General Guidelines

 Routines

* All star, school and recreation teams may perform their entire routine to music, but this is not a requirement. A cheer and music format is acceptable and will be assessed appropriately.

Timing Your Routine
 

* Timing will begin with the first note of music or signal that your routine has begun (e.g. cheer, organized movement).

* Organized entrances and exits ARE NOT PERMITTED. They will be timed as a part of your routine, placing you in jeopardy of receiving an over the time limit deduction.

* Routines are limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. There is NO leeway for the maximum time allowed; therefore, if your routine is times at 2:31 you will receive a time limit deduction.

Spotters
 

* Spirit Sports will provide spotters for the safety of participants when requested. However, your choreographed spotters must fulfill the spotting requirements stated in the NFHSA or USASF safety guidelines.

 
Props
 

* The only props allowed in cheer divisions are signs, megaphones or pom pons. Signs must be utilized to evoke crowd response ONLY.

* Props must be placed on and collected from the competition performance area by the competitors and MUST be used during some portion of the routine.

* Stationary props are not permitted (e.g. props placed on or around the performance area for the purpose of marking space/formations).

 

Penalties

* Penalty points will be deducted from your final score for each safety guideline, time, prop, or performance violation (e.g. not adhering to the USASF or NFHSA safety rules, over time, stationary props, etc.)

Dance Guidelines

 http://www.spiritsports.com/images/uploads/SSDanceScoresheets12-13.pdf

Spirit Sports Dance Competition Categories

Spirit Sports dance division categories and descriptions are consistent with those of the USASF for dance.  These categories and their descriptions are listed below.  If you have further questions, please contact our Dance Director, Sabrina Tull at 865-777-6831 or email stull@varsityknoxville.com.  Thank you!

Categories

JAZZ

A jazz routine incorporates stylized dance movements and combinations, formation changes, group work, and leaps and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement and team uniformity.

 

POM

Poms must be used 80% of the routine. Important characteristics of a pom routine include synchronization and visual effect, clean, strong and precise motions, strong pom technique, and incorporate appropriate dance technical elements. Visual effect includes level changes, group work, formation changes, the use of various visual effects with poms, etc.

 

HIP HOP

Routines can incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation. Teams may also put an additional focus on athletic incorporations such as jumps, jump variations, combo jumps, tumbling and other tricks. (Examples: Dance Crew, Krumping, Breaking, Stepping, etc.)

 

OPEN

An Open category will be offered only when separate dance categories are not offered in an age division. A routine in this category may incorporate any one style or combination of styles outlined in the USASF category listings. All styles will be judged against each other in this category. Emphasis is placed on choreography, proper technical execution, visual effect, creativity, staging and team uniformity.

 

VARIETY

Routines will incorporate a balanced blend of jazz, pom and hip hop styles. Emphasis should be placed on overall creativity, routine flow and  the successful technical execution of the dance styles performed.

 

Optional Categories

 

KICK

Routines emphasize control, height uniformity, extension, toe points, timing and creativity within a variety of kick series. Fifty kicks must be performed in the routine. For a kick to be counted, at least half of the team must perform the kick. A kick is defined as one foot remaining on the floor while the other foot lifts with force at least one inch from the floor.

 

LYRICAL

Routines combine the principles of jazz and ballet and emphasize proper technical execution, the use of flexibility, balance and mood. Routines are fluid in movement and focus on emotion that compliments the musical selection.

 

PROP

Routines emphasize the use of props or a variety of props. The manipulation of the prop must be the main focal point of the routine. Each team will be given 2 minutes to set up and 2 minutes to take down their props before and after the performance if necessary.

 

PRODUCTION

Production teams must have at least 20 members, and routines must emphasize a theme or a storyline. Routines may be any style of dance that is outlined in the USASF category listing. Production routines will have a maximum of 5 minutes to complete their routine.

 

MODERN

Routines implement the principles of fall and recovery and/or contraction and release and weight sharing to express inner feeling as related to the musical or narrative piece.

 For more information, please visit www.usasf.net  

 

2013-2014 Dance Categories & Divisions

Please click HERE to access the 2013-2014 Dance Categories & Divisions 

 

2013-2014 Dance Safety Rules

Please click HERE to access the 2013-2014 Dance Safety Rules

 

2012-2013 Dance Glossary

Please click HERE to access the 2013-2014 Dance Glossary

School Cheer

 

School Cheer Divisions
 
 
Division Grades Membership Males
Elementary* 6th and below No Limit No Limit
Middle School/Jr. High* 9th and below No Limit No Limit
Junior Varsity* 11th and below No Limit No Limit

                                                *No varsity membership

 

Division Grades Membership # of Males
Intermediate Medium Varsity 7th-12th 15 or Less 0
Advanced Medium Varsity 7th-12th 15 or less 0
Intermediate Large Varsity 7th-12th 16-20 0
Advanced Large Varsity 7th-12th 16-20 0
Small Coed 7th-12th 15 or Less 1-3
Large Coed 7th-12th 16-20 No Limit
Super Varsity 12th and Below No Limit 0
Super Coed Varsity 12th and Below No Limit No Limit
Middle School/Jr. High Non-Mount 9th and Below No Limit No Limit
Parochial School 12th and Below No Limit 0

