USA Spirit Nationals

February 22-24, 2019

About USA Spirit Nationals

USA Spirit Nationals began in 1986, bringing together competitors from the cheerleading, song/pom, mascot and pep flag activities. The event takes place in Anaheim, CA and draws teams from throughout the western United States, and farther. Over 7,500 competitors and nearly 15,000 spectators are expected over this fun-filled and exciting weekend, vying for the Champion title in one over 50 different divisions. This competition is unique for the variety of teams it brings together, unifying all types of spirit teams under one roof.

2019 Spirit Nationals Information

VENUE MAPS & SCHEDULES

VENUE MAPS

ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER (ACC) ARENA (CLICK TO VIEW MAP)
ACC NORTH HALL LEVEL 100 MAP (CLICK TO VIEW MAP)
ACC NORTH HALL LEVEL 200 MAP (CLICK TO VIEW MAP)

SCHEDULES

Friday, February 22nd

Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) Arena
ACC North Hall Level 100
ACC North Hall Level 200
  • Warm-up facility

 

Saturday, February 23rd

Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) Arena — FINALS

ACC North Hall Level 100

ACC North Hall Level 200
  • Warm-up facility

 

Sunday, February 24th

Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) Arena — FINALS
ACC North Hall Level 200
  • Warm-up facility

 

GENERAL SCHEDULES

  • Read the performance schedule from left to right for performance times and from top to bottom to see who is in the division. When one team is on the floor, the next two teams must be ready to perform.
  • Starting times are approximate. If there are cancellations, then a pause in the competition schedule will take place.  Be ready to perform up to 20 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time.
  • A penalty will be assessed to any squad/individual performing out of scheduled order unless waived by competition officials. If you perform in the incorrect division, you will be disqualified.
  • The order for Saturday and Sunday Finals performance will be in reverse order of how teams place during Prelims. The order of performance for Group Stunt Finals will be the same as the order of performance for preliminary competition, alternating from division A and division B.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

For Group Stunt divisions which advance to finals, approximately 25% of the total performances in a division will advance to compete again on Friday.  For “Non-Tumbling (Novice)”, “Novice” and “Intermediate” divisions approximately 35% of the total performances in a division will advance to Finals.  For all “Advanced” and “Non-Tumbling (Advanced)” teams, Mascot, Jazz (Song/Pom) and Pep Flag divisions, approximately 45% of a division will advance to finals.  All divisions will advance to Finals regardless of their size. This information is subject to change at the discretion of competition officials.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday ACC Arena Schedule (Click to view)

Friday North Hall Level 100 Schedule (Click to view)

Saturday North Hall Level 100 Schedule (Click to view)

Friday, February 22nd  

8:30 AM – 11:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center – Arena
  • Prelims for select Cheerleading team divisions (see performance schedule)

Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.

 

8:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall Level 100
  • Group Stunts (Prelims and Finals) and Prelims for select Cheerleading team divisions (see performance schedule)

Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.

 

Saturday, February 23rd

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center – Arena
  • Finals for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Cheerleading, Non-Tumbling Cheerleading and Crowdleader
    Teams divisions.  Detailed breakdown of divisions available the Wednesday prior to the event.
  • Saturday Spirit Finals Outline (Click to View)
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM – Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall Level 100
  • Prelims for Song/Pom, Jazz (Song/Pom), Pep Flag and Mascot divisions

Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center — North Hall Level 100
  • Visit the COLLEGIATE EXPO! Over 20 college cheer & dance programs will be in attendance. High School athletes can stop by and learn about opportunities to cheer or dance on a college team!

 

Sunday, February 24th
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center – Arena

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change.  The divisions taken to Finals are subject to change pending the final number of performances in Prelims.

NOTE!!! – All Crowdleader™ Teams will advance to Saturday Finals. 

 

REGISTRATION & ADMISSION

COMPETITION REGISTRATION

Thursday (2/21) at the Anaheim Convention Center 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • ACC North Hall Level 200 lobby – 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
Friday (2/22) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Open at 6:00am
  • ACC North Hall Level 200 lobby – 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
Saturday (2/23) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Open at 6:00am
  • ACC North Hall Level 200 lobby – 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

 

  • At registration you will receive your team packet which includes participant and coach wristbands, Disneyland Tickets and spectator wristbands purchased as part of the team registration, and updated event information.  Only one person may pick up the registration packet and that person will sign a form that they have received the entire registration packet.
  • Competition registration in the North Hall Level 200 lobby area at the Anaheim Convention Center will open on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at 6:00 AM for registration.
  • Only one person may pick up the USA registration packet and that person must sign for the packet.
  • 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 visitwww.varsity.com/music

