UCA College Nationals | April 27-28th at the Walt Disney World Resort

IN-PERSON EVENT INFORMATION

Click here to read the Championship Experience Updates.

VIRTUAL EVENT INFORMATION 

Save the date for the 2022 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship – January 14-16-2022!

Watch on Varsity TV!

Watch on Varsity TV!

2021 Championship Information

Championship Email Communication

Virtual Competition Information (2021 Only)

In addition to opening registration for our in-person 2021 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship April 27-28th at the Walt Disney World Resort, we are excited to be able to offer Virtual Divisions for those teams who are unable to join us in Orlando. The deadline to register for the virtual competition is April 6th.

To register for the Virtual Divisions, pre-approval is required. Once you have been approved, you will receive the link to register for the Virtual Divisions. All teams must submit a letter on school letterhead from your school administrator for approval. Please include in the letter your school name, coaches name and why you are unable to attend the event in-person. Please submit all letters to College@varsity.com.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Click HERE for a step by step guide on how to get approval to compete virtually, registration details and a timeline of important competition dates. Click HERE for more information including Virtual Nationals Pricing, Divisions and Awards.

FILMING, TEMPLATE & ROSTER INFORMATION

We’ve created a step-by-step PDF guide, HERE with filming requirements and tips. All teams must submit an official team roster, eligibility form, USA Cheer documentation, along with release waivers for each athlete competing prior to receiving the college template for the video. The coach will be required to hold up the college template at the beginning of their routine to verify the Team Name, Divisions, Athletes and Date Filmed. The routine can be recorded any time after you receive the college template.  You do not have to have a keyword for your video.

PRICING

The Virtual Competition will be $100 per person. For those teams participating in both the performance divisions and Virtual Game Day Competition, it will be an additional $30 per participant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view the UCA & UDA Championship FAQ’s.

Click here to view the Disney Park Reservations How-To.

Join the BAND!

Join these BAND groups to stay up to date with the latest information. Ask questions, interact with other teams and coaches, and have FUN!

Live Event:

Virtual Event:

Mascot Qualification Results

To view the Mascot Video Entry Results, click here!

The Mascots listed have all been invited to compete at the 2021 UCA & UDA College Championship in Orlando, Florida on April 27th. The top 4 Division IA Mascots and the top-scoring Open Mascot will receive a PAID trip.

Championship Experience Updates

Please know that together, with the Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve made many updates to the championship experience based on the guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. Before you register, it is imperative that you read everything carefully and make sure you share this information with your athletes and parents. Please know that this is a fluid situation and subject to change. Click here to read the  Championship Experience Updates.

At UCA, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends remains our top priority. We are diligently monitoring official information from health authorities and local governments as well as working with our contacts at the Walt Disney World Resort daily on what the championship will be like this year. Below are several of the experience updates you can expect to see. (Please note this is a fluid situation and subject to change.) 

  • Physical distancing protocols will be in place and enforced.
  • Increased sanitization measures throughout venues, including enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitization stations and more frequent cleaning of performance surfaces.
  • Face coverings will be required for everyone, except for athletes when on the practice and performance floors. Adults and children two and older will be required to wear masks.
  • 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. We strongly suggest you get tested for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Florida.
  • Experiences will be modified in order to reduce contact whenever possible. This will include check-in, orientation, transportation, modified housekeeping at the resorts, cashless transactions whenever possible, etc.
  • All participants, coaches and spectators will be required to undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers before entering the venues at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
  • Spectators viewing may be limited to team performance times only. Awards may have limited spectators, coaches and athletes or be completely virtual.
  • The Walt Disney World Resort is operating at a limited capacity and theme park reservations will be required. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same day are required. Stay tuned for more information on how you can receive your Park Ticket Numbers in advanced in order to book your park reservations early.
  • For more information about experience updates at the Walt Disney World Resort – please click here.

Rules, Divisions and Scoring

For Rules, Divisions and Scoring information – click here.

UEP Photography

UEP Photography  

Due to health and safety protocols, there will not be team photos or any on-site photo booths at this event. Have no fear – Universal Event Photography still has your team covered! UEP is offering contactless pre-orders for their very popular action photo digital files package. Get all of the action photos from your routine for one price and share them with your team! Your order will be delivered via email link after the event.  Bring home the best action photos of your team’s performance with the quality you can trust, only with UEP! 

Crowd Tape Update & Bid Information

For the 2021 Championship ONLY, we will not require teams to attend a 2020 UCA or UDA College Spirit Camp of any kind in order to validate their bid that they received from their 2020 placement. This applies to Tier 1, 2 and 3 bids.

Crowd Tapes will not be required for Cheer teams, everyone will be given the points for 2021 Championship ONLY.

  • Mascots will be asked to submit a modified entry tape because their videos determine who is invited to compete at the championship. More information coming soon.

Game Day Information

The judges will score teams using the criteria listed on the UCA Game Day score sheet. Each team will be evaluated on a 100 point system. For more about Game Day, click here.

