Competition Rules, Regulations and Guidelines
Divisions Offered, Eligibility & Crossovers
Legacy Cheer and Dance uses the Age Grid with Divisions and Guidelines as set forth by SportCheer UK (SCUK). Division offerings may vary per event, for example, stunt groups may not be available at every event, so check the specific event web page for your desired event to check availability.
The Age Grid is updated annually and can be found on the SportCheer England website. The latest version is here.
All participants must enter divisions in which they are eligible by specified age requirements, per SCUK Age Grid. It is the Coach/Programme Owner’s responsibility to know and ensure all athletes are eligible for the divisions in which they compete according to the SCUK Age Grid. This includes ensuring accurate information for birthdate on all rosters and forms submitted to Legacy.
It is the Coach/Programme Owner’s responsibility to know and ensure all athletes listed on rosters are the same athletes who compete on the day.
Note that an athlete may NEVER crossover onto a team that is competing in the same division as their first team (i.e. an athlete may not compete against themselves).
ALLSTAR ELITE DIVISIONS
Legacy offers all AllStar Elite divisions as per the SportCheer UK Age Grid at all competitions, excluding Alpha & Omega.
Athletes competing in AllStar Elite divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event, EXCEPT for Novice divisions and Prep divisions.
Legacy offers all IASF divisions as per the SportCheer UK Age Grid at all competitions, excluding Alpha & Omega.
Athletes competing in IASF divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event, EXCEPT for Novice divisions and Prep divisions.
These divisions are intended for Athletes who are less experienced in the sport, or for those that have less access to practice time, equipment, facilities, etc. Prep routine rules allow for shorter routines and element restrictions, to assist with ‘levelling the playing field’ competitively.
Prep divisions are available at all Legacy Events, excluding Alpha & Omega. Prep divisions are limited in age and level range – please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid for details.
Athletes competing in Prep divisions may not crossover into any other division types at the same Event, except for other Prep divisions, Adaptive Abilities/CheerAbilities divisions, Dance divisions and Stunt Group divisions.
These divisions are intended for Athletes new to the sport of Cheerleading, or for those that have less access to practice time, equipment, facilities, etc. Novice routine rules allow for shorter routines and element restrictions, to assist with making the sport more accessible.
Novice divisions are available at all Legacy Events, excluding Alpha & Omega, and are priced at a discount. Novice divisions are limited in age and level range – please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid for details.
Athletes competing in Novice divisions may not crossover into any other division types at the same Event, except for other Novice divisions, Adaptive Abilities/CheerAbilities divisions, Dance divisions and Stunt Group divisions.
Legacy runs a Schools and Universities event each year, called Alpha & Omega.
However, in order to support the growth of Cheerleading in schools, Legacy also permits School teams to enter the relevant Schools division(s) at any Legacy Event and entry fees for these are priced at a discounted rate.
To be eligible to enter the School Divisions, ALL athletes on the competing team must be current pupils at the named school. School divisions are priced at a discount at all Legacy events. To see the list of Schools divisions available, please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid.
Athletes competing in School divisions MAY crossover into Novice, Prep, AllStar, Dance or Stunt Group divisions at the same event, and other School divisions with the same School. They may NOT compete with more than one School at the same event.
Legacy runs a Schools and Universities event each year, called Alpha & Omega. However, in order to support the growth of Cheerleading in Universities, Legacy also permits University teams to enter the relevant University division(s) at any Legacy Event. Please note however that in order to promote a competitive environment, where an equivalent Open or International Open division is offered and when entry numbers in either the Open/Int Open or University division consist of a single team, Legacy will merge these divisions, as per the SportCheer UK Age Grid guidelines.
To be eligible to enter the University Divisions, 90% of athletes on the competing team must be current students at the named University and up to 10% can be alumni of the University, who graduated within the last 4 years. To see the list of University divisions available, please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid.
Athletes competing in University divisions MAY crossover into Prep, AllStar, IASF, Dance or Stunt Group divisions at the same event, and other University divisions with the same University. They may NOT compete with more than one University at the same event.
Exhibition divisions generally fall into one of four categories:
- National Representative Teams: Those attending the ICU World Championships to represent their Nation.
