USASF and IASF Announce New Structure

03/01/2016 2:30 PM -

International All Star FederationThe United States All Star Federation (USASF) announced today that it has finalized arrangements with the International All Star Federation (IASF) to operate separately to clearly define governance in the All Star Cheer community. Consistent with a directive from the USASF board in 2015, the USASF will now focus strictly on domestic development of the sport in the US, while the IASF will provide the same support and governance at the international level.

The two organizations have stated that the new structure will allow each to better serve their respective constituents, and indicated that they will continue to work closely together, including coordination on the annual World Championship.

The Executive Board of Directors of the IASF has appointed Les Stella, former Vice President of USASF, as its new Secretary General. Stella will begin immediately to communicate with members regarding all aspects of the organization.

USASF President, Jim Chadwick, said, "I applaud Les and the Board of the IASF, of which I am proud to be a part, for their vision for All Star Cheer on a global scale. I believe the IASF will have the focus and resources to devote to building an even stronger international community for our athletes."

The IASF Executive Board of Directors will consist of:

Jim Chadwick: USASF   John Nichols: USASF
Liz Rifino: US Dance   Fiona Collumb: Ireland
Dan Kessler: USA   Diana Becker: Germany

The IASF International Council will serve as an important advisory body to the Executive Board regarding rules, scoring, competition and safety. Inaugural Council members are:

Matt Goto: USA   Liz Ulrich: Canada
Irma Flores: Chile   Tessa Crow: United Kingdom
Zhongyi Miao: China   Shannon Smith: USA
Andrei Coman: New Zealand    

For the 2016 season, the IASF does not anticipate any changes for international athletes, including at the upcoming 2016 World Championship. The new IASF website is anticipated to launch in April of 2016.

For more information, contact Les Stella at (901)849-0578 or


The USASF was founded in 2003 with the core principle of making All Star a safer sport by establishing fair and consistent rules and competition standards. The organization credentials coaches, certifies safety judges, sanctions events and maintains safety guidelines, all with the goal of providing the safest possible environment for cheer and dance athletes to train and compete. The USASF is a not for profit corporation established in Tennessee and governed by bylaws, officers, a Board of Directors, and several standing committees. The day to day operation of the USASF is handled by full time, part time, and volunteer staff.

The IASF is a not for profit governing body for the international All Star community. With a mission to grow the sport, the IASF was developed to ensure consistency of rules, access to training and an emphasis on safety and education for all participants.


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