The D2 Summit

05/08/20 – 05/10/20
Orlando, Florida

About The D2 Summit

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.

2020 Championship Information

D2 Summit Divisions

Level Division Team Size
1 Youth Small
1 Youth Medium
1 Junior Small
1 Junior Medium
1 Senior Small
1 Senior Medium
2 Youth Small
2 Youth Medium
2 Junior Small
2 Junior Medium
2 Senior Small
2 Senior Medium
3 Youth Small
3 Youth Medium
3 Junior Small
3 Junior Medium
3 Senior Small
3 Senior Medium
3 Senior Coed Small
3 Senior Coed Medium
4 Youth Small
4 Youth Medium
4 Junior Small
4 Junior Medium
4 Senior Small
4 Senior Medium
4 Senior Coed Small
4 Senior Coed Medium
4.2 Senior Small
4.2 Senior Medium
4.2 Senior Coed Small
4.2 Senior Coed Medium
5 Youth Small
5 Youth Large
5 Junior Small
5 Junior Large
5 Junior Coed Small
5 Junior Coed Large
5 Senior Small
5 Senior Large
5 Senior Coed Small
5 Senior Coed Large
6 Junior Small
6 Junior Large
6 Junior Coed Small
6 Junior Coed Large
6 Senior XSmall
6 Senior Coed  XSmall

*Once registration is FINAL – divisions will be combined per the USASF Guidelines.

D2 Summit FAQs

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.
*This is a working document and updates will be made throughout the Summer while gathering feedback at Varsity University.
Click here to download a printable version.

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?

  • Wild Card Bids:
    Teams must indicate that they will accept a Wild Card Bid on their Bid Acceptance form for each qualifying event. Wild Card Bids allow teams to enter the Wild Card Round held on Friday, May 8th at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Wild Card teams will compete for their chance to advance to the Final Round on Sunday, May 10th. Wild Card Bid winners must pay the full balance to compete.
  • At-Large Bids:
    At-Large Bids allow teams to forego the Wild Card Round and advance straight to the Semi-Finals Round held on Saturday, May 9th at the Walt Disney World® Resort. At-Large teams will compete for their chance to advance to the Final Round held on Sunday, May 10th, At-Large Bid winners must pay the full balance to compete.
  • PAID Bids:
    PAID Bids allow teams to forego the Wild Card Round and advance straight to the Semi-Finals Round held on Saturday, May 9that the Walt Disney World® Resort. PAID bid teams will compete for their chance to advance to the Final Round held on Sunday, May 10th. A credit will be given to each athlete earning a PAID bid to The D2 Summit Championship on the Travel Package. No credits may be used for family members or for additional tickets. If a team chooses the Quad 3-night package, the athlete will receive a smaller credit. If a Paid Bid team chooses not to stay on property, then they will receive the “Commuter Paid Bid” package for free. *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.

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.
*Example:

  • A team of 16 competes and receives a bid, they can only add or replace 4 athletes to compete at The D2 Summit.
  • A team of 22 competes and receives a bid, they can only replace (not add) 6 athletes (5.5% will be rounded up) to compete at The D2 Summit.
  • A team of 18 competes and receives a bid. They can replace 5, or add 4, or replace 3 and add 2, etc.) – This team cannot compete with more than 22 athletes on the mat or with more than 5 of their original roster replaced to stay in the Small division.

*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.

Bid Eligibility:

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

  • The Wild Card Round:
    The Wild Card Round of The D2 Summit will take place on Friday, May 8th at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL. The top 5 scoring teams in each division will automatically advance to the Final Round on Sunday, May 10th. There will not be any teams advancing from the Wild Card Round to the Semi-Final Round. The Summit reserves the right to split divisions based on size. All split divisions will be recombined in the Final Round.
  • The Semi-Final Round:
    The Semi-Final Round of The D2 Summit will take place on Saturday, May 9th at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL. Teams advancing from the Semi-Final round will compete in the Final Round against the advancing Wild Card & other Semi-Final teams on Sunday, May 10th. The Summit reserves the right to split divisions based on size. All split divisions will be recombined in the Final Round. Below is the number of teams that will advance from Semi-Finals to Finals based on division size:

    • All divisions with 10 or less teams in Semi-Finals will have no more than 5 teams advance to finals. *In the event of a tie for the 5th spot, both teams will advance to Finals.
    • All divisions with 11 – 19 teams in Semi-Finals will have no more than 50% of the division advance to finals.
    • All divisions with 20 – 30 teams in Semi-Finals will have no more than 10 teams advance to finals. *In the event of a tie for the 10th spot, both teams will advance to Finals.
    • Once registration is FINAL, division with 31 or more teams in Semi-Finals will be evaluated to consider advancing additional teams.
  • The Final Round:
    The Final Round of The D2 Summit will take place on Sunday, May 10th at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL. Teams from the Wild Card and Semi-Final rounds will face off to determine who will be named The D2 Summit Champion. Ties will not be broken at The D2 Summit – in the event that there is a tie for first place, The D2 Summit will name Co-Champions.

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 – jquintero@varsity.com.

Disqualifications:

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.

D2 Summit Testomonials

"'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

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2019 Championship Information

Results

Click here for the 2019 D2 Summit Championship Results!

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