- Non-National Traveling Teams: Those teams traveling for AllStar Worlds, Summit, USASF Worlds, NCA, CheerSport, or any other event abroad.
- Teams wishing not to compete, or unable to compete: Those teams who for a variety of reasons don’t want to, or can’t, compete (e.g. the division is not available at the event, they have injuries and division ineligible replacements, etc).
- CheerAbilities Teams: Those teams with SEN athletes who prefer to perform only and not be scored.
Exhibition teams are given opportunity to use the venue, facility, floors, production/AV, audience engagement and programming time for the purpose of real-life experience in the competitive arena, and thus Legacy cannot accommodate all Exhibition teams free-of-charge. Exhibition team registrations that are accepted for entry will incur fees as follows:
- National Representative Teams: No Charge.
- Non-National Traveling Teams: Regular entry rates for the event, as if they were competing.
- Teams wishing not to, or unable to, compete: If the team has had to change from competitive to exhibition due to circumstances, then no additional fees apply over those already paid, but the Programme is NOT eligible for any refund or credits. For teams wishing to enter from the outset as Exhibition, for any reason, regular entry rates for the event apply, as if they were competing.
- CheerAbilities Teams: No Charge.
Exhibition entries accepted will receive the following in terms of scoring and awards:
- National Representative Teams: Comments only from Judges, no full scoresheet, no awards presentation.
- Non-National Traveling Teams: Full scoresheet using the United Scoring system from the division closest to the one they are performing in. Presentation of participation banner at Awards ceremony.
- Teams wishing not to, or unable to, compete: Full scoresheet using the United Scoring system from the division closest to the one they are performing in. Presentation of participation banner at Awards ceremony.
- CheerAbilities Teams: Comments only from Judges, no full scoresheet, special awards presentation at time of performance.
ALL Exhibition division registrations are accepted at the discretion of the Legacy Directors.
These divisions are intended for older athletes who may be new to the sport of Cheerleading.
Masters divisions are available at all Legacy Events, excluding Alpha & Omega. Masters divisions are limited in age and level range – please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid for details.
Athletes competing in Masters divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event, EXCEPT for Novice divisions and Prep divisions.
CHEER ABILITIES DIVISIONS
These divisions are intended for athletes who have special education needs (SEN). These teams may compete or choose to Exhibition only (see Exhibition divisions above). Where a CheerAbilities team is competing, there are requirements on the number of athletes on the team that classify as SEN. For more details on these requirements, see Scoring.
Exhibition teams may perform fee of charge. Competing teams are fee-paying, but fees are priced at a discounted rate.
CheerAbilities divisions are available at all Legacy Events, excluding Alpha & Omega. CheerAbilities competitive divisions are limited in age and level range – please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid for details.
Athletes competing or exhibiting in CheerAbilities divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event.
Cheer Abilities athletes are eligible to receive a free caretaker ticket, up to 1 per athlete, at no charge. The team coach or main contact for the Gym should contact [email protected] to request this.
Where a Cheer Abilities team is competing and thus is fee-paying, Legacy has committed that 100% of entry fees paid will be donated to either a charity of the team’s choice, or to Legacy’s chosen charity, Guide Dogs UK. Exhibition teams are also welcome to make a donation of any amount, under the same protocol, if they wish to.
ADAPTIVE ABILITIES DIVISIONS
These divisions are intended for athletes who have physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities, performing alongside their non-disabled peers. There are requirements on the ratio of disabled to non-disabled athletes on these team - for more details on these requirements, see Scoring.
Adaptive Abilities divisions are available at all Legacy Events, excluding Alpha & Omega, and are priced at a discount. Adaptive Abilities competitive divisions are limited in age and level range – please refer to the SportCheer UK Age Grid for details.
Athletes competing in Adaptive Abilities divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event.
Adaptive Abilities disabled athletes may be eligible to receive a free caretaker ticket, up to 1 per athlete, at no charge, only where this is necessary for the athlete to have equivalent access/ participation to non-disabled athletes. The team coach or main contact for the Gym should contact [email protected] to request this.
