Rules & Scoring

USA Spirit Competitions Rules & Scoring

In addition to all rules covered in the “2019-20 USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheerleading Safety Rules” the following restrictions also apply to teams entering a Show Cheer – Non-Tumbling, Show Cheer – Novice, Show Cheer – Intermediate and/or a Group Stunt – Intermediate division. There have been changes from the 2018-19 rules — please read all restrictions carefully. Wishing you all the best and see you soon!

 

Divisions

Click to view the 2019-2020 Spirit Nationals Division Grid

Click to view the 2019-2020 Show Cheer & Group Stunt Division Limitations

Click to view the 2019-2020 Song/Pom/Jazz & Pep Flag Division Limitations

 

Rules

2019-20 General Information (Coming Soon)

USA Cheer/AACCA Rules

Song/Pom/Jazz & Pep Flag Safety Rules

 

Scoring

Want more in depth explanation of the new scoresheets? Click the link below to watch the 30 minute WebEx webinar presented by Jodi Sweet. The link will lead you through downloading the WebEx application so you can view the webinar. It may take a moment to launch, but the info is worth the wait!

New Scoresheet Webinar (Coming Soon)

2019-20 Show Cheer Scoring Ranges

Deduction Scoring Guidelines (Coming Soon)

Questions on Tumbling, Stunt and Safety Rules?

Routines at all USA competitions must follow the 2019-20 USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheer Safety Rules, 2019-20 USA High School Teams Show Cheer and Group Stunt Division Limitations, 2019-20 USA Song/Pom/Pep Flag Safety Rules and/or  the 2019-20 USA Song/Pom Division Limitations.

Submitting a video is the only way to review a routine for potential safety violations.

For all legality, division limitations, or questions regarding specific performance elements, you may email a video that contains the skill in question.

All emailed 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 in question
  4. Do not send the entire routine, only the SKILL(S) in question
  5. Include your name, team name, division level, and phone number in the body of the email

Cheerleading videos can be emailed to Cmoon@varsity.com.

Song/Pom and Pep Flag videos can be emailed to Cclendenin@varsity.com.

Note that submission of a routine and/or its elements does not preclude a team from being assessed a penalty while at a specific USA competition, as performances from the video submission may differ from those executed on the competition floor. Submission of a routine does not guarantee that it can be reviewed.

All rules and division limitations may be downloaded above.

For specific cheerleading stunt and safety questions that pertain to the USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheerleading Safety Rules, or to the 2019-20 High School Teams Show Cheer and Group Stunt Division Limitations please call 1-800-686-5718.

For specific song/pom or pep flag/short flag safety questions that only pertain to the USA Song/Pom/Pep Flag Safety Rules, or to the 2019-20 Song/Pom Division Limitations please call 1-800-886-4872 ext. 2023.

Music

Note 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 a printed copy of proof of licensing during registration at the event they are attending.  This proof will be reviewed at registration. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

USA Dance Competitions Rules & Scoring

USA Dance Varsity Policies & Procedures (School-based)

Divisions

 

Rules

Music

Note 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 a printed copy of proof of licensing during registration at the event they are attending.  This proof will be reviewed at registration. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

Scoring

  • All Male Scoresheet
  • Character Dance Scoresheet
  • Co-Ed Dance Scoresheet
  • Dance/Drill Scoresheet
  • Dance/Pom Scoresheet
  • Dance Scoresheet
  • Hip Hop Scoresheet
  • Jazz Scoresheet
  • Kick Scoresheet
  • Lyrical Scoresheet
  • Military Scoresheet
  • Novelty Scoresheet
  • Prop Scoresheet
  • Solo Scoresheet

For Dance Program related questions, please contact:
Melanie Krieger
Dance Program Director
mkrieger@varsity.com
1-800-886-4USA ext. 2038

To register for USA Dance Competitions or Camps, please contact:
Nicole Cestone
USA State Director
CA NV OR WA
ncestone@varsity.com
949-324-1973

Brooke Hoepfner
USA State Director
AZ CO ID MT NM UT WY
bhoepfner@varsity.com
866.725.2307

USA Jr. High Competitions Rules & Scoring

In addition to all rules covered in the “2019-20 USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheerleading Safety Rules” the following restrictions also apply to teams entering a Show Cheer – Non-Tumbling, Show Cheer – Novice, Show Cheer – Intermediate and/or a Group Stunt – Intermediate division. There have been changes from the 2018-19 rules. Please read all restrictions carefully. Wishing you all the best and see you soon!

USA Youth Varsity Policies & Procedures (Coming soon)

Divisions

Rules

Scoring

Want more in depth explanation of the new scoresheets? Click the link below to watch the 30 minute WebEx webinar presented by Jodi Sweet. The link will lead you through downloading the WebEx application so you can view the webinar. It may take a moment to launch, but the info is worth the wait!

 

Deduction Scoring Guidelines

Questions on Tumbling, Stunt and Safety Rules?

Routines at all USA competitions must follow the 2019-20 & USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheer Safety Rules, 2019-20 USA High School Teams Show Cheer and Group Stunt Division Limitations, 2019-20 USA Song/Pom/Pep Flag Safety Rules and/or  the 2019-20 USA Song/Pom Division Limitations.

Submitting a video is the only way to review a routine for potential safety violations.

For all legality, division limitations, or questions regarding specific performance elements, you may email a video that contains the skill in question.

All emailed 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 in question
  4. Do not send the entire routine, only the SKILL(S) in question
  5. Include your name, team name, division level, and phone number in the body of the email

Cheerleading videos can be emailed to Cmoon@varsity.com.

Song/Pom and Pep Flag videos can be emailed to Cclendenin@varsity.com.

Note that submission of a routine and/or its elements does not preclude a team from being assessed a penalty while at a specific USA competition, as performances from the video submission may differ from those executed on the competition floor. Submission of a routine does not guarantee that it can be reviewed.

All rules and division limitations may be downloaded above.

For specific cheerleading stunt and safety questions that pertain to the USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheerleading Safety Rules, or to the 2019-20 High School Teams Show Cheer and Group Stunt Division Limitations please call 1-800-686-5718.

For specific song/pom or pep flag/short flag safety questions that only pertain to the USA Song/Pom/Pep Flag Safety Rules, or to the 2019-20 Song/Pom Division Limitations please call 1-800-886-4872 ext. 2023.

Music

Note 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 a printed copy of proof of licensing during registration at the event they are attending.  This proof will be reviewed at registration. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

USA Game Day Competitions Rules & Scoring

Rules

Music

Note 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 a printed copy of proof of licensing during registration at the event they are attending.  This proof will be reviewed at registration. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

Scoring

Collegiate Championships Rules & Scoring

Divisions

Click HERE for division information.

Rules

Scoring

Dance Glossary of Terms

Deduction Scoring Guidelines

Questions on Tumbling, Stunt and Safety Rules?

Routines at all USA competitions must follow the 2019-20 USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheer Safety Rules, 2019-20 USA Collegiate Teams Show Cheer Division Limitations, 2019-20 USA Collegiate Dance Rules.

Submitting a video is the only way to review a routine for potential safety violations.

For all legality, division limitations, or questions regarding specific performance elements, you may email a video that contains the skill in question.

All emailed 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 in question
  4. Do not send the entire routine, only the SKILL(S) in question
  5. Include your name, team name, division level, and phone number in the body of the email

Cheerleading videos can be emailed to Cmoon@varsity.com.

Dance videos can be emailed to Cclendenin@varsity.com.

Note that submission of a routine and/or its elements does not preclude a team from being assessed a penalty while at a specific USA competition, as performances from the video submission may differ from those executed on the competition floor. Submission of a routine does not guarantee that it can be reviewed.

All rules and division limitations may be downloaded above.

For specific cheerleading stunt and safety questions that pertain to the USA Cheer/AACCA School Cheerleading Safety Rules, or to the 2019-20 Collegiate Teams Show Cheer Division Limitations please call 1-800-686-5718.

For specific dance safety questions that only pertain to the USA Collegiate Rules, or to the 2019-20 Dance Division Limitations please call 1-800-886-4872 ext. 2023.

Music

Note 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 a printed copy of proof of licensing during registration at the event they are attending.  This proof will be reviewed at registration. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

Collegiate Expo
Join us the USA at this annual fan-favorite event on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Thousands of high school aged athletes can attend the 2020 USA Collegiate Expo for FREE as part of their registration/entry fee for Spirit Nationals. The expo is held before the college cheer and dance divisions begin to give colleges and universities great face time with potential future students athletes! Teams registered for the 2019 USA Collegiate Championships can set-up a booth at the expo for free – an added benefit to choosing the USA!