College FAQ 2018-02-25T16:57:19+00:00

USA Collegiate Championships FAQ

Welcome to the 2018 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!

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Performance Order
Other Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There, Parking, Admission Information and Disneyland® Resort Tickets

Anaheim Convention Center (North Hall for Warm-ups and Prelims; Arena for Finals)
800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Please allow an additional 30 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: Please follow signage posted by the Convention Center.

The parking fee at the Convention Center is $16.00 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.

Parking fees are subject to change. 

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

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

The box office at the Main Arena (for both days of competition) will open 6:30 a.m. (tickets for either day’s competition may be purchased at this location).

Admission cost is $18.00 adults/$8.00 children (5-11 years) per day or $30.00 adult/$10.00 children (5-11 years) wristband 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 prelims spectator tickets to the Collegiate Championships are valid for that event in North Hall 200 Level (Saturday), as well as for Spirit Finals in the Arena (Saturday) with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the start of competition.   College spectator tickets will not permit a person into Spirit Prelims on Saturday during the day in either venue.

Spectator tickets to the Collegiate Championships finals are valid for entry into the Arena only all day on Sunday.  You may use these beginning with Spirit Nationals finals in the morning.

2-day wristbands must be worn the spectator and are valid on Saturday and Sunday with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the start of competition on Saturday (North Hall 200 Level) and starting in the morning with Spirit Nationals Finals, followed by Collegiate Championships finals (Arena).

Even though the box office opens at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday/Sunday (Arena), spectators purchasing tickets/wristbands for entrance to the Collegiate Championships only will not be permitted into North Hall Level 200 (Saturday) until 30 minutes prior to prelims competition. 

Should you purchase a one-day ticket to either day’s competition and wish to leave and re-enter the venue, you must obtain a hand-stamp and show your dated ticket for re-entry.

  • 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 ($294.00), 3-Day Park Hopper Passes ($245.00), 2-Day Park Hopper Passes ($207.00) and 1-Day Park Hopper Passes ($161.00) will be available for purchase at the Convention Center Main Arena box office on Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

Team Registration, Warm-Up and Performance Information

  • All teams must register at the Anaheim Convention Center North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor) area at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled practice time in North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor Ballroom B) 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 7:00 p.m. in North Hall Level 200 (Ballroom A/B) for all Saturday performances.

Also, “open warm-up” space will not be available until after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.  All those entering the “open warm-up space” 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.
  • Music guidelines are being followed at all USA and Varsity Brands events. Competition music must be properly licensed and a team must provide proof of licensing at team registration. If a team cannot provide proof of licensing immediately upon request, the team may be disqualified from the event. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

Open Practice Area

Cheer, Stunt, Mascot and Dance Teams –

Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – North Hall 200 Level (Ballroom A)

Sunday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – North Hall 200 Level (Ballroom A)

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 carpeting located in the North Hall 200 Level (Ballroom B) at the Anaheim Convention Center.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, February 23rd or Saturday morning, February 24thUse 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 — North Hall (2nd Floor)

All prelims performances will take place in North Hall Level 200 (Ballrooms A/B) 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.

All dance, mascot and cheer competitors will perform on a raised stage, measuring approximately 70’ (wide) x 60’(deep).  On top of this stage will be placed a Marley floor measuring 42’ x 42’.   Dance teams do not have to stay within the Marley during their performance.  For cheer teams and mascots, mats (9 strips) measuring 54’(wide) x 42’(deep) will be in place on the stage.  You are not limited to the mat, but all stunts and tumbling for cheerleaders must be completed on the mat.  A penalty will be assessed for each infraction of this rule.

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.

A 60’ x 60’ dance floor will be placed in the Arena.  Dance teams will perform on a Marley floor, measuring 42’ x 42’ and placed on this surface. For cheer teams and mascots, mats (9 strips) measuring 54’(wide) x 42’(depth) will be in place over the dance floor.  You are not limited to the mat, but all stunts and tumbling for cheerleaders must be completed on the mat.  A penalty will be assessed for each infraction of this rule

  • All teams must provide their own MP3 device or smart phone for use on the event provided sound system. Music must be recorded at the correct tempo. Although it is not recommended due to interference that may be caused during a routine, a smart phone may be used for playing music. No cover may be on any MP3 player or smart phone so that a patch cord may be easily inserted into the device.  Please ensure that jacks are clean and free of any debris which may impact connectivity.  You must ensure that your device has a jack into which a patch cord may be inserted.  Note that you may need to acquire an adapter in advance if your player does not have a head phone jack. One or several selections of music may be used as long as they follow the music licensing rules.
  • 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.
  • Music guidelines are being followed at all USA and Varsity Brands events. Competition music must be properly licensed and a team must provide proof of licensing at team registration. If a team cannot provide proof of licensing immediately upon request, the team may be disqualified from the event. For further details visit www.varsity.com/music.

Photography, Varsity TV Live Stream & Videography Policy

Official team photos will be taken prior to each team’s performance and will be available for purchase at the Universal Event Photography booth inside the lobby of the Main Arena.

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras is prohibited.

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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.

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.
  • The cheer divisions will begin on Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. and the dance divisions will follow.
  • The competition will conclude with awards for all divisions at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.
  • The order of performance is the same as “prelims” for all divisions.
  • These times are subject to change.

Following Prelims, scoresheets will be available approximately 15-20 minutes following the end of the cheer divisions and then again at the end of the dance divisions. These will be available, weather permitting, at the USA Information Booth (between the Arena and North Hall).

Results will be posted approximately 2 hours following the award ceremony on the Varsity TV Event Hub: CLICK HERE.

Judging, Penalties, Team Eligibility

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 and/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.

Squads and spectators are encouraged to leave large bags, valuables, etc. in locked buses or vehicles.  The United Spirit Association or the Anaheim Convention Center cannot and will not be held liable for lost or stolen items.

There will be first aid staff available at the competition.  Athletic taping will not be provided by the USA first aid staff for athletes.  If an athlete must be taped prior to performance, (s)he must provide the personnel to do this.

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

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

Outside food will not be permitted inside the exhibit halls and/or Main Arena areas.  There will be concessions available throughout the competition.

Merchandise, including souvenir T-shirts and sweatshirts, will be available for purchase throughout the competition.

DVDs will not be available for purchase for this year’s event.

Located at the Arena Box Office.

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Noise-makers (i.e. drums, air horns, or other amplified sound will not be permitted inside the exhibit hall or main arena areas).