Legacy offers all Dance divisions as per the SportCheer UK Age Grid at all competitions.
Athletes competing in Dance divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event.
STUNT GROUP DIVISIONS
Stunt Group divisions will only be offered at Legacy events when capacity permits. These divisions may be run as live divisions, or virtually. Please check the webpage for the specific event you are attending for more information. Note that Stunt Group entries are priced the same as team entries – per athlete, and First Entry vs Crossover rates apply, as applicable.
When Stunt Groups are offered, Legacy will offer all Stunt Group divisions as per the SportCheer UK Age Grid.
Athletes competing in Stunt Group divisions may crossover into any other division types at the same Event.
Solo/Duo divisions will be offered at Stand Strong 2024 as virtual competition only.
These divisions will not be offered at any other Legacy Events in the 2024 Season.
Programme Owner’s/Coaches are responsible for verifying the age of all athletes within their Programme. Once verified, it is further their responsibility to ensure the data is entered into the RegChamp system accurately. Typos, error on the part of delegated administrator, or parent dishonesty, are not a valid excuses for inaccurate age data.
In the absence of governing body issued ID cards, Legacy Cheer and Dance reserves the right to ask for proof of age if reasonable doubt or challenge should occur.
Additionally, the Programme Owner/Coach must guarantee that the athletes rostered in the system are the athletes competing on the day. Any deviation from this can be an eligibility violation, even if the rostered athlete was replaced due to injury. The penalty for an eligibility violation and/or failure to provide proof of age for a competitor may be disqualification but will be up to the Legacy Cheer and Dance Event Director.
AGE ELIGIBILITY CHALLENGES
If a team wishes to challenge eligibility of another team on the day of an event, the following protocol shall apply:
- The claim must be made directly to the Legacy Cheer & Dance Event Director.
- The team asking for the review will pay a £150 cash only deposit for the review to take place.
- The team in question will be approached by the event director and must show legal proof of age for the athlete(s) in question.
- If the team in question is deemed to be in compliance with age requirements: the full £150 deposit will be given to the Legacy chosen charity, Guide Dogs.
- If the team in question is deemed to have illegal members on the roster: the team making the claim will receive their £150 deposit back in full, and the event producer will disqualify to the offending team for that event and/or additional events, depending on the breach. Additionally, any monetary prizes awarded to said team will be forfeited.
If the eligibility age cannot be proven or disproven within 90 minutes or before the related awards ceremony: the full deposit is returned to the claimant and further research will continue after the event. Results may be altered post event, based on findings. Every effort will be made to research in a timely manner, but Legacy Cheer and Dance will not delay an awards ceremony amidst a claim that is not yet fully evaluated fairly for both sides. Awards are announced on the presumption that all teams are eligible, until proven otherwise.
Eligibility challenge requests are limited to ONE challenge per programme per competition season and must address a specific team. Legacy Cheer and Dance will not review multiple teams within a programme or “general claims”. Specific concerns must be cited for reviews to be granted.
Decisions regarding eligibility challenges are to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are at the sole discretion of the Legacy Cheer & Dance Event Director. All decisions are final.
Sportsmanship and Spectator Guidelines
APPROPRIATE EVENT BEHAVIOUR
At Legacy Cheer and Dance, we believe your outward behaviour is a direct reflection of your own personal brand. It is what you stand for. It is important to recognise that spectator, athlete, and coach behaviour at an event is also a reflection on your programme’s brand. Therefore, Sportsmanship is an expectation at all Legacy Cheer & Dance events. Coaches, athletes, and parents must conduct themselves in ways that honour the sport, the gym/school/programme, their coach, and themselves.
Participants and patrons must refrain from public negative discussion about individuals or programmes. Remember, what is said in the seats, hallways, public areas and online (anonymously or not) is heard by those you are speaking to AND those who you do not realize can hear you. Someone’s parents, cousins, friends, teammate, or otherwise hear what you are saying, so make it positive and kind…or simply opt to remain quiet out of respect and protection of your own reputation and/or your gym brand.
