No Youth Divisions At The Summit + New “Regional Summit”

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Breaking news!

Just a few hours ago, Varsity announced some new changes they’ve made for the 2020-2021 season and the reactions from the cheerleading community are, as always, very different.

Here’s what’s changing:

Regional Summit Championships

“Conquer the climb close to home” seems to be the slogan of the new form of Summit competitions all over America. The competitions will take place in different regions (see where the events are here) of the country and teams will compete for the “Regional Summit Champion” title.

Just like with The Summit & D2 Summit, teams will have to earn a bid in order to compete at the Regional Summit. All ages and levels will be able to compete for bids.

No more youth divisions at The Summit

Since 2013, which was the first year of The Summit, youth teams have been able to compete against the best of the best and be crowned Summit Champions.

This is now a thing of the past, as Varsity also announced that they will remove all youth divisions from The Summit, starting next season. All youth teams will still be able to earn bids for the Regional Summit Championships.

Like mentioned, the cheer community’s reactions and responses to these changes vary. These are some of the main pros and cons we’ve seen so far:


+ Competitions closer to home are cheaper = families are saving money

+ Some say it’s better for youth athletes to not travel that far

+ Youth athletes will have more to look forward to & might cheer for more years

+ Bigger and better regional competitions



– Youth teams who earned a bid to The Summit 2020 will not be able to compete there next year

– Takes away the “best of the best title” for youth teams & the fun of going to Disney

– Could be complicated for families with athletes on different teams/levels

We would love to hear your opinions on these changes!

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4 thoughts on “No Youth Divisions At The Summit + New “Regional Summit”

  • August 9, 2020 at 16:35

    I think this is wrong on so many levels. Why youth teams? I really don’t think this will make them cheer longer. There are no gray areas in all star. You either love it or you don’t. Taking summit away from them will have no bearing on whether they cheer longer. I think this is a very bad idea that will more likely make these kids resent cheerleading, not give them something to look forward to.

    • August 9, 2020 at 23:37

      Thank you for sharing, those are some very good points! There’s really no evidence that it will keep athletes in the sport longer…

  • June 21, 2020 at 02:33

    I really don’t think this is a good idea! It will be just like a regular competition and these kids work hard! This is something that they strive for all year long and now you are just taking it away from them! What do you think motivates them? A cheap medal and a banner for the gym. They already have plenty of those!

    • June 21, 2020 at 20:55

      Interesting thoughts! Hopefully, their motivation to compete at The Summit will keep them in the sport longer… I guess we’ll see!


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