DISCLAIMER: This post is not an encouragement to send any hateful messages to or about CheerUPDATES. We’re sure a lesson has been learned from everyone involved and hope something similar won’t happen again.
Today (Friday, April 24th) the USASF was going to announce their final decision regarding if Worlds was to be held this year or not.
However, the news about Worlds being canceled was already spreading on social media this morning, as the popular cheerleading news source “CheerUPDATES” announced USASF’s decision before the organization itself.
The USASF sent out an email to gym owners and coaches last night explaining their decision to cancel the competition. The email was sent to let the gyms know the decision before it was made public and specifically asked no one to share it.
People were instantly upset that the news was leaked online before the gym owners had a chance to tell their athletes and parents themselves.
This comment (we covered the full name due to respect of privacy) was posted on Facebook, explaining the decision to post the news:
Basically, the motive was that news happens quickly and the cheer community deserves to know as fast as possible since families are paying a lot of money for the competition.
CheerUPDATES later deleted the original announcement tweet and posted an explanation/apology:
— cheerUPDATES (@cheerUPDATES) April 24, 2020
Many understand why it was posted since news like this would’ve spread quickly either way.
@cheerUPDATES has always been a good source of info for the cheer community. I don’t think it’s fair,when we all knew it wasn’t going to happen anyway, to hold this so harshly against him. Come on y’all. You perfect?
— Kristina Saffell (@KristinaSaffell) April 24, 2020
What exactly is the problem? This makes no sense…and people complaining are just immature and overly sensitive! Our gym doesn't always do things quickly and we don't always get the full information so I ALWAYS look to social media for info!!
— deanna zavah (@deanna1206) April 24, 2020
But many are still upset with how the whole situation went down.
He’s a coach, too. We have to stop thinking of him as “media”. So he got the letter from USASF @ 9:32 pm like all of us, problem is, he posted it @ 9:34. That didn’t even give him time to tell his own Worlds athletes it was cancelled. He told his OWN athletes that way. Ugh.
— Christopher Bartlett (@UNCATC) April 24, 2020