The coach for each squad is ultimately responsible for their squad members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the programme to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. It is HIGHLY recommended that coaches regularly train athletes, coaching staff, and parents about event conduct and social media policy/expectations for the gym / school / programme. Social media is permanent even after it is deleted. Legacy Cheer & Dance will not monitor this directly during events but WILL expect that participating teams and their supporters conduct themselves online with positive social media interaction only.
- All participants and coaching staff members must refrain from using inappropriate language or gestures.
- Participating programmes must refrain from using music that contains inappropriate language.
- Participating programmes must refrain from handing out gym marketing material or recruiting athletes or coaches in any fashion (verbally, in writing, or otherwise) at all Legacy Cheer & Dance events.
NOTE: Legacy Cheer and Dance will not delay an awards session or division in the event of a dispute or complaint arising on sportsmanship topics. We MAY assist in navigating such issues, but please do remember your own roles and responsibilities in making this sport great.
Positive Sportsmanship is a very important aspect of the Legacy Cheer and Dance culture, including athletes, coaches, parents, and supporters. It has a direct impact on the overall competition experience for everyone in attendance as well as the overall public impression of our industry. Have fun, be cool, and be kind to each other.
Photo and video capture is part of our everyday lives. We believe it is an important part of capturing precious memories with friends and loved ones, including in sport and at Legacy Cheer and Dance events, however to ensure the safety of the young people present at our events, we do have some restrictions on photography at our events.
The following photo policy is in effect at all Legacy events:
Legacy Cheer and Dance and it's security teams DO allow for non-commercial pictures and videos only to be taken at Legacy Cheer and Dance events, within the following limitations:
- On arena floor level at all of our events, the ONLY cameras permitted, without an official Legacy Media Pass, are mobile phone cameras or tablet devices with built in cameras.
- Anyone using DSLR, digital cameras, zoom lense cameras, video cameras, etc, must obtain and be wearing at all times a valid Legacy Media Pass.
- Per strict venue contracts, standard Child Protection policies, and Legacy Cheer and Dance policies, commercial photography/video of any kind outside the designated provider is strictly prohibited.
- Individuals representing themselves or any company may not take photos/videos of athletes for the purposes of selling them during or after an event. Persons and/or companies may not sell or distribute in trade photos that they took at a Legacy Cheer and Dance event either on-site or at any time after the event via social media, emails, or any other format in perpetuity.
- Violating this policy can render penalties including but not limited to removal from the event by security teams without refund or recourse, being banned from future events without recourse, and potential legal action or financial penalties.
Bottom line: Simply taking pictures for your own purposes on your phone and/or sending pictures to your friends from your phone is fine, but photos/videos taken by spectators, athletes, coaches, or anyone at a Legacy Cheer and Dance event may not be sold at any time. Please report violations to [email protected].
At all times, Legacy Cheer and Dance and it's venue team and security teams reserve the right to request inspection of images on any camera for any reason, including for the purposes of discernment and measurement against our Child Protection Policy. Shall any audience member witness another photographing athletes or anyone in any questionable format that is potentially un-related to normal practices in capturing memories of the day, there is an obligation to report any potential threat to any Legacy Cheer and Dance staff member, a hired security person, and/or the event directors. Upon inspection of photos in a questionable scenario, if any are deemed inappropriate, outside of the scope of the sport, a threat to health and safety, or a potential violation of the child protection policy at the sole discretion of the Head of Security or the Legacy Cheer and Dance Event Manager, the photos will be immediately deleted. We reserve the right to simply ask that the camera be put away for the remainder of the event, and we also reserve the right to remove the person from the event entirely, or to call authorities in extreme situations.
MEDIA PASS REQUEST
You may apply for a media pass if you are an accredited journalist/media outlet with official media credentials, or if you are an established official Legacy vlog/social media partner. If you do not meet this criteria but wish to be considered, please note the process below. Otherwise, non-credentialed media photos/video is allowed in accordance with our official Photo Policy, as well as any venue policies, which may restrict things like long lens cameras or tripods.
For individuals/outlets requesting media credentials, the following will apply:
- Please send media requests to: [email protected]. Use subject line “Media Request: (name of event)” and provide a brief description of the project. If approved, we will action steps below.
