In 2014, American Cheer Power, a Varsity Spirit Brand, created the National Small Program Association (NSPA). The purpose of the NSPA is to help build successful small programs all around the country. It is their goal to help small gyms grow their programs and better prepare them to become successful businesses, as well as competitive programs. Cheer Power began implementing National Small Program Championships under the NSPA throughout the 2014-2015 competition season. Upon conclusion of the season, the official USASF definition of Division II (formerly Small Gym divisions) was released and it is defined as having one physical address for a gym location and having 125 athletes or less registered in a gym’s cheer program at the time of competition. With the momentum and success of The Summit and The Dance Summit in May 2015 and with the USASF definition of Division II, Varsity All Star created the D2 Summit Championship- exclusively for the 125 and under.
Over 1,200 teams joined us this season for their chance to Climb. Compete. Conquer. at the 2019 D2 Summit Championship. Take a look back at all of the magical moments made with the athletes, coaches, friends & family. We can’t wait to see you join the climb in 2020!
All athletes participating on a team at The 2020 Summit Championships must be a registered member of that team’s program during the 2019-2020 competition season. Below you will find the form that will need to be completed and turned in on-site during The Summit registration process. Any athlete that has exhibitioned or competed on the floor at a USASF sanctioned event with a team in any level on the Primary Program from Feb. 1, 2020 – May 1, 2020 will be required to have a Varsity Spirit Program Release Waiver signed by the owner of the Primary Program before that athlete is eligible to compete with another program at the 2020 Summit Championships.
*Once registration is FINAL – divisions will be combined per the USASF Guidelines.
With the momentum and success of The Summit & The Dance Summit in May 2015 and with the USASF definition of Division II, Varsity All Star created The D2 Summit – exclusively for programs with 125 athletes and under. For the 2020 season, Varsity All Star is committed once again to producing an innovative, prestigious, competitive & unforgettable end of the year all levels experience.
Here are some things to know before you qualify.
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Who is eligible to attend The D2 Summit?
Any team that competes AND receives a bid in one of the above divisions to The D2 Summit at a qualifying event. Gyms must be Division II eligible (125 athletes or less & meet all USASF Division II Guidelines) when they receive a D2 Summit Bid and must remain Division II eligible through their D2 Summit Performances. If a program exceeds 125 athletes or fails to meet the D2 requirements set forth by the USASF at ANY TIME throughout the season, they will no longer be considered D2 and will forfeit their D2 Summit Bids. These programs will remain ineligible for the D2 Summit for the remainder of the season. Please visit the USASF to find out more on how to qualify as a D2 program. Teams must be in good standing with the USASF & Varsity Spirit.
Will D1 Divisions be offered at The D2 Summit?
No, The D2 Summit does not offer D1 Divisions.
Are D2 Programs eligible to compete at The Summit?
Yes. Each PROGRAM must declare which event the ENTIRE PROGRAM will be competing at. A PROGRAM cannot compete for a Summit Bid and a D2 Summit Bid at the same qualifying event. You MUST declare which event your PROGRAM will be accepting bids for pre-event. Once a team in a program receives a bid to the Summit, the ENTIRE PROGRAM is in-eligible to accept D2 Summit Bids for the remainder of the season. *This does not include teams in the International Divisions.
Where can teams qualify for a bid to The D2 Summit?
View the D2 Summit Bid Event Listing HERE!
Are Division II Programs eligible to compete in the International Divisions at The Summit & also compete at The D2 Summit?
Yes. D2 Programs can compete in the International Divisions at The Summit. Athletes that compete in the International Divisions will only be allowed to compete with ONE team at The D2 Summit. Please see the crossover rules for additional clarification.
Divisions Splits at Bid-Giving Events
At each competition, a D2 Program can declare what type of bid they are accepting – Summit or D2 Summit Bids. If the qualifying competition division is split between Division I & Division II, the team must compete in the qualifying division that correlates with their bid acceptance. For example, If a D2 program is accepting bids to The Summit, the team must compete in the standard division to accept the bid and CAN NOT compete in the D2 Division.
Moving ONE TEAM from a D2 Program into a D1 division at a qualifying event COULD affect your D1/D2 status of your PROGRAM for the remainder of the season. Check with your Event Producer before competing in a D1 division.
Once a team earns a bid for The D2 Summit or The Summit, they MUST stay within that specific track to upgrade their bid type. For example, a D2 team earning an At-Large Bid to The D2 Summit is not eligible to upgrade to a Paid Bid for The Summit.
What types of bids are given to The D2 Summit?
Are you allowed to add or replace athletes on the Bid winning team?
You may compete with more or less athletes on the floor than what you qualify with as long as it keeps you in the same division. You will only be able to add or replace 25% of your roster from the time you receive your bid until you compete at The Summit.
