Media Coverage for the week of November 8th:
Justin Carrier sent Varsity Scoring Lesson #2:
Understanding the Execution/Technique Bonus
- All of the Varsity Brands that are adopting the new Varsity Standard of Scoring will be implementing the new “Technique/Execution” bonus in all skills categories.
- Technique/Execution was broken out in hopes of making all star teams focus on incredible technique and precision. The bonus score will range anywhere in between a .10 and 1.0.
- Here are a few key reminders about the Technique/Execution Bonus
- The judges will use the following criteria when evaluating Technique/Execution: Synchronization, form, technique, body position and body control.
- Since “Bobbles” are no longer receiving a quantifiable point deduction, the panel judges may include any bobbles (ex: hands down in tumbling, shaky stunts, incomplete twisting cradles) when awarding a team’s Technique/Execution bonus.
- For all “Mistakes” (with a point deduction value of 1.0 subtracted from your Final Score), the panel judges are being instructed to IGNORE those mistakes and only score what skills are executed to completion. (example: If a team attempts 5 heel stretches, and 2 of the heel stretches fall, the panel judges are to evaluate the 3 heel stretches that are still in the air.) Our goal is to avoid any opportunity for double-deductions.
Your Technique/Execution bonus score will not necessarily be relative to your Difficulty Score in the same Skill Category. For example, if a Level 5 team only performs two leg extensions, their Stunts Difficulty Score will be relatively low compared to the other teams in their division. However, if that same stunt sequence is performed to absolute perfection, they have an opportunity to max out their Technique/Execution Bonus and earn as much as a 1.0.
Mike Burgess, the USASF Rules Chairman, sent the following memo:
Dear USASF/IASF Membership:
Over the past several months committees and the National Advisory Board of the USASF and/or IASF have been meeting to discuss several topics related to all-star cheer and dance. As a result of these meetings, and in particular the most recent gathering of committees in Dallas, Texas in the United States, there are some new guidelines, policies, definitions and a division addition that will impact our membership effective immediately. The three specific areas are:
Small Gyms Definition
The small gyms definition has been further clarified and now reads:
A “Small Gym” is defined as having 100 or less participants. A Small Gym is defined as having one physical address for its location and has 100 or less athletes registered in its competitive cheer program at the time of competition. Exhibition teams, crossover athletes, special needs teams and dance teams do not count toward the 100 or less athletes.
4.2 Division Added
In an effort to encourage increased participation in the all-star cheerleading activity, the USASF/IASF has recognized the challenge that many participants feel who are skilled in stunting but limited in their personal tumbling ability. Therefore a new division has been added to the 2008-09 Age Grid. This is level 4.2. Level 4.2 follows Level 4 rules for Stunts/Pyramids/Dismounts and Tosses and Level 2 rules for General Tumbling/Standing Tumbling and Running Tumbling. It is offered only in “Senior Open.”
The two items above will be added to the 2008-09 effective immediately.
The following recommendation is being made by the USASF as it pertains to uniforms for all-star participants. This is not a “rule,” at this time, but only a recommendation. Therefore, it will be posted on the website and shared with membership, but it will not appear on the Age Grid.
Coaches should consider ALL squad members’ body types when choosing a uniform style. The uniform should comfortably fit the athlete, and the athlete should feel comfortable performing in the uniform. The skirt on female cheerleaders should cover briefs completely in front and back while standing; and should fit loosely enough not to “ride up” around waist during performance. Crop tops should reasonably cover the athlete, and not be so short that bra tops show during “arm over head” movements. This is not a mandatory rule for this season, but simply a recommendation. We must present our participants as athletes, and be aware that many children to not have the body type to make some uniforms fit the above criteria.
I appreciate all of the hard-work and dedication of the various committees of the USASF/IASF and the continued support of our membership.
USASF/IASF Rules Chair