College FAQ 2017-03-23T14:02:20+00:00

USA Collegiate Championships Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the 2017 USA Collegiate Championships! We can’t wait to watch your team take the floor! Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to help you, your athletes and your fans navigate our event at the Anaheim Convention Center. Have family that can’t make the trip? No worries! This year, we are LIVE STREAMING every day, every stage. They won’t have to miss a minute of the action!

Getting There, Parking & Schedule

Anaheim Convention Center (Arena and Hall A)
800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Please allow an additional 20 to 40 minutes for traffic and parking. Parking will be impacted over the weekend and cars may be directed to off-site lots. If you are directed to the Toy Story parking lot, please inform the cast member at the entrance to the lot that you are attending the competition at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Anaheim Convention Center

  • CARS: Enter the Convention Center parking area from Katella.
    The parking fee at the Convention Center is $20.00 and is good for one entry ONLY. It is not valid for in/out parking. The parking receipt must be visible on the vehicle dashboard. The parking ticket is not transferable.
  • BUSES: Buses will enter from the back of the Convention Center, off of West Street. Parking personnel will direct you to the drop off area and appropriate exit or parking area. Parking fees for buses is $30.00 and is good for one entry ONLY. Overnight parking of vehicles is prohibited.

Parking fees are subject to change.

Click here for the 2017 USA Collegiate Championships Schedule.

For Sunday’s Finals:

  • Sunday finals will be in the same order of performance as prelims.
  • The finals performances will take place in the Arena.
  • Competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. for dance teams, followed by cheer teams.
  • This is 30 minutes later than the start time for prelims.
  • Awards for all divisions will take place at the conclusion of the cheer divisions.

Team Registration, Admission Information and Disneyland® Resort Tickets

  • All teams must register at the Anaheim Convention Center Hall A/B lobby area at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled practice time in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center.
  • The registration table for Collegiate Championships will open at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and will close for registration at 8:30 p.m.
  • At the registration table you will pick up an updated practice schedule, performance schedule and other competition information.
  • Please note that although registration opens early, prelims competition for college teams begins at 4:30 p.m. in Hall A for all Saturday performances.

Also, “open warm-up” space will not be available until after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Hall B) and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday (Hall A). All those entering the Hall for any type of warm-up must have registered to receive their proper wristband.

  • All performers will receive a wristband as admission to the competition.
  • This should be worn underneath the performer’s sock and the performer must be in uniform/sweats for admission.
  • This wristband will be used for admission to the warm-up/practice area as well as to the main performance area.
  • Please note that this wristband will not allow a performer into the USA Spirit Nationals event that takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

MUSIC GUIDELINES: (Proof of licensing will be checked at team registration)
Music guidelines are being followed at all USA and Varsity Brands events, beginning with the 2016-17 season. Competition music must be properly licensed and a team must be able to provide a printed copy of proof of licensing during registration at the event they are attending. This proof will be reviewed at registration, regardless of whether or not proof was provided at an earlier event during the season. If a team does not have proof of music licensing available, they will be allowed to perform to an optional approved track of music or a track with counts (provided by Varsity Spirit). If a team cannot provide proof of licensing, and do not perform to an optional approved track of music or to counts, the team will be disqualified from the competition. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

Saturday:  6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Main Arena Box Office)

Sunday:  6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Main Arena Box Office)

All competition for “prelims” will take place in Hall A and “finals” will take place in the Arena (Anaheim Convention Center). There is no collegiate competition at any other venue throughout the weekend.

  • The Arena box office will open for general admission at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (tickets for either day’s competition may be purchased at this location).
  • Admission cost is $14.00 adults/$6.00 children (5-11 years) per day or $23.00 adult/$9.00 children (5-11 years) for both days of competition.
  • Children younger than 5 will be admitted free.
  • No spectator will be admitted without a ticket/wristband. Wristbands must be worn at all times and are non-transferable.

