February 22-24, 2019
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.
Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) Arena — FINALS
ACC North Hall Level 100
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.
Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE – All Crowdleader™ Teams will advance to Finals on Saturday afternoon.
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)
2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
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)
Song/Pom, Jazz, Pep/Short Flag and Mascot (convention center floor carpeted floor)
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.
The use of telephoto lenses on cameras and/or tripods is prohibited.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located at the Arena Box Office.
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.
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Varsity Spirit Corporate
6745 Lenox Center Court, Suite 300 Memphis, TN 38115
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