Thursday, October 25th, 2018 the International All Star Federation (IASF) sent an email announcing new divisions and levels for the 2019-2020 season. There are now seven international levels instead of six. According to their email, the new level five will allow single full twisting tumbling, similar to the current restricted level five. The new level six and seven will follow the rules for the current level five and six, respectively.
The new level five, six, and seven will be eligible for the Cheerleading Worlds 2020, which adds an entirely new tier of competition. IASF’s announcement also mentions that each event producer will receive an additional at-large bid to compensate for the additional teams.
IASF adding an entire level to the Cheerleading Worlds could actually create a lot more competition for bids. Many people (including us) have argued that it is too easy for teams to win a bid to Worlds, and this could help address that problem. It also gives athletes an opportunity to compete at the most prestigious cheerleading competition at a more appropriate level.
As a reminder, IASF governs international divisions while USASF governs senior and open Worlds divisions (as well as other US divisions).
USASF posted on Facebook on October 26th saying that they are still reviewing divisions, levels, and rules for the 2019-2020 season. If USASF does not make the same changes, we are in for a whirlwind of confusion.