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The USA Cheer program continues to be recognized for its innovative choreography. The USA program development team is made up of nationally renowned choreographers and technically trained/certified staff. Together they have developed the most CREATIVE and COMPREHENSIVE set of choreography and skills designed to fuel your squads’ success and technical/material needs to last throughout the year!
Learn the R.O.P.E.S.
Together with your Staff Teammate, we identify your daily objectives and a plan to accomplish and conquer new goals each day.
NEW this year, webinars will be used to cover topics essential to advisors and coaches. The in person camp workshops will dive deeper and solidify the messaging. Coaches will also get hands-on instruction, tips, grips and will learn how to troubleshoot stunts.
Coaches, be sure to check your camp paperwork for what to bring and how to prepare for this exciting experience!
USA Time Out Routine
Perfect for timeouts, a halftime or during a rally performance, jump right by learning your USA Time Out Routine.
Your Staff Teammate will help your team set formations, incorporate squad specialties and prepare the USA Timeout Routine Evaluation. Get performance experience and valuable feedback during the evaluation so you are ready to go come game time, your first rally or add this section into your larger unity routine!
Crowd Dynamics, Game-Action Cheers© & GameTime 101
Designed to teach squads everything they need to know about game days and ways to increase crowd participation while building rapport with your crowd, these classes are essential for successfully fulfilling your important roles of athlete, ambassador, crowd leader, spirit raiser and entertainer!
Game Day best practices are also incorporated into various classes and workshops throughout camp via staff demonstrations, fun games and contests.
In Cheer Workshops, teams learn short, upbeat, crowd oriented Game-Action Cheers© and Crowd Getters perfect for getting your fans fired up between plays. These are designed to coordinate across all programs and are taught in small groups. Signs, pom and megaphones are incorporated into high energy Crowd Getters perfect to perform with your band. They have easy to follow crowd responses built right in so you can lead your stadium filled crowd all night long!
Stunt Workshops & Safety
With an emphasis on practicing good technique and safety, groups will work at an advanced pace perfect for their level, following a logical progression working to even more advanced skills. Stunt Challenges keep students engaged and focused on safety and technique. Incorporating curriculum up to date with NFHS and AACCA rule changes and guidelines, USA staff will work with your squad on building strong technique, exciting transitions and creative pyramids your crowd will love!
Depending on the class options you select, work technique, creative transitions and build to pyramids, with variations perfect for your current level and options on how to add difficulty throughout the year!
Camp of Champ Session Options
Please see page 2 of the Camp of Champs schedule to view options available per session for your team.
Incorporating curriculum up to date with NFHS and AACCA rule changes and guidelines, USA staff will work with your squad on building strong technique, exciting transitions and creative pyramids your crowd will love! With an emphasis on practicing good technique and safety, groups will work at your own level, following a logical progression working up to more advanced skills.
Learn technique to execute basket tosses safely and how to improve height and form. Instructors will work with groups and progress at the level of each squad.
You and your crowd will love this clean straight arm cheer choreography set to words, perfect for incorporating stunts, signs and poms. With crowd responses built into the cheer, you are ready for your first timeout, rally and tailgate performance!
Tumbling is a sure fire way to get your crowd’s attention! During this session, work with a USA Instructor on proper technique and gaining new skills, while emphasizing safety, proper stretching and other warm-up techniques.
Learn proper technique, execution and ways to strengthen and stretch most effectively. Get tips to increase flexibility through all levels of jumps with a focus on being clean from start to finish.
Approximately three to four 8 counts of cheer/dance moves are set to a traditional fight song perfect for rallies and games. Specialties can easily be incorporated to enhance the performance once you get home!
Unity, Leadership & Communication
Learn & put the keys to UNITY into practice in a fun, interactive and valuable workshop (and throughout camp) that will set the tone & foundation for a successful year.
Squads wrap up each day recapping their day, goals and plan of action with their Staff Teammate each night, reviewing accomplishments during camp and ideas to make the most of the upcoming year. Leave knowing you are STRONG AS ONE!