*If additional athletes are added to the roster after the PAID bid was earned, the gym is responsible for the full cost of the additional athletes.
All athletes participating on a team at The 2020 D2 Summit must be a registered member of that team’s program during the 2019-2020 competition season. Any athlete that has exhibitioned or competed on the floor with a team in any level from a program (Primary Program) during The D2 Summit competition season (November 1, 2019 – May 1, 2020) will have to have a Varsity Spirit Program Release Waiver signed by the owner of the Primary Program before that athlete is eligible to compete with another program at The 2020 D2 Summit.
Completion of the Varsity Spirit Program Release Waiver is a required process between the Primary and Secondary Program owners. In the event a formal protest is made and the official Program Release Waiver has not been signed, or if the Secondary Program is not able to provide one as physical proof to a Varsity Official, the Secondary Program will not be eligible or will be disqualified depending on the time of the formal protest. All Varsity Spirit Program Release Waivers must be made available at The D2 Summit upon request.
Can multiple teams from the same program location receive a bid in the same D2 Summit division?
If a program has a team that is awarded a bid in a division, a legitimate second team can still compete for an additional bid. To be considered “legitimate”, this team many not share ANY athletes with the team already in possession of a D2 Summit Bid regardless of registration status.
Can Bids be deferred?
No, Bids earned during the 2019 – 2020 season must be used for the 2020 D2 Summit.
Will Bids be passed down for The D2 Summit?
No, D2 Summit Bids will not be passed down. For example, if a team receives an At-Large Bid at an event early in the season and upgrades to a PAID Bid later in the season, the original At-Large Bid will not be given to another team. This bid will be eliminated.
Once your team accepts a bid for The Summit or The D2 Summit, you MUST stay with that specific track to earn a higher bid for the remainder of the season.
Event Producers have the right to investigate any and all teams receiving a bid to The D2 Summit. Bid eligible teams and divisions will be reviewed for accuracy and legitimacy to ensure each team has the same opportunity. Any bid eligible team found in violation of a USASF or Varsity Spirit policy will be disqualified from The D2 Summit for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 season.
Rounds at The D2 Summit
Are Crossovers allowed at The D2 Summit?
Yes, please see the terms & conditions below.
Crossover Terms & Conditions:
Athletes will not be allowed to compete on more than 2 CHEER teams across The Summit Championships. All Athletes Levels 1- 6 can only cross up or down TWO levels at The D2 Summit (Ex: Level 2 athletes may only crossover to a Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 team). All Level 4.2 athletes may only crossover to levels 2, 3, 4 or 5. Level 6 athletes that competed at The Cheerleading Worlds or on a Level 6 D2 Summit team can only cross to levels 4 & 5 – this excludes Level 4.2. A Cheerleading Worlds athlete may compete at The Dance Summit and a Dance Worlds athlete may compete at The D2 Summit. *Reminder: Crossovers are not guaranteed at the D2 Summit during the Semi-Final or Final Rounds.
The MAXIMUM number of individuals allowed to crossover from the 2020 Cheerleading Worlds to The D2 Summit will be 5 athletes per team. Exception: Junior Level 6 will be allowed to have up to 8 crossovers for The Cheerleading Worlds to The D2 Summit.
Participants may only represent one gym at The D2 Summit. *Athletes competing with a program at The Cheerleading Worlds may represent a different gym at The D2 Summit. These athletes will still be considered “Worlds” athletes for the crossover policy.
Participants must pay an additional $100 registration fee for each additional team performance. However, if there is an athlete that is on a PAID Bid team & crossing over to another PAID Bid team, there will be no crossover fee applied. If an athlete is on a PAID Bid team as well as an AT-LARGE Bid team, that athlete will be required to pay the crossover fee.
*For the most up-to date age grids and level requirements, please contact the USASF.
Are Crossovers allowed between The Summit & The D2 Summit?
No athlete can compete at both The Summit & The D2 Summit in the same competitive season in the USASF divisions. Athletes are allowed to compete in the International divisions at The Summit & then compete on ONE TEAM ONLY at The D2 Summit. Athletes may only represent one program throughout The Summit Championships.
Can a Level 6 team earn a bid to The Cheerleading Worlds & The D2 Summit at the same qualifying event?
No, teams that earn a bid to The Cheerleading Worlds will not be eligible to receive a bid to The D2 Summit at the same qualifying event.
Can a Level 6 team that competes at The Cheerleading Worlds also compete at The D2 Summit?
No. Once a team accepts a bid to The Cheerleading Worlds, they forfeit any bids earned to The D2 Summit and remain ineligible to compete at The D2 Summit for the remainder of the season.
What do individuals and teams receive for competing at The D2 Summit?
