February 16, 2020
Since 1990, this unique event has celebrated the spirit of youth and junior teams in both cheer and song/pom. The event takes place in Anaheim, CA, drawing nearly 2,000 competitors and 3,000 spectators, as teams compete in one over 30 different divisions. With an emphasis on school-based and youth/recreation league teams from elementary to high school-age, USA Jr. Nationals is a fantastic way to recognize younger teams for what they bring to the competition floor.
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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 and/or the use of tripods is prohibited.
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 $18.00 (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.
The box office at the Main Arena will open 6:45 a.m. Admission cost is:
Please note that your ticket will allow you entrance to view competition in the Junior Nationals venue (North Hall Level 100), as well as Spirit Nationals and Collegiate Championship Finals in the Arena. Please obtain a handstamp should you wish to exit the venue and re-enter at a later time. A valid ticket and handstamp are required for re-entry.
The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.
All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served. Saving seats is not permitted.
Disneyland® Resort 4-Day Park Hopper Passes ($338.00), 3-Day Park Hopper Passes ($296.00), 2-Day Park Hopper Passes ($234.00) and 1-Day Park Hopper Passes ($180.00) will be available for purchase at the Convention Center Main Arena box office on Thursday (10am-4pm), Friday (7:00 am), Saturday (7:00 am) and Sunday (7:00 am) while supplies last.
Two (2) coaches wristbands per team will be distributed as part of your team registration packet. These will allow coaches access to the “open warm-up”, “assigned warm-up” and “performance backstage” areas.
Open warm-up” space will not be available until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. All those entering the “open warm-up space” for any type of warm-up must have registered to receive their proper shoe tag/wristband. Open warm-up is located on North Hall Level 200 (2nd Floor – Ballroom A). Open warm-up will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – North Hall Level 200 (Upper Level)
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 Legality Official 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. For song/pom teams, a Legality Official will be on call to review skills if requested. 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 Legality Official is final. Remember that points will be deducted from the final team average of each occurrence of an illegal procedure performed during competition.
Awards will take place immediately following the conclusion of the last team in your section of performances. Teams will be called to the stage for awards. Each team will be recognized with participation ribbons prior to trophies being handed out for each division.
School-based and affiliated song divisions with 10 or more teams after initial registration will be split by size according to the 2019/20 age grid and the resulting divisions will have preliminaries and finals with both performances on the same day. There must be at least 3 teams in each division once a split occurs to keep the divisions separated by size. Teams must compete in both performances to be eligible for awards. Approximately 25% of the teams (with a minimum of 3) will advance to Finals.
Affiliated cheer team divisions will be split into small and large after the initial registration provided there are at least 2 teams left for each division. Affiliated cheer team divisions will advance to finals if there are 10 or more teams after the initial registration.
In some divisions trophies will be awarded for placements in addition to Finalists being announced. Finals will take place later that day at the time designated on the performance schedule. The order of performance will be the same as the team’s performance in preliminary competition in relation to the other finalists. Final placement of the teams will be determined by 30% of the team’s prelims score and 70% of the team’s finals score.
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