USA Collegiate Championships

February 15-16, 2020

About USA Collegiate Championships

Started in 1997, USA Collegiate Championships brings together community colleges and 4-year institutions from throughout the United States and abroad to compete in a fun-filled weekend of cheer, dance and mascoting. The event is held in Anaheim, CA in collaboration with Spirit Nationals, so that high school teams may experience what the college teams bring to the competition floor. Nearly 1,000 collegiate athletes compete in nearly 15 divisions.

2019 Championship Information

REGISTRATION & ADMISSION

EVENT SCHEDULE

Collegiate Championships Schedule (Click to view)

Collegiate Championships Finals Schedule (Click to view)

COMPETITION REGISTRATION

  • All teams must register at the Anaheim Convention Center North Hall Level 200 (2nd Floor) area at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled practice time in North Hall Level 200 (2nd Floor Ballroom B) at the Anaheim Convention Center.  At the registration table you will pick up an updated practice schedule, performance schedule and other competition information.
Saturday (2/23) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Open at 12:00pm – 8:30pm
  • ACC North Hall Level 200 lobby – 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
  • Please note that although registration opens early, prelims competition for college teams begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Arena for all Saturday performances.

OPEN WARM-UP

  • Open warm-up will be available starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday (2/23)
  • Open warm-up will be available starting at 10:00 a.m Sunday (2/24)
  • All those entering the “open warm-up space” for any type of warm-up must have registered to receive their proper wristband/shoe tag.

 

  • All performers will receive a shoe tag/wristband as admission to the competition. This should be worn on the shoe or wrist and the performer must be in uniform/sweats for admission.  This shoe tag/wristband will be used for admission to the warm-up/practice area as well as to the main performance area.
  • Music guidelines are being followed at all USA and Varsity Brands events. Competition music must be properly licensed and a team must provide proof of licensing at team registration. If a team cannot provide proof of licensing immediately upon request, the team may be disqualified from the event. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music

VENUE MAPS

Click HERE for the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) Arena Map

Click HERE for the ACC North Hall Level 200 (Warm-up area) Map

ADMISSIONS

  • CASH ONLY IS ACCEPTED
  • The box office at the Main Arena (for both days of competition) will open 6:30 a.m. (tickets for either day’s competition may be purchased at this location). Admission cost is $20.00 adults/$8.00 children (5-11 years) per day or $35.00 adult/$12.00 children (5-11 years) wristband for both days of competition. Children younger than 5 will be admitted free.  No spectator will be admitted without a ticket/wristband.  Wristbands must be worn at all times and are non-transferable.

Please note that College one-day prelims or finals spectator tickets, as well as 2-day wristbands to the Collegiate Championships are valid only for that event in the Main Arena on Saturday or Sunday with doors opening approximately 1 hour prior to competition time.   College one-day spectator tickets or two-day wristbands will not permit a person into Spirit Finals/Prelims on Saturday during the day in any venue.

 

Even though the box office opens at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday/Sunday (Arena), spectators purchasing tickets/wristbands for entrance to the Collegiate Championships only will not be permitted into the Main Arena until approximately 60 minutes (1 hour) prior to prelims competition.

Should you purchase a one-day ticket to either day’s competition and wish to leave and re-enter the venue, you must obtain a hand-stamp and show your dated ticket for re-entry.

  •  All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served.  Saving seats is not permitted.
  • The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.

WARM-UP & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

EVENT SCHEDULE

Collegiate Championships Schedule (Click to view)

Collegiate Championships Finals Schedule  (Click to view)

OPEN PRACTICE AREA

Cheer, Mascot and Dance Teams
  • Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – North Hall Level 200 (Ballroom A)
  • Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – North Hall Level 200 (Ballroom A)

SCHEDULED PRACTICE MAT/FLOOR SPACE

  • There will be scheduled practice times for all cheer competitors on carpet bonded foam mats and all dance competitors on convention center carpeting located in the North Hall Level 200 (Ballroom B) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

 

A sound system will be provided only at each official practice mat and/or floor space.  Strict adherence to timing will be maintained.  Failure to show-up at your designated time will result in forfeiture of your mat/floor time.  No swaps (even within the same team) will be permitted.

A safety judge will be available at the scheduled warm-up/practice mats and/or floor to review routines of any safety violations.  You are encouraged to perform all stunts and tumbling at that time. A review in the practice/warm-up area does not preclude a team from receiving a penalty during the team’s actual performance.    The ruling of the safety judge is final.  Remember that points will be deducted from the final team average of each occurrence of an illegal procedure performed during competition.

