All Star Championships FAQ 2017-03-17T02:25:23+00:00

2017 USA All Star Championships Frequently Asked Questions

General Schedule of Events

  • Team Registration
    • 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Anaheim Convention Center – Hall E (Downstairs)
  • General Admission and Discounted Disneyland Resort® and Disney California Adventure® Ticket Sales
    • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Anaheim Convention Center – Hall C/D Box office
  • Guided tour of the venue for Registered Coaches and Gym/Studio Owners!
    • 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM — Anaheim Convention Center – Hall D Lobby
  • Open Practice (by reservation only)
    • 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Anaheim Convention Center – Hall C

Subject to change.

  • Cheerleading – Prelims: East and West Performance Stages
    • 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM – Anaheim Convention Center- Hall D
    • All Cheer and Cheer Prep Divisions – See Performance Schedules (click here).
  • Dance – Prelims
    • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center- Hall C
    • All Dance Divisions – See Performance Schedules (click here).

Subject to change.

  • Cheerleading – Finals: East and West Performance Stages
    • 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM – Anaheim Convention Center- Hall D
    • All Cheer Divisions – See Performance Schedules (click here).
  • Dance – Finals
    • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Anaheim Convention Center- Hall C
    • All Dance Divisions – See Performance Schedules (click here).
  • Award Ceremonies by Division
    • 9:15 AM – 9:30 PM – Anaheim Convention Center- Hall D & Hall C

Subject to change.

  • Saturday, March 18th Anaheim Convention Center – Hall D (East and West Stage: Cheer) and Hall C (Dance)
    • Three divisions will alternate performance times.
    • Please note that Cheerleading “Prep” and Special Athletes perform on Saturday only.
  • Sunday, March 19th Anaheim Convention Center – Hall D (East and West Stage: Cheer) and Hall C (Dance)
    • Three divisions will alternate performance times.
    • The order for “Finals” performance will be the same as that of “Prelims” for cheerleading and dance divisions. This will help us alleviate challenges with crossover athletes in various routines.
  • Read the performance schedule from top to bottom for performance times and from top to bottom to see who is in the division. When one team is on the floor, the next two teams must be ready to perform.
    • Starting times are approximate.
    • If there are cancellations, then a pause in the competition schedule will take place.
    • Be ready to perform up to 20 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time.
    • A three-point penalty will be assessed for any “delay of contest.” A three-point penalty will be assessed to any team performing out of scheduled order unless waived by competition officials. If you perform in the incorrect division, you will be disqualified.
    • The order for “Finals” performance will be the same as that of “Prelims”.

Registration and Admissions

  • The USA Registration room in Hall E (downstairs) of the Anaheim Convention Center will be open on Friday, March 17, from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for pre-event registration.
  • Registration will re-open on Saturday, March 18th at 6:00 AM and will remain open throughout the day.
  • On Sunday, March 19, registration will open at 7:00 a.m.
  • It is highly recommended that you pick up registration materials on Friday to avoid long lines on Saturday morning.
  • Only one person may pick up the USA registration packet and that person must sign for the packet.

All performers and two coaches per team receive their entrance pass/wristbands to the Convention Center at registration check-in. This will admit them to the Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday (or the Friday Practice Rounds if you reserved time in advance).

  • General admission tickets may be purchased at the Anaheim Convention Center at the Hall C/D Box Office. Spectators may purchase a combined 2-day wristband for $44.00 adults/$16.00 children (5-11 yrs.) which will admit you to all competition events on Saturday and Sunday. One-day tickets may be purchased for $22.00 adults/$8.00 children (5-11 years).
  • All spectators must enter through the main Hall doors to Halls C or D from the Anaheim Convention Center Lobby. Spectators will not be permitted in the
    formal or open “Practice Areas” at any time.
  • Please note that credit cards and checks will not be accepted for admission tickets. CASH ONLY PLEASE. 
  • All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served. Saving seats is not permitted.
  • Wrist/ankle bands for performers and wristbands for multiple-day spectators must be worn at all times.
  • All spectators who purchase a one-day admission to the competition will receive a ticket wristband, valid for that day only. Must receive a handstamp to exit and reenter.
  • Admission to the competition areas of the convention center will not be allowed without a wristband or hand stamp.
  • Ticket windows for spectators will open at 6:30AM Saturday and Sunday. Doors for spectators will open 45 minutes prior to the first scheduled performance in each respective venue.
  • For your convenience, admission wristbands and discounted Disneyland Resort tickets may also be purchased on Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    from the Hall C/D Box Office.
  • The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.

Performance Areas and Judging

  • Saturday – Sunday Anaheim Convention Center – Hall C and Hall D (East and West Stage) 
    • All cheer divisions will compete on a raised stage in Hall D.
    • The stage will be covered by a spring floor (measuring 42’ x 54’).
    • You are not limited to the mat but all stunts and tumbling must be completed on the mat.
    • A penalty will be assessed for stepping outside of the bordered boundary.
  • Anaheim Convention Center – Hall C
    • All dance divisions competing in Hall C will perform on a parquet dance floor measuring 42’ (wide) x 42’ (depth).
    • This will be covered by Marley.

