NEW ENGLAND CHEER AND DANCE COMPETITION
The New England Cheer and Dance Championship will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Reggie Lewis Track Center located in Boston near Northeastern University. The Reggie Lewis Center is the number one track facility in the United States. The field house, which has over 100,000 square feet, seats 3,000 spectators and will enable you to sit with your cheerleading teams in comfort. The separate warm up area contains three full size basketball courts. We will be offering two regulation competition mats 42 by 42 for the Mites, Pee wees and junior high cheer divisions. All other divisions will have 9 full strips.
** New this year, all FIRST AND SECOND place finishers in the Silver divisions and FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD place finishers in the Gold divisions in ONLY the Cheer divisions competing in the daytime and the 1st Place All-Star teams will receive bids to the National High School or National All-Star Cheerleading Championships held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in February and March of 2015.
Our competition has been the most successful one in New England because it is low stress and places the emphasis on fun! Every squad will win a trophy. As technology allowed us to pioneer last year the oral critique of your team’s performance will be emailed to you immediately following their performance by DJ Justin O’hallaran. There will be no more than seven teams in any given division.
Coaches of cheer division teams from the Mites, Pee Wees and Junior High in the early daytime sessions have the option of placing their squad in the Bronze, Silver, and Gold divisions. The evening Youth divisions (A, B, C, D, E, F) must select either the P1, P2, P3, or P4 category. Are goal is to offer a level playing field, allowing teams with similar skills to compete against each other. As you know your squad's routine elements, please examine your squad's routine closely to determine which category it belongs in this year.
Bronze level routines should be comprised primarily of stunts and pyramids performed at shoulder height or below and beginning level tumbling (ex. Cartwheels, round-offs, rolls). Silver level routines should be comprised primarily of stunts and pyramids performed at shoulder height or extended on two legs and beginning to intermediate level tumbling (ex. some walkovers or handsprings). Single leg extended stunts are permitted but should be confined to pyramid structures and there should be hand-support during the majority of standing and running tumbling skills. Gold level routines should be comprised primarily of stunts and pyramids performed at extended levels and intermediate to advanced tumbling skills (ex. Many handsprings, some series of tumbling which includes flips).
Basket tosses, twist cradles and inverted pyramids are not permitted in silver and bronze divisions, with the following exception: baskets and single twist cradles may be performed be LESS than half of stunt groups in the silver division. These skills are at the very top of the progression, considered to be some of the more difficult and high-risk stunts allowed. If your routine currently contains these particular skills but not enough other elite elements to warrant being in the gold division, it is very easy to adjust them. For example, instead of twisting on the cradle, try a toe-touch, or simple straight cradle for the day. Change some of your baskets to show-extensions, the count will be the same, no formation changes or anything will be necessary.
Examples of "less than half" for stunt groups:
3 groups= 1 group may twist, 4 groups= 1 group may twist
5 groups= 2 groups may twist, 6 groups= 2 groups may twist
We will have level judges in the warm-up area this year to help ensure that all teams are in the appropriate divisions before you hit the competition floor. Any post-performance concerns will be addressed privately between the coaching staff and head judge prior to the awards ceremony.
Feel free to contact Lisa Moskow at 413-517-3998 or Moskow_lisa@yahoo.com with any questions.
Over 180 cheer and dance teams competed in our competition last year and we hope to have a similar turn out this year. The competition will include: Mighty Mites, Mites, Pee Wees, Junior High Cheer divisions, All-Stars, College, and Youth Divisions A, B, C, D, E (exhibition) and F (exhibition) and six Dance and Step Divisions - Mites, Pee Wees, Junior High, High School, All Star and College. We will also be offering step divisions for all age divisions.
Each team will have the opportunity to warm up their stunts, pyramids and tumbling prior to the competition and have them checked out by a safety judge. This will be done during a four minute time frame on a matted section of floor. Dance teams can warm up on the performing surface of their choice. Tentative check in, practice times and competition times for each division will be sent with your registration packet. Our web page will provide a listing of your team’s exact arrival time, practice and competition time. All coaches must go to our website on Friday November 7th to see your exact times.
Dance, Mites, Pee Wees and Junior High cheer teams will follow National Federation rules. Youth Divisions will follow National Youth division's rules. All Star Divisions will follow the USASF rules and College will follow the AACCA guidelines
- Each Mite, Pee Wees and Junior High Cheer routine is limited to 3 minutes with maximum of 90 seconds of music. There is no minimum length for routines.
- The Youth division Cheer routines are limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds with a maximum of 90 seconds of music.
- All Star and College Divisions are limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds with no music time limit.
- Each dance routine is limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Each Step routine is limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Dance teams can register to perform their routine in the ‘all styles’ division, which offers points on the score sheet for many types of dance, or the ‘all hip hop’ division which will be scored with a different sheet focusing exclusively on hip hop elements. Teams are welcome to enter routines in both divisions if they choose to.
- Rules, T-shirts, pre-order forms, directions, and permission slips will be sent with your information packet after you register.
- All-Star teams should put their appropriate USASF level skill number (1, 2, 3, 4, 4.2, 5, 6) next to each division that you are competing in. Please see www.usasf.net/safety.asp for find your team level. Please check current USASF age breakdown on the USASF website before registering your team to insure fair placement in the correct division.
- College Divisions will include dance, all-girl and co-ed.
- F Division (Tiny Mite Exhibition) is for ages 5 and 6
- E Division (Mighty Mite Exhibition) is for ages 6, 7 and 8
- D Division (Junior Pee Wee) is for Ages 8, 9, 10, and 11
- C Division (Pee Wee) is for ages 9, 10, 11, and 12
- B Division (Junior Midgets) is for ages 10, 11, 12, and 13
- A Division (Midgets) is for ages 11, 12, 13, and 14.
*Please Note: If there are fewer than three teams in any age bracket, we reserve the right to move those teams to the next higher age group.
All Youth Division teams: You must send a copy of the application to your conference chair so that your team can receive official approval from New England Regional Chair Karen Pope.
An entry fee of $100.00 must be paid for each squad entering competition.
Please make checks payable to:
New England Cheer & Dance Competition
PO Box 1995
c/o Andy Yosinoff
Brookline, MA 02446.
A professional VHS or DVD of your division will be available through Color Guard Video for the cost of $35.00. "Instant DVDs" will also be available at the event. Midcoast Photo will also be on site taking group photos and action shots which you can buy the CD at the event. Flowers for Dream will again provide their services and you can Pre-Order your flowers by going to w.w.w. flowersfordream.com/cheerdance. The deadline for competition entry is Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Trophies will be awarded to all teams. Judges will be provided by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association.
Sponsors of the event are: Prime Time Sports, Tellos, Nike, The Best Western Inn at Longwood, Varsity Spirit, Lubin's Trophies, Sports & Physical Therapy, Color Guard Video, Flowers for Dream and Midcoast Photo.
The Best Western
Inn at Longwood - Host hotel of The New England Cheer and Dance Competition. Stay in comfort and close to the action. The Inn is conveniently located on Longwood Avenue on the edge of Boston's Back Bay. With 161 rooms and a full service restaurant, The Inn will surly make your next trip to Boston a great one. Admission to the competition is $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (6 and under).Prime Time Sports in partnership with New England Cheer and Dance competition will be selling not only T-shirts but a complete line of clothing. We also will be accepting credit cards at the event for the purchasing of the clothing items. Each team's head coach will receive one free T-shirt. DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPETITION FORMS you need for the event.
Please contact me if you should have any questions and/or need additional information. I look forward to seeing you at the Reggie Lewis Track & Field Center on Saturday, November 8, 2014.