Team Canada 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.**

Cheer Canada, the recognized National Sport Organization for cheerleading in Canada, will announce a call to all athletes that wish to represent Canada at the ICU World Championships in the Premier divisions for the 2020-2021 season.

Any questions regarding the process should be sent to teamcanada@cheercanada.ca for clarification.

The Team Canada Academy Program

The Cheer Canada High Performance Committee is excited to announce his second edition the Academy Program, our long-term development stream designed to identify and develop future Premier Team athletes. This program will have its own coaching staff and resources.

Academy athletes are elite athletes ages 14 and up from across Canada.  Selections to the Academy will be done by Team Canada and Academy coaches at combines nation-wide.

*Please note that all ages are determined as of December 31, 2021

Academy athletes will receive in-depth training at the Academy Development Camp, learning elite and premier level skills in the Team Canada way. It is the High Performance Committee’s goal that these athletes will then bring these skills back to their home gyms, become leaders in their communities and continue to develop high performance cheerleading country-wide. Care will be taken to ensure that all skills taught are appropriate to each athlete’s abilities.

Academy athletes will also receive year-round online coaching from Team Canada Academy coaches as well as a Team Canada Academy T-shirt.

Step 1

ALL athletes interested in Team Canada Premier & Academy MUST attend a regionally-offered Combine. In some areas, multiple tryouts will be offered along with a final “open call” prior to our Roster Identification Camp in late December.

No video submissions will be accepted. 

2020-2021 Combines Dates – The anticipated start date for Combines is over Thanksgiving weekend depending on COVID-19 updates. 

Cost to attend will be announced soon.  Online sign-up & payment will be made available in advance.

Combines are to identify potential current and future Team Canada athletes. Team Canada coaching staff will be present to instruct and identify those people that they wish to attend our Roster Identification Camp.

Combines skill requirements: None. Athletes are strongly encouraged to attend with a stunt group or partner to show their best skills, however individual athletes will be placed together in groups. Coaches will be looking for current and future elite and premier level potential.

Please note that these Combines are open to athletes ages 14 and up HOWEVER to become a member of Team Canada Premier you MUST be 17 years of age on or before December 31, 2021. Younger athletes selected will be invited into the Academy Program.

Step 2

Once identified at Regional Combine – Attend Roster Identification Camp: Late December (20-23rd or 27-30th) in London, ON.

Cost to attend: TBD

Roster Identification Camp will bring together high performance athletes identified from across the country to work together with the Team Canada Coaching Staff.

There is no guarantee that any person asked to attend the Roster ID camp will be selected for Team Canada Premier 2020-2021. Athletes invited to attend Roster ID camp who do not make the Premier Teams will be offered a place in the Academy, and will attend the Academy training camp immediately following.

All costs associated  (including travel, accommodation and food) with this attending Roster ID camp and the subsequent first Premier Home Camp/Academy Camp are at the expense of the athlete. Hotel room blocks will be made available for booking by out-of-town athletes.

In order to ensure fairness, this Roster ID camp & Home Camp 1/Academy Camp will be changing locations. 2021-2022 location will be Edmonton, Alberta.

Academy Athletes

Academy athletes: those athletes selected to be Academy members will work with the Academy coaching staff at development camp. 

Ongoing remote coaching and monitoring will continue throughout the 2021 season.

Total Cost to be a Team Canada Academy member is TBD. 

Rostered Premier Athletes

Rostered Premier Athletes: immediately following our Roster ID Camp, named Premier athletes will begin working with their coaching staff at Home Camp #1.

Total Cost to be a Team Canada Premier team member is TBD.

What is/is not Provided By Team Canada

What is provided by Team Canada:

  • An amazing experience as a member of the 2020-2021 National Team Program

  • Travel and housing costs for Home Camp #2 (in Canada)

  • Housing and ground transportation for Camp #3 & ICU Championships – From Saturday, April 17th-23rd

  • 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 medical insurance from Saturday, April 17th to Friday, April 23rd, 2021

 

What is not provided by the Team Canada program during the process:

  • Travel and accommodation to Roster ID Camp or Home Camp #1

  • Food during all training camps and through competition week

  • Travel or accommodation for athletes within a 100km radius of Home Camp #2

  • Airfare to/from ICU Worlds

  • Extension of out-of-country medical if an athlete’s stay is extended

 

What must also be provided by the athlete:

  • 100% effort and a team focused attitude

  • Desire to meet and exceed all expectations of coaches and the team related to mental and physical preparedness.

 

Payment Due Dates:

  • ALL Athletes: Combine fee: Online sign up prior to attendance

  • ALL Athletes: Roster ID & Camp 1 fee: TBD

  • Selected to Academy: No further fees

  • PREMIER Athletes: First deposit – TBD

  • Second deposit due early March 2021

  • Final payment due mid-March 2021

Fundraising Campaign

A FrontStream campaign will be set up, similar to that of previous years which enable donations from the general public who wish to support the National Team Program. Any donation allocated to a particular athlete will be applied to that athlete’s account — MINUS the FrontStream service fees — and will reduce the payment amounts due at the subsequent payment date. Please note that any donation made that is not allocated to a specific athlete will be applied to the general funding account and applied for the benefit of all.

Donations from family members or corporate donations can also be made via cheque or e-transfer to teamcanada@cheercanada.ca to ensure entire donation amount is applied to the athlete’s account.

In addition, the Cheer Canada Sponsorship Committee will be actively seeking support from the cheerleading community as well as the corporate community to facilitate more funding for the program. We are excited about the expected increase in National support!

Training Camp Schedules

Team Canada Selection Camp: 

  • Day 1 – Travel

  • Days 2-4 – Training

  • Day 5 – Travel home mid-day

Camp 2: 

  • Day 1 – Travel to Camp and team meeting

  • Days 2-4 – Training

  • Day 5 – Training until 2pm and travel home after

Camp 3: at ICU World Championships

  • April 17 – Arrive at camp and begin training

  • April 18-20 – Training

  • April 21 to 23 – ICU World Championships

  • April 24 to 26 – IASF/USASF Worlds or travel home