As a result of the collaboration between the USASF Board of Directors, the NACCC membership and the USASF Cheerleading Rules Committee, we are pleased to present the USASF Cheerleading Age Grid for the 2015-16 season. The changes that have been made are summarized below, as well as being indicated by blue highlighting on the document.
As you know, these changes came a result of proposals submitted by the USASF membership, discussion at USASF regional meetings during the summers of 2013 and 2014 and the slate that was completed by NACCC members in August, 2014.
We sincerely appreciate all of the input and trust that the document will be a help in your current preparation for try-outs and the season ahead.
Summary of Updates for 2015-16
- Tiny age top raised to 6 years of age
- Addition of Junior Restricted Level 5
- International Open Levels 5 & 6 – Small and Large Co-Ed divisions have been defined and added
- Division II has replaced the use of “Small Gym” throughout document. The definition of what constitutes a Division II gym is provided
- Cheerleading “prep” athletes will now be counted as part of the definition of what makes a Division II gym
- A Division II gym is now defined as having 125 athletes or less for the 2015-16. This includes cheerleading “prep” athletes
- Unplanned athlete replacement parameters are better defined
- Clarification on what is permitted during “exhibition” performances is included
- Clarification regarding the allowance for an athlete to crossover from a gym without a level 6 team to a gym with a level 6 team is included
- A clearer example of international divisions and the use of birthdate cut-off has been provided