Legacy Cheer and Dance Division and Age Grid Information

Legacy Cheer and Dance events follow USASF/IASF safety rules and guidelines for cheer and dance. There are a few minor exceptions, in order to accommodate the international community.  Coaches are responsible for knowing and understanding these rules prior to competition. Penalties are assessed for out of division and/or safety violations according to the Legacy Cheer & Dance scoring system.

Click for USASF/IASF Rules View the USASF/IASF GlossaryThese rules are updated regularly by USASF/IASF.  Note that Legacy has slight variations for the All Star Prep divisions, as clarified in the All Star Prep section of this website. The glossary is also included in this document and is critical to establish understanding the AllStar Cheer rules, definitions, and how they are interpreted.

View the USASF/IASF Dance Rules & Glossary


For Legacy Cheer and Dance Division Offering and Age Grid Information:

Click here for Dance Divisions.

Click here for All-Star Cheer Divisions.

Click here for All-Star Prep (Community/School Cheer) Divisions.

Click here for Stunt Group Divisions.


2016-17 Dance RulesThis document is a modified version of USASF Dance Rules that only reflects the applicable divisions for Legacy Events being run in the UK. No rules have been changed from the USASF website, but non-applicable divisions have been eliminated from this document for simplification purposes.

USASF/IASF Video Glossary for Dance: This is a video library built and maintained by USASF that shows various dance skills for the purpose of defining skills consistently across the industry.

AGAIN, PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO VARIANCES IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MAKE-UP AND SPECIFIC INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEEDS, THE ALL-STAR PREP DIVISIONS FOR LEGACY ARE NOT THE SAME AS USASF DEFINED ALL-STAR PREP DIVISIONS.  In general, Legacy’s all-star prep divisions are a combination of school and community programmes. Please review the details in the Division Guidelines and Age Grids (below on this page) for definitions, restrictions, rule variations, and links to applicable discounts for schools.


Legality Queries

All legality queries should be submitted to the IASF (International All-Star Federation) for official rulings.
For an official ruling please contact IASF at the appropriate email below:
Dance Queries: dance.rules@iasfworlds.com
Cheer Queries: cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com
Videos submitted for rules queries must follow the legality query protocol and submission guidelines as a requirement to receive a response. REMEMBER: Every email should be answerable with one word, LEGAL or ILLEGAL.
Coaches wishing to query any out of division penalties on site at a Legacy event based on an official IASF ruling will be required to provide the video and official ruling at the On Point Scoring (OPS) table. Specifically, this is a direct email from cheer.rules@iasfworlds.com or dance.rules@IASFworlds.com (not a forwarded email). Remember, official IASF rulings are made based on the skill as performed in your video, and any change in execution later may lead to a different ruling.

For additional competition policies (payment procedures, refund policies, etc.) click here.

Dance Division and Age Grid Information

GENERAL COMPETITION POLICIES

In addition to the Division Guidelines and Age Guidelines listed on this page, all participants at Legacy Cheer & Dance events must also abide by our General Competition Policies. Please ensure your programme athletes, coaches, and supporters are aware of the applicable competition policies.

General Competition Policies can be found here.

DANCE DIVISIONS AND AGE GRIDS
Legacy Cheer & Dance Age Grids and Divisions
Division Age Male/Female #of Athletes Level
Tiny Novice Dance
Tiny Novice 3-6 yrs Female/Male 4 -32 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Tiny Dance
Tiny 3-6yrs Female/Male 4-32 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Mini Dance
Mini 5-8yrs Female/Male 4-32 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Youth Dance
Youth Small 5-11yrs Female/Male 4-14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Youth Large 5-11yrs Female/Male 15-36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Junior Dance
Junior Small 5-14yrs No Males 4-14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Junior Large 5-14yrs No Males 15 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Junior CoEd Small 5-14yrs Female/Male 4 – 14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Junior CoEd Large 5-14 yrs Female/Male 15 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Junior Male 5-14yrs No Females 4 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Senior Dance
Senior Small 10+ yrs No Males 4 – 14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Senior Large 10+ yrs No Males 15 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Senior CoEd Small 10+ yrs Female/Male 4 – 14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Senior CoEd Large 10+ yrs Female/Male 15 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Open Dance
Open Small 17+ yrs No Males 4-14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Open Large 17+ yrs No Males 15 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Open Coed Small 17+ yrs 1 or more Males 4 – 14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Open Coed Large 17+ yrs 1 or more Males 5 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
University Dance (only available at Dream Extreme)
University Small (only available at Dream Extreme) 17+ yrs No Males 4-14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop,Lyrical
University Large (only available at Dream Extreme) 17+ yrs No Males 15 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
University Coed Small (only available at Dream Extreme) 17+ yrs 1 or more Males 4 – 14 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
University Coed Large (only available at Dream Extreme) 17+ yrs 1 or more Males 5 – 36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Specialty Divisions
Masters Dance 75% are 25+yrs Males/Females 4-36 Dancers Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Special Athlete: Dance Any Age Female/Male Unlimited Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical
ParaCheer: Dance Any Age Female/Male Unlimited Freestyle Pom, Hip Hop

COMPETITOR AGE (DANCE)

The age of the competitor as of August 31, 2016 will be the age used for competition purposes throughout the 2016-2017 season for all club divisions.