 

 

Intermediate Division

Teams competing in intermediate divisions must follow safety guidelines established by the National Federation of High Schools Spirit Rules. They are further restricted to the following skills:
 
* Dismounts may not exceed one full twisting rotation
* Standing tumbling up to back handsprings in difficulty (i.e. no aerial tumbling skills other than cartwheel aerials)
* Running tumbling skills to tuck position maximum (i.e. no lay outs or full twisting layouts)
* Tosses of any type should not exceed two tricks (i.e. kick double full twisting baskets are prohibited)
* No release moves in stunts or pyramids and pyramids may not pass through 2 ½ high
 
Advanced Division
 
* Teams competing in advanced school divisions must follow safety guidelines established by the National Federation of High Schools Spirit Rules. Skills that violate these guidelines are prohibited and penalty points will be assessed for any violations.
 
Parochial Schools
 
 
* Parochial schools refer to school with predominantly religious affiliations, home schools, charter schools and private schools.
 
 
Non-Mount Division
 
* Absolutely NO stunts are allowed in the non-mount division. Penalty points will be assessed for any violation of this rule.

School and Recreation Dance

School Dance

* School dance teams must adhere to rules governing dance established by the National Federation of High Schools Spirit Rules for dance teams.

* Any violation of these rules will result in penalty points for each violation.
 
Division Grades Membership
Middle School Hip Hop 9th and Below No Limit
Middle School Jazz 9th and Below No Limit
Middle School Pom 9th and Below No Lmit
Middle School Kick 9th and Below No Limit
Middle School Variety 9th and Below No Limit
High School Hip Hop 12th and Below No Limit
High School Jazz 12th and Below No Limit
High School Pom 12th and Below No Limit
High School Kick 12th and Below No Limit
High School Variety 12th and Below No Limit
 
 
Recreation Dance Teams
 
* Recreation teams must adhere to rules governing dance established by your recreation league or the USASF.
 
 
Divisions Ages Membership
Pee Wee Recreation 9 years and below No Limit
Youth Recreation 12 years and below No Limit
Junior Recreation 15 years and below No Limit
Senior Recreation 18 years and below No Limit

General Information

 Rules/Safety Guidelines

 
* Routine guidelines are stated below.
 
* Strict compliance with the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF) competition and safety guidelines for all star cheerleaders and dance teams is required.
 
* Strict compliance with the National Federation of High School Athletics (NFHSA) Spirit Rules for competition and safety guidelines for school teams is required.
 
* Any rules violation of the USASF or NFHSA will result in point deductions from a team’s final score.
 
NOTE: All questions regarding rules or rules interpretations must be cleared in advance with the Spirit Sports office. Please submit questions about the legality of skills no later than two weeks prior to the competition date in the event that a clarification or ruling requires a video. We cannot guarantee a ruling or clarification prior to an event for questions that come to our office within two weeks of a competition date.
 
 
 
Online Registration
 
* All All Star teams must register for our events online at www.spiritsports.com. After registration, a Spirit Sports Event Confirmation Packet will be sent to you at least 2-weeks prior to the event. This packet will include all forms and information for coaches and competitors, as well as other information.
 
* One week prior to an event, an updated performance order will be available on our web site. This performance order will be a general performance scheduling guideline for the weekend, but is subject to change. The most accurate performance order may be picked up during final registration at our events.
 
 
 
Event Registration/Coaches Meeting
 
* Coaches are required to finalize their registration at each of our events. Please report to the designated registration area upon arrival.
* For two day events it is HIGHLY recommended that you register the evening before the competition in the event you have unexpected issues arise
* If there is a REQUIRED coaches meeting, please make sure you send at least 1 representative to cover general competition information and most importantly the scoring process.  
 
 
Participant Eligibility
 
All star cheerleading and dance divisions for teams and individuals/small groups are determined by the guidelines set by the USASF. Strict compliance with these guidelines must be followed. Please refer to the USASF for detailed information about age requirements for all star divisions. School and recreation teams should refer to the Spirit Sports web site for division guidelines.
 
 
 
Team Rosters
 
An official team roster will be included in your initial registration packet. This form must be completed, signed and submitted at registration by a coach/gym owner with each participating member’s full name, age and date of birth.
 
NOTE: Falsification of information on team rosters will result in immediate disqualification.
 
 
 
Competition Formats
 
* 1-Day Events: Spirit Sports holds 1-day events for all registered divisions. At our 1-day events score sheets may be picked up at the designated registration/information area after the awards ceremony for your division.
 
- There are no deduction or score range challenges at 1-day events.
 
* 2-Day Events: Spirit Sports holds 2-day national championships for all registered divisions.
 
