NCA High School

March 6-7, 2021  |  Fort Worth, TX

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2021 Championship Information

Championship Information & Registration

2021 NCA High School Nationals
March 6-7, 2021

NEW Location:
Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102


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Health & Safety Updates

At NCA and Varsity Spirit, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends is our top priority. We have been diligently monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and we have a dedicated response team working around the clock to make sure you are updated as the situation evolves. Please check here for the latest on COVID-19 updates.


1. What will COVID guidelines look like?

As the situation continues to evolve, it is difficult to say at this time what those guidelines will look like in early 2021. NCA and Varsity Spirit will follow the most current venue, local and state guidelines at the time of the event. Specific plans will be communicated to participants closer to the event date.

2. Will we have spectators in the venues?
NCA and Varsity Spirit will follow the most current venue, local and state guidelines as it relates to crowds and large gatherings. Specific plans and procedures will be finalized and communicated to participants closer to the event date. NCA High School Nationals is currently an Option B event.

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
  • All teams will receive score sheets, rankings and awards

3. In the event that the NCA National Championship is not able to be held, will we get refunds?
Yes, in the event that the NCA National Championship is canceled, teams will receive a full refund of their package fees from Varsity Spirit.

4. Are regional competitions happening? When will they be confirmed?
Yes, NCA regionals are being held and the dates & locations can be found here. NCA and Varsity Spirit will continue to monitor venue, local and state guidelines for each regional competition and will communicate those guidelines to participants prior to the event.

5. Will credentialing requirements remain the same for 2021 NCA High School Nationals?
Yes, credentialing requirements will remain the same for the 2021 NCA High School National Championship. See the “How to Qualify” section in our NCA School Competitions Rule Book for more information.

Join the BAND

Join the 2021 NCA High School Nationals BAND group to receive information, updates, changes and reminders leading up to the event and throughout competition weekend.
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View and purchase tickets for the in-person portion of NCA High School Nationals below!
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2021 NCA Scholarship

We are pleased to be offering our NCA Scholarship for the second time at NCA High School Nationals!
This year’s scholarship of awarded to one or two senior high school cheerleader(s) that demonstrates exemplary character, academic excellence and athletic achievement. This senior cheerleader must be competing in either the in-person or virtual 2021 NCA High School National Championship.
Application Process:
  • February 22: Applications due from interested senior cheerleaders competing in-person or virtually at 2021 NCA High School Nationals
  • February 26: Finalists from the application process will be announced
  • March 2-3: Finalists will have a virtual interview with NCA
  • March 7th: Scholarship recipient will be announced at NCA High School Nationals during a virtual awards ceremony
Please contact AC Klunder with any questions in regards to the NCA Scholarship.

Virtual Divisions (2021 Only)

Introducing VIRTUAL Divisions at Nationals!

For those that are unable to travel because of your state / local guidelines or administration, NCA will be offering Virtual Divisions. (You will have to provide documentation from your administration that you are unable to travel.)

  • Teams that compete virtually will not be competing head-to-head against teams that are competing in-person. Depending on the size of the virtual competition, some divisions may be split or combined.
  • Teams will submit 1 video to be scored by NCA trained judges.
  • Routines can be watched Varsity TV during the in-person national event.
  • You must have the keyword sent via email on February 22 in order to film. If your team needs to film prior to February 22, please email to be given a separate keyword to film early.
  • Read more on how the virtual process works, music/filming guidelines and more in our NCA Nationals Virtual Divisions FAQ’s.


  • February 17: Registration Closes
  • February 22: Keyword sent to coaches to include in routine videos
  • February 25: Payment & Waivers Due
  • March 3: Routine Video Upload Day
  • March 6: Watch the virtual nationals divisions on Varsity TV

2021-21 Virtual Divisions at Nationals:
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Pricing: $125 per athlete  |  $25 for each additional routine

First place winners in each Performance, Game Performance & Game Day National Championship divisions will receive a National Championship Trophy, Championship Jacket and a Team Championship Banner. All teams will receive placement awards. The following awards are also available to win:

  • Performance Specialty Awards:   
    • Best Use of Jumps
    • Best Use of Stunts
    • Coed Excellence
    • Superior Showmanship
    • Best Use of Tumbling
  • Game Day Specialty Awards:
    • Vocal Excellence
    • Technical Excellence
    • Sideline Spirit
    • Best Use of Props
    • Major Mascot

Rules, Scoring & Divisions

2021 Rules, Scoring and Divisions:

Looking for examples of a Performance, Game Performance or Game Day routine at NCA High School Nationals? Check out video examples and more details here.

If your school doesn’t allow you to build stunts and pyramids, or if you get a late start to the season because of local restrictions, NCA has options to keep you safe and your competitive season moving forward with our new Non-Building Divisions! Click the link above for more information.

Housing Information

NCA is proud to partner with Team Travel Source as the Official Housing Company for all NCA Events!
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Required Forms

2021 Required Forms:

Go Be Great Award

Nominate for the “Go Be Great Award”
At certain NCA competitions, we have a tradition of awarding the Go Be Great Award.  The Go Be Great Award is presented to a coach, team, or program who goes above and beyond to make the world a better place, outside of cheerleading and dance. Nominate for your upcoming NCA High School Nationals by completing the form below!

All submissions are due Wednesday, February 24th at 11:59 PM CT. Nominations are now closed.

Get Featured by NCA & Varsity TV

We love to feature teams on social media. Please take a few moments to let us know more about your program for the chance to be featured on NCA social media and Varsity TV!

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Press Release

Download the Press Releases below, fill them out with your team information, then send to your local newspaper!

Were you nominated for a Go Be Great Award at NCA Nationals? Download the Go Be Great Press Release to tell your community about your recognition!

NCA Judges Training Course for Coaches

Want to gain a better understanding of NCA competition scoring? Sign up for our NCA Judges Training course where you can become educated in how our expertly trained judges score your routines at competition. Learn more about:

  • NCA’s scoring philosophy
  • Score sheet captions (Building, Tumbling, Overall)
  • And more!

Sign up anytime before December 31, 2020 to gain access to this recorded course for just $25 per participant!


2020 Championship Information

2020 Results, Routine Videos, and Articles

2020 Championship Coverage – includes results, routine videos, and articles:


2020 NCA Scholarship

This scholarship recognized 2020 senior high school cheerleaders that demonstrated exemplary character, academic excellence and athletic achievement.

Learn About the 2020 Scholarship Finalists & Winner:
2020 NCA Scholarship Feature

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame

Traditional Divisions Wall of Fame:

Game Day Division Wall of Fame:

Go Be Great Wall of Fame:

Photo Gallery

Video Gallery

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