The USASF and Legacy Cheer & Dance recognize the concern with fielding teams of a broad age range and highly recommends that individual gyms/programs be vigilant in monitoring participants of various ages on the same team and that, whenever possible, a team’s composition is made up of participants of similar ages.

ROUTINE LENGTH

Tiny Novice team routines are limited to a max 1 minute 30 seconds (1:30). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Star Prep team routines are limited to a max 2 minutes. (2:00). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All other Team routines (Dance and All-Star Cheer) are limited to a maximum of 2 minutes 30 seconds (2:30) maximum. Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Stunt Group and Partner Stunt routines are listed to 1 minute 15 seconds (1:15) maximum. Penalties apply for over-time routines.

Legacy will not enforce a minimum time frame, although it should be noted that it will be very difficult to cover scoresheet criteria if the routine is too short. The determination of that time frame is left to coaches to determine, regardless of any minimums that USASF may place on minimum times.

STYLES

Legacy Cheer & Dance offers dance divisions in 3 styles: Jazz, Pom, and Hip-Hop.

JAZZ

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.

POM

Poms must be used 80% of the routine.

Important characteristics of a pom routine include strong pom technique: clean/precise and sharp motions, synchronization and visual effect, and may incorporate tricks (i.e. leaps/turns, pom passes, jump sequences, kick lines etc).

Visual effect includes level changes, group work, formation changes, the use of different color poms, etc.

HIP-HOP

Routines can incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation.

WHEN TO COMBINE DIVISIONS (DANCE)

COMBINING AND SPLITTING DIVISIONS
Primary Age Divisions will be combined first by team size when applicable, then by gender.

A “Dance” Category may be offered to combine categories (by Age Division) when fewer than three teams are registered in a Category. Specific rules apply. See below.

COMBINING BY SMALL AND LARGE TEAM SIZE

If there are fewer than three teams in Small and/or Large in Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior and/or Open Divisions within the same Category, Small and Large divisions must be combined. (Example: If there are two teams in Senior Small Pom and five teams in Senior Large Pom, Divisions will be combined into Senior Pom.)

Small and Large will not combine if it means that a program will compete against itself. (Example: Senior Small Pom and Senior Large Pom teams from the same program will not be combined into one division that would cause them to compete against each other. If a program chooses to register two teams in the same Age, Team Size and Category (like Senior Small Pom), the teams will compete against each other.)

When there are more than 12 teams in any Small or Large division, Legacy may further split that division by team size, provided a minimum of three teams remain in all resulting divisions.

Combining Age and Gender

If there is only one team registered in any Junior, Senior or Open Division within the same Category, Legacy will combine (in this order), as long as a program is not forced to compete against itself:

Jr. Coed with Jr. Male, Sr. Coed with Sr. Male and Open Coed with Open Male

Jr. with Jr. Coed, Sr. with Sr. Coed and Open with Open Coed

Jr. with Jr. Male, Sr. with Sr. Male and Open with Open Male

Combining Categories to Create A “Dance” Category

The Dance Category (formerly known as “Open”) may be offered to establish competition when fewer than three teams are registered in any Category within an Age Division. If combined, all Category styles (Jazz, Pom, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical, Kick or Variety), in each Division, (Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior or Open), will compete together in this category. Example: When one team is registered in Junior Jazz and two teams are registered in Junior Pom, Legacy may combine Junior Jazz and Junior Pom to create Junior Dance.

USASF Exceptions:

Categories will not combine into Dance if there are three or more teams registered in a category. Example: If there are 3 teams in Junior Jazz, 2 in Junior Pom, 2 in Junior Hip Hop and 1 in Junior Kick, the event producer will combine the Pom, Hip Hop and Kick teams into the Junior Dance Division/Category and will leave Junior Jazz as a separate Division/Category. Note: There should always be more than one team in the Dance category.

Categories and Divisions will not combine into Dance if it means that a program will compete against itself. (Example: Junior Jazz and Junior Pom teams from the same program will not be combined into one division that would cause them to compete against each other. If a program chooses to register two teams in the same Age, Team Size and Category, the teams will compete against each other.)

WHEN TO SPLIT DIVISIONS (DANCE)

Legacy Cheer & Dance will split divisions by co-ed and all-girl and/or by size (as applicable) if there are 4 or more teams in the division before the split occurs AND there are at least 2 teams in each division once the split occurs. Further A/B splits will occur if there are more than 10 in any remaining divisions.

CROSSOVERS: DANCE (FROM WITHIN THE SAME PROGRAMME)

Crossover athletes are athletes who participate in more than one competitive routine within the same programme. In general, athletes pay one fee to compete once, and a discount fee for additional routines. The exception to this is Stunt Groups, which are categorized and priced independently from full team divisions.

Dancers may compete in more than one division and/or category as long as they abide by the age restrictions of that divisions.

