FAQs

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!

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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.

IS THERE A PARKING FEE AT EACH EVENT?

Parking will vary from event to event. Some cities charge and some do not. The best advice is for you to contact the arena or convention center or visit their website for directions and parking locations. There is a link to the venue’s website on each event page.

CAN WE SAVE SEATS FOR OUR TEAM’S FANS?

No At Athletic we do VIP seating directly in front of the stage. This area is reserved for all fans of the team that is on the competition floor. By doing this it will allow the fans to not have to sit at the arena all day and wait on your team’s performance. We will staff members controlling this area.

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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.

CAN WE GET A REFUND OR TRANSFER OUR REGISTRATION TO ANOTHER EVENT?

Yes. We will do a 100% refund 30 days out from the event date. After 30 days out we will either refund 25% back or transfer 100% to another Athletic event during the current competition season.

CAN WE CHANGE DIVISIONS ONCE WE REGISTER?

Yes of course you can. All that we ask is that any changes are made prior to one week out of the event. We do not charge a change fee.

CAN A CHEERLEADER OR DANCER PARTICIPATE ON MORE THAN ONE TEAM?

Yes. As long as the athlete competes in the age and grade appropriate level. We do not limit the number of teams on which they can compete.  The athlete must pay the full registration fee for the first team and then pay the discounted crossover fee for each additional team they compete with.  Athletic Championships guarantees 10 minutes between performance times for one days, and 20 minutes between performance times for two days for all teams with crossovers.

DOES ATHLETIC GIVE BIDS TO THE USASF CHEER AND DANCE WORLDS?

Yes.  We currently offer Worlds Bids at both Providence and Chattanooga. In Providence we offer 2 fully paid bids and 6 at large bids to in cheer. In Chattanooga we offer 1 partial paid bid and 2 at large bids in dance.

CAN WE QUALIFY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ALL LEVELS CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ANY OF YOUR EVENTS?

Yes.  All of the Athletic Championships events are qualifiers to the International All Levels Championships.  We will be awarding two fully paid bids as well as bids to all of our first to third place teams, and six at large bids per event.

WHAT IS A VIP HOST?

If you have ever been to Vegas and had a Casino host cater to your every need then you will understand the concept better.  To Athletic Championships the coaches are the high rollers and we feel that you need a VIP Host. The goal of our VIP Host is to have a point person that will be there to satisfy your every need! Whether you are at an event, or just need someone to talk to - the Athletic VIP Host is there to service you - the customer.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PLATINUM EVENT AND A NON PLATINUM EVENT?

Expect the same Athletic Championship caliber event across the board with all of the Athletic Championships. However, at the Platinum events we have added a few more bells and whistles, and are in some of the more desirable locations. Two of our three Platinum events offer bids to the USASF Cheerleading Worlds and the third is located in sunny Florida with a beach front location. We will have an amped of kids party as well as a bigger and better coaches party at each of these events. The Platinum Events for 2009-2010 are Providence, Chattanooga, and Destin.