 

  • All teams are required to report to the warm-up/practice area “Check-In” table according to your check-in time on the assigned warm-up/practice schedule (available “on-line” after 5:00 p.m. PST the Wednesday prior to competition). This check-in time is in addition to your checking-in at the main registration table to receive performer shoe tags/wristbands and updated competition information.
  • Additional areas for practicing around the Anaheim Convention Center are extremely limited given other shows in house. The United Spirit Association will not make practice facilities available other than those listed above.  There will be no access to the Anaheim Convention Center or its facilities at any time on Friday, February 22nd or Saturday morning, February 23rdUse of the facilities is not permitted other than during scheduled competition/warm-up times.  Please note that the USA Spirit Nationals takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Warm-up space will be reserved for our high school spirit competitors only during the times of the Spirit Nationals event.
  • For safety reasons, spectators will not be permitted in the warm-up/practice facility area at any time. Only team members/coaches/advisors with appropriately colored shoe tags/wristbands will be permitted in this area.
  • We encourage teams to come ready to perform, as there is limited space available for changing.

Performance Information – Prelims & Finals – Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) Arena

  • All prelims and finals performances will take place in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. The “getting ready” area will be center stage for all teams.  Teams will exit upstage left after their performance.
  • The “on deck” area will be immediately prior to taking the stage.
  • A 60’ x 60’ dance floor will be placed in the Arena. Dance teams will perform on a Marley floor, measuring 42’ x 42’ and  placed on this surface. For cheer teams and mascots, mats (9 strips) measuring 54’(wide) x 42’(depth) will be in place over the dance floor.  You are not limited to the mat, but all stunts and tumbling for cheerleaders must be completed on the mat.  A penalty will be assessed for each infraction of this rule.

MUSIC

  • All teams must provide their own MP3 device or smart phone for use on the event provided sound system. Music must be recorded at the correct tempo. Although it is not recommended due to interference that may be caused during a routine, a smart phone may be used for playing music. No cover may be on any MP3 player or smart phone so that a patch cord may be easily inserted into the device.  Please ensure that jacks are clean and free of any debris which may impact connectivity.  You must ensure that your device has a jack into which a patch cord may be inserted.  Note that you may need to acquire an adapter in advance if your player does not have a head phone jack. One or several selections of music may be used as long as they follow the music licensing rules. Ability to play routine from a CD will not be available.
  • Please keep your routine music in your possession until you are called to enter the starting area. You will hand carry your music to the sound table.
  • Advisors/Coaches/Directors are asked to remain at the sound station while their squad performs and to take their music with them at the conclusion of the performance. Representatives will be asked to press “play” and “stop” for their routines.
  • There will be no music checks permitted on the main sound system.
  • Music guidelines are being followed at all USA and Varsity Brands events. Competition music must be properly licensed and a team must be able to provide proof of licensing (upon request) at any event where the music is used. If a team cannot provide proof of licensing immediately upon request, the team may be disqualified from the event. For further details visitwww.varsity.com/music

 

  • All teams will advance from Saturday “prelims” to Sunday “finals.” — The order for “finals” performance will be the same as that of “prelims.”

SCORESHEETS

  • Following awards, scoresheets will be available approximately 15-20 minutes following the end of the announcements. These will be available at the USA Event Information Booth (Ground Lobby of North Hall)

PARKING & GENERAL INFORMATION

EVENT SCHEDULE

USA Collegiate Championships Schedule (Click to view)

EVENT LOCATION

Anaheim Convention Center – Main Arena
800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Click HERE to view area map

PARKING

Click HERE to view the parking map

  • Please allow an additional 20 to 40 minutes for traffic and parking. Parking will be impacted over the weekend and cars may be directed to off-site lots.  If you are directed to the Toy Story parking lot, please inform the cast member at the entrance to the lot that you are attending the competition at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Anaheim Convention Center

CARS: Enter the Convention Center parking area from Katella, or as directed by signage posted by the Convention Center.

The parking fee at the Convention Center is $16.00 (subject to change) and is good for one entry ONLY. It is not valid for in/out parking. The parking receipt must be visible on the vehicle dashboard. The parking ticket is not transferable.

BUSES: Buses will enter from the back of the Convention Center, off of West Street.  Parking personnel will direct you to the drop off area and appropriate exit or parking area.  Parking fees for buses is $30.00 and is good for one entry ONLY.  Overnight parking of vehicles is prohibited.

Parking fees are subject to change. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Squads and spectators are encouraged to leave large bags, valuables, etc. in locked buses or vehicles.  The United Spirit Association or the Anaheim Convention Center cannot and will not be held liable for lost or stolen items.

 

  • Outside food will not be permitted inside the exhibit halls and/or Main Arena areas. There will be concessions available throughout the competition.  Noise-makers (i.e. drums, air horns, or other amplified sound will not be permitted inside the exhibit hall or main arena areas).

 

SECURITY

Due to heightened security concerns, all bags are subject to search upon entry into any Anaheim Convention Center venue.  Bags must not be left unattended at any time.  Teams must be in possession of all personal items at all times during the competition (except while performing).  The United Spirit Association will not be responsible for any items that are left unattended by a representative of your organization at any time (including during your performance).  Unattended bags are subject to immediate removal by security.
Team signs may be brought to the competition, but may not be taped on any painted surfaces.  Air horns and/or other excessive noisemakers are not permitted in the convention center.

Throwing of any type of item onto the performance floor and/or the use of laser-type devices in any venue is grounds for immediate removal from the competition and individuals will be subject to prosecution.