CROSSOVER RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO NUMBER OF ROUTINES

Legacy highly recommends coaches, athletes, and parents consider all implications of multiple crossover athletes, especially in cases where an athlete participates in more than 2 or 3 routines in a day. Implications of note include potential for injury, fatigue, performance-readiness, mental preparedness, burnout, cost, difficulty or re-choreographing multiple routines in case of injury, and other things. While Legacy does not yet place a restriction on how many crossover routines are allowed by one athlete (due to emergent elements of the current community), it is noted that USASF does apply restrictions in these matters and Legacy highly recommends that the UK adhere to these restrictions, as well.

For reference only, the USASF rule is listed here. Again, this is not a Legacy requirement, but we do recommend it:

“For the 2016-17 season, an all-star cheerleader is limited to crossing over to 2 (two) additional cheer teams from their gym per competition. Therefore, an athlete may compete on one team and crossover to two more teams from the same gym during the competition. An event producer may choose to be more restrictive than the rules above for crossovers limiting the number of teams an athlete may crossover to further; however an event producer may not be less restrictive than this.”

CROSSOVERS FROM ONE PROGRAMME TO ANOTHER

Due to the emergent nature of UK cheer and dance, sometimes it becomes necessary for an individual to crossover from one programme to another programme within the same event. This will be permitted on a limited basis with the following restrictions:

  1. Crossover must be to one additional team only.
  2. Athlete must be registered as an independent athlete on each programme, in which case they will be charged full rate fist entry for both programmes.
  3. An email must be sent to hello@legacycheeranddnace.com at the time of entry to confirm the name of the crossover athlete and all divisions/teams that athlete is a part of for the event.
  4. An athlete CANNOT compete on two teams within the same division.

UNPLANNED ATHLETE REPLACEMENT (ROSTER CHANGES)

In the event of a missing/absent member of a team a gym may replace that athlete with another performer from that gym. A replacement is defined as an individual who was not on the team’s original roster taking the place of another athlete at an event. This usually occurs as a result of illness/injury.

If the replacement athlete does not meet the age requirements for that particular division (this includes a coach), then the team is permitted to perform in “exhibition” only. Performing competitively for a team with a replacement member who does not meet division age requirements is not permitted. All appropriate general safety rules and level rules must be followed for the team regardless of the age of performers on the team.

An unplanned replacement of an athlete(s) is limited to 3 performers maximum. Any number that exceeds 3 will result in the team performing in “exhibition” only.

UNIVERSITY TEAMS

Legacy allows a 10% allowance for non-university students(alumni) within the rosters of university based teams.

All other rostered members need to be enrolled students for the university represented on their main campus or satellite campuses.

SPECIAL ATHLETE AND PARACHEER DIVISION PROTOCOL

Legacy is proud to support Special Athlete divisions and ParaCheer divisions. Please join us this season in welcoming athletes of all ability levels to participate in this life-changing sport for cheerleaders and dancers.  The following protocols apply:

Rates:  

Special Athletes compete at crossover rates in these divisions, even if this is their first/only entry. Special Athlete rosters MUST include ALL SEN performers. Persons on the mat who are non-disabled assistants during the routine should not be listed on the roster.

Paracheer athletes compete at crossover rates in these divisions, even if this is their first/only entry.  For Paracheer athletes competing in more than one routine and across divisions, the following protocol applies:  Allstar Division= first entry rate, then Paracheer Division= crossover rate.

Spectator Ticket Allocations for Carers: There is also an allocation of up to 1 free spectator ticket per athlete for carers (this allocation does not include non-disabled athletes). Additional spectator tickets will need to be purchased at regular rates.

Programmes wishing to register a team in the Special Athlete division or ParaCheer division must do so in the regular online registration system, along with their other teams competing at a given event (if applicable).  All athletes who will be competing on the floor must be listed on the roster.  The price discount will be applied to the invoice. If you have registered a team in the Special Athlete or Paracheer division, please contact Legacy directly to discuss any specific needs for the team and to secure the allocation of your free spectator tickets for the carers.

All Star Cheer Division and Age Grid Information

GENERAL COMPETITION POLICIES

In addition to the Division Guidelines and Age Guidelines listed on this page, all participants at Legacy Cheer & Dance events must also abide by our General Competition Policies. Please ensure your programme athletes, coaches, and supporters are aware of the applicable competition policies.

General Competition Policies can be found here.

