2021 USA Virtual Spirit Nationals

View our Virtual Event Timeline Below!

About USA Spirit Nationals – Celebrating 36 Years in 2021!

USA Spirit Nationals began in 1986, bringing together competitors from the cheerleading, song/pom, mascot and pep flag activities. This year, USA Spirit Nationals is going VIRTUAL allowing teams to compete from anywhere! Click the link below to learn more about this year’s event – and mark your calendars so you don’t miss the March 31st registration deadline

2021 USA Nationals Results

2021 USA Nationals Results

2021 Spirit Nationals Information




  • All Spirit divisions will be offered. Please note, depending on the size of the virtual competition, divisions will be split according to the age grid criteria.
  • Visit usa.varsity.com to view our 2020-2021 division grids.


  • All teams can attend USA Spirit Nationals live/in-person or virtual. Registration is OPEN!  Teams do not need to pre-qualify in order to compete. This adjustment is in place for this season only.


  • All Virtual Spirit Nationals divisions will have the opportunity to advance to Virtual Finals.
  • Detailed video upload guidelines, filming instructions and more information available online.
  • For ALL Novice (including Pep Flag Novice) and Intermediate divisions, 35% of the division will advance to finals with a minimum of two (2) teams advancing.  For ALL Advanced divisions, Pep Flag 1 Flag and Pep Flag 2 Flag divisions, and the Mascot division, 45% of the division will advance to finals with a minimum of two (2) teams advancing. For Crowdleader™ Teams division, 50% of the teams will advance to finals.  If a Group Stunt category has 20 or more entries for preliminaries, then finals will take place with 25% of that division advancing.
  • Game Day divisions (excluding Crowdleader™ Teams) compete once only – no prelims/finals.


  • All virtual participants will receive a USA Nationals Drawstring Backpack
  • National Virtual Champions (including Crowdleader™ Teams) will receive a championship banner and 1st place medallions
  • National Virtual Game Day Champions (excluding Crowdleader™ Teams) will receive a championship banner
  • 50% of Team Divisions will receive placement plaques


  • Price per competitor  —  $99/per individual (up to 2 routines if Crowdleader™ Teams is one of the performances)
  • Group Stunt – $125/per performance
  • Song/Jazz — $200/per performance
  • Game Day Divisions — $200/per performance (not including Crowdleader™ Teams)


March 31st

  • Virtual Event Registration Deadline Register early to receive keyword and start planning for your virtual performance.
  • Keyword sent upon event registration so you can film at any time before the upload deadline.

April 9th

  • Virtual Event Registration Fees Due

April 12th

  • Prelims Performance Video uploads due by 5:00 p.m. (PST)
    • Spirit Divisions
    • ONLY – Game Day – Crowdleader™ Teams (All In One)

April 17th

  • Performance Videos Go Live on VarsityTV
    • Any Divisions Advancing to Finals

April 19th

  • Finalists Announced
  • Prelims Scoresheets Sent to Customers
  • Performance Video uploads due by 5:00 p.m. (PST)
    • Game Day Divisions excluding Crowdleader™ Teams (All In One)

April 26th

  • Final Performance Video uploads due by 5:00 p.m. (PST)
  • All teams will receive a keyword for prelims and a keyword for finals upon registration.
  • Performances can be recorded any time prior to finals upload date.
  • We highly recommend you film both performances now if you are in a division that will have Finals, in the event your team advances as a result of Prelims. Later, you can either re-film your Finals performance based on judges’ feedback or submit the Finals performance you have already filmed.

May 1st

  • Finals and Game Day Performance Videos Go Live on VarsityTV

May 2nd

  • Results Announced Scoresheets Sent to Customers


USA Divisions, Rules & Scoring

Registration is available online by visiting USA Virtual Spirit Nationals Registration

Contact your USA State Director to learn more!




Routines at all USA competitions must follow the NFHS Spirit Rules Book (cheer), 2020-21 USA High School Teams Show Cheer and Group Stunt Division Limitations (cheer), 2020-21 USA Song/Pom and Pep/Short Flag General Safety Rules for School and Rec Teams and the 2020-21 USA High School Teams Song/Pom Division Limitations.

Points will be deducted from the final team average for violations of safety rules and/or time limits.

For specific safety rules for divisions, as well as time restrictions, skill restrictions, and other rules, please refer to the USA website at usa.varsity.com.


Teams may use as many songs in the music portion of their routine as they like. Music rules 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 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 visit varsity.com/music.


We recommend that every team send a video of the stunts and tumbling that are choreographed in the routine that will be performed at Nationals.

It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure a routine is penalty-free. Do not rely on choreographers, or prior rulings from USA, or other Varsity competitions, to be your final determination on legalities. Unfortunately, penalties are not always caught during live Regional/Open/Classic performances. Emailing a video is the best method to avoid these oversights.

It is the policy of the United Spirit Association not to give any final rule interpretations over the phone and/or via e-mail without a video of the stunt(s) or tumbling in question.

All videos must be emailed to the USA office by March 26, 2021.

All videos must include the following:

  1. Name of the School and Division Level in the Subject Line of the email.
  2. Videos should be in either Windows Media Player or Quicktime formats
  3. Clear, close up view of skill(s) in question
  4. Include your name, team name, USA competitive division, e-mail address and phone number in the body of the email.

Cheerleading videos should be emailed to Cheryl Moon at Cmoon@varsity.com

Song/Pom and Pep Flag videos should be emailed to Carina Clendenin at Cclendenin@varsity.com

If any of your skills are of major concern, please communicate that in the email and video that portion of the routine from different angles so we get a complete view.

USA will contact you by April 9, 2021 to inform you of the results of your “safety rules” video review.  If you do not hear from us by April 9, 2021 please call the USA office to ensure that your email was received.

If you make changes in your routine after the video has been approved you may send a second video following the same procedure. These emails will be viewed as first come, first served and all videos may not be able to be addressed before the event.

For specific cheerleading stunt and safety questions that pertain to the 2020-21 NFHS Spirit Rules Book, or to the 2020-21 High School Teams Show Cheer and Group Stunt Division Limitations please call Cheryl Moon at 1-800-886-4872 ext. 2039 or e-mail Cmoon@varsity.com.

For specific song/pom, song/jazz or pep flag/short flag safety questions that only pertain to the USA Song/Pom/Jazz Pep Flag Safety Rules, or to the 2020-21 Song/Pom, Pep Flag Division Limitations please call Carina Clendenin at1-800-886-4872 ext. 2023 or e-mail Cclendenin@varsity.com.


Please visit our Division, Rules & Scoring page to view the 2020-2021 competition information:


Event results, awards videos and more will live on the VarsityTV Event Hub for the event…