Clarifications – 16/17 Scoring System
(Nov 9/16) – Coaches are encourage to check out the continuing scoring updates available on our Google document available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EbaYSJ1F_QMY2QRunXxjeEMzDqSzH6uftj-7WR8civg/edit?usp=sharing
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Level 1 – Definition of a Prep Level Stunt/Spotter
(April 3/16) Reminder to Level 1 Coaches: many of the transitions in level 1 were warned at Ontario Championships but will be deducted at Nationals. Be sure to review your routine to see if you always have a spotter for any stunt that could be considered prep level. See the USASF Glossary for definitions of Prep level stunt and Spotter. If you have questions at the event you can request an official to look at your stunt sequence, unfortunately we cannot do full routine verifications.
Stunt Quantity/Elite Skill Update
(Jan 21/16) – Level 1 Elite Level Appropriate Skills include “1/4 twisting transition to/from prep level.” The only skill that will receive credit under this category is a twist to or from a 2 leg prep (ie teddy bears/v-sits and straddle sits do not satisfy this requirement).
Level 3 Elite Level Appropriate Skills include “Prep level full twisting transition to Prep Level stunt.” The only skills that will receive credit under this category are 2 leg preps and prep level liberty/liberty variations that full twist to a two leg prep or prep level liberty/liberty variation. (ie v-sits and shoulder sits will not satisfy this requirement).
Level 3 Elite Level Appropriate Skills include “Lib to Extended body position tic toc.” The only skills that will receive credit under this category are skills that look like true tic tocs, where the weight of the body does not noticeably shift. Teams performing prep hitches and then standing up on the hitched foot to an extended liberty variation will not receive Elite level credit.
Coed Quantity Clarification:
– When performing a ‘toss’ entry to satisfy the Coed Requirement, the toss skills may ball up/straddle up, etc, as long as the integrity of the toss is upheld.
– When performing a ‘walk in’ entry to satisfy the Coed Requirement, the walk in skill may switch up as long as the integrity of the walk in is upheld.
Canadian Cheer Brands Clarifications:
All Girl Stunt Quantity L5/6 Worlds: Elite skills will also include Release Moves with 1/2 – 2/14 twisting skills to an extended single leg body position.
“Walk in”: a single base faces the top person and places hands under the foot of the top person. Top person steps onto the base from ground level.
Rule Clarifications/Interpretation Updates
(Jan 7/16) Please visit http://usasf.net.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Rules/Cheer/file/USASF_Rules-UPDATES_2015-12-14.pdf for the most up to date rulings.
Level 4 -Stunt
Early in the season, there was confusion about Level 4 Switch ups. On our scoring documents, they were listed under LEVEL APPROPRIATE which means, by default, the skill would not qualify for ELITE LEVEL APPROPRIATE. That said, the ELITE LEVEL APPROPRIATE list included “Release to Extended Body Position.” Many coaches assumed a Switch Up would receive ELITE credit because of the way it was written. We’ve updated the documents. Under “Elite Level Appropriate,” it now clarifies that switch ups will NOT receive ELITE credit. This isn’t a change to the way we’ve been interpreting the skill list, but rather a clarification.
School Scoring Update
(OCT 14/15) – School Scoring grids are available under the Scoring tab. The key differences between All Star and School are found in Stunt Quantity and Tumbling. Schools will not be required to satisfy the Coed skill requirement. Tumbling has also been modified.
New Substitute/Alternate Rules for 2016 Worlds
- (OCT 5/15) Review the updates to the Cheerleading Worlds Substitutes/Alternates policy: New At Worlds for 2016
- CFTC & Ontario Championships will support the Canadian Event Producers decision to only allow a maximum of 2 athletes on each Worlds Team roster to crossover to an additional Worlds Team roster. All other athletes competing for a bid must be original athletes that may only crossover to non-worlds teams for qualifying bid events. For more information on this rule or the Canadian Event Producer group please email email@example.com
Glossary Resource: Author Comments
(AUG 31/15) – The USASF has released an updated Glossary with author comments to help provide clarity and rationale behind the definition changes. USASF 2015-2017 Glossary w/Comments
Important Rule Updates for 2015/2016
(AUG 26/15) -Coaches are advised to carefully read through the USASF 2015-2017 Glossary and take note of the clarified/updated definitions. These definitions are essential and affect the way certain rules are understood and implemented.
*Spotter– when rule for a skill requires a spotter it must be a separate individual who is neither the required base or
bracer. Note the required hand placement to be considered a spotter, as well as the other list of requirements.
This definition change will effect levels 1-6.
*Pyramid – Two or more connected STUNTS
Time Violation – Canadian Cheer will be deducting for any team’s whose choreographed movement or music exceeds 2:30.9 seconds. Please be sure to test your music for this time allowance, and ensure your teams’ entrance and routine set-up does not include choreographed movements that may be in violation of the time limit.
Key Changes to 2015/16 Score System
(AUG 26/15) – Coaches are encouraged to read through the updated score system and deductions policy. This outline of key updates does not include all relevant changes.
Bobbles – bobbles are no longer evaluated by the penalty/safety judge. Bobbles WILL still impact a team’s score and will be evaluated in the skill TECHNIQUE category.
Technique – This score range has expanded to 2 full points. Please note the use of the word “excellent” in the descriptor of each range. Remember that technique is evaluated on the % of your team that has EXCELLENT technique.
Stunt/Pyramid Difficulty – This score range has expanded to one full point for the “HIGH range”. This means that if you do the simplest at level version of 4 different skills you will get the lowest possible score in the range. Once in the range, the difficulty of the skills you execute will determine where in the range you fall. Executing 8 of the simplest at level skills will also not guarantee you a ‘max’ score as the judges are also evaluating the difficulty of the at level skill your team is executing. There is no magic formula for ‘maxing out.’
Quantity Score (All-Girl) – Major change from last season’s quantity score, significantly harder to get the 5.0. This will help even the playing field for all-girl and coed teams in combined divisions. The Elite skill must be the SAME skill completed by the desired ratio of the team at the same time. Elite skills are defined here: STUNTS, PYRAMIDS, TOSSES, TUMBLING
Quantity Score (Coed): Find the number of males on the team and the correlating number of required stunts. These stunts can be executed by either male or female bases. The required stunt must be the same entry/stunt skill and performed at the same time by the desired ratio to qualify. If the unassisted score is desired, the stunt cannot be assisted at ANY point, ie it must mount, and hit unassisted. Please see All Star Scoring- 15-16 FAQ for more clarifications.
READ THE All Star Scoring- 15-16 FAQ.
Canadian Cheer to Adopt ‘All Star Score System’
(AUG 24/15) – The 2014/2015’s Unified Score System has had some tweaks and been widely adopted across all Varsity, Jam, Epic and many Independent Event Producer Brands across the United States. Canadian Cheer will also utilize this system (called the “All Star Score System”) for the 2015-2016 season, with modifications to the Deductions policy, and the dispersion of category judging. Please see our Canadian Cheer Competition Guidelines 2015-2016 for more information.
Worlds Bid Qualifying teams will also be adjudicated on the All Star Scoring system, including International teams. We believe that having a single score sheet type will allow our adjudicators to consistently and accurately rank teams within each division. Scores/rankings between divisions will not be the sole indicator of bid qualification, and Canadian Cheer will consider the weighting of the traditional International score sheet and adjudicator’s choice when selecting bid recipients. International teams are encouraged to build their routines for the World’s score sheet.