ALL STAR CHEER DIVISIONS AND AGE GRID

All Star Cheer Divisions 2017 – 2018

Division Age Male/Female #of Athletes Level
Tiny Novice Cheer
Tiny 3-6yrs Female/Male 5-32 Athletes 1 w/restrictions
Tiny Cheer
Tiny 3-6yrs Female/Male 5-32 Athletes 1
Mini Cheer
Mini 5-8yrs Female/Male 5-32 Athletes 1-2
Youth Cheer
Youth 5-11yrs Female/Male 5-32 Athletes 1,2,3,4
Youth Restricted 5-11yrs Female/Male 5-38 Athletes 5R
Junior Cheer
Junior 5-14yrs Female/Male 5-32 Athletes 1,2,3,4
Junior Restricted 5-14yrs 0-4 Males 5-38 Athletes 5R
Junior 5-14yrs No Males 5-38 Athletes 5
Junior Co-Ed 5-14yrs 1 or More Males 5-38 Athletes 5
Senior Cheer
Senior 10+ yrs Female / Male 5-32 Athletes 1,2
Senior 10+ yrs No Males 5-32 Athletes 3,4
Senior Co-Ed 10+ yrs 1 or more Males 5-32 Athletes 3,4
Senior 10+ yrs Female / Male 5-32 Athletes 4.2
Senior Restricted 10+ yrs 0-4 Males 5-38 Athletes 5R
Senior XSmall 12+ yrs No Males 5-14 Athletes 5
Senior Small 12+ yrs No Males 15-22 Athletes 5
Senior Medium 12+ yrs No Males 23-30 Athletes 5
Senior Large 12+ yrs No Males 31-38 Athletes 5
Senior XSmall Co-Ed 12+ yrs 1-2 Males 5-14 Athletes 5
Senior Small Co-Ed 12+ yrs 1-5 Males 5-22 Athletes 5
Senior Medium Co-Ed 12+ yrs 1-8 Males 5-30 Athletes 5
Senior Large Co-Ed 12+ yrs 1-19 Males 5-38 Athletes 5
Open Cheer
Open 17+ yrs Female / Male 5-32 Athletes 1,2
Open 17+ yrs No Males 5-32 Athletes 3,4
Open Co-Ed 17+ yrs 1 or more Males 5-32 Athletes 3,4
International Open 14+ yrs No Males 5-24 Athletes 5
International Open Small Co-Ed 14+ yrs 1-4 Males 5-24 Athletes 5
International Open Large Co-Ed 14+ yrs 5-12 Males 5-24 Athletes 5
International Open 17+ yrs No Males 5-24 Athletes 6
International Open Small Co-Ed 17+ yrs 1-4 Males 5-24 Athletes 6
International Open Large Co-Ed 17+ yrs 5-15 Males 5-24 Athletes 6
University Cheer*
University 17+ yrs No Males 5-32 Athletes 1,2,3,4,5,6
University Co-Ed 17+ yrs 1 or more Males 5-32 Athletes 1,2,3,4,5,6
Masters Divisions
Masters Cheer 17yrs+, and 75% is 25yrs+ Female/Male 5-32 Athletes 1,2,3,4
Specialty Divisions
Special Athlete Cheer Any Age Female/Male Unlimited 2
ParaCheer Any Age Female/Male Unlimited 4

*University divisions only available at DREAM EXTREME University Nationals

COMPETITOR AGE (ALL-STAR CHEER)

The age of the competitor as of August 31, 2016 will be the age used for competition purposes throughout the 2016-2017 season for all club divisions.

For all International Divisions (5 and 6), the eligible age for the athletes will be determined by the “calendar year of the competition” (Dec. 31 of the same year that the competition occurs) for its age cutoff date.

Example: An athlete that is 13 turns 14 on December 12, 2016. She is competing at a competition on November 7, 2016. She is permitted to compete in International Open 5 (all girl or co-ed) because she turns 14 within the same calendar year as the event in which she is competing. A calendar year is considered January 1st – December 31st.

The USASF and Legacy Cheer & Dance recognize the concern with fielding teams of a broad age range and highly recommends that individual gyms/programs be vigilant in monitoring participants of various ages on the same team and that, whenever possible, a team’s composition is made up of participants of similar ages.

ROUTINE LENGTH

Tiny Novice team routines are limited to a max 1 minute 30 seconds (1:30). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Star Prep team routines are limited to a max 2 minutes. (2:00). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All other Team routines (Dance and All-Star Cheer) are limited to a maximum of 2 minutes 30 seconds (2:30) maximum. Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Stunt Group and Partner Stunt routines are listed to 1 minute 15 seconds (1:15) maximum. Penalties apply for over-time routines.

Legacy will not enforce a minimum time frame, although it should be noted that it will be very difficult to cover scoresheet criteria if the routine is too short. The determination of that time frame is left to coaches to determine, regardless of any minimums that USASF may place on minimum times.

ATHLETE REPLACEMENT WITHIN A GIVEN ROUTINE

The athletes who perform a routine must remain the same from start to finish and MAY NOT be replaced by another athlete at anytime during the performance.

WHEN TO COMBINE DIVISIONS (ALL-STAR CHEER)

Sr 5 and Sr 5 Restricted/Jr 5 and Jr 5 Restricted

Senior Restricted Level 5 and Senior Level 5 divisions may not be combined into one division. Junior Restricted Level 5 and Junior Level 5 divisions may not be combined into one division.

Co-Ed Combining

For Junior Co-Ed Level 5, if there is only ONE co-ed competing, then the all girl and one co-ed team must be combined into one Junior Level 5 division (i.e. Four Junior Level 5 teams and one Junior Co-Ed Level 5 team = 5 Junior Level 5 teams for competition). If the Junior teams were split into Small and Large, then the Junior Co-Ed team must be placed in the Small or Large division that corresponds to the Junior Co-Ed team’s overall size (i.e. team of 18 in Small, team of 24 in Large).

