USA Competitions

 

USA places great importance and value on providing complete professional development and training for our judges.  This training emphasizes writing useable comments that teams can understand and apply immediately.  The exposure to the importance of written comments begins during our judges’ initial years on staff, as they are instructed on how to give thorough written evaluations to teams at camp during the summer.  These skills are further exercised prior to competition season through an interactive webinar and score sheet practice follow-up.  In addition to our own instructional staff, USA utilizes the skill and experience of judges from our VARSITY sister companies to add variety to our panels.  We are proud of the professional, knowledgeable, and fair judges who represent USA at our competition events.

Regionals
No prior qualification required to compete.  Regionals are local qualifying competitions for USA Nationals events.  Regional plaques are awarded to top teams in each division.  Bids to USA Nationals will be awarded to teams with an average score of 75 for Spirit Nationals and 85 for Dance/Drill Nationals qualifying divisions.
 
Classics
No prior qualification required to compete. Classics are qualifying competitions for USA Nationals events.  All performers receive a souvenir competition participation ribbon.  Trophies will be awarded to the top teams in each division.  For all divisions, "Champion" pins will be given to each first place competitor. 
 
Opens
No prior qualification through a USA Regional competition, Classic competition or other sanctioned event/process is required in order to attend.  Opens are NOT qualifiers for USA Nationals events.  Trophies will be awarded to the top teams in each division.  For all first place teams, each individual member will receive a 1st place Champion T-shirt. Banners are awarded to first place teams with 2 or more teams in the division.
 
Please visit our website, usa.varsity.com, for further information on specific events (under the Competition Tab).

  
NATIONALS/CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
 
What do we need to score in order to qualify for the following:
 
HIGH SCHOOL SPIRIT & JR NATIONALS (HS/JR/Youth) -- In order to qualify for USA High School Spirit and Jr. Nationals, you must receive an average score of 75 or above before penalties are deducted at a qualifying USA event.  Scores after penalties are deducted only affect placement on the day of the event.
 
ALL STAR CHAMPIONSHIPS (CHEER & DANCE) – All Star teams do not need to pre-qualify in order to compete at USA All Star Championships.
 
DANCE NATIONALS (formerly Dance/Drill, although Dance/Drill and Military are still divisions falling under this category) – Qualifying divisions need an average score of 85 or above to compete in the Championship divisions at USA Dance Nationals.  An average of 84.99 or below puts you in the Open divisions at USA Dance Nationals. Teams do not need to pre-qualify for non-qualifying divisions offered at USA Dance Nationals.
 
When/Where are the Nationals/Championships
 
Nationals: 
Jr. March 1-2, 2014 - Disney California Adventure® Park, Hyperion Theater, Anaheim, CA
HS Spirit March 28-30, 2014 - Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Dance March 28-29, 2014 - Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
 
Championships: 
All Star March 22-23, 2014 - Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Collegiate March 23-24, 2014 - Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA