NCA High School

Jan 23-24, 2021 | Dallas, TX

Compete in our in-person or virtual divisions!

2021 Championship Information

Championship Information

2021 NCA High School Nationals
January 23-24, 2021

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202

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Register to compete in-person or virtually for the 2021 NCA High School National Championship!

COVID-19 FAQ's & 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. Are dates confirmed?
Yes, the dates for NCA High School Nationals are confirmed for January 23-24, 2021 in Dallas, TX.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Rules, Scoring & Divisions (In-Person & Virtual)

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.

Introducing VIRTUAL Divisions at Nationals!
2021-21 Virtual Divisions at Nationals:

    • Pricing: $150 per athlete  |  $25 for each additional routine
    • Team Upload 2 Performances: Upload deadline dates coming soon!
      • 1st Performance Upload – Prelims
      • 2nd Performance Upload – Finals
    • Submitted videos will be scored by NCA Nationals Judges the week of the championship
    • Routines can be watched on-demand on Varsity TV during the national championship
    • Championship are eligible for all awards & prizes and will be announced during NCA High School Nationals

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!


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:

2021 NCA Scholarship

More information on the 2021 NCA Scholarship Coming Soon!

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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!

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

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