The USASF (United States All-Star Federation) is the largest company that sets all the rules and regulations for All-Star cheerleaders. Every year they come out with new rules, some of which generate a lot of buzz in the cheerleading world. The 2012-2013 season is no exception to this. I’m going to talk about some of the major rule changes that generate a lot of buzz.
Tumbling rule changes
• Full standing are not allowed
• Standing doubles are not allowed.
• Twisting skills and consecutive jumps are not allowed.
Changes to the age grid rule
• Eliminate mini level 3 to mini level 5
• Eliminate restricted youth level 5 teams by placing restrictions on youth level 5
o Do not double full in cartwheels
o No double kicks on basket shots
o No twisting in reinforced cartwheels
• Level 3 of mixed junior is no longer separated from all level 3 of girls
• Level 4 of the junior student is no longer separated from level 4 of the junior girls
• The minimum age for senior teams, level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4 and restricted senior level 5, will be 10 years.
• The minimum age for senior level 5 teams will be 12 years old.
• The age restriction for a level 5 international open team is 15 years or older
• The age restriction for a level 6 international open team is 17 years or older
• Eliminate the international age rule for US teams: athletes must be of legal age according to the age grid before the cutoff (August 31) for that season
All of these new rules will be implemented during the 2012-2013 all-star cheerleading season.
In addition to the USASF being the primary rule maker within all the star cheerleaders, they are the people who enable the delivery of the World’s Deals. Worlds is the premier competition known to all star cheerleaders. It is only for top tier 5 cheerleaders. There are only so many worldwide offerings offered per year, and the USASF divides which competition can deliver them based on the number of teams and athletes attending your event.
Sale season is just around the corner! That being said, some of you may be new to cheerleading and don’t know a lot of information about what a world offering really is. One World Offer is literally your ticket to The Cheerleading Worlds. Without one, you can’t go and compete in the most prestigious level 5 cheerleading competition in Orlando, Florida. There are three different types of bids offered: Large Worlds Bid, Partial Paid Worlds Bid, and Full Paid Worlds Bid. I’ll dig a little deeper to explain the differences between the various types of world offerings.
General Offer – A general offer is essentially an unpaid worldwide offer. This type of offer allows teams to compete in the World Cup. Unlike the other types of deals on offer, teams must pay the full price of the competition. Costs include actual competition rates, hotel rates, travel rates (ex – plane, bus, rental cars, etc.) and entry passes to Disney (because the competition is in Orlando and the competition is in Orlando properties). Disney).
Partially Paid Offer: A Partially Paid World Offer is an offer that partially pays for a team’s trip to the World Cup in Orlando, Florida. The money for the bid comes directly from the competitor company where they win the bid. The costs for which the partial paid offer pays for the same as a general offer, however, the overall costs are lower for athletes or the gym because they receive part of the money from a competing company.
Full paid offer: A full paid offer is self explanatory. This is a fully paid trip to The Cheerleading Worlds by the competing company they won the bid for. The costs that are paid are all the same costs that you have a partial paid offer and a general offer.
The way teams get bids (regardless of type) is through various national competitions organized by a variety of companies. Teams compete for two days and earn a combined score that gives a ranking. The competitor company then distributes the World Cup bids at its discretion.