For Senior Co-Ed Levels 3 and 4, if there is only ONE co-ed competing in a respective level, then that level must be combined into one Senior division (i.e. Four Senior Level 3 teams and one Senior Co-Ed Level 3 team = Five Senior Level 3 teams for competition). If the Senior teams were split into Small and Large, then the Senior Co-Ed team must be placed in the Small or Large division that corresponds to the Senior Co-Ed team’s overall size (i.e. team of 18 in Small, team of 24 in Large).

WHEN TO SPLIT DIVISIONS (ALL-STAR CHEER)

Note that in past, Legacy has allowed division splits to take place on the “natural break” due to the continuing development of programmes in the UK community. This season, to allow teams the most predictable structure and ability to plan their rosters, we will be following division splits according to USASF recommendations.

Summary: Legacy Cheer & Dance will split divisions by co-ed and all-girl and/or by size (as applicable) if there are 4 or more teams in the division before the split occurs AND there are at least 2 teams in each division once the split occurs. Further A/B splits will occur if there are more than 10 in any remaining divisions.

SMALL/LARGE SPLITS

Legacy will split the division into “Small” and “Large” divisions when the original division has 4 or more teams AND there are at least two teams that will ultimately be registered in each respective division after the split. The designation of “Small” and “Large” divisions must follow the team sizes below for levels 1-4 (including 4.2):

Small = 5 – 20 members

Large = 21 – 32 members

Legacy will split divisions first by size (when applicable) and then by co-ed vs. all girl (when applicable only for Senior Restricted 5 and Level 4.2).

**SMALL/MEDIUM/LARGE SPLITS – For Senior Level 5 Only

The designation of Small and Large divisions must follow the team sizes below:
Small = 5–22 members
Large = 23–38 members

A further optional split of Small into XSmall (5-14) and Small (15-22) and/or Large into Medium
(23-30) and Large (31-38) may also occur.

A/B SPLITS

If after splitting divisions into “Small” and “Large” (“Medium” for Senior Level 5) there are 10 or more teams in the “Small” or “Large” division, then Legacy may split that division further by squad size, which will be noted by A or B in the division name. The criteria for A/B splits will be clearly defined on a per-event basis, as needed, and will be determined by natural split to create the most evenly sized divisions.

Legacy will split divisions first by size (when applicable) and then by co-ed vs. all girl (when applicable only for Senior Restricted 5, Junior Restricted 5 and Senior Level 4.2). If a division cannot be split by size (i.e. 5 total teams comprised of 4 small and 1 large), but can be split into co-ed vs. all girl with at least two teams remaining in each division, then Legacy may split (or not) at our discretion, despite not having split the division into small and large.

CO-ED SPLITS

After splitting divisions by size (if possible), Legacy will only split Senior Restricted Level 5 into Senior Restricted Level 5 and Senior Restricted Co-Ed Level 5, or Junior Restricted Level 5 and Junior Co-Ed Restricted Level 5 or Senior Level 4.2 and Senior Co-Ed Level 4.2 when there are at least two teams that will ultimately be registered in each respective division.

Legacy will split divisions first by size (when applicable) and then by co-ed vs. all girl (when applicable only for Senior Restricted 5, Junior Restricted 5 and Senior Level 4.2). No other division will be split into Co-Ed. If a division cannot be split by size (i.e. 5 total teams comprised of 4 small and 1 large), but can be split into co-ed vs. all girl with at least two teams remaining in each division, then Legacy may make this split at our discretion, despite not having split the division into small and large.

SENIOR or JUNIOR RESTRICTED SPLITS

Legacy will split these divisions into Small Senior Restricted and Large Senior Restricted, and then Senior or Junior Restricted and Senior or Junior Restricted Co-Ed when there are at least two teams that will ultimately be registered in each respective division.

Legacy will split divisions first by size (when applicable) and then by co-ed vs. all girl (when applicable). If a division cannot be split by size (i.e. 5 total teams comprised of 4 small and 1 large), but can be split into co-ed vs. all girl with at least two teams remaining in each division, then Legacy may make this split at our discretion, despite not having split the division into small and large.

SPLIT EXCEPTIONS

Teams from the same gym will not have to compete against themselves if they have a “Small” and “Large” team in the same division (i.e. Small Junior Level 2 and Large Junior Level 2). A mandatory split in the division would occur in this situation; even it means that a division is left with only one team performing unless the gym owner/head coach asks Legacy to ignore this exception. This will be managed on a case-by-case situation this season and will be reviewed for viability at the end of the 2016-2017 season.

CROSSOVER ATHLETES (FROM WITHIN THE SAME PROGRAMME)

Crossover athletes are athletes who participate in more than one competitive routine within the same programme. In general, athletes pay one fee to compete once, and a discount fee for additional routines. The exception to this is Stunt Groups, which are categorized and priced independently from full team divisions.

CROSSOVERS AND SKILL LEVELS

Legacy Cheer & Dance recognizes that some programmes must utilise crossover athletes to field the strongest teams possible on limited numbers of athletes. However, it is expected that all teams and athletes compete at the highest suitable level based on their skill mastery.

