Team Canada Cheer Abilities

2021 ICU World & World Junior Cheerleading Championships

Team Cheer and Performance Cheer

Call for Applications

The Cheer Canada International Opportunities Subcommittee is looking for Canada’s best teams to represent our country at the 2021 ICU World & World Junior Cheerleading Championships being held virtually. The ICU World & Junior World Championships are held annually with this being the 12th Championship.  Cheer Canada hopes to use the ICU World Cheerleading Championships and ICU World Junior Cheerleading Championships to provide additional opportunities for athletes to represent their Country.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY CURRENT CHEER CANADA MEMBERS MAY APPLY.

Event: 2021 ICU World & World Junior Cheerleading Championships,Virtual Championship

Date:  September 2021 (no international travel required)

Details: Cheer Canada will endorse registering a maximum of twenty-four (24) athletes with four (4) alternates for each of the team divisions, two (2) athletes with zero (0) alternates for the doubles divisions following the team composition criteria.

ICU World Cheerleading Championship Team Cheer Divisions:

Adaptive Abilities Unified Median: 2020 Selected Team remains the representative

  • equivalent to Level 3, males/females, no basket tosses – with Adaptive Abilities rule modifications
  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Adaptive Abilities Unified All Girl Advanced: 

  • equivalent to Level 4, no basket tosses – with Adaptive Abilities rule modifications
  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Adaptive Abilities Unified Coed Advanced:

  • equivalent to Level 4, no basket tosses – with Adaptive Abilities rule modifications
  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

*Note: Adaptive Abilities Unified National Teams must comprise 25% or more athletes with disabilities per team.

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Unified Intermediate: 

  • equivalent to Level 2, no tosses – with Special Olympics rule modifications
  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Traditional Intermediate: 2020 Selected Team remains the representative

  • equivalent to Level 2, no tosses – with Special Olympics rule modifications
  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

*Note: Special Olympics Unified National Teams must comprise a 1:1 ratio of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities per team and Special Olympics Traditional National Teams must comprise 100% athletes with intellectual disabilities per team. All Special Olympics Team eligibility is based on approval by the country’s respective Special Olympic programme and ICU National Federation. Additionally, ICU reserves the right to provide Special Abilities Unified Divisions (50% or more athletes with intellectual abilities per team) & Special Abilities Traditional Divisions (100% athletes with intellectual disabilities per team) for teams not yet eligible under Special Olympics guidelines.

ICU World Cheerleading Championship Team Performance Cheer Divisions:

Adaptive Abilities Unified Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Adaptive Abilities Unified Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

*Note: Adaptive Abilities Unified National Teams must comprise 25% or more athletes with disabilities per team.

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Unified Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Unified Team Cheer Freestyle Pom: 

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Traditional Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Traditional Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

*Note: Special Olympics Unified National Teams must comprise a 1:1 ratio of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities per team and Special Olympics Traditional National Teams must comprise 100% athletes with intellectual disabilities per team. All Special Olympics Team eligibility is based on approval by the country’s respective Special Olympic programme and ICU National Federation. Additionally, ICU reserves the right to provide Special Abilities Unified Divisions (50% or more athletes with intellectual abilities per team) & Special Abilities Traditional Divisions (100% athletes with intellectual disabilities per team) for teams not yet eligible under Special Olympics guidelines.

Eligibility: All competitors must satisfy the following conditions: 

  • All athletes are required to be a minimum of six (6) months consecutive permanent resident of their respective nation on the 2021 World Championships date of competition. 
  • Age of Athlete – World Cheerleading Championship:
    • Team Performance Cheer Hip Hop, Freestyle Pom, Jazz, Adaptive Abilities Unified Hip Hop & Freestyle Pom Divisions – 14 years or older within the year of the World Championship
    •  Performance Cheer Special Olympics & Special Abilities Hip Hop and Freestyle Pom Divisions – 12 years or older within the year of the World Championship
  • All coaches must satisfy the following conditions or complete the conditions upon selection:
    • Submit a current Criminal Record Check;
    • Submit their certificate for one of Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders or NCCP Safe Sport training;

Applicants: Programs must submit applications to Cheer Canada meeting the following criteria:

  1. Be a current registrant of Cheer Canada (through their PTSO) and provide their membership number;
  2. Complete roster including alternates/substitutes (Team leader must confirm all athletes are age eligible), if including alternates/substitutes, please specify;
  3. Provide the event division their program would compete in; 
  4. Submit a video (“Unlisted” YouTube Video link) of the listed requirements below, following the above divisions.

