05/28/2015 7:13 AM
As a reminder, the USASF Cheer Image Policy will be in full-swing during the 15-16 season. The most significant statement in the policy can be found under the Uniform Top Guidelines, which reads as follows:
“Uniform tops may not include an exposed midriff (crop top) except when worn by athletes competing in Senior aged divisions.”
This section of the policy directly affects all Cheer Tiny, Mini, Youth and Junior teams moving forward (it excludes Senior, Open and International Open teams). Cheer teams in these divisions will need to be compliant with the Image Policy during the 2015-16 season. Cheer teams that do not adhere to the policy will be subject to a safety infraction. As part of their Safety Judge training this summer, USASF Cheer Safety Judges will review this policy and be responsible for issuing all deductions on-site at competitions.
Since the midriff is defined as “the region of the front of the body between the chest and the waist,” we have provided sample sketches in the Image & Appearance Guidelines for further clarification of what is and what isn’t appropriate.
To view the USASF Cheer Image Policy, click here.