routine.

Depending on each client’s needs, Twisted sends the best-suited choreographer for the job to ensure maximum efficiency.

Each routine and service comes backed by the Twisted Guarantee – if a routine does not perform as expected, Twisted will review the team’s video and scoresheet and send a choreographer back to get the routine up to par.




Innovative Performance Productions

is the most trusted name in custom and premade cheerleading/dance music, consistently creating a unique experience for all clients/users in addition to creating an exceptional product.


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IPP has a long-standing record of a consistent, rapid turn-around with reasonable prices and strives to have a product for every user. Their reputation is renowned and unmatched earning them an extensive and highly-coveted clientele list of industry leaders from around the world.




A routine is nothing without amazing music, and Twisted and IPP are thrilled to provide this all-in-one service for our clients.


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College Nationals 2019 Recap

College Nationals 2019 Recap

By Steve Pawlyk

Published April 8, 2019

College nationals, that’s a wrap so it’s time for a recap!

The sun was shining and the stage was set for hundreds of the best collegiate cheer and dance teams to do battle at the beach. Spectators flooded the Ocean Center and filled the Bandshell hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite teams. And like years past, these teams did not disappoint. When the world famous clock tower struck 9am on Thursday morning we knew we were in for one of the most iconic collegiate national competitions to date!

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This year we saw teams continue their incredible wining streak – achieving 6 and even 7 titles in a row, we witnessed teams overcome unprecedented controversy only to stay on top and bring home the coveted NCA banner and we were privy to multiple zero deduction routines that took our breath away. The only downside to this spectacular event is that all these amazing teams weren’t able to take home the mesmerizing NCA trophy.

Trophy And Banner Give Credit To Bruce Bills @bbttu

After competing in Daytona for 5 years and even be crowned a Grand National Champ, I can say there is no better competition on earth. Can’t wait until next year to see who will keep their streak alive, who will overcome and who will shock the world once again! Until then, keep grinding. The work is worth it!





Here are your 2019 NCA Collegiate Champions


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Daytona Prep – A Guide to NCA College Nationals 2019

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By Whitney Love

Updated March 26, 2019




It’s that time of the year again!!

NCA college Nationals is right around the corner and I bet you just might be freaking out a little… ok maybe a lot! All the last minute practices being schedule, required workouts, getting ahead on your school work, taking those tests ahead of time due missing them for performances during the week and travel to Daytona, attending regular classes, traveling to basketball tournaments, covering shifts at work, trying to work as often as you can… let’s face it, you’re just a busy bee!
PLUS, you’re napping during the day and not sleeping well at night (probably because of extra curricular activities..) and to finish this rant, I doubt you’re able to fuel your body with the appropriate nutrients it needs in order to make all of this possible. I get it though!




I spent 5 years cheering at Oklahoma State University (shoutout to my Cowboy fam!) and it took me 4 years just to figure out what my body needed during this time of the year. By my final years as an athlete it clicked! I was tan, fit, and finished full out routines with ease.
Below you’ll find a few tips that worked for me. Keep in mind, everyone is different. What I do may not be what work for you! Think of it as if you’re working on a new skill, you’ll have to go through trial and error in order to learn what the best method is for you. As long as you’re learning from each experience, it’s worth it!








BE OPEN AND HONEST WITH YOUR PROFESSORS!!

Work up the courage and patience to wait after class so you can meet your professor and make sure they know you’re a cheerleader and that means you get the privilege to represent the university at games, tournaments, events, and college nationals. Go over dates that you could potentially have to miss and let them know whether any of the these days overlap with important dates for the class .
I took this very serious because good grades and organization skills didn’t come natural for me. This took away a lot of the potential stress.. trust me when I say completing homework or taking an online test while traveling or staying in Daytona is the last thing you will have time for. Communication is KEY my friends!