  • Fight Song
    • Should represent the traditional fight song your school has always done at games
    • Skills should be minimal and practical
    • Should start from the sideline formation
  • Situational Sideline
    • Situational for each team performing
    • After an offensive or defensive scenario, the squad will determine which sideline to do
    • Teams are encouraged to use spirit raising props such as signs, poms and/or megaphones
    • Skills should be minimal and practical
  • Game Day Timeout (similar to what was done at camp)
    • Similar to a 60 second extended band chant; designed for crowd interaction and involves crowd response
    • The best time to showcase squad’s energy, leadership, visual appeal and connection to the crowd

Spectator Viewing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Disney has limited space in the venue to 200 spectators per team performance, but we do not anticipate teams to come close to this capacity.
    • For example, a team of 25 could bring 8 spectators per athlete. This is much higher than the average number of spectators per athlete
    • Disney is NOT limiting the WWOS Complex capacity, just the number of individuals allowed into the venues for each team.
  • If you purchase the Hotel Travel Package or the discounted Disney Park Hopper Tickets, during registration you will select the teams you are associated with and automatically be counted in the 200-spectator count.
  • Any remaining tickets – up to 200 spectators – will be sold as ESPN Wide World of Sports single day tickets.
  • Single day tickets will go on sale 1-2 weeks prior to the championship.
    • Tickets for day two (or day three) of the competition will go on sale during day one of the competition so you are able to purchase tickets for the next day if/when your team advances to the next round of the competition.
  • Again, we do NOT foresee the spectator capacity limit being an issue for parents to enter, but if for any reason there are more than 200 spectators for a team performance, it will be up to the coach with help from their Safety Champion to prioritize parents and immediate family members first.

Walt Disney World Park Reservations

To help manage park capacity, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced the Disney Park Pass service, a new Theme Park reservation system. In order to make your Theme Park reservations, you will need a My Disney Experiences account and valid Theme Park admission linked to it.  Once you are paid in full, approximately 7-10 business days later, Varsity Spirit will send you a ticket confirmation order number. Then, simply create a My Disney Experience account and select the dates and Theme Parks you wish to visit. To enter a Theme Park, both a reservation and valid admission for the same Park on the same date are required. Please note that reservations are limited in capacity, subject to availability and are not guaranteed until confirmed. If the first park you would like to attend reaches capacity, you can make a reservation for another park and then “hop” to your top choice after 2PM that day.

Park Reservation How-To Resources: 

Please note: There is a 25 person/ticket maximum on managing/linking per unique My Disney Experience account. And in the PDFs above, MDX is an abbreviation for My Disney Experience.

2021 Registration Information

Terms & Conditions / Required Forms

Team Forms must be completed and scanned/emailed to Jadyn Ballard jballard@varsity.com no later than 3 weeks prior to the event. Spectator forms must be turned in at registration in Orlando. Coaches, please send all completed forms in together when you have collected one from all attending athletes and coaches.  We cannot accept forms individually from parents.

*** Do not send dropbox, google docs, etc.  Team Forms must be emailed in a PDF or brought to Orlando.***

Team Forms (Coaches only) 

ESPN Only Tickets

The option to purchase Discounted Park Tickets is now closed. Varsity Spirit will not be selling or have access to Disney Park Hopper Passes in Orlando. If you have not already purchased a Disney Park Hopper pass through Varsity Spirit that includes the ESPN Complex and would like to attend the competition, you will need to purchase a single day “ESPN Only” pass.

We will be providing the link to this Disney Store April 16th, 2021, to the contact for each team attending and will also post it here on the website under ESPN Only Tickets. The ESPN box office will not be open on-site during the competition so all tickets must be pre-purchased through this site.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS! 

The Walt Disney World Resort is requiring release waiver forms from anyone attending the event. Everyone listed on your invoice must complete a release waiver. These forms must be completed and turned in at registration in Orlando. Click here to print a copy. 

Make a Change to an Existing Registration

If you have already submitted a registration and need to make changes, you may request a change by signing back into your account and clicking on the “Request a Registration Change” request.

For Teams Only:

  • The Contact Person who originally registered/rostered the team may also make changes to the Roster by clicking on “Request a Roster Change”.
  • Changes are not confirmed until verified by Varsity Spirit.
  • Changes made after March 22, 2021 will result in a $50 change fee per change.

HOW-TO MAKE A CHANGE: 

  • Log into your myVarsity portal, scroll down the page and click on MY COMPETITION REGISTRATIONS
  • Then click the + Button
  • Then click on REGISTRATION DETAILS
  • Scroll down and select either REQUEST RESERVATION CHANGE or REQUEST ATTENDEE LIST CHANGE

Please allow 24-48 hours for confirmation on changes.

Click here to request a change once you’ve read the information above.

Make a Payment

If you already have a registration and would like to make an online payment, click here to sign into your account and then click on “Invoice/Payment” button, then “Make Payments”. Varsity Spirit accepts Visa and MasterCard.

To Mail in a School Check, Purchase Order or Money Orders, please send to the address below.  Varsity Spirit does not accept Booster or Personal checks.

 

College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship

Attn: Nicole Franklin

PO BOX 752790

Memphis, TN 38175-2790

Contact your Registration Specialist

Nicole Franklin

nfranklin@varsity.com

800-238-0286

Photo Gallery