Cheer (Level 1-4: 5 – 32 team members/Level 5: 5 - 36 team members):
2 minutes 30 second time limit
A cheer routine incorporates stunts, pyramids, tosses (Level 2 – 6), tumbling, jumps, motions and dance to high energy music. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, visual effect, team uniformity and synchronisation.
Group Stunt (3 – 5 team members): 1 minute time limit
The aim of the group stunt routine is to safely demonstrate as many stunts as possible. The routine must be performed to music, however the routine does not have to be choreographed directly to the music.
Partner Stunt (2 team members, plus 1 spotter): 1 minute time limit
The aim of the partner stunt routine is to safely demonstrate as many stunts as possible. The routine must be performed to music, however the routine does not have to be choreographed directly to the music. The spotter cannot be involved in the execution of stunts, however they MUST have at least one hand/arm supporting the head and shoulder area through all cradles from stunts at prep level or above.
Special Needs Cheer (unlimited team size): 2 minutes 30 second time limit
Special Needs teams may be made up entirely of, or include participants who have an intellectual, physical or other disability. Assistants or helpers are permitted on the floor to assist the athletes.
There are no routine requirements. Routines may include motions, dance, jumps, tumbling, stunts and pyramids. Pom and Cheer can be mixed together, or remain separate. All team members must only perform to their ability level and skills are to be performed safely and technically correct.
Special needs teams are not ranked with other teams and will receive a comment sheet from the judges. An award will be presented to the team and each team member will receive a participation medal.
Pom (4+ team members): Min 1 min 45 seconds/Max 2 min 30 seconds
Poms must be used 80% of the routine. Exception: Male team members are not required to use poms. Important characteristics of a pom routine include synchronization and visual effect, clean and precise motions, strong pom technique, and incorporate dance technical elements. Visual effect includes level changes, group work, formation changes, the use of different color poms, etc.
Hip Hop (4+ team members): Min 1 min 45 seconds/Max 2 min 30 seconds
Routines can incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation. Teams may also put an additional focus on athletic incorporations such as jumps, jump variations, combo jumps and other tricks. (Examples: Dance Crew, Krumping, Breaking, Stepping, etc.).
Jazz (4+ team members): Min 1 min 45 seconds/Max 2 min 30 seconds
A jazz routine incorporates stylized dance movements and combinations, formation changes, group work, leaps and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement and team uniformity.
Contemporary (4+ team members): Min 1 min 45 seconds/Max 2 min 30 seconds
Contemporary routines implement the principles of fall and recovery, contraction and release,weight sharing and innovative manipulation of the body to express inner feeling as related to the musical or narrative piece.
Lyrical (4+ team members): Min 1 min 45 seconds/Max 2 min 30 seconds
Lyrical routines combine the principles of jazz and ballet, emphasizing proper technical execution, the use of flexibility, balance and mood. Routines are fluid in movement and focus on emotion that compliments the musical selection.
International Junior Dance (4+ team members): Min 1 minute 45 seconds/Max 2 minutes 30 seconds
A routine in this category may incorporate any one style or combination of styles outlined in the USASF category listings. All styles will be judged against each other in this category.
Dance Doubles (2 team members): 1 minute 30 second time limit
Dance Doubles routines are split by style as per the Pom, Jazz or Hip Hop categories.