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.

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:

Competitions

Updated 1.15.21: With the recent information that has come out regarding COVID-19 in early 2021, and because we have received a number of requests from our customers, we are pleased to announce that we have worked closely with the Walt Disney World Resort to reschedule our 2021 National Championship events. It is our hope that with the new spring dates, we will be able to create a better experience and provide an opportunity for more teams across the country to safely join us this year.

Please know that together, with the Walt Disney World Resort, we have made many updates to the championship experience based on the guidance from health authorities, such as the CDC and appropriate government agencies. Before teams register, it is imperative that they read everything carefully and share this information with their athletes and parents. Please know that this is a fluid situation and subject to change. Click here to read the Championship Experience Updates.

Please see our adjusted 2021 Nationals dates below.

Quest Recreational Championship: April 16-17, 2021
UCA International All Star Championship: April 17-18, 2021
UDA National Dance Team Championship: April 22-23, 2021
UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship: April 23-25, 2021
UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship: April 27-28, 2021
The Summit:April 30-May 2, 2021
Dance Summit:May 2-3, 2021
D2 Summit: May 13-15, 2021

As you know, the impact of COVID-19 has been unimaginable for all of us. However, we continue to remain hopeful for the future and focused on providing safe and memorable experiences for teams who have never needed it more. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times, and we will continue to keep you informed of further changes.

2021 Competitions: Please view our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Updated 1.11.21: As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise across the country, we are adjusting the event options our brands will produce beginning now and remaining in place until at least the end of February 2021. Below are the event options you can expect.

Option B: In-Person with Spectators

  • Spectator viewing limited to team performance time
  • Virtual awards ceremony

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

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

Option D: Virtual

  • Routines will be uploaded and judged virtually by Varsity All Star Certified judges
  • Virtual awards ceremony
  • Learn about our virtual event options here.
In order for the events to run smoothly and safely, we need your help. Please to share this information with your program to ensure they understand the guidelines prior to the event.

Updated 9.23.20: Safety remains our top priority, and we have a dedicated, experienced team focused on researching and developing a plan for this season. Below is what you can expect at all Varsity Spirit in-person competitions, at least through December 31, 2020.

Please note that the final details and schedule for any individual competition will be continuously monitored and may be adjusted, including making the competition virtual, if necessary. All guidelines are subject to change based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 for 2020:

  • Increased sanitization measures throughout venues, including enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitization stations and more frequent cleaning of performance surfaces
  • Longer intervals between team practice and performance times and increased physical distancing throughout the practice and performance areas
  • Face coverings required for everyone, except for athletes when on the practice and performance floors
  • Spectators within the performance area will be limited (several options are being considered and may vary by competition)
  • Awards ceremonies will be live with limited capacity (teams or coaches only) or completely virtual
  • All attendees (including coaches, athletes, spectators and Varsity Spirit staff) will be asked to monitor their own health prior to attending an event and follow the CDC guidelines for protecting themselves and others
  • Coaches will be asked to review the Varsity Spirit Competition COVID Rules with anyone who is attending the event (coaches, athletes and spectators)

Varsity Spirit will adhere to restrictions on mass gatherings and capacity limitations based on local and venue guidelines. Because health, safety and distancing requirements vary across the country, the below may also vary by competition:

  • Vendors may or may not be allowed on site to service an event, and safety measures and precautions may differ. For example, customers may not be able to touch or try on clothing before purchasing, and food may be limited to “grab and go” only and may only be eaten in designated areas.
  • Spectator admission fees may be available only through advanced purchase or may be entirely cashless.
  • Temperature checks for admission may be required based on local guidance.
  • Managed traffic flow measures and signs will be implemented where required.

Updated 8.12.20:We know many teams have been working hard to prepare for events, and we remain hopeful that live events will take place this fall. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we have made the tough decision to cancel the All Star Dance & Youth/Rec portion of some of our fall events. You can view the status of your event in the competition listing.

Updated 8.6.20:We know many teams have been working hard to prepare for events, and we remain hopeful that live events will take place this fall. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we have made the tough decision to cancel the All Star Cheer portion of some of our fall events. You can view the status of your event in the competition listing. More information about School, Youth/Rec and All Star Dance events will be coming soon.

If you would like to take advantage of competing virtually this fall, check out our Virtual Competition Series . This new series allows teams the ability to compete from the comfort of your own gym. Cheerleaders and dancers across the country will be competing virtually each weekend this fall by uploading their routines to Varsity TV. A Varsity All Star certified judging panel will score all teams, and bids to our end-of-season championships will be up for grabs. To learn more, contact your All Star Advisor.

Updated 7.23.20: As we prepare to potentially host live events this season, we wanted to share some of the possible scenarios that could be implemented on-site for each event. First and foremost, we are committed to delivering competitions that will adhere to all guidelines established by the CDC, state and local authorities, as well as our event host partners, at the time of each event. These include social distancing measures, rules about face coverings, cleaning practices and more.