Crossover athletes are highly recommended (but not required) to crossover within +1 or -1 level of their primary division. (In other words, Legacy expects teams will not make a level 2 team with a large number of crossovers from level 4.)

CROSSOVER RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO NUMBER OF ROUTINES

Legacy highly recommends coaches, athletes, and parents consider all implications of multiple crossover athletes, especially in cases where an athlete participates in more than 2 or 3 routines in a day. Implications of note include potential for injury, fatigue, performance-readiness, mental preparedness, burnout, cost, difficulty or re-choreographing multiple routines in case of injury, and other things. While Legacy does not yet place a restriction on how many crossover routines are allowed by one athlete (due to emergent elements of the current community), it is noted that USASF does apply restrictions in these matters and Legacy highly recommends that the UK adhere to these restrictions, as well.

For reference only, the USASF rule is listed here. Again, this is not a Legacy requirement, but we do recommend it:

“For the 2016-17 season, an all-star cheerleader is limited to crossing over to 2 (two) additional cheer teams from their gym per competition. Therefore, an athlete may compete on one team and crossover to two more teams from the same gym during the competition. An event producer may choose to be more restrictive than the rules above for crossovers limiting the number of teams an athlete may crossover to further; however an event producer may not be less restrictive than this.”

CROSSOVERS FROM ONE PROGRAMME TO ANOTHER

Due to the emergent nature of UK cheer and dance, sometimes it becomes necessary for an individual to crossover from one programme to another programme within the same event. This will be permitted on a limited basis with the following restrictions:

  1. Crossover must be to one additional team only.
  2. Athlete must be registered as an independent athlete on each programme, in which case they will be charged full rate fist entry for both programmes.
  3. An email must be sent to hello@legacycheeranddnace.com at the time of entry to confirm the name of the crossover athlete and all divisions/teams that athlete is a part of for the event.
  4. An athlete CANNOT compete on two teams within the same division.

UNPLANNED ATHLETE REPLACEMENT (ROSTER CHANGES)

In the event of a missing/absent member of a team a gym may replace that athlete with another performer from that gym. A replacement is defined as an individual who was not on the team’s original roster taking the place of another athlete at an event. This usually occurs as a result of illness/injury.

If the replacement athlete does not meet the age requirements for that particular division (this includes a coach), then the team is permitted to perform in “exhibition” only. Performing competitively for a team with a replacement member who does not meet division age requirements is not permitted. All appropriate general safety rules and level rules must be followed for the team regardless of the age of performers on the team.

An unplanned replacement of an athlete(s) is limited to 3 performers maximum. Any number that exceeds 3 will result in the team performing in “exhibition” only.

EXHIBITION PERFORMANCES

Teams that perform in “exhibition” or “evaluation only” at an event must adhere to the USASF Age Grid and Level Rules as would any other team. “Exhibition” or “evaluation only” status does not allow a team to violate the safety rules or age restrictions (see exception below) that have been put in place for all athletes. Any additional exception to these rules must be obtained in writing from the USASF.

UNIVERSITY TEAMS

Legacy allows a 10% allowance for non-university students(alumni) within the rosters of university based teams.

All other rostered members need to be enrolled students for the university represented on their main campus or satellite campuses.

SPECIAL ATHLETE AND PARACHEER DIVISION PROTOCOL

Legacy is proud to support Special Athlete divisions and ParaCheer divisions. Please join us this season in welcoming athletes of all ability levels to participate in this life-changing sport for cheerleaders and dancers.  The following protocols apply:

Rates:  

Special Athletes compete at crossover rates in these divisions, even if this is their first/only entry. Special Athlete rosters MUST include ALL SEN performers. Persons on the mat who are non-disabled assistants during the routine should not be listed on the roster.

Paracheer athletes compete at crossover rates in these divisions, even if this is their first/only entry.  For Paracheer athletes competing in more than one routine and across divisions, the following protocol applies:  Allstar Division= first entry rate, then Paracheer Division= crossover rate.

Spectator Ticket Allocations for Carers: There is also an allocation of up to 1 free spectator ticket per athlete for carers (this allocation does not include non-disabled athletes). Additional spectator tickets will need to be purchased at regular rates.

Programmes wishing to register a team in the Special Athlete division or ParaCheer division must do so in the regular online registration system, along with their other teams competing at a given event (if applicable).  All athletes who will be competing on the floor must be listed on the roster.  The price discount will be applied to the invoice. If you have registered a team in the Special Athlete or Paracheer division, please contact Legacy directly to discuss any specific needs for the team and to secure the allocation of your free spectator tickets for the carers.

All Star Prep Division and Age Grid Information

GENERAL COMPETITION POLICIES

In addition to the Division Guidelines and Age Guidelines listed on this page, all participants at Legacy Cheer & Dance events must also abide by our General Competition Policies. Please ensure your programme athletes, coaches, and supporters are aware of the applicable competition policies.

General Competition Policies can be found here.

