Spirit FAQ 2017-03-25T23:51:35+00:00

2017 Spirit Nationals Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations and welcome to Nationals, Coach! Below please find answers to your frequently asked questions. Please note that a special page just for spectators can be found at www.usacamps.com/spirit-nationals. This way, you get all the details you need here and family can get general information there. See you soon!

SUNDAY SPIRIT FINALS SCHEDULE

Schedule of Events

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena

Anaheim Convention Center – Hall A

  • 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Group Stunts (Prelims and Finals)
    • Prelims for Pep Flag, Mascot, Varsity and JV Jazz (Song/Pom), Freshman Show Cheer Novice and Crowdleader® Team Divisions
    • Two to three divisions will alternate performance times for Pep Flags, Mascot, JV and Varsity Jazz (song/pom), Freshman Show Cheer Novice and Crowdleader® Teams
    • Click here for Friday Hall A schedule
    • Friends and family not traveling to the event can catch the live stream and not miss a minute of the action! Click here to find out more!

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change. The divisions taken to Finals are subject to change pending the final number of performances in Prelims.

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena (8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Anaheim Convention Center — Arena (6:45 p.m. — Song/Pom, Song/Pom Jazz, Pep Flags and Mascot Finals)

Two to three cheer divisions will alternate performance times.

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena (6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)

Two to three song/pom, jazz (song/pom), mascot and pep/short flag finalists will alternate performance times.

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change.  The divisions taken to Finals are subject to change pending the final number of performances in Prelims.

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • FINALS for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Cheerleading, Non-Tumbling Cheerleading and Crowdleader® Teams divisions
  • View schedule
  • Friends and family not traveling to the event can catch the live stream and not miss a minute of the action! Click here to find out more

Sunday morning non-tumbling cheer divisions will compete, followed immediately by novice/intermediate/advanced and Crowdleader® Teams divisions.

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change.

  • Read the performance schedule from left to right 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 penalty will be assessed to any squad/individual performing out of scheduled order unless waived by competition officials. If you perform in the incorrect division, you will be disqualified.
  • The order for Saturday and Sunday Finals performance will be in reverse order of how teams place during Prelims. The order of performance for Group Stunt Finals will be the same as the order of performance for preliminary competition, alternating from division A and division B.

Parking, Registration and Admission

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.

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.

BEAT THE FRIDAY LINES AT REGISTRATION and REGISTER EARLY!

  • USA competition registration will be available between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Thursday in the Hall A/B lobby area of the Anaheim Convention Center.
    • There you will receive your team packet, which includes competition participant and guest passes, Disneyland® Resort tickets and updated information related to the competition.
    • You will be required to sign a form stating that you have received your entire packet.

The registration table in the Hall A/B lobby area at the Anaheim Convention Center will open on Friday, March 24th and on Saturday, March 25th at 6:00 AM for registration.

  • Only one person may pick up the USA registration packet and that person must sign for the packet.

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.

  • All performers and prepaid guests receive their entrance pass/wristbands to the Convention Center at registration check-in.
    • This will admit them to the Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • If pre-purchased, you will also receive your Disneyland® Resorts tickets.
  • General admission tickets may be purchased at the Convention Center Main Arena box office.
    • Ticket windows for spectators will open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.
    • Spectators may purchase a combined 3-day wristband for $57.00 adults/$18.00 children (5-11 yrs.) which will admit you to all competition events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • One-day tickets may be purchased for $24.00 adults/$9.00 children (5-11 years).
    • CASH ONLY IS ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION TICKETS/WRISTBANDS
  • All spectators must enter through the Main Arena doors (east side) to view the competition in the Arena at the Convention Center and through the Main Lobby doors of Hall A to view competition in Hall A.
  • Spectators will not be permitted in the “official/scheduled” or “open” warm-up/practice areas at any time.
  • Admission tickets/wristbands will be required in all competition venues
  • All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served.
  • 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 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

Wrist/ankle bands for performers and 3-day wristbands for guests must be worn at all times. Admission will not be allowed without a wristband and/or a hand stamp/ticket.

Doors for spectators will open approximately 45 minutes prior to the first scheduled performance in each venue.

The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.

Performance Areas and Judging

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Anaheim Convention Center — Arena
All song/pom divisions (excluding JV and Varsity Jazz for prelims) and the majority of cheerleading divisions will perform in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.

A basketball court will be placed in the Arena. Song/pom teams will perform on this surface.

For cheer teams, mats (9 strips) measuring 54’(wide) x 42’(depth) will be in place over the basketball court. You are not limited to the mat, but all stunts and tumbling for cheerleaders must be completed on the mat. A three-point penalty will be assessed for each infraction of this rule.

Anaheim Convention Center — Hall A
All pep flag, mascot and JV and Varsity Jazz (song/pom) competitors will perform on a parquet type of dance floor, measuring approximately 42’ (wide) x 42’(deep).

For cheer teams, mats (9 strips) measuring 54’(wide) x 42’(deep) will be in place over the parquet type dance floor. You are not limited to the mat, but all stunts and tumbling for cheerleaders must be completed on the mat. A three-point penalty will be assessed for each infraction of this rule.

Prelims scores will carry over to Finals (for all divisions excluding Group Stunts), with 30% of the score from Prelims and 70% of the score from Finals being added together to obtain the final placement in a division.