Personal video cameras will be permitted, but we ask that you please film only your own team.  Any individual who does not adhere to this request may be asked to leave the venue.  Camera tripods will not be permitted at any time during the competition.  Unauthorized videotaping of any team is subject to immediate removal from the competition venue.

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras is prohibited.

Merchandise, including souvenir T-shirts and sweatshirts, will be available for purchase throughout the competition.

Team photography and “action” photos will be provided by Universal Event Photography.

  • There will be first aid staff available at the competition. Athletic taping will not be provided by the USA first aid staff for athletes.  If an athlete must be taped prior to performance, (s)he must provide the personnel to do this.  Should you need medical assistance, please contact a USA or Anaheim Convention Center staff member.
  • Team signs may be brought to the competition, but may not be taped to any surfaces.
  • Any concerns regarding your team’s performance must be addressed to the competition director by one representative of your team, prior to or immediately following your team’s performance.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY POLICY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Official team photos will be taken by Universal Event Photography prior to each team’s “scheduled practice time.”  Please see your “Team Practice Schedule” for your photo time.  Scheduled photos will not be taken for Mascot teams.  These participants may request photo times if they wish.
Click here UEP Photo Pricing

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras and/or tripods is prohibited.

VIDEO

Videos of competition performances will not be available for purchase.  Individuals are permitted to video the routine from their own team.  Video- taping of multiple teams in a division is not permitted.

Personal video cameras will be permitted, but we ask that you please film only your own team.  Any individual who does not adhere to this request may be asked to leave the venue.  Camera tripods will not be permitted at any time during the competition.  Unauthorized videotaping of any team is subject to immediate removal from the competition venue.

COLLEGIATE EXPO

  • The Collegiate Expo is being held on Saturday (2/23) in the ACC North Hall Level 100 (downstairs) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Over 20 college cheer & dance teams are in attendance to inform high school athletes about their programs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“I want to watch both the Spirit Nationals Finals and the Collegiate Championships Prelims on Saturday.  How do I do that?

The USA Spirit Nationals Finals will take place in the Arena on Saturday from morning until early afternoon.  You may purchase a one-day ticket Saturday to the USA Spirit Nationals and this will allow you to view competition all day on Saturday in the Arena or North Hall Level 100.

If you wish to view the college prelims only, you may purchase a Collegiate Championships ticket, but access to the venue will not be permitted before 1 hour prior to the college prelims competition start time.

“My team would like to go to the Disneyland® Resort.  How can I purchase tickets through USA?”

 Disneyland® Resort 4-Day Park Hopper Passes ($273.00), 3-Day Park Hopper Passes ($254.00), 2-Day Park Hopper Passes ($220.00) and 1-Day Park Hopper Passes ($165.00) will be available for purchase at the Convention Center Main Arena box office on Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

Box Office Hours for Admission Tickets:

Saturday – 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Arena Box Office)

Sunday –   6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Arena Box Office)

“How many teams will advance to ‘finals’?”

All teams will advance from Saturday “prelims” to Sunday “finals.”  The order for finals performance will be the same in “finals” as it was in “prelims”.  The venues will be the Anaheim Convention Center Main Arena.

“What is the rough schedule for finals?” 

The cheer divisions will begin on Sunday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. and the dance divisions will follow.  The competition will conclude with awards for all divisions at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.  The order of performance is the same as “prelims” for all divisions.  These times are subject to change.

“How is judging done?”

30% of a team’s score from prelims and 70% of a team’s score from finals will be added together to determine each division Champion.

“What type of awards will be handed out?”

Approximately 50% of the teams in a division will receive a trophy, although all placements will be announced.  The first place team in each division will receive a Champion banner and a USA Collegiate Championships backpack for each performer.  In addition, each performer on a 1st-3rd place team will receive a medallion.

When is official practice warm-up time?”

Official practice/warm-up time for all teams will be in North Hall Level 200 (Ballroom B) of the Anaheim Convention Center.  See the attached schedule for your warm-up report time.   

  • As a reminder, parents/family/friends are not permitted in the practice/warm-up area.

“Is there open practice time available?”

Limited “open” practice/warm-up mats and the convention center floor will be available during the following times:

Cheer, Mascot and Dance Teams
  • Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – North Hall 200 Level (Ballroom A)
  • Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – North Hall 200 Level (Ballroom A)

You must have registered and received your wristbands/shoe tags in order to enter the warm-up facilities.

“How will penalties be assessed?”

If your team is to be assessed any type of penalty for your performance as a result of a safety violation, then a representative from your team will be notified of this prior to awards.  At that time you have the opportunity to question the penalty.  A video recording of the routine (provided by the USA) may be used to help make a final decision.  The decision of the safety judges will be final.

“How do I address a concern regarding another team’s eligibility?”

If you have a concern about the eligibility of an individual for another team, this must be stated in writing from the coach/advisor and given to a competition director.  At that point the director will review the documents provided by the team being questioned, as well as the documents provided by the team who initiated the investigation.  Any team found to have an ineligible team member is subject to disqualification from the competition.

RESULTS

Click HERE for the 2019 USA Collegiate Championship Results