ALL-STAR PREP DIVISIONS AND AGE GRID
All Star Prep Divisions
(School & Community Teams) 2017-2018
Division Age Male/Female #of Athletes Level
All Star Prep Tiny
Tiny Prep 3-6 yrs Female/Male 5 – 30 Members 1
All Star Prep Mini
Mini Prep 5-8 yrs Female/Male 5 – 30 Members 1,2
All Star Prep Youth
Youth Prep 5-11 yrs Female/Male 5 – 30 Members 1,2
All Star Prep Junior
Junior Prep 5-14 yrs Female/Male 5 – 30 Members 1,2,3
All Star Prep Senior
Senior Prep 10+ yrs Female / Male 5 -30 Members 1,2
Senior Prep 10+ yrs No Males 5 -30 Members 3
Senior Co-Ed Prep 10+ yrs 1 or more Males 5 – 30 Members 3
Special Athlete Cheer
Special Athlete Cheer Any Age Female/Male Unlimited 2*

DEFINITION OF ALL-STAR PREP (SPECIFIC TO LEGACY)

All-Star Prep as defined by Legacy Cheer & Dance is designed as an entry point to the competitive All-Star environment in a way that fosters growth, learning, and support. There are additional restrictions on All-Star Prep divisions so please see the tab titled RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL-STAR PREP for additional information. (i.e.- Basket tosses are not allowed in All-Star Prep divisions, regardless of the division level 1, 2, or 3). Note also that Legacy All-Star Prep divisions are not the same as USASF defined All-Star Prep divisions.

ELIGIBILITY FOR ALLSTAR PREP:

All-Star Prep teams are defined as either “Community Teams” or “Schoo Teams” that meet the following eligibility criteria:

COMMUNITY TEAMS:

Community Teams are defined as either:

Any single-location gym/programme that has no more than 30 athletes in their athlete roster for the entire programme at the time of the competition.

OR…

Any team within a larger programme that is specifically a developmental team for the All-Star Programme by definition that every athlete on the All-Star Prep team roster has competed 3 times or less at the time of entry and/or is competing in their first competitive season.

SCHOOL TEAMS:

“School Teams” are defined as cheer and/or dance teams based in a school. Coaching can come from within the school or from an independent contractor coach as long as the athletes all attend the school being represented by the team.

ROLE OF ALL-STAR PREP DIVISIONS

Our goal is to allow school teams, smaller community teams, and developmental teams within larger programmes a great place to compete at a more local level and also allow for developing teams (for various reasons) a viable option for competition in an All-Star type of environment.

The overall goal is to preserve the existing All-Star divisions and open new opportunities for success within smaller programmes or developing teams.

The intent is that success within the All-Star Prep divisions will fuel smaller community and school based programmes with knowledge and experience to eventually move up to full All-Star divisions.

Scoring grids for All-Star Prep teams are built on a developmental scale to help teams make the necessary steps towards mastery as they progress.

ALL-STAR PREP (SCHOOL/COMMUNITY) DIVISION AVAILABILITY

All-Star Prep (School/Community) divisions will be offered at every Legacy competition.

RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL-STAR PREP TEAMS

Basket tosses are not allowed at any level of All Star Prep Divisions.

Crossovers from traditional all-star teams to school teams are allowed for up to 50% of the team.

Note that crossover athletes from two programmes (i.e.- school and all-star) will pay first division entries for both routines. Discounted ‘second’ and ‘third’ entry only applies when athletes are competing within the same programme, regardless of where the invoice goes.

Please contact Legacy Cheer & Dance prior to registration if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist you.

All-Star Prep teams fielded from larger gyms as developmental teams are limited to 2 All-Star Prep teams per event.

ALLOWANCES FOR ALL-STAR PREP TEAMS

All-Star Prep teams can elect to compete within traditional All-Star divisions if they wish.

Simply register in the appropriate division at the time of registration.

If you are an All Star Prep team who opts to compete in an All Star Cheer division of Level 2 or above, basket tosses are allowed in those divisions at the said competition, even if you competed as All Star Prep at previous competitions in the season.

ELIGIBILITY ENFORCEMENT

Legacy Cheer & Dance expects coaches, athletes, and parents to maintain the integrity of this division by honoring the full requirements to meet “community” team standards.

If necessary, Legacy Event Directors reserve the right to ask for documentation that All-Star Prep teams meet the criteria for these divisions.

Failure to adhere to All-Star Prep requirements may result in disqualification and ineligibility to field All-Star Prep teams for a full season.

All decisions are final.

COMPETITOR AGE (ALL-STAR PREP)

The age of the competitor as of August 31, 2016 will be the age used for competition purposes throughout the 2016-2017 season for all club divisions.

The USASF and Legacy Cheer & Dance recognize the concern with fielding teams of a broad age range and highly recommends that individual gyms/programs be vigilant in monitoring participants of various ages on the same team and that, whenever possible, a team’s composition is made up of participants of similar ages.

ROUTINE LENGTH

Tiny Novice team routines are limited to a max 1 minute 30 seconds (1:30). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Star Prep team routines are limited to a max 2 minutes. (2:00). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All other Team routines (Dance and All-Star Cheer) are limited to a maximum of 2 minutes 30 seconds (2:30) maximum. Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Stunt Group and Partner Stunt routines are listed to 1 minute 15 seconds (1:15) maximum. Penalties apply for over-time routines.