YOU’RE WRONG IF YOU WAIT UNTIL MARCH AND APRIL TO “GET FIT”








There is no healthy way to lose weight and get fit fast enough if you’re starting in March.. trust me, I tried it the unhealthy way and it is the surest way to injuring yourself as well as your self esteem. From the beginning of fall to the end of April I made sure to eat as clean as possible.





UP YOUR INTERVAL AND DEBBIE LOVE EXERCISE GAME IN DEC, JAN, AND FEB!

During fall semester I would workout at least 4 days a week. This was my favorite time because I could be creative with where I would work out. Whether that be the rec center, athlete facility, outside in the stadium, or around campus. I would challenge myself physically but I would also allow myself to have days off.

Around the end of December I would up my intervals! So mainly I’d increase my “mph” and do 20-30 minute session 3 days a week (typically not same day as cheer practice). In addition, I would reduce the weight lifting and focus more on exercises that used my body weight… I call them “Debbie Love” exercises. This workout method was great for me because the intervals made me feel close to what I’d feel after a couple full outs at practice and the “Debbie Love” exercises focus on injury prevention, increased mobility, and areas of my body that are used for cheerleading related skills.






TIME TO GET YOUR MIND RIGHT FOR NATIONALS!

When March comes around it’s easy to get overwhelmed and in my case that meant experiencing a few emotional breakdowns during the month! Even with the preparation prior to this month, you’ll still be busy and the older I got, the busier I became. Luckily, I had coaches, mentors, and family to encourage me during this time! This is when I would really start feeling that “Daytona Season” vibe.

I continued my normal workouts, eating habits, and really started focusing on my team. It’s important you don’t miss out on opportunities of personal and/or team growth. You only have a few more weeks left with this group of individuals. It’s important you make the most of it!

Some years I did better at this than other years.. and boy do I wish I could go back and tell myself to relax. You might find yourself having trouble sleeping around this time but in my case, that would happen if I had too much on my plate. One year I noticed myself developing a “Skill Block” as a result of stress and not enough sleep. Be aware and realistic with yourself when it comes to how much you take on each day.





While traveling and in Daytona during Nationals, I would kind of eat whenever I could. I ALWAYS had snack with me like




  • peanut butter
  • pretzels
  • apples
  • granola
  • protein bars
  • dried fruit
  • and a full bottle of water




Fortunately, my mom would attend nationals with me! She was able to wait in line for food each morning so that I could eat right before or after our first practice of the day. The coffee shop in Daytona is always busy but I’d make it a priority to go there for lunch and dinner would be spent at a restaurant.


It’s not impossible to be healthy during National season. It just takes effort and focus just like everything else in our lives. You’re nearing the finish line my friends! I promise the next two weeks with your team will be full of excitement. Don’t let the competition stress you out, but don’t let yourself think winning will be easy. The most important thing is to love what you do because when we do, we inspire others to do the same.



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Dallas NCA All Star Nationals Saturday Performance Order

Dallas Nca All Star Nationals Saturday Performance Order

By Steve Pawlyk

Published February 18, 2019




Dallas NCA All Star Nationals Saturday Performance Order

Saturday, March 2, 2019. 

 

Below are the performance times, practice verify times in searchable format by Hall for Saturday, March 2. Search your team’s name or city to find your time :)











NCA All Star Nationals Championship Performance Order for Saturday, March 2, 2019. 

Download the official Performance Order pdf below for team performance schedule and when practice check in times are.





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NCA All Star Nationals – Friday Performance Order

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By Steve Pawlyk

Published February 16, 2019

NCA All Star Nationals Championship Performance Order for Friday, March 1, 2019. 

 

Below are the performance times, practice verify times in searchable format by Hall for Friday, March 1. Search your team’s name or city to find your time :)






NCA All Star Nationals Championship Performance Order for Friday, March 1, 2019. 

Download the official Performance Order pdf (28 pages) below.



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Worlds Bid Winners 2019

Worlds Bid Winners 2019

updated April 12, 2019

Worlds Bid Winners 2019