All participants will receive a commemorative medallion for competing at The D2 Summit. Teams who qualify for Finals on Sunday in each division will be awarded a team banner with division and placement. Teams that place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their respective division will also receive a team banner and each participant will receive individual mini banners recognizing their accomplishment. All divisional champions will receive exclusive D2 Summit Championship Rings! Only participants & 2 coaches listed on the official USASF D2 Summit Roster will be included in ring sizing. Crossover athletes will only be awarded one ring. Additional rings may be ordered on-site & must be paid for by the team or individual before delivery.
As a Gym Owner or Coach ONLY, who do I contact if I have further question?
For questions, please reach out to Josh Quintero – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The D2 Summit reserves the right to disqualify ANY team or program at The D2 Summit found in violation of the USASF Rules & Guidelines as well as Varsity Spirit Policy. Disqualification can be issued before, during & after the event.
"'We first decided to take the climb about 3 years ago. We worked hard for several years to develop our program to be able to compete with this caliber of competition. We love the atmosphere and being able to compete against other incredible programs. We get to showcase what small gyms can bring to the floor and it develops comradery between the coaches, parents and athletes. The D2 Summit is more than just a competition, it’s something that brings programs and families together.'" Tracy DerrPennsylvania Elite
"'Come to the Summit! I think it’s an amazing experience not just for your athletes but to gain exposure and grow your business. Our program has grown tremendously because of the D2 Summit. The kids love the excitement and our athletes strive to compete against the best of the best across the county.'" Amity BerriosElite All Stars
"'Winning the D2 Summit is one of my favorite memories. We felt so honored to be competing with the incredible other teams and when they called our names and the confetti went everywhere we were thrilled. The parents went crazy and the faces of the kids is something that will always stay with me because all of their hard work paid off!'" Lori McPhersonMaine Stars
"'I want to go to the Summit because it’s an amazing experience. The Arena is so large and to have all eyes on you and your family cheering you on is magical. Getting to have fun at the parks and bonding with your team is great – It’s like going on a GIANT family vacation!'" Petyon DerrAthlete at Pennsylvania Elite
"'Each time that we have gone to the Summit, we have stayed on property and it’s really great for the experience and team bonding of the athletes. When looking at the financial value and convenience – park hoppers, accommodations and transportation all being arranged for you, there’s no better way to do Disney.'" Jordan TranParent
"'I think The Summit is a really important competition. It gives teams an end goal and a focal point to look forward to all season. Under that pressure, kids learn, grow and improve. The Summit teaches them how to work hard and come together to accomplish something incredible.'" David LenglingChoreographer
"'The experience we had at the 2019 D2 Summit was unlike any other for TAI athletes and staff and the TAI family. We brought all 4 age eligible teams to the D2 summit and came home with two second places finishes and two D2 NATIONAL CHAMPION titles. This is an unheard of accomplishment and an experience I wouldn't trade for the world! I can't thank this gym enough for what they have given my child.'" Kirsten StifflerTAI Parent
Online Registration for The D2 Summit is now open! Please read carefully before selecting your package.
A $100 per person deposit is required after your registration is submitted. Registrations will not be approved, or will hotel rooms be help without the deposit. Hotels may fill up after you submit your registration.
If you are a coach and would like to roster your team and register for the event, click here.
Coaches registering on line must mail in these forms after submitting registration:
If you are anyone registering separately from the team(coach, athlete, spectator), click here to register.
The team will have to be registered and approved (which means deposit received) before any individual registration can be submitted. You will need your team’s reservation number in order to proceed.
Coaches and athletes must be listed on the team roster in order to register individually and may select housing OR commuter. Spectators may select the housing option for themselves and the housing OR commuter option for their athlete. Spectators cannot register as commuters. If you are a spectator and need to order tickets, you may attach a ticket order to your athlete’s registration in the “Add On” section of the registration process or click here to order them separately.
Request a Registration Change: If you already have a reservation and need to make changes, you may request a change by signing back into your account and clicking on the “Request a Registration Change” request. The Coach who originally registered the team may also make changes to the Roster by clicking on “Request a Roster Change”. Changes are not confirmed until verified by Varsity. Click here to request a change.
Make an on-line Payment: If you already have a reservation and would like to make a payment, click here to sign in to your account and then click on “Invoice/Payment” button, then “Make Payments”.
If you would like to upgrade your Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option in advance the price is below. Waiting until you arrive at The Summit will cost an additional $15 per ticket and cause a delay in your registration process & wait times.
Please indicate this in the “add-on” section of the registration process OR if you have already registered, please submit a Change Request. Any extra tickets ordered on an existing registration must be paid for in full after the request has been submitted.
Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper® Option: Valid May 6, 2020 – May 14, 2020 – See Prices and pick up dates and times below.
* Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper® Option include five days admission into ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Click here to order Discounted Tickets!