We are considering four options to safely and responsibly host Varsity Spirit events for the 2020-21 season. The format that each event follows will be communicated pre-event to all registered teams. All Varsity Spirit event staff will be educated and trained based on the guidelines set forth for each event. Please note that each phase may include additional precautions not specifically mentioned below.

Option A: In-Person with Spectators

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

Option B: In-Person 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 with No Spectators and Virtual Awards

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

Option D: Virtual

We are planning to open registration for the 2020-21 season at the end of August. If you are registered for a Varsity Spirit competition, prior to your event date, you will receive an email with detailed information specific to your event. If a competition is cancelled, we will work to provide alternate options, including transfers to another event (live or virtual) or a full refund of registration fees.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to provide a safe and memorable experience for all who participate at our events. We will continue to update you as more information is available.

Updated 7.6.20: We are developing a plan to responsibly and safely host Varsity Spirit events for the 2020-21 competition season. We are committed to delivering competitions that will adhere to all state and local guidelines at the time of the event such as social distancing measures, rules about face coverings, sanitization practices and more. The final details and specific safety measures for any competition are still to be determined, and all guidelines are subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and federal, state and local officials, as well as our event partners.

We are planning to open registration for 2020-21 events at the end of August. In the event that a competition is cancelled, we will work to provide alternate event options. Additionally, transfers to another event or a full refund of registration fees will be available. We are also working on virtual event options. Specific plans will be communicated to participants and spectators closer to the event date. Please view this page for the most up-to-date 2020-21 competition information.

Updated 5.11.20: With the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, family, friends and employees at the forefront, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Summit Championship events. Please know that we gave it our best efforts, but COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our world, and it has affected our cheer and dance community in ways we could not have imagined. Additional information, including refund information, can be found here.

Updated 4.27.20: We are pleased to announce that we are planning to host a one-of-a-kind Summit event on June 19-22, 2020 at the Walt Disney World Resort. There are still some hurdles that we must cross, including the re-opening of the park, but we are working closely with our contacts who are hopeful and optimistic about these dates. We know many of you won’t be able to join us, but for those of you who can make the journey, we promise to make this event a completely unique and unforgettable experience!

With this in mind, we invite all cheer and dance teams, of any level and style, to compete, including U.S. teams that qualified for the 2020 World Championships. This event will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and additional safety measures as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the guidance of the Walt Disney World Resort, and local, state and federal authorities, will be put into place. Additional information on the 2020 Summit Championships can be found here.

Updated 4.24.20: All #AllStarStrong events scheduled through June 30, 2020 have been cancelled. Teams may transfer funds for these events to end-of-season event options, the 2020-2021 season, or request a refund. We are going to do our very best to meet our standard company refund policy of approximately 4-6 weeks; however, due to the 100+ events that have been cancelled or postponed, as well as social distancing and our employees working from home, it could extend to 6-8 weeks. We ask that you please bear with us as we work through these requests.

An update regarding The Summit Championships was sent out to Gym Owners and Coaches. Out of respect for programs and their ability to communicate with their teams, this page will be updated with more information early next week.

Updated 4.7.20All Varsity All Star events scheduled through May 31, 2020 have been cancelled. We are currently planning to host the previously rescheduled events in June. Dates can be found here. Regarding The Summit, The Dance Summit, and The D2 Summit:

  • We are aware that The Walt Disney World Resort is currently closed. We are working very closely with them and have a tentative time frame of late June.
  • We will make the final decision on all June events, including The Summit events, by Friday, April 24, 2020. We will not push the season into the month of July, so if The Summit events do not take place in June, the 2019-2020 season will be completed.
  • Detailed information on The Summit events can be found here.

Updated 4.6.20On April 1, Varsity Spirit began processing refund requests. We are doing our very best to meet our standard company refund policy of approximately 4-6 weeks; however, due to the 100+ events that have been cancelled or postponed, as well as social distancing and our employees working from home, it could extend to 6-8 weeks. We ask that you please bear with us as we work through these requests.

Updated 3.17.20: A Message From Varsity Spirit President Bill Seely

Updated 3.16.20: Based on the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, Varsity Spirit will not be holding events with more than 10 people for the next 15 days (through the end of March).

Updated 3.15.20: As you may have seen, the CDC announced their recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, Varsity Spirit has made the decision to not proceed as planned with scheduled events for at least the next eight weeks. We are actively exploring all options, including rescheduling events, extending the event season, and hosting virtual events. 

We are hopeful this situation will improve, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We will continue to update you with more information as soon as it’s available.

Preventive Recommendations
Protect yourself and your athletes by practicing excellent personal hygiene. Remember to:

  • Be the steward of your own health and potential impact of any illness on others: If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Consider altering greetings (avoid kissing and hugging hello and goodbye) to be cautious.

For additional information, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

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.