The International All Star Federation (IASF) has announced a possible IASF Worlds competition in September 2021.
This applies to teams from both the U.S. and other countries who compete in the Open, International, and Global Worlds divisions.
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Les Stella, former IASF Director, posted the following statement on Facebook:
“Update: 2021 IASF Worlds Championships
With the goal of making some level of participation available for our athletes worldwide, the IASF has been working to secure dates sometime in September 2021 for its annual Worlds Championship in Orlando. In the event that travel continues to be impacted due to Covid 19, the IASF is considering a virtual 2021 IASF Worlds Championship option as well. We are also not ruling out some type of hybrid format that allows for both in-person and virtual categories. We hope to have the dates finalized within the next two weeks and will post this information as soon as we know it.
Teams that are eligible to participate in the International divisions for Cheer and Junior and Open divisions for Dance in the USASF Competition this May will also be able to participate in the IASF Worlds Championship this September.
• The IASF will also honor all bids for teams who earned bids to either the 2020 or 2021 Cheer and Dance Worlds.
• The only teams that are not required to receive a bid are Level 7 teams. All Level 7 teams are welcome to attend (including Level 7 teams in the U.S.)
• The IASF substitute rules and regulations will not be enforced for the IASF Worlds Championship in the Fall of 2021.
Lastly, the traditional bid distribution model will be used to determine which teams qualify for the 2022 IASF Worlds Championship and the IASF plans to return the IASF Worlds Championship to the customary date of late April in 2022.”
What does this mean?
This decision was made because international teams will probably not be able to attend the Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando this May, so another competition in September is being planned.
However, the situation for teams around the world is very different. Some are able to practice “as normal”, while others haven’t been able to practice this season at all.
It’s still unclear whether the event will take place in-person in Orlando or completely online, or even a mix of both options.
What about The Cheerleading Worlds in May?
USASF, the U.S. All Star Federation, has stated that this does not affect The Cheerleading Worlds in May 2021.
International teams are still able to compete at the USASF Worlds in May. Therefore, they will be able to compete both at USASF Worlds in May and at IASF Worlds in September.
What happens to the 2021-2022 season?
Many are upset because a competition in September would delay next season, as most gyms will have formed new teams by then.
September is also when many athletes go to college, so they can’t stay on the team for so long.
The IASF clarified in the statement that they are still planning to host the 2022 IASF Worlds in late April. That would give teams attending IASF Worlds in September much less time to have tryouts, make new teams, create the routines, and practice…