2017 Cheerleading Worlds Results

The USASF Cheerleading Worlds Championship is held annually at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Twelve divisions make up the elite championship for all star cheerleading for Level 5 and Level 6 athletes from around the globe. Continue Reading

2017 Cheerleading Worlds Results

The USASF Cheerleading Worlds Championship is held annually at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Twelve divisions make up the elite championship for all star cheerleading for Level 5 and Level 6 athletes from around the globe.

Senior Small All Girl L5:

Finalists –
1.
ICE – Lady Lightning
2. Woodlands Elite – Generals
3. Central Jersey All Stars – Bombshells
4. Cheer Extreme – Raleigh – SSX
5. The California All Stars – Lady Bullets
6. East Celebrity Elite – CT – Fame
7. The Stingray All Stars – Apple
8. Top Gun All Stars  – Angels
9. Twist & Shout – Muskogee – Lady Eve
10. KC Cheer – FEARLESS

Prelims & Semi Finalists –
11. Champion Cheer – Heat
12. Cheer Athletics  – OnyxCats
13. Green Bay Elite All-Stars – Lime
14. Midwest Cheer Elite – Femme Feline
15. All Star Legacy – Lady X
16. Georgia Heat – Inferno
17. World Cup – BLACKOUT
18. Rain Athletics – Aqua
19. Greensboro All Star Cheerleading – Diamond Elite
20. PCT Cobras (Canada) – Vengeance
21. Cheer Express Allstars – Miss Silver
22. Jersey Pride – Liberty
23. All Star One – Lady Bang
24. ICON Cheer – Lady Envy
25. Elite Heat All-Stars – 24K
26. Spirit Central – Bengals
27. Step One North – Phenom
28. Fire & Ice Allstars – 5 Alarm
29. Cheer Legendz – Pumaz
30. Cheer Factor – X-Factor
31. Cheer Intensity All-Stars – Lady Lions
32. Twisters – Gold
33. Fire House Gym – Lady Boom
34. Pacific Coast Magic – Southern CA – Fantasy
35. Bravo All Stars – Queen B’s
36. River City Allstars – Lady Sizzle
37. USA Starz – Vanity
38. Premier Athletics – Michigan Xtreme – Lady Legacy
39. Midwest Xplosion – Blackout
40. Kansas City Athletic Cheer – KCAC Platinum
41. New York Icons – Empire
42. Fire & Ice Allstars – Lady Ice
43. Star Athletics – Senior Red
44. Ohio Extreme – Queens
45. Full House All Stars – Lady Sharks
46. Revolution Athletics – Revolution

Senior Medium All Girl L5:

Finalists –
1. East Celebrity Elite – M5 Bombshells
2. Spirit of Texas – A-Team
3. Top Gun All Stars – Lady Jags
4. The Stingray All Stars – Peach
5. FAME All Stars – Super Seniors
6. Elite Cheer – Stars
7. New Jersey Spirit Explosion – FAB5
8. Ultimate Athletics – Legacy
9. World Cup – Suns
10. South Jersey Storm – Lady Reign

Prelims & Semi Finalists –
11. 
Twist & Shout – Obsession
12. The California All Stars – Aces
13. Cheer Athletics  – AthenaCats
14. ICE – Weather Girls
15. Cheers & More – Lady Respect
16. Cheer Extreme – Waldorf – Shade
17. World Cup – Zenith
18. Cheer Extreme – Chicago – Passion
19. FCA Gems – Diamonds
20. American Elite Allstars – Celebrity
21. Cheer Extreme – Charlotte – Lady Elite
22. Woodlands Elite – G.I. Janes
23. Platinum Athletics – PAC5
24. Brandon All-Stars – Senior Pink
25. Cheer Sport Sharks (Canada) – Smallfin Sharks
26. Connect Cheer  – C5
27. Cheer City United – Lady Titans

 Senior Large All Girl L5:

Finalists –
1
 .World Cup – Shooting Stars
2. Cheer Athletics – Panthers
3. Cheer Extreme – Senior Elite
4. Maryland Twisters – F5
5. The Stingray Allstars – Orange
6. ACE Cheer Company – Chiefs
7. Pittsburgh Superstars – Supermodels
8. Flyers All Starz (Canada) – Obsession
9. Hotcheer AllStars – HOT5
10. Cheerleading Coyotes (Canada) – Wonder Pack
11. Cheer Savannah Allstars – Lady Lace

Senior Small Coed L5:

Finalists –
1. 
Brandon All-Stars – Senior Black
2. Prodigy All Stars – Midnight
3. KC Cheer – FIERCE FIVE
4. The California All Stars – SMOED
5. Twist & Shout – Tulsa – Diamonds
6. Central Jersey All Stars – Team Gunz
7. ICE – Thunder
8. World Cup – Odyssey
9. Vizion – 20/20
10. CheerForce  – Blackout

Prelims & Semi Finalists –
11.
Cheer Central Suns – Revolution
12. Woodlands Elite – Recon
13. ACX – Kat Daddies
14. Maryland Twisters – Blackout
15. Macs Allstar Cheer – Senior Starz
16. Pro Athletics – PROED
17. Ohio Extreme – Royal Vibe
18. Louisiana Cheer Force – Gold
19. Cheer World – Omega
20. Cheer Athletics – Charlotte – RoyalCats
21. Stars Vipers – Royal Cobras
22. Five Star Athletics – Dream
23. Georgia All Stars – Coed 5
24. Florida Top Dog All Stars – RAIN
25. Premier Athletics – Knoxville West – Great White Sharks
26. Desert Storm Elite – Rage
27. East Celebrity Elite – CT – Empire
28. GymTyme Illinois – FEVER
29. Tribe Cheer – Chiefs
30 TIE. Tiger Elite – Fierce 5
30 TIE. Bay State All Stars – Surge
32. FCA Gems – Onyx
33. Maryland Twisters – Cobalt
34. Indiana Ultimate – U5
35. New York Icons – Perfection
36. Charlotte All Stars – Teal
37. Tumble Tech – Alpha
38. Rock Starz All Stars – Diamonds
39. Island Xtreme – Legacy
40. Macs Allstar Cheer – Obsession
41. All Star One  – Big Bang
42. Cheer Tyme – Obsession
43. USA! All Stars- Stafford – FEVER
44. Fusion All Stars – Inferno
45. Platinum Athletics – Onyx
46. Cheer Force Arkansas – Falcons
47. Flip City All Stars – Blackout
48. Cheer St. Louis – Archangels
49. Titanium Athletics – Bionic
50. Cheer Extreme – Richmond – X5
51. Pennsylvania Elite Cheerleading – Guardians
52. Thrive All Stars – Onyx

Senior Medium Coed L5:

Finalists –
1.
The California All Stars – Black Ops
2. Rockstar Cheer – Beatles
3 TIE. Cheer Extreme – Raleigh – SMOEX
3 TIE. Maryland Twisters – Reign
5. Woodlands Elite – Black Ops
6. Spirit of Texas – Royalty
7. World Cup – Omni
8. Midwest Cheer Elite – Diamondkatz
9. Top Gun All Stars – Fierce 5
10. Core Athletix Rochester – Black Diamonds

*Ties are broken by deductions.

Prelims & Semi Finalists –
11. East Celebrity Elite – C5 Bomb Squad
12. GymTyme All-Stars – Platinum
13. CheerVille Athletics – Anarchy
14. Step One All Stars – XO
15. Gem of Champions – Black Diamond
16. Fire & Ice Allstars – Hail
17. Central Florida Athletics – Black JAX
18 TIE. State All Stars – Coed 5
18 TIE. Tribe Athletics – TRIBE-5
20. Ultimate Allstars – Super 5
21. Bama All Starz – Black Diamondz
22. ACX Diamonds – Diamond Daddies
23. Halifax Cheer Elite (Canada) – Blue Crew
24. Cheer Station – Flyers
25. Mississippi Gym of Dreams – Eclipse

Senior Large Coed L5:

Finalists –
1.
The Stingray All Stars – Steel
2. Cheer Athletics – Cheetahs
3. Top Gun All Stars – TGLC
4. The California All Stars – Cali Coed
5. Cheer Extreme – Coed Elite
6. ACE Cheer Company – Warriors
7. ICE – Radar
8. FAME All Stars – Vengeance
9. Spirit Athletics – Affliction
10. Ultimate Athletics – Valor

Semi Finalists –
11.
Pro Cheer – Eagles
12. Oregon Dream Teams – Dream
13. Cheer Eclipse – Comets
14. Shockwave All Stars – Code 5

International All Girl Open 5:

Finalists –
1. Flyers All Starz (Canada) – Knockout
2. Cheer Sport Sharks (Canada) – Great White Sharks
3. The California All Stars – Sparkle
4. Cheer Extreme – Raleigh – Cougars
5. Unity Allstars (England) – Ruby
6. Desert Storm Elite – Bliss
7. Southern Cross Cheerleading (Australia) – SCC Lady Reign
8. Coventry Dynamite (England) – Lady Grenades
9. Rising Stars (England) – Ellipse
10. Queensland Cheer Elite (Australia) – Diamonds

Prelims & Semi Finalists –
11.
Black Widow Cheer Gym (Canada) – Love
12. JASCF ELITE 5 (Japan)
13. Wildcats Leverkusen (Germany) – Wildcats IO5
14. Cheer Infinity Athletics (Sweden) – Envy
15. CLL Spurs (Germany) – CLL Spurs
16. Shine Allstars (Germany) – Shine Graces
17. Team Italy (Italy) – FISAC Wildcats
18. Charmers Cheerleading (Norway) – Charmers All Stars
19. OCT Galaxy (Norway) – Shine
20. Stavanger Diamonds Cheersport (Norway) – Silver Diamonds
21. Team Netherlands (Netherlands) – Frisian Cheer Stars
22. Colombian All Stars (Colombia) – Coas
23. Vienna Pirates (Austria) – R’n’P Black Ocean
24.   South Africa National Team
25. Vancouver All Stars (Canada) – Ice Queens
26. Pittsburgh Pride All Stars – Mane 5
27. Intensity Cheer Extreme (England) – ICE 5
28. Full House All Stars – Jokers
29. ACE Athletics (Canada) – O.P.P
30. Crown Athletics – Allegiance
31. Alberta Cheer Empire (Canada) – Synergy
32. Predator Athletics (England) – Lady Anacondas
33. Casablanca Cheer (England) – Cosmic 5
34. Max Force Cheerleading (Canada) – Voltage
35. Champion Cheerleading (Canada) – Flawless
36. Surrey Starlets (England) – Amethyst
37. Spirit All-Stars – Lady Kryptonite
38. Charmers Cheerleading (Norway) – Charmers All Stars

International Open Small Coed L5:

Finalists –
1. Cheer Athletics – SwooshCats
2. Pirates Athletics (Canada) – Golden Gun
3. The Stingray All Stars – Electric
4. Prodigy All Stars – Blacklight
5. Mystic All Stars (Canada) – Mango 5
6. East Coast Allstars (Australia) – Phoenix
7. Dragones Elite (Chile) – Jackson Dragons
8. ZOO Athletics (Australia) – Royals
9. Kingston Elite All Star (Canada) – Royal
10. Wildcats Leverkusen (Germany) – Wildcats IOSC5
11. Gothenburg Cheer One (Sweden) – Cougars
12. Brisbane All Star Cheerleading (Australia) – Xenon
13. Ice Panthers (Ecuador) – ESPE
14. SKY C&G (Chile) – Sky Jupiter
15. Wildcats All Star (Chile) – Wildcats Starlites
16. Strike Force Ireland (Ireland) – Snipers
17. Aira United Belgium (Belgium) – Aira United Diamond
18. ABCVE Dragons France (France) – Dragons Desire
19. Stuntworx Elite (Ireland) – Alliance

International Open Large Coed L5:

Finalists –
1. CheerForce – Nfinity
2. Top Gun All Stars – OO5
3. Cheer Athletics – Wildcats
4. Flyers All Starz (Canada) – Notorious
5. Outlaws Allstars (Australia) – Notorious
6. Coventry Dynamite (England) – Ignite
7. Fire All Stars (Puerto Rico)
8. PCT Cobras (Canada) – Temptation
9. Rudestars (Chile) – Jaguars
10. ZSA (Australia) – Southern Tigers
11. Pura Vida Athletics (Costa Rica) – Fuego
12. Perfect Storm Athletics (Canada) – Thunder
13. Unity Allstars (England) – Black
14. Oblivion AllStars (England) – Revolution
15. UPAC All Stars (Chile) – Galaxy Panthers
16. ESPOL (Ecuador) – ESPOL
17. Twister All Star (Chile) – Celebrity Black Divas
18. South Africa National Team
19. Bears Reloaded (Germany) – Bears Reloaded
20. Super Five (Costa Rica)
21. Pegasos All Stars (Guatemala) – Pegasos All Stars
22. Olympus All Stars (Mexico) – Omega
23. Puerto Rico Elite (Puerto Rico)
24 TIE. Puerto Rico X-Street Gym (Puerto Rico) – X5
24 TIE. Cheer Excess (France)
26. Paris Cheer (France) – Team Black
27. Cardenales All Stars (Mexico) – Vaders
28. Cheer Academy All Stars (Mexico) – Commanders
29. I.A.C.C. (Argentina)
30. Cali Sport All Stars (Colombia)
31. Buhos All Stars (Argentina)

 International Open L6:

Finalists –
1.
GymTyme All-Stars – Gold
2. Flyers All Starz (Canada) – Karma
3. Gothenburg Cheer One (Sweden) – Wildcats
4. Cheer Sport Sharks (Canada) – Grey Reef Sharks
5. Pacific Coast Magic – Majesty
6. Viqueens Cheerleaders (Norway) – Viqueens Spirit
7. Dolphins (Germany) – Dolphins Allstars
8. OC All Stars – Neon
9. Alberta Cheer Empire (Canada) – Royalty
10. Dynamite Dragons (Sweden) – Dragons
11. Super Crew Lakers (Norway) – SCL Super Star

International Open Small Coed L6:

Finalists –
1. Top Gun All Stars – IOC-6
2. The California All Stars – Reckless
3. GymTyme All-Stars – Jade
4. Flyers All Starz (Canada) – Thunder
5. Vancouver All Stars (Canada) – Ice Out
6. Mystic All Stars (Canada) – Cherry 6
7. Rising Stars (England) – Electra
8. UBC Tigers (Germany) – UBC Tigers Coed 6

International Open Large Coed L6:

Finalists –
1. GymTyme All-Stars – Chrome
2. Cheer Athletics – Claw6
3. Southern Cross Cheerleading (Australia) – SCC Legacy
4. The California All Stars – Rangers
5. Flyers All Starz (Canada) – Shock
6. Flames All Stars (Canada) – Crush Coed
7. Vaqueros All Star (Mexico) – Vaqueros Rodeo
8. Universidad Miltar Nueva Granada (Colombia) – Wolverines
9. Club Deportivo Elite All Stars (Colombia) – BCA
10. All Time Cheer (Puerto Rico)
11. East China Normal University
12. Puerto Rico X-Street Gym (Puerto Rico) – Rage
13. Cheer Force WolfPack (Canada) – 6 Pack
14. Phantom All Stars (Puerto Rico)
15. Jungle Cats (Costa Rica)

Cheerleading Uniform Lawsuit Could Impact Fashion Industry

Donned in their plain black robes, the men and women of the U.S. Supreme Court spent an hour talking about stripes and zigzags on cheerleading uniforms. The case could have big repercussions for the fashion industry.

Varsity Brands, the country’s largest maker of cheerleading uniforms, wants to keep its patterns of zigzags and stripes copyrighted. But, a smaller company argues Varsity has no right to copyright the designs’ use on clothes.

The issue is tricky because clothes are normally difficult to copyright because their design is directly tied to their function, and federal law doesn’t allow designs to be copyrighted unless they can stand alone.

The smaller company, Star Athletics, in its brief, asks can “the stripes, chevrons, zigzags, and color blocks be recognized apart from a cheerleader uniform’s utilitarian aspects? No.” The company’s attorneys say a “uniform, without the blocks and stripes, looks exactly like the ubiquitous little black dress.”

Although Varsity’s direct competitors tend to side with Star, the lawsuit has support from the fashion industry, which has very limited copyright protections. Currently, the style or cut of a garment is not eligible, but a pattern on it, such as the impression of a Mondrian painting on a renowned Yves Saint Laurent dress, can be protected.

However, Varsity Brands argues its stripes can be separated from the dress, and used on other clothes and objects.

Varsity has filed multiple lawsuits against competitors, claiming copyright violations. Its competitors say that Varsity claims protection for items that are ubiquitous and too generic to merit copyrights.

“Varsity is saying that a very basic, simple sideline uniform with a chevron in the front” is capable of being copyrighted, said Karen Noseff Aldridge, the founder of the cheerleader uniform maker Rebel Athletic. “And that’s ridiculous.”
Her company, known for its customized outfits with a high ratio of crystals, has also received legal threats from Varsity. Ms. Noseff Aldridge said she was “actively ignoring” a cease-and-desist letter Varsity sent to her after a young customer, who was hired to promote Rebel Athletic apparel, posted photos to the company’s Snapchat account that showed herself in a group photo with other girls wearing Varsity uniforms.

The case could have major repercussions for both the $300 million cheerleading apparel market, and the even larger fashion industry. In fact, the Council of Fashion Designers of America filed an amicus brief supporting Varsity’s right to copyright the uniforms.
Source: New York Times

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2016 Cheerleading Worlds Results

The Cheerleading Worlds was held April 23-25, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Twelve divisions make up the elite championship for all star cheerleading for Level 5 and Level 6 athletes from around the globe. Continue Reading

Congratulations to the New USASF National Advisory Board Members!

The National Advisory Board is democratically elected to support athletes and members by addressing emerging issues of broad potential impact and developing policies for the organization when needed.

Who is eligible to serve: All USASF Professional Members.
Membership: Members are nominated by their peers and voted in by the USASF membership.
Term: Two years.
Commitment: Members must comply with the NAB Code of Conduct and attend both semi annual meetings.

Cheer Coach Elected Representatives

Terms expire in December 2017
Joe Dunn – Dunn’s Findlay Cheer Elite & Gymnastics
Flo Iman – FCA Gems
Jessica Moltisanti – Zone Cheer All-Stars Inc
James Whitaker – Twist & Shout All-Stars
Derick Patterson – Cheergyms.com

Terms expire in December 2016
Lance Stoltenberg – Elite Cheer
Cora King – HotCheer All Stars
Brandon Roberts – ACE Cheer Company
Craig Tatum – United Cheer
Lisa Golden – Vegas Cheer Authority

Competition Event Producer Elected Representatives

Terms Expire in December 2017
Tres LeTard – Varsity All Star
Brandi Matthews – The JAM Brands
Darrell Bagby – The American Championships
Teresa Barbiere – Greater Midwest Cheer Expo
David Hanbery – Deep South Cheer and Dance, Inc.

Terms Expire in December 2016
Amber Koster – Champion Spirit Group
Chad Lemon – The JAM Brands
Scott Bouchard -Advanced SPIRIT Association
George Carillo – World Spirit Federation
Meagan Fiscella – CHEERSPORT

Affiliate Member Elected Representative

Terms expire in December 2017
Angela Robbins Hull – Rebel Athletic, Inc.
Carmine Silano – CheerSounds Music and Training, LLC

Terms expire in December 2016
Andrew Dean – Xtreme Shots Photography
Shelly O’Brien – Inside Publications
Shane Womack – Cheer Media

Many of the significant initiatives and programs that define the USASF originated or were developed through the work of the NAB, including:

  • Athlete ID
  • Career and Professional Membership
  • USASF Professional Responsibility Code
  • Disciplinary Process
  • All Star Prep
  • Image and Appearance Guidelines
  • USASF Chairman’s Cup
  • USASF Mentoring Leaders

The Legend of Cheerleading

A legend of the cheerleading world has passed away. Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer is known today as the father of modern day cheerleading. He was born in 1925 and is credited for creating the Herkie cheerleading jump, which was named after him, and also received a patent for the pom-pon which he created alongside the spirit stick. Herkimer passed away on July 1, 2015.

Herkimer was a cheerleader at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and started his first cheerleading camp in 1948. Herkie is the founder of the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) which began with just 53 participants. The following year, enrollment in his camps had soared to over 350 participants. By the 1950s most high schools had created a cheerleading squad. Before long, he gave up his teaching career with Southern Methodist and took up cheerleading full time. His camps employed about 1,500 instructors teaching cheerleading across the U.S. along with his company – Cheerleader Supply Company that was started to supply cheerleading teams with uniforms and camp clothing.

The father of modern day cheerleading, Lawrence Herkimer, passed away on July 1, 2015.
By the 1960s, just about every high school and college in the country had cheerleaders. Professional cheerleading was introduced around this time under the National Football League and its leader was the Dallas Cowboys debuting during the 1972-73 season. They were first widely viewed at the 1976 Super Bowl X game, changing the face of cheerleading as a profession.

In 1986, Herkimer sold his cheerleading company for $20 million to the BSN Corporation. In June 1988, BSN Corporation sold NCA to the Prospect Group with Herkimer staying on to run the company which was bringing in approximately $50 million in revenue by 1990.

With the invention of color television and a need for a visually appealing device for cheerleading, Herkimer invented the pom-pon and was granted patent 3,560,313 from the US Patent and Trademark Office in 1971. Herkimer is also credited as the inventor of the spirit stick after awarding a spirited team at one of his camps a piece of a tree branch that would later become mass produced as the infamous Spirit Stick that teams and camps across the world know and are still awarded today.

NCA was later acquired by Varsity Spirit Corporation and became a part of the Varsity Family which was started by Jeff Webb, the founder of UCA, who was at the time a general manager for NCA.

The sport we know as cheerleading today was largely influenced by the efforts of Lawrence Herkimer. Without his ingenuity and influence in the industry, we wouldn’t have the sport that we know of cheerleading today. Herkie was a true legend and pioneer of the sport of cheerleading.

 

Top 40 Colleges to Cheer

by Alex Gillespie

 

If you are involved in cheerleading at all or are interested in trying it, you’ve probably seen multiple “best places to cheer in college” rankings. This, however, is a little different. Instead of ranking by who wins the most or who has the coolest uniforms or whatever criteria you have seen before, we decided to check out all aspects of various programs, give them points, then let the numbers do the ranking. Continue Reading