- All media outlets/teams must sign a media LOA (letter of agreement) detailing project and parameters.
- Every party will be required to submit current enhanced DBS checks and photo ID for all people who will attend.
- All media will need to present photo ID on arrival and must work within agreed parameters of the stated project.
Rules & Scoring
For full details on the scoring system, including Safety Rules and Scoring System used at Legacy Cheer & Dance events, please see our SCORING PAGE.
Timing begins at the first choreographed movement or beat of music, whichever comes first.
International (IASF) Cheer
International (IASF) Global Divisions
Cheer Portion: Min 30 secs, Max 40 secs
Transition Cheer to Music: 20 secs maximum
Music Portion: Min: None, Max: 2:30
Stunt Group/Partner Stunt
International (IASF) Dance
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:
REMEMBER: Every email should include your Country, Division and a single (x1) clear video of your queried element. The email should be answerable with one word: LEGAL or ILLEGAL.
Coaches wishing to query out-of-division penalties on-site at a Legacy Cheer and Dance event based on an official IASF ruling will be required to provide the video and official ruling at the On Point Scoring (OPS) desk. Specifically, this is a direct email from [email protected] or [email protected] (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.
COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING USE
All programmes competing at Legacy events must be compliant with music copyright law. Fully licensed music is easily attainable from providers who mix for this industry, and they will provide you your documentation.
We encourage seeking costings from ClicknClear or other providers who may be able to assist you at reasonable prices.
Legacy Cheer and Dance does not have any control over the content of your music, and this responsibility is solely on the Programme and/or persons who have provided the music. Programmes, by way of competing and opting to play their music at a Legacy Cheer and Dance event, are fully releasing any and all liability specific to their own music and it’s rights, or lack thereof. If you have any questions concerning your music, we suggest consulting a music attorney.
To the fullest extent of the law, registered Programmes and all their affiliates, supporters and competitors, shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Legacy Cheer and Dance Ltd, its officers, employees, agents, representatives, consultants, and contractors from and against any and all loss, costs, penalties, fines, damages, claims, expenses (including attorney’s fees) or liabilities arising out of, resulting from, or in connection with the services contemplated by the Registration Agreement and written Competition Regulations, including but not limited to a programme’s choice of music.
All performances which use music must provide their own CD or MP3/mobile phone device for use on the event provided sound system. Please bring TWO good quality copies of your music to the event. CDs or iPod/MP3 players/mobile phones ONLY! No iPod Shuffles are allowed. No tapes are allowed. Music must be recorded at the correct tempo on a good quality CD or loaded onto an iPod/MP3/mobile phone device. Music must be labelled with the gym/school name and division name and be cued, ready to play. A sound system will be provided at the event venue. You must provide your own adapter, if applicable, and it is your responsibility to ensure they are all in working order prior to approaching the sound desk. Speed control is not available. Mobile phones should be switched to ‘flight mode’ or otherwise prevented from causing interruption during music playback. Legacy Cheer and Dance will not allow a team to restart/re-run their routine in the event of music interruption caused by a mobile phone device.
One (1) representative of your group will be responsible for running the music during the competition. This representative MUST know how to use the iPod, Phone or MP3 player on which the music is stored without assistance.
No food or drink is permitted near the sound desk area.
The music representative for all teams MUST remain at the sound desk throughout the entire performance. This person will be asked to hold onto their own music until the time of performance and to take music back following the performance. In the event a routine is delayed due to operator error, timing of your routine will continue. No additional team members, coaches, parents, etc are allowed at the music desk.
In the event that a routine fails to start on their appointed time for any reason (i.e. representative cannot find the track or brings the wrong track to the music desk), they will have the option to perform immediately to 8-count music, count out loud, or withdraw from the competition. If 8-count music is selected, it may or may not be an option to select specific BPM. We will not delay a competition for you to go find music alternatives.
Routine stops may only take place for injury in which an athlete cannot safely continue. See criteria below for specifics on the parameters for routine interruption. Any routine interrupted for reasons not related to actual injury may not be eligible to re-perform, at the sole discretion of the Event Director, Arena Director or Head Judge.
