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Repeal the new 2012-2013 All-Star Rules

    1. Petition by

      Dillon Covington

      Dallas, TX

The new rules that were posted on the USASF website on 3/28 will do nothing but hurt the sport of cheerleading and cause our sport to take a step backwards in our industry. Let our voice be heard by USASF.

Our Gym Owners and major power players are doing everything in their power to reverse these rules, but we as Athletes, Parents, and Fans wan our voices heard too.



To be implemented during the 2012-2013 Season

Standing fulls and standing double fulls are not allowed
Double fulls are only allowed in running tumbling and must be preceded by a back handspring

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  • -  All Open teams (5 and 6 [also Open 4 if it is added in the future]) must be 17yrs old and older

  • -  Eliminate the International age rule for U.S.A. teams. – All athletes on USA teams must be of the

    legal age according to the age grid by August 31st of that season. This includes Worlds. The rule, an athlete may be younger than the allowed age as long as he/she becomes of the legal age by the calendar year of the competition, no longer stands.

  • -  Eliminate Mini L3

  • -  Eliminate Youth 5 Restricted by placing additional limitations on Youth 5

o No tumbling double fulls o No kick doubles in baskets o Braced flips may not twist

  • -  Youth top age is raised to 12

  • -  No longer separate Junior Coed 3 and 4 from their counterpart All Girl teams

  • -  Bottom age on Senior teams, Levels 1- 4 and Senior 5R, will be 10 years old

  • -  Senior 5 teams will remain at 12



    Judges reserve the right to assess warnings and/or deductions when a team’s choreography, uniform, make up, bows etc. do not meet the standards of ‘appropriate’ as described in this policy.


    APPROPRIATE CHOREOGRAPHY goes into effect with the 2012-2013 season .

    All facets of a performance/routine, including both choreography and music selection, should be appropriate and suitable for family viewing and listening.

    Examples of inappropriate choreography may include, but are not limited to, movements such as hip thrusting and inappropriate touching, gestures, hand/arm movements and signals, slapping, positioning of body parts and positioning to one another. Music or words unsuitable for family listening, which includes, but is not limited, to swearwords and connotations of any type of sexual act or behavior, drugs, explicit mention of specific parts of the body torso, and/or violent acts or behavior are other examples of inappropriate choreography. Removing improper language or words from a song and replacing with sound effects or other words may still constitute ‘inappropriate.’

    Music or movement in which the appropriateness is questionable or with which uncertainty exists should be assumed by the coach to be inappropriate and removed as to not put their team in an unfortunate situation.


    APPROPRIATE UNIFORM goes into effect with the 2015-2016 season.

    General Uniform Guidelines

    No risqué, sexually provocative or lingerie looking or inspired uniform or garments allowed. All uniform pieces should adequately cover an athlete and must be secured to eliminate any possible wardrobe malfunction. Appropriate undergarments must be worn.

    In addition to the below specific guidelines, athletes must also consider that a combination of uniform pieces may also deem a uniform appropriate or inappropriate.

    Uniform Skirts/Shorts Guidelines

    When a skirt is worn as part of the uniform, briefs under the skirt are required. The skirt must fully cover the hips. The skirt must completely cover the briefs and must fall at least 1 inch below briefs (regular and boy cut briefs). When shorts are worn as part of the uniform, there must be a minimum of a 2” inseam.

    Uniform Top Guidelines

    Uniform tops may not include an exposed midriff except for Seniors which may have a maximum of 10” between the skirt/short top and the uniform top bottom. Uniform tops must be secured by straps or material over at least one shoulder or around the neck (tube tops are not allowed).


    This requirement begins with the 2012-13 season.

    Athletes with non-full top uniforms must wear a t-shirt or other suitable cover up over their uniforms unless they are in the warm-up area, traveling as a group directly to or from the warm up area, or on the performance stage.


    MAKE UP AND OTHER goes into effect with the 2012-2013 season, but will not be enforceable by deduction until the 2013-2014 season.


    Makeupshouldbeuniformandappropriateforboththeperformanceandtheageoftheathletes. Face/Eyelid Rhinestones are not allowed. False eyelashes are allowed but may not be decorated in rhinestones or additional jewelry.


    Bows should not be excessive in size (acceptable bows are generally no more than 3” in width) and shouldn’t be a distraction to the performance. Bows should be worn in a manner to minimize risk for the participants, should be adequately secured and should not fall over the forehead into the participants’ eyes or block the view of the participant while performing.

    Judges reserve the right to assess warnings and/or deductions when a team’s choreography, uniform, make up, bows etc. do not meet the standards of ‘appropriate’ as described in this policy. 


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Repeal the new 2012-2013 All-Star Rules

The new rules that were posted on the USASF website on 3/28


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    Reasons for signing

    • Sophia Schein VA, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Full/ half tops. If a younger girl is on a senior team and can wear a half top then why can't an older girl wear a half top and be on a lower level team?

    • Jessica Boggs CORBIN, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm not a cheerleader, but I have friends that cheer in All Stars. I don't think it's right to restrict the entire level 5 circuit. There's already a restricted division for level 5.

    • Krystal Grigg MELBOURNE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Cheerleading is getting noticed because we have amazing athletes that dedicate their lives to this sport. Athletes that practice their skills all the time! Even when practice is over! I know I love watching people tumble and it inspires me to get my standing full now that’s being taken away. I understand the risk tumbling has everyone does, but people also understand the risk for mma fighting and football and those sports your actually getting hit!! No one has a problem with people getting hit and honestly doing a standing full is safer than some 250 pound guy full of muscle running full speed at you ready to knock you unconscious. At least when you’re learning your standing full it’s on a mat or over a foam pit.

      • over 2 years ago

      Cheerleaders all across the world have been working to get this known as a sport! Now USASF has taken tumbling, stunts etc away! People are going to take it less seriously if we make these routines safer.

    • Memelord 5000 DEL CITY, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      Because its unfair all the little young dancers can wear far more inappropriate clothing. But cheer a fun sport to express our personality through uniforms and bows also tumbling are being taken away


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