SCORING & SAFETY
Welcome to the Legacy Scoring Page!
This is where we’ll make the often-confusing process of scoring, safety rules, and deductions simpler for you :-)
*Some of the documents linked on this page are from external websites and may be awaiting updates for the 2023 Season. We will endeavor to keep the links updated as accurately as we can. You may wish to search the relevant website directly to check for latest updates.
Legacy Cheer & Dance is a United Scoring Partner.
The United Scoring system will be used for all of the following divisions:
- Novice Cheer Divisions
- AllStar Prep Cheer Divisions
- AllStar Elite Cheer Divisions
- IASF Cheer Divisions
- Masters Cheer Divisions
- School & University Cheer Divisions
Some divisions DO NOT use the United Scoring system for performance scores - scroll down for details on these divisions below - but note that these divisions DO use United Scoring for Deductions only:
- Adaptive Abilities Cheer Divisions
- Cheer Abilities Divisions
- All Dance Divisions
- Stunt Group Divisions
SportCheer UK Division Rules
> LINK: SportCheer UK Age Grid
Legacy Cheer & Dance follows the SportCheer UK Divisions & Age Grid rules. This document lays out the following, which must be adhered to at Legacy competitions to avoid penalties:
- Athlete age limits
- Number of athletes on team
- Athlete crossover limits/restrictions
- Routine time limits
United Scoring Summaries & Rubrics
> LINK: United Scoring Partners
NOTE: THE LINK ABOVE INCLUDES RUBRICS FOR THE USA. PLEASE REFER TO THE INTERNATIONAL SECTION FOR UK RUBRICS.
The link above takes you to the United Scoring Partners webpage which contains PDF documents detailing each of the following:
- Master Score Sheets: These provide a summary of the total scores possible in each routine element and on the scoresheet overall. These versions don't contain detail - to see detailed versions of Legacy-specific Scoresheets, scroll further down this page.
- Scoring Rubrics: These break down the performance requirements in each routine element and the associated scores based on performance observed.
- Level Appropriate Documents: These specify the skills that should be performed at each level in order to achieve the scores indicated in the rubrics.
United Scoring for UK is defined as follows:
RUBRIC: All Star Tiny Novice
Level 1: Tiny Novice
RUBRIC: All Star Novice
Level 1: Mini Novice, Youth Novice
RUBRIC: All Star Prep
Level 1: Tiny Prep, Mini Prep, Youth Prep, Junior Prep, Senior Prep, and all Level 1 School Divisions (Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior)
Level 2.1: Mini Prep, Youth Prep, Junior Prep, Senior Prep
Level 2: Schools ONLY - Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior
Level 3: Schools ONLY - Youth, Junior, Senior
RUBRIC: Level 1-5 Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior (excluding Coed), and Junior 6, including IASF Divisions
Level 1: Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, Senior, Open, University All Girl, University Coed, Masters, U16, U18
Level 2: Mini, Youth Junior, Senior, Open, University All Girl, University Coed, Masters, U16, U18
Level 3: Youth, Junior, Senior, Open, University All Girl, U16, U18, International Open
Level 4: Youth, Junior, Senior, Open, University All Girl, U16, U18, International Open
Level 4.2: Senior
Level 5: Youth, Junior, Senior, University All Girl, U18, International Open
Level 6: Junior
RUBRIC: Level 3, 4 & 5 Senior & Open Coed, including IASF Divisions
Level 3: Senior Coed, Open Coed, University Coed, U18 Coed
Level 4: Senior Coed, Open Coed, University Coed, U16 Coed, U18 Coed, International Open Coed
Level 5: U18 Coed 4 (Small), U18 Coed 16 (Large), International Open Coed 4 (Small), International Open Coed 16 (Large), University Coed
RUBRIC: Level 2-7 All Girl & University Non-Tumbling, including IASF divisions
Level 2: University NT
Level 3: Interational Open NT, University NT
Level 4: Interational Open NT, University NT
Level 5: Interational Open NT, University NT
Level 6: U18 NT, Interational Open NT, University NT
Level 7: Interational Open NT, University NT
RUBRIC: Level 5-7 IASF Coed Non-Tumbling
Level 5: International Open Coed NT
Level 6: U18 Coed NT, International Open Coed NT
Level 7: International Open Coed NT
RUBRIC: Level 6 & 7 All Girl, including IASF Divisions
Level 6: International Open, University All Girl, Global
Level 7: International Open, University All Girl
RUBRIC: Level 6 & 7 Coed, including IASF Divisions
Level 6: International Open Coed 4 (Small), International Open Coed 16 (Large), University Coed, Global Coed
Level 7: International Open Coed 4 (Small), International Open Coed 16 (Large), University Coed
> LINK: United Scoring Partners
The United Scoring Deductions system is used for ALL divisions at Legacy Cheer & Dance events.
Visit the link above, under Deduction System. This specifies the point values that will be deducted from a teams overall score based on the number of infractions observed during the routine. The Legality Infractions listed at the end are the point values deducted based on infractions of the Safety Rules, specified below.