The only individuals that may stop a routine for injury are:
- Competition Officials
- Gym Owner/Coach from the team performing
- Injured Individual
- USASF/IASF Certified Safety Judge
An injured athlete may create a potential safety hazard because of the inability to hold, support, spot or catch; or they may be at risk of being landed on or tripping over other athletes. For the safety of all athletes competing, a routine may be interrupted if:
- An athlete is clearly injured.
- An athlete is questionably injured and does not resume their role in the routine within 5 seconds of questionable injury.
- An athlete leaves the competition floor due to an injury.
- Bio spill (vomit, blood)
In the event that a routine is interrupted due to injury, it will be at the Competition Officials’ discretion whether or not that team will be allowed to perform again at a later time.
Athlete Returning to Competition
Decisions on whether an athlete can return to the performance floor after a routine interruption will be made immediately after the routine stop (within five minutes). In most cases, the athlete will not be able to return to the floor, including cases where the criteria for stopping a routine does not fall within the parameters of athlete injury. Other criteria apply, see below.
In the event of any of the following injuries during performance, the participant may not return to the competition for the remainder of the day, including any additionally planned routines (crossovers):
- A suspected or confirmed head, neck, or back injury.
- Partial or complete loss of consciousness (fainting, near-fainting, visible disorientation).
- Fit (seizure) for any reason.
- Suspected or confirmed broken bone or severe sprain.
- Severe illness (i.e.- vomit, disorientation, collapse, etc.)
- Any other injury that can worsen or create safety hazard for others if they perform again.
- Any pre-existing injury in which the athlete, coach, medical team, competition director, or safety official deems significant enough to prevent further performance.
- Any injury in which there is not proper time to determine the actual cause or nature of the injury within the five-minute evaluation period before the team goes back to perform again.
If the above criteria do not apply, OR if the injury occurred during warm-up as opposed to performance, an injured athlete MAY be eligible to be considered for returning to the floor, as assessed on a case-by-case basis. Assessment will be made in collaboration with all of the parties listed below:
- Event Medical Personnel attending to that participant
- Parent/Guardian (if possible)
- Head Coach/Gym Owner of competing team
- Event Director, Arena Director, Warm Up Room Manager and/or Head Judge.
In the event that a team is allowed to perform again following a routine interruption, the new performance time will be set immediately and is determined at the sole discretion of the Competition Director. Re-schedules will be done as swiftly as possible and may not have a full cycle to re-warmup. The team must (pending the injury’s impact on the routine) perform the routine again in its entirety, but judging will resume from the point at which the injury/interruption occurred, as determined by the judges. All skills must be performed full-out from the beginning of the routine. All point deductions accumulated to that point (if any) will carry over.
If a team is permitted to perform again but fails to perform the routine in its entirety (example: throwing back tucks instead of the full twist thrown in the original performance), it is at the discretion of the Competition Official how that team’s scores will be affected.
Delay of competition due to music representatives being unprepared is not allowed. In the event that a routine fails to start at the appointed time for any reason (i.e. representative cannot find the track or brings the wrong track to the music desk), they will have the option to resolve it within 30 seconds or perform immediately to Legacy Cheer and Dance provided 8-count music, count out loud, or withdraw from the competition without recourse. If 8-count music is selected as the option, it may or may not be an option to select specific BPM on site.
If a routine is interrupted due to music interruption, for any reason, at any point beyond the first 16 counts of the routine, the routine will not be eligible for a re-performance unless the cause can be determined to be Legacy Cheer and Dance equipment failure. In the event of a music malfunction within the first 16 counts of the routine, the coach/music desk representative must call a stop to the routine and request a re-start immediately. Routine re-runs will not be allowed where the coach/music desk representative does not notify within this window.
IF PLAYING MUSIC ON A MP3 DEVICE OR A MOBILE PHONE, PUT PHONE ON AIRPLANE MODE, TURN OFF ALL ALARMS, AND DO NOT HOLD THE DEVICE IN HAND WHILE IT PLAYS. This will prevent the vast majority of music failures mid-routine.
Final decisions relating to routine interruption are at the discretion of the Legacy Cheer & Dance Event Director.