Health & Safety Update

Varsity Spirit Camps, Competitions & Events

At Varsity Spirit, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends is our top priority. We are monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and closely watching official information from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as it relates to our larger community and our events, camps and competitions. We are also taking proactive, preventative measures for all of our employees. General adoption of best practices as advised by the CDC is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness. We understand that this is a fluid situation, and we have a dedicated response team working to make sure we keep our participants and attendees updated as the situation evolves. Any changes to upcoming events will be based on the guidance provided by public health organizations like the CDC, state and local authorities, and event partners, among others.

Varsity Spirit offers a variety of in-person and virtual events to meet the needs to each team. If you are a parent or spectator with ​health and safety related questions regarding your specific team’s competition selection, please direct those inquiries to your coach or gym owner.

To continue to provide our athletes, fans and spectators with the most flexible and safest experiences, Varsity Spirit has made several modifications to best serve you during this time. View our camp and competition experience guidelines below. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending our events, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. ​Please help keep each other safe and healthy by following the guidance provided.

All event updates are being made in the myVarsity camp and competition listings.

Competitions (Updated 10.25.21)

Updated 10.25.21: It is our intention to hold our events and activities live and in-person for the 21-22 season, whenever possible. Based on the evolving environment and to best protect the health and safety of those participating and attending our events, we may need to modify the operation of an event based on CDC, federal, state local and venue guidelines. We understand that this is a fluid situation, and we have a dedicated response team working to make sure we keep our employees, participants and attendees updated as things evolve.

Competition Options:
To continue to provide our athletes, fans and spectators with the most flexible and safe experiences, Varsity Spirit has made several modifications to best serve you during this time. View our competition experience guidelines below. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending our events, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. ​Please help keep each other safe and healthy by following the guidance provided.

Option A: In-Person Competition with Spectators

  • Spectators are allowed with physical distancing measures in place
  • Live awards ceremony with limited athletes and/or coaches; OR virtual awards ceremony

Option B: In-Person Competition with Limited Spectators

  • Spectator viewing limited to team performance time only
  • Live awards ceremony with limited athletes and/or coaches; OR virtual awards ceremony

Option C: In-Person Competition with No Spectators and Virtual Awards

  • Spectators not allowed; only athletes and coaches permitted
  • Virtual awards ceremony

Option D: Virtual Competition

  • Routines will be uploaded and judged virtually by Varsity Spirit certified judges
  • Virtual awards ceremony

Additional details regarding your specific event will be sent approximately 21 days prior to the competition.  The final details and schedule for individual competitions will be continuously monitored and may be adjusted, including making the competition virtual, if necessary. All guidelines are subject to change based on CDC, federal, state, local and venue-specific guidance. We will communicate any changes to you as soon as they are confirmed.

Varsity Spirit’s baseline safety standards include:

  • Varsity Spirit employees and personnel are required to wear face coverings at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth. Face shields are not considered masks and may only be worn in addition to masks.
    • Spectators, athletes and coaches may be required to wear face coverings based on CDC, federal, state, local or venue guidance.
    • Coaches will be required to wear masks in certain areas and when speaking with Varsity personnel (at registration check-in, warm-up area check-in, first aid, Accuscore, etc.)
  • Physical distancing protocols will be in place and enforced throughout the venue. We encourage your teams to remain in cohorts and avoid close interactions with those outside of your group.
  • Increased sanitization measures throughout venues, including enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitization stations and more frequent cleaning of performance surfaces.
  • Additional protocols, such as those below, may be required based on CDC, federal, state, local, or venue guidance:
    • Temperature checks for admission
    • Proof of vaccination status and/or negative COVID test result
    • Managed traffic flow measures and signs
    • Capacity limitations
    • Masks required for all attendees
  • All attendees (including coaches, athletes, spectators, and staff) will be asked to monitor their own health prior to attending an event and follow the CDC guidelines for protecting themselves and others.
  • Advisors/Coaches will be asked to review the Varsity Spirit Competition COVID Rules with anyone who is attending the event (coaches, athletes and spectators)

Helpful links for additional information:

As part of our commitment to safety, our goal is to assist with providing information of possible exposure to those that may have attended an event where someone tested positive. Close contact will be determined utilizing the CDC definition: a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Following the event, please use this link to report any COVID-19 positive cases that occur within 5 days of the event.

You can trust Varsity Spirit to lead the way in bringing back events safely. If you have additional questions regarding your specific event, we are here to help. We hope to see you soon and thank you for being part of our Varsity Spirit Family.

Camps (Updated 7.30.21)

Updated 7.30.21: In response to the everchanging COVID landscape and the rapid spread of the delta variant, the CDC recently updated its mask guidance to recommend that everyone in areas with high levels of COVID, vaccinated or not, wear a mask. Based on this guidance and the increase in COVID cases nationally, we want to do everything possible to finish the summer strong. 

Effective immediately, all Varsity Spirit staff working camps are required to wear masks at all times while indoors and outside when not able to safely socially distance themselves from others, unless it is a safety hazard.

Updated 5.24.21: As of last week, the CDC is now recommending that fully vaccinated people may resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask, except where required by state or local guidance. Given this updated guidance:

  • Varsity Spirit will no longer require masks for camp staff, attendees or spectators, who have been vaccinated, except where required by state, local or venue/camp location guidelines.
  • We recommend that those who are not vaccinated continue to wear masks. Those who are not vaccinated should wear masks if required by state, local or venue guidelines.
  • Visitor attendance will be reviewed on a location-by-location basis. For home camps, visitors will be allowed if the host school allows.
  • All camp attendees – adults and minors – will be required to sign a COVID-19 Participant Waiver. This is in addition to the standard Participant Release Form. Both waivers should be turned in on site at camp check-in. Click here to download a copy of the COVID-19 Participant Waiver.

Varsity Spirit will continue to monitor the guidance presented by the CDC, local and state authorities and experts, and camps will only take place when we can host them responsibly and safely. All Varsity Spirit camp instructors are required to complete a COVID Safety Training course, where they are educated on the COVID-19 Camp Rules. Prior to camp, instructors are trained on local guidelines applicable to or mandated by the school/organization. Please see below for a list of our 2021 Summer Camp Rules:

Virtual Resources

Virtual Resources: We’re working as fast as we can to innovate for you. Through our at-home virtual resources, we’re as committed as ever to serve you and your team to keep you safe and healthy. View our Varsity Spirit and Varsity All Star resources for virtual consults and fittings, tryouts, training options and more.