 

ADMISSION

  • All performers and prepaid guests receive their entrance pass/wristbands to the Convention Center at registration check-in. This will admit them to the Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Pre-purchased Disneyland tickets and spectator wristbands not purchased as part of the team’s registration packet will be available for pick up at the Convention Center Box Office.
  • General admission tickets may be purchased at the Convention Center Main Arena box office. Spectators may purchase a combined weekend wristband for $50.00 adults/$20.00 children (5-11 yrs.) which will admit you to all competition events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  One-day tickets may be purchased for $25.00 adults/$10.00 children (5-11 years).  All spectators must enter through the main Arena doors (east side nearest water fountain) to view the spiritleading teams competition in the Arena at the Convention Center and through the lower ballroom doors to view competition in North Hall Level 100.  Spectators will not be permitted in the “official/scheduled” or “open” Warm-Up/Practice areas at any time. 
  • Admission tickets/wristbands will be required in all competition venues.
  • Please obtain a handstamp should you wish to exit the venue and re-enter at a later time. A valid ticket and handstamp or a wristband are required for re-entry.
  • CASH ONLY IS ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION TICKETS
  • All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served.
  • 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.
  • Wrist/ankle bands/shoe tags for performers must be worn at all times. Admission will not be allowed without a wristband/shoe tag and/or a hand stamp/ticket.
  • The Arena box office will be open on Thursday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM to pre-sell general admission and Disneyland® Resort tickets.
  • Ticket windows for spectators will open at 6:30 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Doors for spectators will open approximately 45 minutes prior to the first scheduled performance in each venue.
  • The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.

PERFORMANCE AREAS, SOUND, JUDGING & AWARDS

PERFORMANCE AREAS

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Anaheim Convention Center, Arena

A 60’ x 60’ dance floor will be placed in the Arena.  Song/pom, mascot and pep flag teams will perform on a Marley floor, measuring 42’ x 42’ and placed on this surface. For cheer teams, 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.

 

Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall Level 100

A raised stage, measuring approximately 70’ (wide) x 60’ (deep), will be placed in North Hall Level 100. On top of this stage will be placed a Marley floor measuring 42’ x 42’.   Teams do not have to stay within the Marley during their performance.  For cheer teams, mats (9 strips) measuring 54’ (wide) x 42’ (deep) will be in place on the stage.  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.

DRESSING ROOMS

There are limited dressing rooms designated for participants in the Open Warm-Up space in North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom A). Numerous restrooms are located throughout the Convention Center, however, please refrain from changing in these locations. Neither the Anaheim Convention Center nor USA Nationals will be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

SOUND

  • 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

JUDGING

Prelims scores will carry over to Finals (for all divisions excluding Group Stunts), with 30% of the score from Prelims and 70% of the score from Finals being added together to obtain the final placement in a division.  Again, for Prelims and Finals divisions, the judges’ scores will be averaged and any deductions/penalties will be subtracted from that score.

 

The order for Finals performance will be in reverse order of how teams place during Prelims. (i.e. the 1st place team going out of Prelims will perform last in Finals).  This excludes Group Stunts.  Finalists for Group Stunts will perform in the same order as they performed for Prelims. The USA reserves the right to adjust the Finals performance order to accommodate teams from the same school on the performance schedule.

 

SCORE SHEETS AND RECAPS

At the conclusion of the competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all teams will receive their score sheets for review.  These will be available at the USA Information Booth (North Hall Ground Level Lobby), following the announcement of finalists/awards for that division and will be available for no longer than ½ hour after the conclusion of the final awards ceremony for that day.  Score sheets will be given only to the person designated to receive them and that person must sign for them.  Photo identification must be presented in order to pick up scoresheets. 

AWARDS PRESENTATION

For Group Stunt divisions which advance to finals, approximately 25% of the total performances in a division will advance to compete again on Friday.  For “Non-Tumbling (Novice)”, “Novice” and “Intermediate” divisions approximately 35% of the total performances in a division will advance to Finals.  For all “Advanced” and “Non-Tumbling (Advanced)” teams, Mascot, Jazz (Song/Pom) and Pep Flag divisions, approximately 45% of a division will advance to finals.  All divisions will advance to Finals regardless of their size. This information is subject to change at the discretion of competition officials.

NOTE – All Crowdleader™ Teams will advance to Finals on Saturday afternoon.