Prelims scores will carry over to “finals,” with 25% of the score from “prelims” and 75% of the score from “finals” being added together to obtain the final placement in a division. For “prelims” and “finals” divisions, the panel judges’ scores will be averaged and any deductions/penalties will be subtracted from that score.

All teams in all divisions will compete in both “prelims” and “finals” with the exception of prep cheer divisions. A team must complete both performances in order to be eligible for final awards (excluding Prep Cheer divisions).

Prep Cheer divisions only perform on Saturday. Special athlete performances will exhibit on Saturday unless stated otherwise.

The Varsity All Star Score Sheets and Scoring System for cheerleading and dance divisions will be used at this event, as it has been at all USA All Star events for the 2016-17 season.

On Day One you can pick up your scoresheets, safety and deductions at the Score Sheet Pickup/AccuScore Table behind the East Stage in Hall D immediately following your teams performance. These are time stamped once they are released from the judges. Scoresheet pickup will be available for no longer than ½ hour after the conclusion of the competition for that day. Score sheets will be given only to the person designated to receive them and that person must sign for them. Photo identification must be presented in order to pick up score sheets.

On Day Two you can pick up your safety and deductions at the Scoresheet Pickup/AccuScore Table behind the East Stage in Hall D immediately following your teams performance. These are time stamped once they are released from the judges. Your final Day Twos Scoresheets will be available for pickup at the Scoresheet Pickup/AccuScore table following your award ceremony. Scoresheets will be available for no longer than ½ hour after the conclusion of the competition for that day. Score sheets will be given only to the person designated to receive them and that person must sign for them. Photo identification must be presented in order to pick up score sheets.

Final results will be available at our USA All Star Event Hub approximately 45 minutes following each award ceremony (click here to see Event Hub).

On Day One

  • Teams have 25 minutes from the time your score sheets are released to submit a Routine Review Form (from the same table you pick up score sheets).
  • Teams may only request a review for Deductions, Legalities, and Difficulty Scores that that are out of range.
  • If you fall within the correct difficulty range, you may not submit a challenge to be scored higher in that particular range.
  • If you challenge your deductions, our staff may review the routine in its entirety for deductions and may find additional deductions.
  • You will be contacted via Text Message when your challenge has been reviewed and completed.

On Day Two

  • Teams have 15 minutes from the time your score sheets are released to submit a Routine Challenge Form (from the same table you pick up score sheets).
  • Teams may only challenge Deductions and Legalities.
  • If you challenge your deductions, our staff may review the routine in its entirety for deductions and may find additional deductions.
  • You will be contacted via Text Message when your challenge has been reviewed and completed.

If you are making any changes to your routine from Day 1-Prelims to Day 2-Finals, you may submit a Routine Change Form (also available at the score sheet pickup).

Teams must turn your Routine Change Forms into score sheet pick-up by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be not be a formal response from the AccuScore or Judging Staff once you submit your form.

New this season, the USA is following the lead of our fellow brands and adopting the ‘FYI Form.” If you feel there is something that needs to be brought to the attention of an Event Director, judge or scoring official that is not covered on the Routine Review or Routine Change Form, we ask that you fill out an FYI form for us to review throughout the competition.

These forms are available at AccuScore.

Awards and Results

Sunday, March 19th — Final competition will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Hall D from 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM (cheer divisions) and in Hall C from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (dance divisions). These times are tentative.

Awards will be presented throughout the day in each of the respective halls. See below for most recent award schedule:

Final results will be posted online approximately 45 minutes following each award ceremony. Results can be found at our USA All Star Championships Event Hub (click here).

General Information and Orientation Video

Get all the information you need to know in this orientation video hosted by Matt Goto!

Please note that parking at the Anaheim Convention Center will be impacted over the weekend due to other events. You could be directed to an off-site lot.  Please prepare accordingly for time. Parking cost for Cars will be $20.00 and Buses will be $45.00.

Should your vehicle be routed to the Toy Story parking lot, please inform the cast member that you are attending the cheerleading event at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Due to heightened security concerns, all bags are subject to search upon entry into any Anaheim Convention Center venue. Bags must not be left unattended at any time. Teams must be in possession of all personal items at all times during the competition (except while performing). Unattended bags are subject to immediate removal by security.

Team signs may be brought to the competition, but may not be taped on any surfaces. Air horns, or other excessive noisemakers are not permitted in any venue.

Throwing any object onto the performance floor will be cause for immediate removal from the competition venue and subject to criminal prosecution.

The distribution of literature and/or solicitation of any teams without prior approval from the USA is strictly prohibited and is grounds for immediate removal.

NEW THIS SEASON– For coaches, he/she must be listed on the USASF team roster for the team entering in the warm-up room and must have a current USASF “professional” membership with a green light background check through the USASF. For other gym staff and/or volunteers, he/she must be listed on the USASF personnel roster for the team entering the room and must have a green light background check though the USASF. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact your USASF Regional Director, Karen Wilson (kwilson@usasf.net).