Material, messaging and workshops have the consistent message of team unity, leadership, effective communication & using individual strengths to enhance the team
Staff Teammate Time/Evaluation Prep
Working in small groups with 2-3 other squads at camp, your USA Staff Teammate will work with you to establish and achieve daily goals to maximize your camp experience. Your Staff Teammate will also “coach” your team during Evaluation Prep, providing insight and valuable feedback so you can approach each evaluation with confidence.
At each overnight camp, your captains will work with our USA Head Instructor in daily workshops designed to identify leadership traits, introduce leadership styles and build stronger leaders. Through staff guided task/assignments, your captains will develop strong leadership characteristics that will continue to develop throughout the year. It would be beneficial to select your captains prior to camp. If not, please select 1-2 individuals to send to these brief workshops.
USA evaluations are designed to give squads constructive feedback and positive reinforcement in a noncompetitive environment. We like to stress that squads are performing against an evaluation standard, not each other. In the end, the greatest reward is improvement. Based on their performance, each squad will receive a Superior (Blue), Excellent (Red) or Outstanding (Gold) certificates or ribbons for all evaluations. For each evaluation, squads will receive a written evaluation sheet or receive verbal comments based on their performance. These comments are geared to encourage improvement through positive and constructive feedback.
Squad Credentialing, Spirit Star and Final Awards
Teams will be NFHS credentialed in Safety, Leadership and in the 5 roles of a spirit leader: Athlete, Ambassador, Crowd Leader, Entertainer and Spirit Raiser. Staff Teammates will guide teams through the process throughout camp.
On the final day of camp, teams shine during the Spirit Spectacular for friends and family. Material is performed, Spirit Stars are revealed, final awards are distributed and teams are presented with their squad credentialing certificates.
To best prepare for game days, teams are encouraged to bring signs, poms, megaphones, banners and flags to incorporate into their Home Cheer, Time Out & Game-Action™ Cheers Evaluations. Generic signs that can be incorporated to fit any given situation (e.g., school colors, initials, mascot, Go-Fight-Win, etc…) will work best!
Before each evaluation, squads will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their USA Staff Teammate. Squads will receive coaching, input and suggestions to help them prepare for the evaluation performances that follow.
Each evaluation emphasizes a different aspect of spiritleading. Below are brief explanations:
All squads are encouraged to bring one school performance from home for evaluation by a USA instructor. Home cheers will be performed on the first night of camp. Cheers should not exceed 2:00 minutes in length. Music may be used, but squads choosing this option must provide their own sound system for the evaluation performance. Be sure to check out our music guidelines by visiting varsity.com/music. In all cases, safety should be your number one priority. For specific regulations, please refer to the latest AACCA Cheerleading Safety Rules – available online at http://aacca.org/.
Teams will be evaluated on a Time Out Routine. Work with your USA Staff Teammate to set and customize material learned at camp, incorporating stunts, formations changes, transitions and other squad specialties! The changes should enhance the Time Out Routine and display your squad’s strengths. The emphasis in this evaluation is on the creativity of the changes, showmanship and technique.
This evaluation puts an emphasis on the seriousness of safety as our number one priority when stunting. Squads will be rewarded for their ability to demonstrate strong building skills with an emphasis on technical skill and safety.
Knowing how to lead and motivate your crowd should be a spirit squad’s main priority and this evaluation is designed to simulate the game environment. All of your different spirit groups (cheer, song/pom, mascot, and pep flag) are evaluated together according to level (i.e. Varsity, J.V., etc.). The united team must respond to a hypothetical game situation with an appropriate USA Game-Action™ cheer and will be evaluated on their overall crowd dynamic skills and ability to work with the band and other school groups.
Held on the last day, this class wraps-up the camp experience and gives the students an opportunity to reflect on everything that they learned and accomplished. Through peer led discussions, squads will be given specific ideas to help make the most of their camp experience beyond camp and ways to utilize these tools throughout the upcoming school year.