OPEN PRACTICE INFORMATION

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Open practice areas will be available during the following times:
Friday, February 22nd  

Cheer (carpet bonded foam mats and convention center carpeted floor)

Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom A)

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Song/Pom, Jazz, Cheer, Pep/Short Flag and Mascot

(carpet bonded foam mats and convention center carpeted floor)

Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom A)

2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 23rd

Cheer (carpet bonded foam mats and convention center carpeted floor)

Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom A)

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Song/Pom, Jazz, Cheer, Pep/Short Flag and Mascot (carpet bonded foam mats and convention center carpeted floor)

Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom A)

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, March 26th  

Song/Pom, Jazz, Pep/Short Flag and Mascot (convention center floor carpeted floor)

Anaheim Convention Center – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom A)

7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Note that the above times are for “Open” practice only.  End times will be strictly enforced.

Please be courteous and make sure to split time so all participants may have the opportunity to use any “open” areas.  If a team is waiting to use a floor, then the team on the floor is limited to no more than 10 minutes of time on the mats.

  • There will be no practicing on the performance floors in any venue.
  • Note that all official warm-up will take place in North Hall Level 200 (2nd Floor Ballroom B) for those competing in the Main Arena and North Hall Level 100 (Lower Floor) for those competing in North Hall Level 100
  • All songleading/pom and pep/short flag squads will receive a scheduled practice time with safety judges in North Hall Level 100 (Lower Floor Ballroom B) at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday (Finalists). This will be scheduled according to your performance time. Each team will be allowed 9 minutes in the area, approximately 20 – 30 minutes prior to performing. You will receive a “Team Practice Schedule” at registration or check on-line as of Wednesday, February 20th after 5:00 p.m. (PST).
  • All cheerleading squads will receive a scheduled practice time with legality officials in North Hall Level 200 (2nd Floor Ballroom B) for those competing in the Main Arena and in North Hall Level 100 (Lower Floor Ballroom B) for those competing in North Hall Level 100 on Friday and Saturday (Prelims/Finalists). This will be scheduled according to your performance time. Each team will be allowed 9 minutes in the area, approximately 20 – 30 minutes prior to performing. You will receive a “Team Practice Schedule” at registration or check on-line as of Wednesday, February 20th after 5:00 p.m. (PST).
  • Mascots may warm-up in North Hall Level 100 (Lower Floor Ballroom B), but will not be provided with official warm-up time.
  • Group Stunts may warm-up in North Hall Level 100 (Lower Floor Ballroom B), but will not be provided with official warm-up time. A full warm-up floor will be available for teams to share for warm-up in the official warm-up area 20 minutes prior to each team’s performance.  For Group Stunt, please do not enter the official warm-up area before 20 minutes prior to your scheduled Group Stunt performance time.
  • Legality Officials in the “Official/Scheduled” practice area provided as a courtesy to the teams. There is no guarantee that they will find any/all illegal skills in a routine and their presence does not preclude a team from receiving a penalty during their official performance in front of the panel judges.
  • There will be no general public spectators permitted in the “open” or “official/scheduled” scheduled practice area at any time. Only teams who are officially warming up and their advisor/coach(es) will be permitted in this area.  Special wristbands are required for admission to this area.
  • The official warm-up mats for cheerleading teams (Friday/Saturday) for official warm-up time will measure 54’ x 42’. This is the last opportunity to show penalty judges stunts/tumbling for possible infractions.
  • Immediately following your “official” warm-up time, you will be directed to the backstage “Getting Ready” area for the appropriate venue in which you will perform.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, VARSITY TV LIVE STREAM, VIDEOGRAPHY POLICY & MORE

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 Group Stunt or Mascot teams.  These participants may request photo times if they wish.

UEP Photo Pricing

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

 

LIVESTREAM

 

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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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, 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 and/or tripods is prohibited.

FOOD

Concession stands will be open at the Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Outside food and drink are not permitted in the Convention Center.   

SOUVENIRS

A complete line of exclusive USA Nationals souvenirs will be on sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center.  Major credit cards are accepted.

MEDICAL CARE

A FIRST AID station is located in the Convention Center and will be staffed throughout the weekend with a registered nurse.  First aid staff will also be on duty during the competition at all venues.

Should you need medical assistance, please contact a USA or Anaheim Convention Center staff member.

LOST AND FOUND

Located at the Arena Box Office.

PARKING

ACC PARKING MAP

Please allow an additional 30 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.

The parking fee at the Convention Center is $16.00 and is good for one entry ONLY. This fee is subject to change. 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. 

THE USA SPIRIT NATIONALS COMPETITION WILL FOLLOW ALL DIVISION GUIDELINES AND RULES AS STATED IN THIS INFORMATIONAL PACKET, THE USA SPIRIT NATIONALS SUPPLEMENTAL PACKET AND THE USA 2018-19 COMPETITION BROCHURE.

RESULTS

 Coming Soon…