USASF has made various changes to the age grid for the 2018-2019 season. This does not affect the current 2017-2018 season. Each year, USASF makes changes to the Age Grid and division restrictions based on trends and feedback from programs.
We are not posting the full document because it is now protected behind a membership wall. For more information visit USASF’s website. Here are a few of the highlights.
Two Significant Changes for USASF Elite CLUB Divisions:
- Nearly every single entry-level age for USASF All Star Elite divisions has been adjusted. For example, to compete in Senior Level 5, you must be 13 years old by August 31, 2018.
- Addition of three new “Open” divisions for Senior Level 5 (Open, Open Small Coed, and Open Large Coed). These divisions are for athletes 14 years and older as of December 31, 2019. These new divisions are nearly identical to the comparable international divisions set forth by the IASF. The only difference appears to be the number of athletes on the team. For USASF divisions, teams may have 5-24 members, whereas IASF divisions must have 16-24.
IASF Division Changes
- Teams must compete with at least 16 members, regardless of level and division. Teams will be assessed a penalty for taking the floor with fewer than 16 athletes.
- All ages are calculated as of December 31, 2019.
New Tiers of Cheerleading Divisions
USASF has added various levels of divisions, which have been designed to introduce more athletes to the sport.
- FUNdamental – in-house program only
- NOVICE – Levels 1, 2 and 3
- Prep – Levels 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, and 3.2
- International (same as before)
- Elite CLUB (same as before with addition of the three new Open divisions)