FAQs

Coaches (Top Five Questions)

WHEN DO WE GET OUR JUDGING SHEETS?

Score sheets are available approximately one hour after the division is finished. You will receive the judging sheets as well as a breakdown of each team in that division. Score sheets can be picked up at the registration desk.

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE ARRIVE AT THE VENUE FOR THE EVENT?

When you arrive at the event all you need to do is go to the Coaches’ Check-In. Once you have arrived and checked in and all of the paperwork has been turned in you will receive all of your coaches passes, schedules, etc. On the day of an event we recommend that each team check in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled warm up time.

CAN COACHES HELP THEIR TEAM ON THE FLOOR?

Coaches are allowed to help line-up kids for divisions where you feel it is needed. Most of the time we see this isn Tiny, certain Mini teams, and Special needs divisions. Coaches are not allowed to be on the stage/performance floor for any other divisions, with the exception of spotting routines. Most of our coaches stand in the area directly in front of the stage in front of the preferred seating area.

WHO ARE THE ATHLETIC JUDGES?

Athletic hires some of the most qualified judges from across the country to judge all of our events. Our judges are trained on all elements of both cheer and dance and many of them judge for us throughout the season. Our judges include former cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, choreographers, and many well respected gym and studio owners. Since Athletic uses the most up to date computerized scoring system you can rest assured that the judging is consistent.

DOES ATHLETIC PROVIDE ROUTINE SPOTTERS?

Athletic adheres to the AACCA recommendations when it comes to spotting. We feel strongly about the safety of all the athletes that are competing at our events. With the current rules and team size, it can be very challenging to provide spotters who have never seen the routines for which they are spotting. With that in mind we permit and encourage programs to bring up to 4 spotters to spot your team performances if you feel that spotters are needed.  We do offer spotters at both of our Texas events due to the demand in that market and keeping up with what is expected.  At those events we will have 3 spotters on the floor.

Parents and Friends (Top Five Questions)

CAN COACHES HELP THEIR TEAM ON THE FLOOR?

Coaches are allowed to help line-up kids for divisions where you feel it is needed. Most of the time we see this isn Tiny, certain Mini teams, and Special needs divisions. Coaches are not allowed to be on the stage/performance floor for any other divisions, with the exception of spotting routines. Most of our coaches stand in the area directly in front of the stage in front of the preferred seating area.

CAN WE BRING FOOD AND / OR BEVERAGE INTO THE VENUE?

Typically, No. Most venues do not allow food or beverage to be brought into the venue. All bags are subject to check. Please check with the venue for their specific guidelines.

WHO ARE THE ATHLETIC JUDGES

Athletic hires some of the most qualified judges from across the country to judge all of our events. Our judges are trained on all elements of both cheer and dance and many of them judge for us throughout the season. Our judges include former cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, choreographers, and many well respected gym and studio owners. Since Athletic uses the most up to date computerized scoring system you can rest assured that the judging is consistent.

ARE WE ALLOWED TO HAVE SIGNS, BALLOONS, NOISEMAKERS, ETC.?

We encourage all of the fans to show support for their teams. Signs and noisemakers are perfectly fine as long as they are placed where they will not impede anyone’s view. Helium balloons are generally not allowed in the arena and convention centers. Non-helium balloons are generally acceptable. You many want to check with the actual arena or convention center for their specific rules regarding display of balloons and signs.

ARE WE ALLOWED TO VIDEO TAPE AND TAKE PHOTOS AT THE EVENT?

We do permit photography and video taping at all of our events.  You may also purchase professionally shot video and photographs from our vendors at the event. We encourage all of our participants to visit Ultimate Photography (UEP) and our Video vendor Eight Count Video Pro to purchase professional photography and video.

Participants (Top Five Questions)

WHO ARE THE ATHLETIC JUDGES

Athletic hires some of the most qualified judges from across the country to judge all of our events.  Our judges are trained on all elements of both cheer and dance and many of them judge for us throughout the season.  Our judges include former cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, choreographers, and many well respected gym and studio owners.  Since Athletic uses the most up to date computerized scoring system you can rest assured that the judging is consistent.

IS THERE AN OUT OF BOUNDS AT THE COMPETITION?

Athletic Championships follows the USASF Rules.  At the present time there is not a universal guideline regarding out of bounds.  We do ask that all participants remain on the floor during the entire routine, but we do not deduct for participants stepping off of the competition floor.

ARE WE ALLOWED TO HAVE SIGNS, BALLOONS, NOISEMAKERS, ETC.?

We encourage all of the fans to show support for their teams.  Signs and noisemakers are perfectly fine as long as they are placed where they will not impede anyone’s view.  Helium balloons are generally not allowed in the arena and convention centers.  Non-helium balloons are generally acceptable.  You many want to check with the actual arena or convention center for their specific rules regarding display of balloons and signs.

WHEN WILL WE KNOW WHAT PLACE WE ARE IN?

At all Athletic Championships we generally give the scores out 1 hour after the division is complete on day 1 and at the awards ceremony on day 2.

WHAT DO THE PARTICIPANTS GET AT THE COMPETITION?

In addition to attending a first class competition with the best sound and lighting show in the business - all teams will win a placement trophy or plaque for competing at the event. 

1 Day Events:
First place team receive championship ribbons.

2 Day Events:
Every participant will receive a competitor gift which is the official Athletic Championships trading pin.  Every national championship team will win a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP hoodie!  Each team winning the GRAND CHAMPION award will be awarded a GRAND CHAMPION trophy stading over six feet tall as well as GRAND CHAMPION medals!