Varsity Spirit Canada

Health & Safety Update

2020 Varsity Spirit Canada Competitions & Events (Updated 1.8.21)

At Varsity Spirit, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends is our top priority. We are diligently monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and closely watching official information from health authorities, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), as it relates to our larger community and our events, camps and competitions. We are also taking proactive, preventative measures for all of our employees. General adoption of best practices as advised by the PHAC is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness.

We understand that this is a fluid situation, and we have a dedicated response team working around the clock to make sure we keep our participants and attendees updated as the situation evolves. We will continue to keep you updated, and any changes to upcoming events will be based on the direction of public health organizations like the PHAC, state and local authorities, and event partners, among others. All event updates are being made in the myVarsity competition listings.

Virtual Resources: We’re working as fast as we can to innovate for you. Through our at-home virtual resources, we’re as committed as ever to serve you and your team to keep you safe and healthy. View our Varsity Spirit and Varsity All Star resources for virtual consults and fittings, tryouts, training options and more.

Updated 1.8.21:We know many teams have been working hard to prepare for events, and we remain hopeful that live events will take place this season. After gathering feedback from our Canadian customers, we have determined that hosting a virtual event during the early months of 2021 will not be possible.

We are still hopeful about hosting Sea to Sky International Cheer & Dance Championship virtually in April and have also moved Spirit Sports: Canadian Clash to May. We are optimistic that this change will allow us to host a live event. You can view the status of all Canadian event offerings in the competition listing.

Updated 10.27.20: We know many teams have been working hard to prepare for events, and we remain hopeful that live events will take place this season. After gathering feedback from our Canadian customers, we our proud to offer a virtual competition option for your programs. The Feel The Power – East Championship will now take place virtually, allowing teams from across Canada to participate from their own facilities, and earn bids to End-of-Season Championships.

Unfortunately, for various reasons, we have made the tough decision to cancel the PAC – New Year’s Classic event. You can view the status of other Canadian event offerings in the competition listing.

Updated 9.2.20: We know many teams have been working hard to prepare for events, and we remain hopeful that live events will take place this season. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we have made the tough decision to cancel the Coastal – Great North Battle fall event. You can view the status of other Canadian event offerings in the competition listing.

We are diligently working to create virtual competition options specifically for Canadian customers, more information will be coming soon.

Updated 7.6.20: We are developing a plan to responsibly and safely host Varsity Spirit events for the 2020-21 competition season. We are committed to delivering competitions that will adhere to all state and local guidelines at the time of the event such as social distancing measures, rules about face coverings, sanitization practices and more. The final details and specific safety measures for any competition are still to be determined, and all guidelines are subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and federal, state and local officials, as well as our event partners.

We are planning to open registration for 2020-21 events at the end of August. In the event that a competition is cancelled, we will work to provide alternate event options. Additionally, transfers to another event or a full refund of registration fees will be available. We are also working on virtual event options. Specific plans will be communicated to participants and spectators closer to the event date. Please view this page for the most up-to-date 2020-21 competition information.

Updated 5.11.20: With the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, family, friends and employees at the forefront, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Summit Championship events. Please know that we gave it our best efforts, but COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our world, and it has affected our cheer and dance community in ways we could not have imagined. Additional information, including refund information, can be found here.

Updated 4.24.20: All #AllStarStrong events scheduled through June 30, 2020 have been cancelled. Teams may transfer funds for these events to end-of-season event options, the 2020-2021 season, or request a refund. We are going to do our very best to meet our standard company refund policy of approximately 4-6 weeks; however, due to the 100+ events that have been cancelled or postponed, as well as social distancing and our employees working from home, it could extend to 6-8 weeks. We ask that you please bear with us as we work through these requests.

An update regarding The Summit Championships was sent out to Gym Owners and Coaches. Out of respect for programs and their ability to communicate with their teams, this page will be updated with more information early next week.

Updated 4.7.20All Varsity All Star events scheduled through May 31, 2020 have been cancelled. We are currently planning to host the previously rescheduled events in June. Dates can be found here. Regarding The Summit, The Dance Summit, and The D2 Summit:

  • We are aware that The Walt Disney World Resort is currently closed. We are working very closely with them and have a tentative time frame of late June.
  • We will make the final decision on all June events, including The Summit events, by Friday, April 24, 2020. We will not push the season into the month of July, so if The Summit events do not take place in June, the 2019-2020 season will be completed.
  • Detailed information on The Summit events can be found here.

Updated 4.6.20On April 1, Varsity Spirit began processing refund requests. We are doing our very best to meet our standard company refund policy of approximately 4-6 weeks; however, due to the 100+ events that have been cancelled or postponed, as well as social distancing and our employees working from home, it could extend to 6-8 weeks. We ask that you please bear with us as we work through these requests.

Updated 3.17.20: A Message From Varsity Spirit President Bill Seely

Updated 3.16.20: Based on the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, Varsity Spirit will not be holding events with more than 10 people for the next 15 days (through the end of March).

Updated 3.15.20: As you may have seen, the CDC announced their recommendation to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, Varsity Spirit has made the decision to not proceed as planned with scheduled events for at least the next eight weeks. We are actively exploring all options, including rescheduling events, extending the event season, and hosting virtual events. 

We are hopeful this situation will improve, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We will continue to update you with more information as soon as it’s available.  

Preventive Recommendations
Protect yourself and your athletes by practicing excellent personal hygiene. Remember to:

  • Be the steward of your own health and potential impact of any illness on others: If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Consider altering greetings (avoid kissing and hugging hello and goodbye) to be cautious.

For additional information, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

Please keep this link for updates, and share with athletes, families and friends: varsity.com/health-update.

Thank you for being part of the Varsity Spirit family.