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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!
Our material is upbeat, crowd pleasing and flat out fun! Take a peek >>>
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!
GameTime 101 and Game-Action Cheers©
Designed to teach squads everything you need to know about game days and ways to increase crowd participation while building rapport with your crowd, GameTime 101 is an essential class 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 2 and 3, teams learn short, upbeat, crowd oriented Game-Action Cheers© perfect for getting your fans fired up between plays. These are designed to coordinate across all programs and are taught in small groups.
Stunt Workshops and Safety Awareness
With an emphasis on practicing good technique and safety, groups will work at their own level, following a logical progression working up from basic to more advanced skills. 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!
Stunt Workshop 1: Safety and Technique
Stunt Workshop 2: Progressions and Transitions
Stunt Workshop 3: Pyramids
With each workshop segueing perfectly to the next, teams put it all together in the last pyramid focused Stunt Workshop. More time will be given in this class to master more pyramids and variations perfect for their level and options on how to make them more difficult later in the year.
Timeout Cheer and Timeout Dance
Jump right in by learning a complete timeout cheer that will be soon be ready to go with the help of your Staff Teammate, complete with incorporations of squad specialty skills. Teams will learn the cheer on day 1 during Cheer Workshop 1: Timeout Cheer.
On day 3, learn a fun Timeout Dance that will look great on the sideline, but is so versatile that it can be used during rallies or pre-game. This routine is also easily customizable with the addition of your squad’s specialties.
Your Staff Teammate will help your team prepare for the USA Timeout Routine Evaluation by assisting you in incorporating formations, stunts, transitions, etc. into either your Timeout Cheer or Timeout Dance — you choose which one. Get performance experience and valuable feedback during the evaluation so you are ready to go come game time!
Divide now and share later! Students love the variety of classes offered and have fun focusing on their own specialty or trying something new during Specialty Workshops! In addition to giving students more leadership responsibilities by having students then teach others the material learned, sending a few students to each class offered will multiply the amount of material your team receives. Cheer can even crossover to song/pom/dance during specialties (at select camp locations)! Examples of specialty classes include:
Learn proper technique, execution and ways to strengthen and stretch most effectively. Get tips to increase flexibility through all levels of jumps.
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.
Work with your stunt group on even more creative transitions and stunt sequences during this specialty class.
Team, Leadership and Unity
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 as you prepare for evaluations. Work closely with your Staff Teammate to bring out your best. Your Staff Teammate will help incorporate squad specialty skills, formation changes, levels, etc. to take your Time Out Cheer or Time Out Dance to the next level. The goal is to prep you for evaluation and provide another ready to perform routine to use at home, as well as Game Day prep so you are ready to take the field!
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.
USA Staff demonstrates a fun pep rally from start to finish. This workshop shows teams how to use different elements to conduct a great pep rally at home. The participants get hyped by dressing in this year’s theme, “Hooray for the Holidays.” Celebrate twelve months of holidays in one fun night! From Santa’s elves to lucky leprechauns to Uncle Sam, get creative with your team! NEW THIS YEAR – shorter skits and more advisor involvement.
Squad Credentialing, All American Finals and Spirit Spectacular
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 this showcase for friends and family. Material is performed, All-Americans 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 www.aacca.org.
This evaluation gives your squads a chance to receive input on material they practiced before coming to camp. The emphasis in this evaluation is on technique, execution and showmanship. A squad may choose to perform solely for an evaluation sheet — a rating will not be designated for a squad that chooses this option. Please be sure to talk to your head instructor before the evaluation. Be sure to check out the music guidelines by visiting varsity.com/music.
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.