NOTE: Cheer Canada admin will verify that each athlete and coach is a registrant of Cheer Canada

Performance Cheer Videos (Team & Duo) should include:

POM

JAZZ

HIP HOP

  • 4 counts of 8  including a jump combo(s)
  • 4 counts of 8 including  a jump combo(s)
  • 4 counts of 8 in any style of Hip Hop
  • 4 counts of 8 including a turn combination 
  • 4 counts of 8 including a turn combination 
  • 4 counts of 8 in a second  style of Hip Hop
  • 4 counts of 8 of dance within the above style.  Please include skills such as (but not limited to) kicks, illusions, transitions, aerials.
  • 4 counts of 8 of dance within the above style. Please include skills such as (but not limited to) kicks, illusions, transitions, aerials.
  • Please include skills such as (but not limited to)  kip ups, head springs, transitions,  stalls.

Team Cheer Videos should include:

  • cheer,
  • timed group stunt,
  • pyramid, 
  • synchronized group tumbling pass (running or standing) and, 
  • basket sequence (not for special abilities, special olympics & adaptive abilities).

 Please note the following for all video submissions (Performance Cheer and Team Cheer):

  • Show only your best skills with a level of mastery — clean and solid;
  • If any adjustments had to be made to meet Covid-19 restrictions/guidelines, please note this in the application;
  • Ensure entire routine is visible in video, officials can only judge what they can see;
  • The environment for filming and athlete attire is recommended to be neutral and un-branded in order to prevent team identification.  We will be presenting numbered videos to the officials without titles or labels. Therefore, please refrain from adding titles or intros to videos;
  • Common yet plain attire (shirts/shorts), and submissions filmed in a generic facility like a gymnasium are preferred to ensure there is no positive or negative bias during the adjudication process; and
  • Total video length should be less than 4 minutes, after 4 minutes, the video will be stopped. 

 Application Deadline:  Applicants must electronically submit all application items by JUNE 18th, 2021 via the online application form.

Application Fee: 

  • Programs applying for a Team entry must also include a fee of $250 per team

Adjudication: An impartial judging panel will be assembled and will comprise a minimum of Five (5) judges from across the country who are ICU level 2 trained and certified.  Judges shall use the ICU judging criteria to evaluate each video submission.

Selection Dates:  The final teams will be notified no later than June 30, 2021.  An email notification will be sent to all applicants stating the result of their submission.

Financial Cost: At the present time there is no funding available for athletes, coaches or officials; therefore, the trip is entirely self-funded.  The estimated cost to attend this event is approximately $400 per person (CDN$).

** Please note that selected teams will be required to submit a deposit of $200/person on August 1, 2021. **

** The remaining balance (Cheer Canada clothing package in consultation with participating teams) will be due to Cheer Canada by August 15, 2021. **

The following is a projected summary of costs incurred by a team competing in the 2021 Virtual ICU World & Junior World Cheerleading Championships.

Description of Cost

Estimated Cost 

**Please note these are only estimates and do not include shipping and taxes**

Team Canada Uniform

$255 CDN

Team Canada Apparel Package (Optional for Virtual Championship)

(track jacket, shorts, tank top, bra top, bag)

$200 CDN  (Optional for Virtual Championship)

ICU World & Junior World Cheerleading Championship Entry Fee

$100 USD per person

Airfare

N/A for Virtual Championship

Accommodation & Local transportation package

(including transportation to/from airport, to the competition venue & any additional official events) 

N/A for Virtual Championship

ICU World & Junior World Cheerleading Championship Optional Package

N/A for Virtual Championship

 

A virtual Championship provides a unique and more affordable opportunity for teams across the country to represent Canada without the additional cost of travel. We look forward to having teams in each of these divisions represent Canada at the virtual 2021 ICU World and Junior World Cheerleading Championships!

For more information, please contact:

Tara Savoie

Chair, International Opportunities Subcommittee

Cheer Canada

internationalteams@cheercanada.ca