Legacy will not enforce a minimum time frame, although it should be noted that it will be very difficult to cover scoresheet criteria if the routine is too short. The determination of that time frame is left to coaches to determine, regardless of any minimums that USASF may place on minimum times.

TEAM SIZE (SPECIFIC TO ALL-STAR PREP)

The maximum team size is 30 competitors. Note this variation from traditional All-Star divisions.

ATHLETE REPLACEMENT WITHIN A GIVEN ROUTINE

The athletes who perform a routine must remain the same from start to finish and MAY NOT be replaced by another athlete at anytime during the performance.

CROSSOVERS FROM ONE PROGRAMME TO ANOTHER

An individual may crossover from one programme to another programme within the same event, to one additional team only.

An athlete CANNOT compete on two teams within the same division. If an athlete crosses on to another programme, they will pay First Entry for that additional programme’s entry, not the crossover fee.

Crossover limitations above do not include athletes who crossover from cheer to dance.

Stunt Group Division and Age Grid Information

GENERAL COMPETITION POLICIES

In addition to the Division Guidelines and Age Guidelines listed on this page, all participants at Legacy Cheer & Dance events must also abide by our General Competition Policies. Please ensure your programme athletes, coaches, and supporters are aware of the applicable competition policies.

General Competition Policies can be found here.

STUNT GROUP DIVISIONS
Stunt Group Divisions
2017-2018
Division Age Male/Female #of Athletes Level
Tiny Stunt Group
Tiny SG 3-6 yrs Female/Male 4-5 Athletes 1
Mini Stunt Group
Mini SG 5-8 yrs Female/Male 4-5 Athletes 1,2
Youth Stunt Group
Youth SG 5-11 yrs Female/Male 4-5 Athletes 1,2,3,4
Junior Stunt Group
Junior SG 5-14 yrs Female/Male 4-5 Athletes 1,2
Junior SG 5-14 yrs No Males 4-5 Athletes 3,4,5
Junior Co-Ed SG 5-14 yrs 1 or more Males 4-5 Athletes 3,4,5
Junior Partner Stunt 5-14 yrs Females/Males 2 Athletes 5
Senior Stunt Groups
Senior SG 10+ yrs No Males 4-5 Athletes 1,2,3,4,5
Senior Co-Ed SG 10+ yrs 1 or more Males 4-5 Athletes 1,2,3,4,5
Senior Partner Stunt 10+ yrs Females/Males 2 Athletes 5
Open Stunt Groups
Open SG All members 17+ No Males 4-5 Athletes 1,2,3,4,5,6
Open Co-Ed SG All members 17+ 1 or more Males 4-5 Athletes 1,2,3,4,5,6
Open Partner Stunt 17+ yrs Females/Males 2 Athletes 6
University Stunt Groups (Available at DREAM EXTREME University Nationals only)
University SG All members 17+ No Males 4-5 Members 1,2,3,4,5,6
University Co-Ed SG All members 17+ 1 or more Males 4-5 Members 1,2,3,4,5,6

COMPETITOR AGE (STUNT GROUPS/PARTNER STUNT)

The age of the competitor as of August 31, 2016 will be the age used for competition purposes throughout the 2016-2017 season for all club divisions.

For all International Divisions (5 and 6), the eligible age for the athletes will be determined by the “calendar year of the competition” (Dec. 31 of the same year that the competition occurs) for its age cutoff date.

Example: An athlete that is 13 turns 14 on December 12, 2016. She is competing at a competition on November 7, 2016. She is permitted to compete in International Open 5 (all girl or co-ed) because she turns 14 within the same calendar year as the event in which she is competing. A calendar year is considered January 1st – December 31st.

The USASF and Legacy Cheer & Dance recognize the concern with fielding teams of a broad age range and highly recommends that individual gyms/programs be vigilant in monitoring participants of various ages on the same team and that, whenever possible, a team’s composition is made up of participants of similar ages.

STUNT GROUP AVAILABILITY

Stunt Group divisions are available on limited basis. Check the event page for the specific event desired to determine if stunt groups are available at any given location.

Some events indicate Stunt Groups are available on a wait list. In these cases, team entries will be allowed first. At the time of the final registration deadline, if it is determined that there is time in the day to offer stunt groups, Legacy will open specified divisions on a first-come first served basis. Specific instructions on how this process will work will be published online and emailed to registrants for the event at the appropriate time.

ROUTINE LENGTH

Tiny Novice team routines are limited to a max 1 minute 30 seconds (1:30). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Star Prep team routines are limited to a max 2 minutes. (2:00). Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All other Team routines (Dance and All-Star Cheer) are limited to a maximum of 2 minutes 30 seconds (2:30) maximum. Penalties occur for over-time routines.

All Stunt Group and Partner Stunt routines are listed to 1 minute 15 seconds (1:15) maximum. Penalties apply for over-time routines.

Legacy will not enforce a minimum time frame, although it should be noted that it will be very difficult to cover scoresheet criteria if the routine is too short. The determination of that time frame is left to coaches to determine, regardless of any minimums that USASF may place on minimum times.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial