Victory is a Tier 3 member of the USASF and follows all rules and regulations set forth by the USASF.
Please refer to www.usasf.net to view all their rules and regulations.
All gyms are required to have each athlete sign the WAIVER/MINOR RELEASE FORM and turn it in for each competition.
Cheer teams must have no less than 5 members. Dance teams must have no less than 4 members. Please refer to specific USASF divisions guidelines in order to see the maximum number of team members allowed in each division.
Routine Time Limits:
Cheer Teams: 2 minutes & 30 seconds
Dance Teams: 2 minutes & 30 seconds
All Star Rec/Club Cheer: 2 minutes & 30 seconds
All Star Prep: 2 minutes
Partner/Group Stunts: 1 minute & 30 seconds
Best Cheerleader: 1 minute & 30 seconds
Crowd Pleaser: 1 minute & 30 seconds
Dance Solos/Duos/Trios: 1 minute & 30 seconds
Cheer Duos/Trios/Quads: 1 minute & 30 seconds
Power Jumps: 45 seconds
Power Tumblers: 1 minute & 30 seconds
There are no minimum time requirements on any type of routine. Timing and judging of routines will begin with the first organized movement or the first note of music. Timing will end with the last note of music or when the ending motion or pose is held. All participants should walk or spirit onto the floor and immediately start their routine after placement of any props. **All Solo, Duo, Trio and Stunt Group Routines will cost $49 per participant per routine.**
The main performance surface will be approximately 42 feet deep by 54 feet wide. For safety purposes, we require everyone to perform their routine on the performance surface.
Coaches are allowed to sit on the stage or performance floor for Tiny, Show Team & Special Needs divisions only. Coaches are not allowed to be on the stage or performance floor for any other divisions. (Exception: Cheer routine spotters. See Spotter Guidelines below for details.) Coaches can always stand next to the performance area by the sound table or preferred seating area in front of the performance floor (if applicable).
All routines must be suitable for viewing by audiences of all ages. Vulgar or suggestive music or material is not allowed and will result in a deduction for each incident. Vulgar or suggestive material is defined as any movement or choreography implying something improper or indecent, appearing offensive or sexual in content, and/or relaying lewd or profane gestures, implications or lyrics. Vulgarity will be determined at the discretion of the judges and/or event directors.
All Star Rec or Club Cheer
These are non-sanctioned divisions.
All Star Prep
These are sanctioned divisions. The maximum routine length is 2 minutes. At any given, event an athlete may not crossover between teams competing in a standard all-star division and teams competing in a ‘Prep’ division (and vice versa).
In an effort to provide a safe performance environment, Victory allows programs to provide their own routine spotters. We feel allowing programs to provide trained and knowledgeable routine spotters on the floor that are familiar with the performances and areas of the performance that may need “special attention,” the overall safety of the competition environment is improved. Victory will NOT be providing routine spotters. It will be up to the discretion of the coach how many routine spotters, if any, they choose to use. Please pay special attention to the stipulations and suggestions below.
Routine spotters are individuals affiliated with the performing program that are voluntarily provided by the performing program as a safety precaution for the routine. Routine spotters cannot be uniformed members of the competing team and must adhere to all rules below.
Rules for Routine Spotters
Routine spotters are there to help catch falls and/or mistakes, not to assist or save skills. Routine spotters may only be used for stunts, pyramids and/or basket tosses.
Flagrant contact (anything other than assuring the safety of the athletes involved) by a routine spotter that assists a stunt, toss or pyramid may result in a deduction for each occurrence. Point deduction is at the sole discretion of Victory. The decision of the judges is FINAL.
Routine spotters MUST dress differently than the team so they are not mistaken for participants.
Routine spotters are for safety purposes only. Routine spotters should enter the stage behind their team and exit immediately ahead of their team.
Victory encourages the use of routine spotters, however, they are not required. Use your best judgment as to whether routine spotters are needed for your routine.
Please bring TWO high quality copies of your music to the event. CDs, iPods, or MP3 PLAYERS, or phones. Please make sure the phone is on airplane mode. Cassette tapes will not be accepted. One representative of your group or individual should be responsible for running the music during the competition. This person MUST remain at the music station throughout the entire performance. In the event a routine is delayed or stopped due to the team’s operator error, timing of your routine will continue. No unnecessary team members, parents, etc. are allowed in the music station area. The representative from your group or individual is responsible for making any decisions should a routine interruption occur. in the event that a routine is interrupted, the following procedures will be followed:
Music Mishap Due to Failure of Victory or Team Music Equipment
If the music skips or cuts out during the routine the coach or designated team representative will need to decide if they want to re-perform their routine again in its entirety. If the team decides to re-perform their routine, the event director will place them in the next available time slot. This time slot is non-negotiable. The team must perform their routine full out from start to finish, and will be scored on the 2nd performance only. If a team decides not to re-perform their routine, the original routine will be scored in full. Only 2 performances will be allowed per team.
