Pom Poms must be used 80% of the routine. Important characteristics of a pom routine include synchronization and visual effect, clean and precise motions, strong pom technique and incorporation of dance technical elements. Visual effect includes level changes, group work, formation changes, the use of different color poms, etc. Tiny • 5 yrs & younger • Female Mini • 8 yrs & younger • Female Youth • 11 yrs & younger • Female Junior • 14 yrs & younger • Female Senior • 18 yrs & younger • Female College 18 years & older * Female
Funk/ Hip Hop Routines emphasize the street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity, and musical interpretation. Teams may also put an additional focus on the athletic incorporations such as jumps, jump variations, combo jumps and other tricks. Tiny • 5 yrs & younger • Female/Male Mini • 8 yrs & younger • Female/Male Youth • 11 yrs & younger • Female/Male Junior • 14 yrs & younger • Female/Male Senior • 18 yrs & younger • Female/Male College * 18 years & older * Female/Male
Jazz A jazz routine incorporates stylized dance movements and combinations, formation changes, group work, leaps and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement and team uniformity. Tiny • 5 yrs & younger • Female/Male Mini • 8 yrs & younger • Female/Male Youth • 11 yrs & younger • Female/Male Junior • 14 yrs & younger • Female/Male Senior • 18 yrs & younger • Female/Male College * 18 years & older * Female/Male
CROSSOVERS Crossovers are allowed at all events and must follow the USASF guidelines. Participants may compete on up to 2 teams. Our staff will make every effort to schedule warm-ups and competition times to accommodate crossovers however time between performance and practice cannot be guaranteed. Upon registering your teams please be sure to complete the crossover information. This will help us identify all participants competing on more than one team. Be sure all crossover participants are still within the age requirements.
JUDGING PROCEDURES The judges for the event will be appointed at the sole discretion of Universal Dance Association. As the teams make their presentations, the judges will score the teams using a 100 point system. Judges scores will be AVERAGED together to deter
COMPETITION ROUTINE GUIDELINES 1. Substitutions may be made in the event of an injury or other serious circumstance. Substitutes must also abide by the age restrictions in all division in which they compete. 2. Formal entrances which involve dance, technical skills, and all traditions/chants are not permitted. Dancers should enter the performance area in a timely fashion. 3. All staging, backdrops, special effects, or any items that may damage or otherwise alter the performance floor or environment are prohibited. 4. Teams may dance off of the performance floor; however, all routine choreography for the entire team must begin and end on the performance surface. Jumping on or off the performance surface is prohibited. 5. Time limit is as follows: will have a minimum of (1:45) one minute forty five seconds and a maximum of (2:30) two minutes thirty seconds to demonstrate their style and expertise. If a team exceeds the time limit, they will be assessed a 2 point penalty. 6. Timing will begin with the first choreographed movement or note of music, whichever is first. Timing will end with the last choreographed movement or note of music, whichever is last. WEIGHT BEARING SKILLS Hip over-head rotation skills with hand support are not allowed while holding poms in the supporting hand. (Exception: forward rolls and backward rolls are allowed). The use of hands free poms for hip overhead skills is allowed.
TUMBLING AND TRICKS 1. Airborne skills without hand support are not allowed. (Exception: Headsprings with hand support and aerial cartwheels not connected to any tumbling skill are allowed). 2. Aerial cartwheels are not allowed while holding poms. They must be placed in one hand. (Exception: Aerial cartwheels may be done with hands free poms). 3. Tumbling skills with hip over-head rotation is limited to 3 connected skills. (Example: 3 consecutive headsprings are allowed; 4 are not allowed). 4. Simultaneous tumbling over or under another dancer that includes hip over-head rotation by both dancers is not allowed. 5. Drops to the knee, thigh, back, front, head, shoulder, or seat onto the performing surface are not allowed unless the dancer first bears weight on the hand(s) or foot/feet. 6. Landing in a push-up position onto the performance surface from a jump in which the legs are in front of the body and swing behind are not allowed. 7. Airborne skills without hip over-head rotation may not jump from a standing or squatting position backwards onto the neck, head, back, shoulders, and/or hands. Any kip up motion must initiate from the back/shoulder area touching the ground. (NOTE: This rule refers specifically and only to the “rubber band” /”bronco” kip up skill, as well as any skill jumping backwards into a headstand/handstand stall).
DANCE LIFTS AND PARTNERING (Executed in pairs or groups) 1. The Executing Dancer must receive support from a Supporting Dancer who is in direct contact with the performance surface through the entire skill. (Exception: Kick Line Leaps). 2. Elevators, thigh stands, shoulder sits, and chair sits are allowed. Extensions and all other cheer based stunts are not allowed. 3. Swinging lifts and tricks are allowed provided the Executing Dancer’s body does not make a complete circular rotation and is in a supine position at all times. Swinging in a prone position is not allowed (backwards and forwards or a complete circular rotation). 4. Hip over-head rotation of the Executing Dancer(s) may occur as long as a Supporting Dancer maintains contact until the Executing Dancer returns to the performance surface or is returning to the upright position. 5. Vertical Inversions are allowed as long as: a. The Supporting Dancer(s) maintain contact until the Executing Dancer returns to the performance surface or returns to the upright position. b. When the height of the Executing Dancers shoulders exceeds shoulder level of the Supporting dancer, there is at least one additional dancer to spot who does not bear weight.
RELEASE MOVES (Unassisted Dismounts to the performance surface) 1. An Executing Dancer may jump, leap, step, or push off a Supporting Dancer if: a. The highest point of the released skill does not elevate the Executing Dancer’s hips above head level. b. The Executing Dancer may not pass through the prone or inverted position after the release. c. Toe pitch back tucks are not allowed. 2. A Supporting Dancer may release/toss an Executing Dancer if: a. The highest point of the release/toss does not elevate the Executing Dancer’s hips above head level. b. The Executing Dancer is not supine or inverted when released. c. The Executing Dancer does not pass through a prone or inverted position after release. d. Toe Pitch back tucks are not allowed.