If you are a spectator and do not need hotel reservations, you may pre-order tickets. (Note: If you are a registered coach, athlete or spectator and you need additional tickets, please indicate those on your actual registration.) Pre-order is available through Tuesday, April 28, 2020. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at a higher rate in Orlando on a first come first served basis. Full payment is required.
*Note: Meal Vouchers only valid for one entrée and beverage per voucher at designated Theme Park dining locations. Lunch or Dinner only, no breakfast or dessert.
Tickets may be picked up at The Summit during registration hours, location TBD.
*If you arrive after 8:00 pm on Friday night, the Championship Office at Celebrity Hall will be open until 10:00 pm.
Pre-Ordered tickets must be picked up no later than Noon on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
Transportation is not included with ticket purchases. You must be registered on the Travel Package to receive transportation to any of The D2 Summit activities/events.
We can’t wait to see you at The D2 Summit. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions to help you prepare to register.
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HOTEL AND TRAVEL
What is the advantage of purchasing the Travel Package?
It is not required that you attend The D2 Summit on the Travel Package. The two main reasons teams purchase the package are convenience and savings.
In which hotel will we be staying?
Value accommodations will be provided at Disney’s All Star Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Moderate accommodations will be provided at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. In the event that the Walt Disney World® Resorts sell out of rooms, The D2 Summit will try to make arrangements with an alternate hotel off property. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels may fill up prior to posted deadlines.
We have parents who would like to come to the Championship. Can they sign up for The D2 Summit Travel Package?
Of course! A lot of coaches meet with the parents and include them on the travel package with their team. However, we encourage family members and friends to register with us directly.
We have an uneven number of girls. Can we pay the quad rate for three girls in a room?
No. The travel package prices have been calculated according to how many people are in each room.
Can we have five people in a room?
No. The Resorts do not allow more than four people to a room.
We are arriving in Lake Buena Vista at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, will our hotel rooms be ready?
Most hotels do not guarantee check in until 4:00 p.m. However, if there are rooms ready in your block, the hotel will check you in early. Please be sure to communicate this to your entire group that is traveling with you.
Our team doesn’t leave Lake Buena Vista until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. What can we do all day?
Hotel check out is at 11:00 a.m. If you would like, you can take a Walt Disney World® Resort shuttle bus to Disney SpringsTM to shop. The hotel will be glad to store these items for you, but you will be responsible for picking them up before you depart.
How do I request a refund?
Refunds will be issued after the event is over and must be requested in writing no later than 30 days after the event is over. Refund requests may be emailed to your registration specialist. The average processing time for a refund is 4 weeks from the date the request is received. Refunds are not issued unless a written request is received.
If we stay off the Travel Package and commute can we use The D2 Summit bus transportation?
No. Transportation is only provided for those purchasing the travel package.
TICKETS AND COMPETITION
When will we receive our Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option for the Championship?
You receive your tickets when you register with The D2 Summit at Celebrity Hall.
Do we use our Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® for competition?
In addition to Park admission each Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option purchased through The D2 Summit, also has admission into ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This is NOT considered a theme park admission, and therefore does not use a day on your Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option.
What does “Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option” mean?
A Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option enables you to visit more than one park a day.
Will attending The Summit Celebration Party take days off of my Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper®Option?
For the Championship Celebration Party Sunday evening at Magic Kingdom® Park, a day will not be taken off of your Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper®Option. Please Note: YOU MUST HAVE A WRISTBAND TO ATTEND ALL PARTIES.
If we do not use all three or two days of our Walt Disney World® tickets, may we use them next year?
No. All of the discounted tickets sold at The D2 Summit have an expiration date that is listed on the back of your ticket.
Do spectators have to purchase a Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper®Option in order to watch competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex?
No! If you are only going to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, you may purchase a ticket at the door for $40 per day per person. However, if you purchase a Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper®Option from The D2 Summit, it includes admission into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as well as all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.
Are there discounted park tickets available for family and friends not on the travel package?
Yes, there are three different tickets.
Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper® Option are valid for unlimited admission into the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park as well as three days of admission into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. These tickets DO NOT include The D2 Summit bus transportation to the parks.
How do I find out when and where my team competes?
A detailed order of competition will be posted at varsity.com/thed2summit in late April. The detailed order of competition will tell you the location and exact times that your team will report backstage, take pictures, warm up, and compete.
How can parents pick up tickets is athletes are registered under coach name (on 1 invoice)?
Parents must register their athlete themselves if they would like to pick up their athlete’s tickets.
Do you have a question about your registration? Contact your Registration Specialist based on the first letter of your team’s name. If your program stars with:
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With over 1200 nominations, these extraordinary cheerleaders and dancers were selected for going above and beyond, not only on their team but in their communities. Congratulations to the 2019 Varsity Pinnacle Award Winners!
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