Sanctioned Competitions

WHY ATTEND SANCTIONED COMPETITIONS

When programs attend USASF Sanctioned Events, they can be assured that their athletes, coaches and parents are attending events that comply with the sport’s best safety practices. Event producers must provide minimum safety standards before their events qualify as USASF Sanctioned. Coaches, as you plan your competition calendar, be sure to ask event producers; “Is your event USASF Sanctioned?”

Cheer Events Sanctioning Standards

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All USASF member competition event producers who produce cheer competitions must meet the following minimum standards for their competitions, which include All Star divisions, to be sanctioned. The USASF Sanctioning Compliance Committee will oversee all reported sanctioning non-compliance violations.

  1. General Event Standards:
    1. A properly equipped EMT or athletic trainer present and ready to handle emergencies.
    2. $2,000,000 (Aggregate) in general liability insurance coverage.
    3. USASF membership rules, guidelines, and policies must be followed.
    4. Only offer divisions, levels, and categories from the approved USASF Age and Levels grid.
    5. Have at least one USASF Certified Safety Judge onsite at the competition.
    6. Event Producer will enforce USASF Safety Rules, Age Grid & Levels, and safety violations.
    7. Team performances will not be scheduled to start earlier than 7:00 am and run no later than 11:00 pm.
    8. Have a documented plan that outlines how to handle emergencies on-site in competition venues and event management staff must review prior to producing an event.
    9. Make best efforts to follow the USASF Recommended Standards for Judges & Scoring at Sanctioned Events (below)
    10. All music played at sanctioned events must comply with applicable copyright law.
    11. All full-time employees, working USASF Sanctioned Events, will have background checks through the USASF member database or an external process with equivalent standards.
  2. Official (Timed) Event Warm-Up Area Standards:
    1. Provide at least one full 42’ by 54’ by1 3/8” carpet bonded foam matted practice area.
    2. Any space provided for building or tumbling skills must be carpet bonded foam.
    3. If performance or practice areas are outdoors, provide suitable foul weather alternatives.
    4. Provide a method of cleaning practice mats of bodily fluids.
    5. Backstage time between when a team finished warm-ups and is on the competition floor should be no sooner than 8 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes.
      NOTE: Teams delayed to perform after 30 minutes should have the opportunity to warm up again or be given an area and posted a list of exercises to rewarm up their muscles.  Quick Toe Raises, Squat Jumps, Jumping Jacks, Bridges, Running with High Knees, and or Punches.
      6. All official warm-up mats should have a minimum clearance of 3’ on all sides.   NOTE:  If an event producer has a decline border surrounding their performance surface, the length of the decline may be included in the mandated 3’ clearance area.
    6. If a full-size spring floor (42’ by 54’) is not provided as part of the warm-up rotation, a 12’ by 60’ tumbling surface must be provided that is of the same floor construction as the performance floor.
  3. Event Performance Area Standards:
    1. Provide a 42’ by 54’ performance floor matted with a minimum of 1 3/8” carpet bonded foam with panels joined by 4” tape.  The performance floor will have a minimum clearance of 4’ on the supporting surface before any obstruction.
      NOTE:  If an event producer has a decline border surrounding their performance surface, the length of the decline may be included in the mandated 4’ clearance area.
    2. An unobstructed ceiling height of 20’ over the performance floor.
    3. If the performance floor is on a built stage, the stage must have a minimum of 4’ of additional supporting surface beyond the 54’X42’ performance floor.
      NOTE: If an event producer has a decline border surrounding their performance surface, the length of the decline may be included in the mandated 4’ clearance area.
    4. Provide a method of cleaning performance mats of bodily fluids.
  4. Disclosures
    1. Any minimum standards that are not met in the Warm-Up and or Performance Area must be disclosed to all competitors no later than at the point of registration (i.e. before payment received).

Event producers accepted for USASF membership after June 1, 2009, must be in business successfully conducting competitions for 3 years before they will be approved to hold USASF sanctioned competitions.  Documentation and/or proof of holding legitimate and safe events may be requested by the USASF before approval.  A competition will be sanctioned only if the management or executive staff of the event producer conducting the event has at least 3 years of experience conducting competitions.  USASF Member Event Producers with less than 3 years experience may communicate they are USASF members “following” the USASF Cheer Event Sanctioning Standards but will be under review by the USASF through the completion of the 3rd year of experience.  They may only use the words “Provisionally Sanctioned Event” until their third year of conducting events is complete and the events they wish to have sanctioned meets all other sanctioning criteria.

USASF Recommended Standards for Judges & Scoring at Sanctioned Events
(Proposed by NACCC, Gym Owners and Event Producers)

  • Required judges’ meeting/orientation/training prior to the start of competition
  • Have a separate safety and deduction judge per panel (it should not be the same person)
  • When possible, there should be a separate difficulty and technique judge per category
  • 5-minute minimum (6 min recommended) to watch and score routines
  • Video playback capability
  • Any score changes must be communicated to the judge
  • Follow the ‘USASF Routine Interruption Due To Injury’ protocol for all sanctioned events; this is a recommendation for all event producers. The protocol is to protect everyone’s interest, with the focus on the injured athlete during an event. It is posted here, https://www.usasf.net/rules.
  • Scheduled meal and restroom breaks for judges
  • Access to water and/or refreshments while judging
Dance Events Sanctioning Standards

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All USASF member competition event producers who produce dance competitions must meet the following minimum standards for a competition, that includes All Star dance divisions and categories, to be sanctioned.  The USASF Dance Sanctioning Compliance Committee will oversee all reported sanctioning non-compliance violations.

  1. General Event Standards:
    1. A properly equipped EMT or athletic trainer present and ready to handle medical emergencies.
    2. A minimum of $1,000,000 (Aggregate) in general liability insurance coverage.
    3. USASF dance rules, guidelines, and policies must be followed and enforced.
    4. Only divisions and categories from the approved USASF Divisions and Categories Guidelines may be sanctioned by the USASF.
    5. Have at least one current season USASF Certified Dance Legality Official onsite at the Dance Worlds qualifying event.
    6. Team performance will not be scheduled earlier than 7:00 am and perform no later than 11:00 pm.
    7. Have a documented plan on-site in competition venues that outlines how to handle emergencies. Event management staff must review the plan prior to producing an event.  By signing the annual USASF Company Member Agreement, event producers will affirm such a plan is in place.
    8. Make best efforts to follow the USASF Recommended Standards for Judges & Scoring at Sanctioned Events (below).
    9. All music played at sanctioned events must comply with applicable copyright law.
    10. All full-time employees, working USASF Sanctioned Events, will have background checks through the USASF member database or an external process with equivalent standards.
  2. Warm-Up Area Standards:
    1. Provide warm-up room space and time with a similar surface to the performance floor.
    2. Provide information regarding the warm-up room surface at the time of registration.
    3. If warm-up areas are outdoors, provide suitable foul weather alternatives.
    4. Provide a method of cleaning warm-up area surfaces of bodily fluids, dust, and debris from prior performances.
  3. Performance Area Standards:
    1. Offer Industry Recommended Performance Floor: A regulation floor that includes a minimum of a 42” X 42” Marley, Roscoe, Harlequin (or similar) floor over a floating wood floor or sport court. It may be laid from front to back (like Worlds) or side to side put together with gaffer’s tape or equivalent.
      1. Marley and similar floors all range in strip/panel size.  Teams should check with the Event Producer for specifics being offered at their events.
      2. The Dance Worlds performance floor surface will be a Marley floor. There will be a center line from the front of the floor to the back.
    2. Bare concrete, grass, and/or uneven surfaces are not allowed.
    3. An unobstructed ceiling height of 15 feet over the performance floor must be provided.
    4. If performance areas are outdoors, provide suitable foul weather alternatives.
    5. Provide a method of cleaning performance area surfaces of bodily fluids, dust, and debris from prior performances.
  4. Disclosures
    1. Any minimum standards that are not met in the Warm-Up and/or Performance Area must be disclosed to all competitors no later than at the point of registration (i.e. before payment received).

Event producers accepted for USASF membership after June 1, 2009, must be in business successfully conducting competitions for 3 years before they will be approved to hold USASF sanctioned competitions.  Documentation and/or proof of holding legitimate and safe events may be requested by the USASF before approval.  A competition will be sanctioned only if the management or executive staff of the event producer conducting the event has at least three years of experience conducting competitions.  USASF Member Event Producers with less than 3 years experience may communicate they are USASF members “following” the USASF Dance Event Sanctioning Standards but will be under review by the USASF through the completion of the 3rd year of experience.  They may only use the words “Provisionally Sanctioned Event” until their third year of conducting events is complete and the events they wish to have sanctioned meets all other sanctioning criteria.

USASF Recommended Standards for Judges & Scoring at Sanctioned Events.

  • Conduct judges meeting/orientation/training prior to the start of the competition
  • 5-minute minimum (6 min recommended) to watch and score routines
  • Video playback capability for Legality Officials
  • Follow the ‘USASF Routine Interruption Due To Injury’ protocol for all sanctioned events; this is a recommendation for all event producers. The protocol is to protect everyone’s interest, with the focus on the injured athlete during an event. It is posted here, https://www.usasf.net/rules.
  • Scheduled meal and restroom breaks for judges
  • Access to water and/or refreshments while judging
COMPLIANCE AT SANCTIONED EVENTS

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To protect the integrity of our sport, the USASF has stringent standards with which all participants must comply. The USASF rostering system is a tool that provides Event Producers the confidence to know that teams adhere to the age grid which promotes fair play within the divisions. In addition, all programs, program owners, athletes, coaches and personnel participating in a USASF sanctioned event in an All Star division must meet eligibility requirements (whether competing or performing as an exhibition team). All teams must follow these guidelines to be 100% compliant.

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