All Star Cheerleading
The Cheer Canada Division List and Age Grid is based on the IASF Division List, with a few differences based on unique circumstances in Canada. Please find a list of the divisions to be available in Canada for the 2020-2021 Competitive Season in the document.
The eligible age for an athlete is determined by the BIRTH YEARS column on the Age Grid. The age grid is based on the year of Worlds; so, this year’s Age Grid is based on 2021. Therefore, an athlete is age eligible if they are of the given age for that category at any time between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
Note that the format “U followed-by-age” really means that age and younger. For example, U8 should be read as age 8 and younger. For the easiest understanding of athlete age eligibility, as stated above, use the BIRTH YEARS column.
** Cheer Canada encourages all teams competing outside of Canada to consult with the appropriate event producers and governing authorities to ensure their team size and composition meets event specific requirements. **
** IASF COVID-19 AGE GRID ADJUSTMENTS ** Please refer to the Appendix at the end of the document to review the adjustments that have been made to the age grid for one year (2020-2021 season). These IASF adjustments have been fully adopted by Cheer Canada and are reflected in [ red ] in the Age Grid tables below.
DIVISION SPLIT SUGGESTIONS
Where applicable, Cheer Canada suggests divisions be split by the following team sizes:
● Small = 5 to 15 members
● Medium = 16 to 24 members
● Large = 25 to 30 members
** Event Producers may also split divisions into Coed and All Girl when applicable (i.e., 4.2). **
Principle differences between Novice and Prep:
– Novice is intended as an introduction to cheerleading
– The routine is shorter at 1:30, with modified rules and therefore less hours of instruction is recommended
– The routine will be a performance and will not be judged against other teams
– Cheer Canada recommends that recreational teams do not travel out of province and schedule fewer performances
– Cheer Canada recommends athletes to perform in t-shirt and shorts or practice wear
Principle differences between Prep and All Star:
– Prep is intended as a more affordable avenue to participate in competitive cheerleading
– The routine is shorter at 2:00 with no tosses and therefore less hours of instruction is recommended
– Cheer Canada recommends a shorter season (8 months or less) with no travel outside of the program’s province
– Cheer Canada recommends a simpler, less costly uniform