Team Canada Academy and Premier Selection Process

**Cheer Canada reserves the right to make changes to this process pending the development of COVID-19 cases in Canada and around the world.**

2022 ICU World Cheerleading Championships

Team Canada Academy 

Call for Applications

The Cheer Canada National Team Subcommittee is looking for Canada’s best athletes to represent our country at the 2022 ICU World Cheerleading Championships.  

The 2021/2022 Season will look a little different due to COVID-19. This year, all athletes will try out by video submission, including those trying out for the Academy and Premier National Teams. Successful applicants will be invited to join the Academy, which will provide virtual training as well as an opportunity to attend three in-person skills camps. The skills camps are optional and will provide an opportunity to train with the Premier and Academy coaching staff. Academy athletes interested in trying out for the Premier National Teams will then submit a second video for consideration by the deadline listed below. 


PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY CURRENT CHEER CANADA REGISTRANTS MAY APPLY. Become a member through your Provincial Sport Organization (PTSO).


Event: 2022 ICU World Cheerleading Championships

Date: April 2022 (International travel required for Premier Teams)

Details: Cheer Canada will endorse registering a maximum of twenty-four (24) athletes plus alternates for each of All-Girl Premier and Co-ed Premier divisions


National Team Eligibility: 

All competitors must satisfy the following conditions: 

  • Athletes will be selected from the Team Canada Academy participants.
  • All athletes are required to be a minimum of six (6) months consecutive permanent resident of Canada on the 2022 World Championships date of competition. 
  • All athletes must be 14 years old as of 2022 or older (2008) for Academy and 16 years old as of 2022 or older (2006) for Premier.
  • All athletes must be eligible to travel internationally and willing to meet any current health guidelines, which may include any required vaccinations and a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months past the date of competition.
  • All members of the Premier National Teams will become registered athletes in the National Athlete Pool as per the requirements of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and must meet anti-doping requirements year-round. Further information is available here.

Applicants: Athletes 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. Submit a video (“Unlisted” YouTube Video link) demonstrating the listed requirements below via the Tryout Registration Form.
  3. Submit the tryout fee.

Videos should include:

  • Stunt and dismount skills at Advanced (All Star level 4) or higher shown from beginning to end.  
  • Basket toss skills at Advanced (All Star level 4) or higher shown from the point of load-in until the set-out of cradle. Preference given to higher level skills but clean execution and mastery is critical.
  • Standing and running tumbling skills on non-sprung cheer mats. Synchronized passes with other stunt group members is optional and could score well depending on execution and mastery. For example, all group members executing standing handspring to full with precision, synchronicity, and amplitude will score very well. If a non-sprung mat is not accessible, a sprung floor may be used but this will be noted by the judges.
  • The skill video must be no longer than 2 minutes. The evaluators will stop the video after the 2 minutes have elapsed. Therefore, athletes must be selective of which skills they include in their video submissions.

Please note the following for all video submissions:

  • 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.
  • Members of a stunt group are to be dressed in different colours from their group members in order for judges to easily decipher which athlete is whom.  Athletes are to wear the same shirt throughout their video sections:  stunts, baskets, tumbling.
  • Each video should include an introduction of the athletes and their position. Total length of this section must not exceed 30 seconds. 

Application Deadline:  Applicants must electronically submit all application items by OCTOBER 25th, 2021 via the online application form.

Selection Process: Selection will be made by the Cheer Canada National Team coaches. 

Application Fees and Process:

  • All athletes must first try out to become part of the Academy as per the video selection process.
  • Each athlete applying to become part of the Academy must pay the $100 tryout fee.
  • Successful Academy athletes will then register for the following training option:
    • Option A $150 per athlete (6-month virtual training only) – Additional camps to be added for 2022
  • Academy Athletes trying out for the Premier National Teams (All Girl / Coed) must then submit a second video by November 8th, 2021 via the Premier Application Form.
  • National team tryout fee: $50 per athlete, must be a member of Academy
  • 2021-2022 Team Canada All Girl Premier Video Requirements (EN / FR)
  • 2021-2022 Team Canada COED Premier Video Requirements (EN / FR)
  • National Team Rostered Athletes fee: $1500
  • Note: All tryout and virtual training fees are non-refundable.

    Key Dates:  

    We will follow the COVID guidelines per province for skills camps and training camps:

    • September 27, 2021 – The Academy Roster will be published 
    • October 9, 2021 – Academy Skills Camp in Eastern Canada
      • Scotia Cheer All Stars – Dartmouth, NS
    • October 10, 2021 – Academy Skills Camp in Eastern Canada
      • Power Cheer Gym – London, ON
    • October 16, 2021 – Academy Skills Camp in Western Canada
      • **NEW LOCATION** Academy of Cheer Excellence – Mission, BC
    • October 25, 2021 – Video applications for second intake for Academy athletes due
    • November 1, 2021 – Second intake for the Academy Roster will be published
    • November 8, 2021 – Video applications for National Teams due
    • November 15, 2021 – National Teams Rosters announced

    Team Canada All Girl and Coed Premier Training Camp Dates (all include travel days on each end):

    • In-Canada Camp #1: December 18-22, 2021
    • In-Canada Camp #2: March 11-15, 2022
    • Florida Camp: April 15-22, 2022 (*to be confirmed by ICU announcement)

    Premier National Team Fee due dates:  Premier Team program fee:  $1500

    • $250 due December 15th 
    • $500 due January 15th
    • $750 due February 15th

    Premier Team Fee will include:

    • An amazing experience as a member of the 2021-2022 National Team Program
    • Housing and ground transportation for Camp #3 & ICU Championships 
    • Extensive Team Canada Uniform and Apparel package from Total Spirit
    • Professional medical care at all Training Camps and Competitions
    • Liability and Sport Accident Insurance for all Team Canada Activities
    • Out-of-Country Sport Accident Insurance during travel dates

    Athletes will be responsible for their accommodations during the In-Canada Camps #1 and #2, travel costs associated with Camps 1, 2, and the Florida camp, and additional costs, including medical insurance and incidentals. A fundraising platform will be provided for all Premier Team athletes. Efforts will also be made to secure sponsorship and donations to assist in offsetting athlete costs.

    We look forward to the best athletes in Canada joining the Academy and National Teams in 2021-2022.

    For more information, please contact:
    Joanna Low
    Executive Director
    Cheer Canada