Music may be stopped by a coach, team representative, or event staff member for a major injury only (i.e. broken bone, head, neck, back injury, etc). If the music is stopped due to a major injury, the team will be asked to exit the floor while an EMT is attending to the injured participant(s). The team will be allotted time to make adjustments to their performance and re-perform their routine at a later time. The time given is up to the discretion of the event director. The routine will be re-scored from the point the injury occurred. All scores received prior to the injury will remain the same.
The team may move to an open space in the warm-up area to work through their issues, and will be allotted time to make adjustments to their routine. The amount of time given will be decided by the event director. If the team takes the competition floor at their original competition time and does not notify the event producer of the injury, then they waive their right to make adjustments and compete at a later time.
Participant Age Discrepancies
Only a coach, owner, or director may challenge a participant’s age. To challenge a participant’s age, the challenge must be immediately brought to the attention of the event director. The event director will request proof of age for the participant in question.
The participant in question must supply official age verification (i.e. birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, report card or student ID) to the event manager no later than the Monday following the event at 5:00PM. The participant may provide proof to the event director at the event if it is available. If the participant in question IS in violation of age restrictions, the team will be disqualified.
Safety Violations and Review Process
The coach who picks up the team’s deduction page from the judges table will be notified that a safety violation has been committed. If the coach or representative believes this is a mistake, he or she will have the opportunity to discuss the violation with the event director or Victory rules judge. Coaches have 30 minutes from end of routine to pick up their team deductions page and dispute any violations marked. After 30 minutes, no dispute is allowed. All decisions made are final.
A coach may point out a rule violation committed by another team to the event director. In order to provide equal respect and confidentiality to all teams, Victory will not discuss safety violations or deductions with any individual other than the coach, owner, or director of the team that committed the alleged infraction.
In the instance a score is added incorrectly and the error is caught at the event, the team will be properly awarded during the next awards ceremony if possible.
If a score is added incorrectly and the error is caught after the event, the score and placement will be corrected and results will be changed on the website. All teams involved will be notified and correct awards will be mailed.
Video Review at Events
Coaches have 30 minutes from end of routine to pick up their team deductions page and dispute any violations marked. After 30 minutes, no dispute is allowed.
No bobble or fall infractions will be reviewed.
Only safety infractions can be reviewed. These safety infractions will only be reviewed on a Victory video reviewing system. These infractions will only be reviewed by an event representative and the coach or director of the team that is being reviewed.
Ranging Challenges can be brought up by the team coach or director and will be reviewed by the Victory head judge and/or event director. Any and all rulings decided at the event are final.
Victory will promote sportsmanship by all who attend our events. Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches, athletes and spectators during the event is not acceptable.
Coaches, Owners, and Directors
Much like every sport, when a coach is in discussion with an official, other coaches, athletes, and parents or spectators, they must maintain proper conduct. Failing to do so at any Victory event can/may result in a 4 point deduction, removal of coach, disqualification, etc. The Victory event director reserves the right to decide which appropriate action(s) to take.
Much like every sport, when an athlete participates they must conduct themselves with the utmost in sportsmanship and maintain proper conduct at all times. Failing to do so at any Victory event can/may result in a 4 point deduction, removal of athlete, etc. The Victory event director reserves the right to decide which appropriate action(s) to take.
Recruiting of Athletes or Promoting Gyms At Victory Events
The recruiting of athletes and promoting your gym to explicitly recruit athletes is strictly prohibited at all Victory events. The following are examples of what is NOT allowed:
Coaches, owners, and/or directors talking to other athletes about attending their gym.
Flyers that are handed out detailing tryout information, gym location, number, website, etc. inside arena or competition area and/or parking lot. (The handing out of inspirations and good luck messages is allowed as long as there is no promotional information other than gym or team name).
T-shirts with tryout dates on them. (T-shirts with gym name, logo, and/or website are acceptable as long as there is no reference to recruitment of athletes.
Recruiting of athletes/promoting gym at Victory events can/may result in a 4 point deduction, removal of owners, directors, or coaches, disqualification, etc.
Teams may report any issues to event management, but in order for us to assess a point deduction or disqualification, a member of our staff must actually witness such conduct and deem it unsportsmanlike. Victory will not make a ruling based on hearsay alone. The Victory staff will not tolerate rude, angry, or disrespectful behavior. This behavior could also result in a 4 point deduction.
Inclement Weather Policy
All Victory events will go on regardless of the weather conditions. Should an extenuating circumstance arise, please check the website for any updates. Victory encourages everyone to exercise caution and make any necessary travel arrangements. No refunds will be given on any Victory expenses. Please keep an eye on the local and national weather forecasts to be prepared for any inclement weather.