About the American Cheerleaders Association

Founded in 1997, ACA’s mission is to provide a premier All Star Championship that is safe, fun, competitive, and challenging. We focus on making a positive impact on each person as we strive to foster an environment where everyone feels encouraged.

2023 Championship Information

General Information

2023 ACA Grand Nationals
January 28-29, 2023

Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Security Screening
The safety of the athletes and guests is our number one priority, and many of our host facilities have implemented enhanced security procedures for attendees. Some of these enhanced security measures include: All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. will be examined prior to entering. *We anticipate that additional time will be required for the coordination of these additional security measures. Please plan your arrival time accordingly. 

Media Policy
By attending/purchasing admission to this event, you grant permission to Varsity Spirit, LLC and its affiliates, designees, agents, licensees, and invitees to use your image, likeness, actions and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, film, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication, or reproduction made of, or at, this event in any medium, whether now know or hereafter created, or context for any purpose, including commercial or promotional purposes without further authorization or compensation. No commercial recording allowed.

Housing Information

2023 Housing Information:

For your convenience, we have secured attendee blocks throughout the city with amazing rates specifically for Varsity All Star customers. Team Travel Source (TTS) has also successfully negotiated team-friendly terms and conditions with each of our host hotels to take the worry and hassle out of booking hotel accommodations so that you can focus on your teams’ preparation and performance.  Booking through our housing partner TTS is required for all athletes, coaches, and spectators attending this event. Please use the link below for next steps to secure your team housing for this exciting event.

CLICK HERE to book REQUIRED Housing.

If you have questions about Stay Smart please e-mail staysmart@varsity.com.

Bid Information

The League

  • 600 Point Event

2023 Bid Information:

The Cheerleading Worlds
3 Full Paid Bids & 9 At-Large Bids

2022-23 Worlds Bid Declaration

The Summit
3 Full Paid Bids, 4 IASF At-Large Bids & 5 At-Large Bids

The D2 Summit
3 Full Paid Bids & 5 At-Large Bids

The Youth Summit
1 Full Paid Bid & 2 At-Large Bids*
*Paid Bids goes to highest scoring bid eligible team regardless of DI/DII status. At-Large Bids – 1 will be awarded to highest scoring DI & 1 to highest scoring DII.

The Regional Summit
2 Ful Paid Bids* & Top 3 teams in all bid eligible divisions earn an At-Large Bid
*1 to DI & 1 to DII

The U.S. Finals
Golden Tickets

The Quest
3 At-Large Bids

Coaches' Corner

Division Splits:

  • D1/D2 splits will be guaranteed in every Cheer division, then will follow the USASF split guidelines by team size.

Registration & Check-In:

  • Program check in is located in Rooms A103 and will open starting at the following times:

Saturday – 6:45 AM

Sunday – 7:15 AM

  • You must register a minimum of 30 minutes PRIOR to your assigned warm-up time.
  • Please bring the following items to registration:
    • USASF Rosters/ ID (All Star)
    • USASF Compliance Cover Sheet (All Star) or USA Cheer Proof of Membership (Rec)
    • Rec Verification Form (Rec)
    • Waiver Forms PER ATHLETE & PER COACH (Rec)
    • Proof of music license (All performances)
  • At this time, you will sign all necessary Bid Intentions.

Warm-Up:

  • Please check in to warm up no less than 10 mins prior to your warm-up time
  • Everyone entering the warm-up room, and not in uniform, must be wearing their USASF/USA Cheer approved wristband.
  • Each team will receive the following warm up times:
    • 8 Mins on a 3 Panels 18’X42’ Foam floor
    • 8 Mins on a 2 Panels 12’X60’ Spring floor
    • 8 Mins on a 9 Panels 42’X54’ Foam floor

Scoring:

  • Scoresheets will be sent to the email attached to the team or registration contact approximately 15-20 minutes after performance. Paper copies will also be available at the scoresheet table located by the judges stand of each hall. *The coaches attached to your teams will receive their team’s scoresheets at the event ONLY if their email AND mobile phone number is added and correct on the portal account.
  • AccuScore will be located at in the Arena by the judges stand for BOTH hall performances. Any requests for review must be submitted within the below times after the scoresheets have been emailed – Saturday 20 minutes, Sunday 10 minutes
  • Results will be available for coaches in the Event BAND, following awards.

Awards:

  • Awards will take place at on the performance floor of each hall following the close of each session (Saturday – PREP/Novice, Sunday – all Elite divisions). Please check the final schedule for exact division/session times.
  • All athletes will receive – an athlete gift!
  • All 1st-3rd place teams will receive – Team Placement Banner & Medals for each athlete
  • Champion Athletes will receive – Champion Jackets along with the Champion Banner & Medals
  • All teams that Hit Zero will receive – Hit Zero Pins

Event Contacts: Our team is here for your team. The following staff members can assist your program with this event:

Spectator Information

Digital Ticketing:
Click HERE to purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

Southwest Airlines:

For travel discounts with Southwest Airlines, please click HERE.

BAND:

Join the Spectator BAND HERE.

Universal Event Photography:

Please click HERE, for more information.

  • Order form click HERE.

Parking & Entrance:

PARKING GARAGES: 

  • Fort Worth’s Downtown TIF District provides free self-parking in select garages after 6 PM on weekdays and all weekend long. Click HERE for participating downtown garages.

PARKING METERS:

  • Downtown parking meters are FREE every night after 6 PM and on weekends!
  • If parking outside those hours, paying for parking has never been so easy with the FW Park app. With this mobile parking app, you can renew and pay for parking meters from your phone! Other features include a “Find My Car” option, parking map, and more! Download for IOS or Android.

ENTRANCE:

  • Please use the Entrance doors off 12th Street to enter the building and follow the signage to the performance hall. After purchasing tickets in advanced ALL spectators will check in with the Varsity All Star Staff at the Admission Booths where they will exchange their e-ticket for the appropriate wristband. *Have your QR codes/virtual tickets ready!
  • TIMES:

SATURDAY-

6:30AM – doors to the concourse will open at the 12th St lobby.

6:45AM – Tickets will open

7:00 AM – Arena doors open

7:15 AM – Hall doors open

SUNDAY-

7:00AM – doors to the concourse will open at the 12th St lobby.

7:15AM – Tickets will open

7:30 AM – Hall doors open

8:00 AM – Arena doors open

Venue Information: Please note this facility has restrictions on the following:

  • No outside food or drink is allowed though concessions may be purchased inside the venue.
  • No aerosol products (hairspray, glitter, etc.) are allowed. Use of these products inside the facility will result in a fine.

Concessions & Vendors:

  • Concessions will be available throughout the venue.
  • Varsity Shop will be open in the 11th St Lobby throughout the weekend.
  • Event Merchandise will be available from throughout competition da
  • UEP will be onsite for team photos & action shots. They will have kiosks located throughout the convention center to view & purchase photos.

Watch Live

Join Varsity TV and tune in to watch live streaming coverage of every performance! Visit the event hub for exclusive event coverage including on-demand routine videos, interviews, highlights, results, and more! Click here for more information.

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