Again, for Prelims and Finals divisions, the judges’ scores will be averaged and any deductions/penalties will be subtracted from that score.

The order for Finals performance will be in reverse order of how teams place during Prelims, i.e. the 1st place team going out of Prelims will perform last in Finals. This excludes Group Stunts. Finalists for Group Stunts will perform in the same order as they performed for Prelims, alternating from division A and division B.

The USA reserves the right to adjust the Finals performance order to accommodate teams from the same school on the performance schedule.

At the conclusion of the competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all teams will receive their scoresheets for review.

  • Available at the registration table in the Hall A/B lobby area following the announcement of finalists/awards for that division.
  • Available for no longer than ½ hour after the conclusion of the final awards ceremony for that day.
  • Scoresheets 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 scoresheets.

Recaps will be given in your scoresheet packet.

For teams that hit zero on the deduction sheet, USA encourages you to celebrate your athletes by taking a photo in front of our brand new “It’s a HIT” banner!

Results will be posted on the USA Spirit Nationals Event Hub approximately half an hour following each award ceremony. Click here to get to the Event Hub!

Music

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.

Awards Presentation

  • For Group Stunt divisions which advance to Finals, approximately 25% of the total performances in a division will advance to compete again on Friday.
  • For “Non-Tumbling”, “Novice” and “Intermediate” divisions, approximately 35% of the total performances in a division will advance to Finals.
  • For all “Advanced” teams, Mascot, Jazz (Song/Pom) and Pep Flag divisions, approximately 45% of a division will advance to Finals.
  • All divisions will advance to Finals regardless of their size, with a minimum of 3 teams advancing.
  • This information is subject to change at the discretion of competition officials.
  • NOTE – All Crowdleader® Teams will advance to Finals on Sunday.

National Champions will be directed to Champions Cove in Hall A where they will receive their Champion backpacks, Herff Jones National Champion ring information and will have an opportunity to take a group photo in front of the Champion banner! Parents are invited to take photos in the Champions Cove area in Hall A.

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.

Please CLICK HERE to see a UEP photo order form for more information.

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, including awards! Click here to catch Varsity TV’s LIVE STREAM of all days, all stages! 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.

General Information

Please watch this Orientation Video to get a walk through of event details so you feel prepared when your team arrives at #USAnationals! We can’t wait to watch your teams take the floor!

Participants — be sure you stop by Champions Cove on Friday or Saturday to pick up your 2017 Nationals bag and sponsor giveaways while supplies last! No bags will be shipped out after the event, so be sure to stop by Champions Cove!

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.

There are limited dressing rooms designated for participants in Hall A. Numerous restrooms are located throughout the Convention Center. Neither the Anaheim Convention Center nor USA Nationals will be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Open practice areas will be available during the following times:

  • Friday, March 24th
    • Song/Pom, Cheer, Pep/Short Flag and Mascot (carpet bonded foam mats and convention center cement flooring)
    • Anaheim Convention Center – Hall B
    • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25th
    • Song/Pom, Cheer, Pep/Short Flag and Mascot (carpet bonded foam mats and convention center cement flooring)
    • Anaheim Convention Center – Hall B
    • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20th
    • Cheer (carpet bonded foam mats and convention center floor)
    • Anaheim Convention Center – Hall A
    • 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Note that the above times are for “Open” practice only. End times will be strictly enforced, as some venues will be used for “Official/Scheduled” practice time following the “open” practice schedule.

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.

  • There will be no practicing on the performance floors in any venue.
  • Note that all official warm-up will take place in Hall A.
  • All songleading/pom, jazz (song/pom) and pep/short flag squads will receive a scheduled practice time with safety judges in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday and Saturday (Finalists). This will be scheduled according to your performance time. Each team will be allowed 9 minutes in the area, approximately 15 – 30 minutes prior to performing. You will receive a “Team Practice Schedule” at registration or check on-line as of Wednesday, March 22nd after 5:00 p.m. (PST).
  • All cheerleading squads will receive a scheduled practice time with safety judges in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Finalists). This will be scheduled according to your performance time. Each team will be allowed 9 minutes in the area, approximately 15 – 30 minutes prior to performing. You will receive a “Team Practice Schedule” at registration or check on-line as of Wednesday, March 22nd after 5:00 p.m. (PST).
  • Mascots may warm-up in Hall A, but will not be provided with official warm-up time.
  • Group Stunts may warm-up in Hall A, but will not be provided with official warm-up time. A full warm-up floor will be available for teams to share for warm-up in the official warm-up area 20 minutes prior to each team’s performance.
  • Safety judges in the “Official/Scheduled” practice area provided as a courtesy to the teams. There is no guarantee that they will find any/all illegal skills in a routine and their presence does not preclude a team from receiving a penalty during their official performance in front of the panel judges.
  • There will be no general public spectators permitted in the “open” or “official/scheduled” scheduled practice area at any time. Only teams who are officially warming up and their advisor/coach(es) will be permitted in this area. Special wristbands are required for admission to this area.
  • The official warm-up mats in Hall A for the cheerleading teams (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) for official warm-up time will measure 54’ x 42’. This is the last opportunity to show penalty judges stunts/tumbling for possible infractions.
  • Immediately following your “official” warm-up time, you will be directed to the backstage “Getting Ready” area.
  • 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.

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 on Friday, 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.