Bright Future for All Star Cheer and Dance

12/15/2015 8:18 AM -

USASF
The final USASF Board of Directors meeting for 2015 was held on November 17-18, and it created a renewed level of support and an optimistic outlook by Board members about the future of the USASF. “It’s motivating to participate in two full days of meetings with friends and competitors when the shared end goal is the health and longevity of All Star and the membership organization that serves it,” said Brian Elza, USASF Board Member and General Manager at Varsity All Star. “We discussed, debated and established priorities for everything from athlete safety and coach education to best ways to serve USASF members and protect All Star for the long term.” The meeting began with the acknowledgement of significant milestones reached in 2015 and then established a plan for enhanced member services in 2016.

Looking back at 2015, the Board recognized these successes in the past year:

  • Funded the organization’s operating reserve to sustain the organization in the event of an unforeseen incident, while at the same time reducing Worlds bids by 25%
  • Rostered 150,000 athletes in the first full year of the membership initiative
  • Recognized the more than 8,400 Coaches that received green light background check status, processed by the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)
  • Educated 3,000 Regional Meeting attendees
  • Verified the identities of more than 8,500 athletes at The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds, confirming fair play for teams and athletes
  • Established a team concept for cheer and dance management

Looking ahead to 2016, the Board approved new and enhanced programs and initiatives for member services including education, resources, and a USASF community within the member login area of the website. A sneak peek at some of the enhancements coming in 2016 include:

  • Safety and rules education for coaches and judges
  • Mentoring programs for coaches and owners
  • Baseline Coach Credentialing and additional, optional credentialing and educational opportunities
  • Website information, interface and community, including articles, blogs, webinars, targeted member areas, videos and courses
  • Continued initiatives for growth, like National All Star Cheer & Dance Day and other new opportunities

“We’ve put into motion a forward-looking, wide-ranging, and member-focused plan aimed at creating an atmosphere in our sport where athletes, coaches, owners, programs, event producers and affiliates have their best chance for success, and at the same time attracts new participants,” said Morton Bergue, USASF Board Member, NACCC Chairman and owner of Cheergyms.com. “We, as a Board, renewed our commitment to the USASF’s mission of supporting and enriching the lives of All Star athletes and members, and we’re looking forward to a great 2016 and beyond.”

“The future looks bright for the dynamic sport of All Star Cheer and Dance,” says USASF Chairman Jim Chadwick. “The ability to ensure fair play through the success of the new athlete membership, team roster and eligibility verification programs, plus raising the bar on athlete protection through broad participation in the Background Check program, continue to strengthen the foundation of our sport. Member support for these, and other USASF programs and initiatives, truly represents unity in action.”



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