Note that United Scoring doesn't specify deductions for Dance, so for Dance we will use the point values from the Varsity Scoring Deductions, found here.
> LINK: IASF Cheer Legality Rules
Legacy uses the IASF Safety Rules, linked above, for all Cheer divisions, including Stunt Groups. The exception is Adaptive Abilites and Cheer Abilities divisions - scroll down for details on those divisions.
The Legality Rules specify the rules that must be followed at each level in order to avoid penalties. Each time a team is observed to break these rules during their performance will incur Deductions, as per the point values specified in the Deductions information linked above.
Adaptive Abilities & Cheer/Dance Abilities
These divisions use a special combination of rules from different sources.
For Cheer divisions, the Scoresheet is based on the ICU Scoresheets, but with removal of the 'Cheer' element (scroll down for the Legacy-specific scoresheet). For Dance divisions, IASF Scoring is used, the same as other Dance divisions.
Safety rules are the IASF rules linked above BUT with the addition of specialty rules from the ICU. Where the ICU division specific rules disagree with the IASF rules, the ICU rules will take precedence.
Click the button below to download Legacy's guidance document which lays out the Special Rules that apply to these divisions.Click to download Special Rules document.
> LINK: IASF Dance Rules & Scoring
Legacy uses the IASF Scoring System and Safety Rules, both found via the link above, for all Dance divisions (exception: Adaptive Abilites Dance and Dance Abilities have amendments to the Safety rules - see above for details on those divisions).
Please refer to the Dance Rules, Dance Glossary and Dance Score Sheets documents only via the link above - the other documents do not apply to Legacy events. To see our Legacy-specific scoresheets, please scroll down.
The Dance Rules document specifies the rules that must be followed in each dance style in order to avoid penalties. Each time a team is observed to break these rules during their performance will incur Deductions, as per the point values specified in the Deductions document linked above, from the United Scoring system.
Stunt Group Scoring
Legacy uses our own bespoke scoring system for Stunt Groups.
Safety Rules for Stunt Groups are the same as for Cheer Divisions - using the IASF rules specified above, and Deductions are as per the United Scoring System, as above.
These same rules and scoring will apply, whether the divisions are run live in-person or virtually.Click to download the Legacy Stunt Group Scoring Ranges document
Scores at Legacy Cheer and Dance events will be calculated as follows:
- “Raw Score” means points scored based on performance observed, excluding Infractions/Deductions.
- "Averaged Score" is the average of those scores that are averaged across 3 judges.
- "Raw Score Max" is the total points possible for that particular division.
((Raw Score + Averaged Score) / Raw Score Max) x 100 = TOTAL TEAM SCORE (% of perfection).
(Raw Score / Raw Score Max) x 100 = TOTAL TEAM SCORE (% of perfection).
TOTAL TEAM SCORE – Deductions and Safety Infractions = FINAL COMPETITION SCORE
The FINAL COMPETITION SCORE is what is used to determine rankings.
Team A is a Junior Level 2 All Star Elite team with a Raw Score Max of 50. They score a total of 37.3 for their direct scores. Their Routine Creativity & Showmanship scores, which are averaged, are scored as 3.5, 3.5 and 2.5 by the three judges, giving them an averaged score of 3.17. They incur 1.05 points of infractions. Their final competition score will be:
- (37.3 + 3.17) / 50 = 0.8094 x 100 = 80.94% TOTAL TEAM SCORE
- 80.94 – 1.05 = 79.89 FINAL COMPETITION SCORE
Team B is an Adaptive Abilities Level 2 team with a Raw Score Max of 90. They score 78 on their scoresheet and incur 2.65 points of infractions. Their final competition score will be:
- 78 / 90 = 0.8667 x 100 = 86.67% TOTAL TEAM SCORE
- 86.67 – 2.65 = 84.02 FINAL COMPETITION SCORE
Team C is a Mini Novice Team with a Raw Score Max of 18. They score a total of 13.1 for their direct scores. Their Routine Creativity & Showmanship scores, which are averaged, are scored as 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8 by the three judges, giving them an averaged score of 3.7. They incur no infractions. Their final competition score will be:
- (13.1 + 3.7) / 18 = 0.933 x 100 = 92.33% TOTAL TEAM SCORE
- 93.33 – 0 = 93.33 FINAL COMPETITION SCORE
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: [email protected]
Cheer Queries: [email protected]
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.
On Point Scoring (OPS)
Legacy operates a fantastic scoring service for coaches during event days, On-Point Scoring (OPS). Coaches are emailed, shortly after completion of each routine, details of any infractions/deductions and a video showing where these occurred (when available). Coaches are also emailed each team's full scoresheet after completion of the whole division. If coaches have any questions about their scores, or wish to contest any scores, ranges or deductions, they have 15 MINUTES from when they receive the full scoresheet by email, to approach the OPS Service Desk and speak to staff there. Our OPS desk is always staffed by experienced judges who will always have access to recordings of each routine and are happy to discuss any queries you may have. Please remember that no more than 2 coaches per team should approach at one time, and as always, professional communication is an expectation and requirement for access to OPS.