Spirit Nationals 2018-02-25T10:22:29+00:00

Congratulations and welcome to the 2018 USA Spirit Nationals! Parents, guardians, family and friends — thank you for supporting your athletes throughout their journey to #USAnationals. Below is information to help guide you through a successful weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center February 23-25, 2018.

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ARENA Song/Pom/Mascot/Pep Flag Finals – Sunday


RESULTS (Select Your Division from Down Menu)

Schedule of Events

11:00 AM – 9:30 PM – Arena

Prelims for select Cheerleading team divisions (see performance schedule)

Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.

 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor)

Group Stunts (Prelims and Finals) and Prelims for select Cheerleading team divisions (see performance schedule)

Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Arena Prelims

Prelims for select Cheerleading team divisions (see performance schedule)

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM – North Hall 200 Level (2nd Floor)

Prelims for Song/Pom, Jazz (Song/Pom), Pep Flag and Mascot divisions

Refer to performance schedules for specific divisions and times.

3:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Arena FINALS

Finals for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Cheerleading, Non-Tumbling Cheerleading and Crowdleader® Teams divisions.

Have questions on what it takes to get to the next level? What is it really like being on a college team? What are the skill requirements at tryouts? Get your questions answered by visiting college cheer and dance coaches and athletes at the USA Collegiate Expo on Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arena concourse. Once you enter the Arena entrance doors, make a right to the Collegiate Expo. See you there!

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Arena FINALS

Finals for Song/Pom, Jazz (Song/Pom), Pep Flag and Mascot divisions

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.

Parking and Admission

Please note that parking at the Anaheim Convention Center may be impacted over the weekend due to other events.  You could be directed to an off-site lot.  Please prepare accordingly for time.  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.

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.


  • General admission tickets may be purchased at the Convention Center Arena box office. Spectators may purchase a one-day preliminary competition ticket for $25.00 adults/$10.00 children (5-11 years).
  • One-day finals competition tickets may be purchased for $18.00 adults/$8.00 children (5-11 years).
  • Please note that admission to Prelims and Finals is a separate ticket. The venues on Saturday will be cleared of all spectators prior to Finals and a Finals ticket only will permit a spectator to re-enter.  The same holds true for Sunday Finals, a new ticket is required for entry into the Arena on Sunday.
  • All spectators must enter through the main Arena doors (east side nearest the water fountain) to view the spiritleading teams competition in the Arena at the Convention Center and through the center ballroom doors to view competition in North Hall 200 Level. 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.
  • Please obtain a handstamp should you wish to exit a venue and re-enter at a later time. A valid ticket and handstamp are required for re-entry.
  • All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served. Tickets and a hand stamp are necessary to re-enter a performance venue after exiting the building.
  • 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.
  • Wrist/ankle bands for performers must be worn at all times. Admission will not be allowed without a wristband and/or a hand stamp/ticket.
  • The Arena box office will be open on Thursday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM to pre-sell general admission and Disneyland® Resort tickets.
  • Ticket windows for spectators will open at 7:30AM on Friday and at 6:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday. 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.

Photography, Varsity TV Live Stream, Videography Policy & Dance Academy the Movie

Official team photos will be taken by Universal Event Photography prior to each team’s “scheduled practice time.”

CLICK HERE to download the UEP Team Photo Order Form.

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! 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.  Video- taping of multiple teams in a division is not permitted.

Unauthorized videotaping of any team is subject to immediate removal from the competition venue.

Get ready for DANCE ACADEMY: THE COMEBACK, hitting theaters and On Demand March 2! If you’re in Anaheim for USA Nationals February 23-25, come take a selfie, get a movie coupon and meet the cast! Visit us on the 2nd floor of the North Hall!


Results will be posted approximately two hours following the conclusion of each award ceremony on our USA Spirit Nationals Event Hub through Varsity TV. CLICK HERE:  http://bit.ly/2018SpiritResults

General Information

Participants — be sure you stop by the entrance to the Open Warm-Up area on Friday or Saturday on the 2nd floor of the North Hall to pick up your 2018 Nationals bag while supplies last. No bags will be shipped out after the event.

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 and/or the use of tripods is prohibited.

A FIRST AID station is located in the Convention Center and will be staffed throughout the weekend.  USA 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 drinks 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.

Lost and Found will be located at the Arena Box Office.

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