- On day ONE (1) of a TWO (2)-day event, scores may be picked up at the designated registration/information area one hour after the final performance in your competition division (see the Deduction/Score Rage Challenges section below for more detailed information).
 
- On day TWO (2), the second/final day scores may be picked up after the awards ceremony for your division. There are no score range challenges on day 2 of 2-day events.
 
 
Scoring
 
* Your team’s performance will be assessed using the Varsity Standard of Scoring.
* Each team will receive an official “Spirit Sports Scoring Packet” at each of our events including:
 
1. A summary sheet of your scores in each category for each scoring judge for your division
2. Five individual judge score sheets
3. A deduction sheet
4. Your division rankings and scores for all teams in your division
 
* Your team’s score is determined by dropping your highest and lowest scores and averaging the three remaining scores.
 
* Deductions are then subtracted from this average score to determine your final score.
 
* At 2-day events, scores are determined by a 25-75 percent split. Day 1 scores will count for 25% of your entire event score and your day 2 score will count for 75% of your entire event score.
 
* At 1-day events your performance score will count for 100% of your event score.
 
 
 
Deduction/Score Range Challenges
 
* Unique to Spirit Sports, coaches have the autonomy to present deduction and/or scoring range challenges. Should your team receive a score that you determine is not in the appropriate range as explained in the coaches meeting, or if your team receives a deduction for performance infractions stated in the Varsity Standard of Scoring, please pick up a deduction/score range challenge form at the registration area.
 
* Complete this form, detailing your explanation for the challenge and give it back to our registration personnel. You will be notified about your challenge result within one hour after the last team in your division performs.
 
* Score range challenges are ONLY offered on day one of 2-day events, and are not offered at 1 day events.
 
* Deduction challenges are offered on both days of 2 day events (see below) and are not offered at 1-day events. On the second day of a 2 day event, all coaches should check for final rankings at the registration area from day 1 of the event as rankings may have shifted because due to deduction/score range challenges.
 
* Please have someone pick up your deduction sheet IMMEDIATELY after your team’s performance.
 
* Deduction challenges MUST be presented within one hour of your team’s performance on day 1 and within 30 minutes of your team’s performance on day 2.
 
* Please review your team’s performance playback before completing a deduction challenge sheet to make sure your challenge is legitimate.
 
 
 
Judges
 
Spirit Sports has assembled panels of impartial judges recognized nationally for their expertise in cheerleading and dance. They are a group of some of the most noted and talented coaches, choreographers, cheerleaders and dancers the spirit industry has to offer.
 
We try to secure judges from various background and geographic locations and who represent a variety of cheerleading and dance styles. Each panel of judges will consist of five scoring judges, a head/deductions judge, and a safety judge.
 
 
 
Performance Area
 
* The performance area for cheer teams will be a 54’x42’ coiled spring floor covered with 9 carpet-bonded foam panels running lengthwise. There is NO out of bounds markings designated on the performance area; however, ALL skills MUST start and end execution within the white taped outlined area that designates the 54’x42’ performance area.
 
* The use of a full-size Marley floor will be determined by the number of dance teams registered at any given event.   
 
 
Music
 
* Spirit Sports will provide a music station in the warm up area for teams’ use during the warm up period.
 
* For all of Spirit Sports 2-day national competitions, we will offer the option for coaches to send in their music electronically.
 
* Music for you performance may be downloaded in MP3 format prior to your arrival the event and will be played by a computer system. You will receive email confirmation that your music has been received.
 
* Music downloads MUST be emailed to ssmith@spiritsports.com NO LATER than the Thursday prior to your scheduled event. ABSOLUTELY NO music will be downloaded at the event.
 
* Spirit Sports does not offer music downloads for one day Classic competitions.
 
* Coaches electing to use a compact disc/MP3 player for their performance will need to have a “finalized” CD copy of their music or an MP3 player available at the music stand no later than 5 minutes prior to their team’s performance.
 
* Failure of the competition music equipment will be grounds for a team to perform again. All performances MUST be done in their entirety and the score of the second performance will be used in the scoring process.
 
* Music failure due to a team’s equipment or compact disc error (e.g. scratched disc, unfinalized disc, skipping CD due to coaches jumping) will not result in a team performing again.

Rules/Safety Guidelines

Strict compliance with the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF) competition and safety guidelines for all star cheerleaders and dance teams is required for all star cheerleading, dance teams and recreation teams. Strict compliance with the National Federation of High School Athletics (NFHSA)Spirit Rules for competition and safety guidelines for school teams is required. Any rules violation of the USASF or NFHSA will result in point deductions from a team’s final score.

NOTE: All questions regarding rules or rules interpretations must be cleared in advance with the Spirit Sports office. Please submit questions about the legality of skills no later than two weeks prior to the competition date in the event that a clarification or ruling  requires a video.
 

 

>> USASF 2012-2013 ALL STAR CHEER SAFETY RULES

>> USASF 2013-2014 ALL STAR DANCE SAFETY RULES