As a reminder, the USASF Image Policy will be in full-swing during the 15-16 season. The most significant statement in the policy can be found under the Uniform Top Guidelines, which reads as follows:
“Uniform tops may not include an exposed midriff (crop top) except when worn by athletes competing in Senior aged divisions.”
This section of the policy directly affects all Tiny, Mini, Youth and Junior teams moving forward (it excludes Senior, Open and International Open teams). Teams in these divisions will need to be compliant with the Image Policy during the 2015-16 season. Teams that do not adhere to the policy will be subject to a safety infraction. As part of their Safety Judge training this summer, USASF Safety Judges will review this policy and be responsible for issuing all deductions on-site at competitions.
Since the midriff is defined as “the region of the front of the body between the chest and the waist,” we have provided sample sketches in the Image & Appearance Guidelines for further clarification of what is and what isn’t appropriate.
To view the USASF Image Policy, click here.
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I wanted to thank everyone involved in the 2012 Worlds-from the incredible athletes, coaches, and choreographers who competed and the families, friends and spectators who supported them, to the event producers who made it possible along with the judges and staff. Overall, we had an incredible event.
While most feedback has been very positive, our policy has always been to evaluate all aspects of the event to identify areas that can be improved for the following year. As such, we will be working with the World’s Advisory Board and the NACCC to identify ways in which we can make Worlds even better next year. We welcome your feedback and input as we work towards continued improvement of our event and organization.
On a personal note, I am committed to addressing the behavior of some of the athletes on Sunday night at the Block Party and later at the All Star Resort. I will be seeking feedback from officials, parents, gym owners and coaches to determine the best path forward so that the athletes can enjoy the celebration in an appropriate environment.
We have also updated the Image and Etiquette literature that upset some in our industry. It was not our intention to offend anyone with these suggestions, and we are sorry if that was the result. Our core philosophy has always been to create an environment open to all athletes regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. In fact, we believe that no other sport can match our track record of fairness, openness, and inclusiveness, and we are firmly committed to maintaining this direction for all star. Here is the link to the updated document.
Again, I appreciate all who made Worlds possible and all of those who will be helping to make the decisions to shape the future of this amazing event.
Jim Chadwick, President