Please note that spectator tickets to the Collegiate Championships are only valid for that event and entry into Hall A Saturday and the Arena on Sunday with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. each day.

Note that one-day Saturday or Sunday admission tickets and three-day wristbands for the USA Spirit Nationals will be honored at USA Collegiate Championships for Saturday and Sunday.

Should you wish to view both the USA Spirit Nationals prelims/finals in addition to the Collegiate Championships prelims on Saturday, you will need to purchase a Spirit Nationals Saturday one-day ticket or 3-day Spirit Nationals wristband which will allow you access to Hall A all day and into the evening on Saturday.

Should you wish to view both the USA Spirit Nationals finals in addition to the Collegiate Championships finals on Sunday, you will need to purchase a Spirit Nationals Sunday one-day ticket or 3-day Spirit Nationals wristband which will allow you access to the Arena all day on Sunday.

  • 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. Admission will not be allowed without a wristband.
  • All spectators who purchase a one-day admission to the competition have their hand stamped upon entrance to the convention center. This hand stamp and a ticket-stub for that day will be necessary for re-admission.
  • Admission to the competition areas of the convention center will not be allowed without a wristband and/or a ticket/hand stamp.
  • The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.

Disneyland® Resort 4-Day Park Hopper Passes ($288.00), 3-Day Park Hopper Passes ($241.00), 2-Day Park Hopper Passes ($203.00) and 1-Day Park Hopper Passes ($161.00) will be available for purchase at the Convention Center Main Arena box office Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

Warm-Up and Performance Information

Open Practice Area

Cheer, Stunt, Mascot and Dance Teams:
Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hall B (east side)
Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Hall A (east side)

Scheduled Practice Mat/Floor Space

  • There will be scheduled practice times for all cheer competitors on carpet bonded foam mats and all dance competitors on convention center exhibit hall flooring located on the west side of Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center. Enter Hall A through the Main Lobby doors.
  • A sound system will be provided only at each official practice mat and/or floor space. Strict adherence to timing will be maintained.
  • Failure to show-up at your designated time will result in forfeiture of your mat/floor time.
  • No swaps (even within the same team) will be permitted.

A safety judge will be available at the scheduled warm-up/practice mats and/or floor to review routines of any safety violations. You are encouraged to perform all stunts and tumbling at that time. A review in the practice/warm-up area does not preclude a team from receiving a penalty during the team’s actual performance. The ruling of the safety judge is final. Remember that points will be deducted from the final team average of each occurrence of an illegal procedure performed during competition.

  • All teams are required to report to the warm-up/practice area “Check-In” table according to your check-in time on the assigned warm-up/practice schedule (available “on-line” after 5:00 p.m. PST the Wednesday prior to competition). This check-in time is in addition to your checking-in at the main registration table to receive performer wristbands and updated competition information.
  • Additional areas for practicing around the Anaheim Convention Center are extremely limited given other shows in house. The United Spirit Association will not make practice facilities available other than those listed above.
  • There will be no access to the Anaheim Convention Center or its facilities at any time on Friday, March 24th or Saturday morning, March 25th.
  • Use of the facilities is not permitted other than during scheduled competition/warm-up times.
  • Please note that the USA Spirit Nationals takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Warm-up space will be reserved for our high school spirit competitors only during the times of the Spirit Nationals event.

For safety reasons, spectators will not be permitted in the warm-up/practice facility area at any time. Only team members/coaches/advisors with appropriately colored wristbands will be permitted in this area.

We encourage teams to come ready to perform, as there is limited space available for changing.

Prelims — Hall A

  • All prelims performances will take place in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center. This includes Partner Stunts and Group Stunts. The “getting ready” area will be upstage right for all teams. Teams will exit upstage left after their performance.
  • The “on deck” area will be immediately prior to taking the stage.
  • Cheer, stunt and mascot teams will perform on a 54’ x 42’ carpet bonded foam mat.
  • Dance teams will perform on a parquet type dance floor covered by Marley, measuring at least 42’x42’.