Coaches verification will take place at team registration.

  • There are no designated dressing rooms for participants.
  • An area will be designated in Hall C for dancers to change in each day of competition.
  • Please do not leave any personal belongings left unattended in this area.
  • Neither the Anaheim Convention Center nor USA All Star Championships will be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hall C (by reservation only)

Sign-ups for warm-up mat time for Friday night only will begin on Tuesday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. (PST). You must e-mail Matthew Goto directly (Mgoto@varsity.com) and include your gym name and the team name/level that you want to sign up for warm- up time. Please be sure to leave a contact name and number as well. All team names and levels must be given for warm-up time you wish to reserve. Each team will be given 10 minutes on a mat. Signs-ups will be taken until there is no room left on the schedule.

Please note that only teams who have registered for the event will be permitted into open warm-up. Registration ends at 9:00 p.m. in Hall E on Friday. You must be on the pre-registered open warm-up time list and must have your wristbands that you received at event registration on in order to enter Hall C on Friday night.

On Saturday and Sunday, “open” practice areas are available on a first-come-first serve basis. Please be courteous and make sure to split time so all participants may have the opportunity to use any “open” areas. If a team is waiting to use a floor, then the team on the floor is limited to no more than 10 minutes of time on the mats. These “open” areas are available during the following times (note the location differs each day):

  • Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hall D South Side (Anaheim Convention Center)
  • Sunday – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Hall D South Side (Anaheim Convention Cente
  • There will be no practicing on the performance floors in any venue or the lobby areas of the convention center. No stunting/tumbling on cement areas (for cheer groups).
  • All cheerleading teams will receive a scheduled practice time with safety judges in Hall C (formal/official warm-up hall). This will be scheduled according to your performance time.
    • Each cheer team will be allowed at least 7 minutes in the stretching area, 7 minutes on the tumbling strip and 7 minutes on a full spring floor, approximately 10- 25 minutes prior to performing.
  • All dance teams will receive a scheduled practice time with safety judges in Hall C (formal/official warm-up hall) for prelims.
    • You will receive a “Team Practice Schedule” at registration.
  • There will be no general public spectators permitted in the formal scheduled or “open” warm-up/practice area at any time. Only teams who are officially warming up/practicing and their director/coach(es) will be permitted in this area. Special wristbands are required for admission to this area.
  • The official warm-up area is the last opportunity to show safety judges stunts/tumbling for possible infractions.
  • For official practice time, all cheer and dance teams must enter through the Anaheim Convention Center Lobby into Hall C and proceed to the back side of the Hall C stage. Here you will check-in to the Practice Area. See the “Team Practice Schedule” for your check-in time.
  • To help keep things running on time, we ask that you please report promptly for your “check-in” time.
  • CDs or MP3 players are acceptable. Music must be labeled with the team name and division. Please note that experience has shown that skipping may be a problem with CDs or that some CDs are unreadable by certain machines. Be sure to test your CDs on a quality sound system beforehand, rather than just testing on a basic CD player or boom box. You must have a back-up of your music with you. Cassette tapes may not be used.
  • Please have multiple CDs and also an MP3 cued and ready at the time of performance.
  • Cassette tapes are not permitted.
  • Please keep your routine music in your possession until you are called to enter the starting area. You will hand carry your music to the sound table.
  • Advisors/Coaches/Directors are asked to remain at the sound station while their squad performs and to take their music with them at the conclusion of the performance. Representatives will be asked to press “play” and “stop” for their routines.
  • There will be no music checks permitted on the main sound system.
  • If you are using a device that may need additional adaptors or accessories to play your music through an auxiliary input, it is your responsibility to provide that equipment.

Varsity TV will be live streaming all USA All Star Championship stages Saturday and Sunday so family and friends near and far can be part of the action! They can subscribe for a month or get content all year long! CLICK HERE to catch the action.

Videos of competition performances will not be available for purchase. Individuals are permitted to video the routine from their own team. Video-taping of multiple teams in a division is not permitted.

Personal video cameras will be permitted, but we ask that you please film only your own team. Any individual who does not adhere to this request may be asked to leave the venue. Camera tripods will not be permitted at any time during the competition. Unauthorized videotaping of any team is subject to immediate removal from the competition venue.

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras is prohibited.

Official action photos will be taken by Universal Event Photography during each team’s performance and will be available for purchase inside Hall C and D. Photos will not be available online after the event, so be sure to make your purchase before the conclusion of USA All Star Championships.

Concession stands will be open at the Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Outside food/drink is strictly prohibited from being brought into any venue.

A complete line of exclusive USA Championships souvenirs will be on Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center.  Major credit cards are accepted.

A FIRST AID station is located in the Convention Center and will be staffed throughout the weekend with an EMT. USA first aid staff will also be on duty during the competition at all venues.

Should you need medical assistance, please contact a USA staff member.

Located at the USA team registration area downstairs in Hall E.