Finals — Arena

All finals performances will take place in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. This includes Partner Stunts and Group Stunts. The “getting ready” area will be center stage for all teams. Teams will exit upstage left after their performance.

  • The “on deck” area will be immediately prior to taking the stage.
  • Cheer, stunt and mascot teams will perform on a 54’ x 42’ carpet bonded foam mat. Dance teams will perform on a basketball court, measuring at least 42’x42’.
  • CDs or MP3 players are acceptable.
  • Music must be labeled with the school/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.
  • 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.

Photography, Varsity TV Live Stream & Videography Policy

Official team photos will be taken by Universal Event Photography (“UEP”) prior to each team’s “scheduled practice time.” Please see your “Team Practice Schedule” for your photo time.

Scheduled photos will not be taken for Group Stunt or Mascot teams. These participants may request photo times if they wish.

UEP will also be taking action photos during performances. Be sure to check out the touch screens in the Arena lobby to view and purchase photos of your team in action. Photos will not be available online after the event, so make sure to stop by before the event concludes.

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras is prohibited.

Friends and family far and near won’t have to miss a minute of the action all weekend long, including awards! Click here to catch Varsity TV’s LIVE STREAM! Opt for a monthly subscription or sign up for a whole year to get amazing and inspiring cheer and dance documentaries, insight into programs from across the country and so much more!

Videos of competition performances will not be available for purchase. Individuals are permitted to video the routine from their own team. Recording 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.

Finals, Scoresheets and Recaps

All teams will advance from Saturday “prelims” to Sunday “finals.” The order for “finals” performance will be the same as that of “prelims.”

  • Sunday finals will be in the same order of performance as prelims.
  • The finals performances will take place in the Arena.
  • Finals competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. for dance teams, followed by cheer teams.
  • This is 30 minutes later than the start time for prelims.
  • Awards for all divisions will take place at the conclusion of the cheer divisions.

Click here for Performance Order.

Scoresheets will be available approximately 10-15 minutes following the end of the dance/mascot divisions and then again at the end of the cheer divisions. These will be available outside at the Hall A/B lobby area registration table.

Recap sheets will be available from the USA main office by request only, starting on Monday, April 3rd.

Results will be posted approximately 2 hours following the award ceremony on the Varsity TV Event Hub:  http://bit.ly/HubUSACollege17.

Judging, Penalties, Team Eligibility

  • A panel of 5 judges will judge each routine for both “prelims” and “finals.”
  • 30% of a team’s score from prelims and 70% of a team’s score from finals will be added together to determine each division Champion.

If your team is to be assessed any type of penalty for your performance as a result of a safety violation, then a representative from your team will be notified of this prior to awards. At that time you have the opportunity to question the penalty. A video recording of the routine (provided by the USA) may be used to help make a final decision. The decision of the safety judges will be final.

If you have a concern about the eligibility of an individual for another team, this must be stated in writing from the coach/advisor and given to a competition director. At that point the director will review the documents provided by the team being questioned, as well as the documents provided by the team who initiated the investigation. Any team found to have an ineligible team member is subject to disqualification from the competition.

General Information

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). The United Spirit Association will not be responsible for any items that are left unattended by a representative of your organization at any time (including during your performance). Unattended bags are subject to immediate removal by security.

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

Throwing of any type of item onto the performance floor and/or the use of laser-type devices in any venue is grounds for immediate removal from the competition and individuals will be subject to prosecution.

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.

A FIRST AID station is located in the Convention Center and will be staffed throughout the weekend with a registered nurse. First aid staff will also be on duty during the competition at all venues.

Should you need medical assistance, please contact a USA or Anaheim Convention Center staff member.

Concession stands will be open at the Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. Outside food and drink are not permitted in the Convention Center.

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

Located at USA Team Registration windows at the Main Arena Box Office.

We’d love to follow your journey to Nationals! Be sure to tag us @usacamps and/or use the hashtag #USAnationals.