JR TEAM CANADA 2019

The Cheer Canada High Performance Committee is looking for Canada’s best to represent our country at the 2019 ICU Junior World Championships in Orlando, Florida. Our Junior National Teams have been very successful, winning 1 GOLD and 2 SILVER medals in the 2-year history of the event and are looking to build upon our success in 2019 Teams can be formed by/from ANY Club, School, Group or Region within Canada.

There will be no preference given to All-Star Clubs or School teams, regionally representative teams or those from one organization. We would like to ask that the Team Canada Junior Program, and the potential formation of regional teams, does NOT become a recruiting tool between cheer clubs.

We are very proud of the fact that the Team Canada movement has been bringing our Canadian Cheerleading Community together for the past 10 years and we are not interested in this program being exploited for recruitment purposes. Gym Owners — please cooperate with other gyms and please, ensure that your coaches, athletes and parents understand the ramifications of overt recruitment. If forced to do so, unscrupulous recruiting practices may result in negative consideration by the adjudication committee

Division Eligibility: Team Canada is eligible to field teams in the following division:

  • One All-Girl Team — Elite (Level  5)
  • One Co-ed Team — either Advanced or Elite (Level 4 or 5)

Team Composition and Age Eligibility

  • •Teams must be comprised of a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 24 athletes
  • Each athlete must be between 12yrs and 16yrs within the year of the event (2019)
  • Co-ed teams may have a maximum of 16 male athletes
  • Teams will be required to have alternates / substitutes

Video Submissions and Adjudication Process In the interest of identifying teams with potential, there will be a 2-part submission process:

#1 – Initial Application and Submission of Skills Video

  • Complete Application form before 11:59pm on November 30, 2018
  • Submit $500 Application Fee
  • Complete Roster including alternates/substitutes ( Team leader must confirm all athletes are age eligible ) ONLY athletes who are intended to be competing should be on the roster.
  • Provide link to “Private” YouTube Video for Adjudication

Skills Video should include:

  • 30 Second Cheer Component (Use of props is permitted but not required)
  • Two Stunt Sequences showing full team skills ( Please include at least 2 body positions) • Pyramid Sequence showing the following:  2 Structures plus 3 Level Specific Skills
  • 2 Full Team Basket Toss Sequences
  • Standing Tumbling Sequence showing team skills
  • Running Tumbling Sequence showing team skills Video submission requirements:
  • Please compile skill segments but NO EDITING is permitted within segments
  • Show only your best skills • Ensure all skills are performed on a cheer mat only — not a spring floor
  •  The environment for filming and athlete attire should be neutral and un-branded in order to prevent team identification.
  • We will be presenting numbered videos to the judges without titles or labels. Therefore, please refrain from adding titles or intros to videos. Common yet plain attire (shirts/shorts) and filming in a generic facility like a high-school gymnasium would be preferred to ensure there is no positive or negative bias during the adjudication process
  • Total Video length should be less than 5 minutes, after 5 minutes, the video will be stopped

As was done for the 2018 Video Adjudication, an impartial judging panel will be assembled and will be comprised of a minimum of 7 judges from across the country. This panel will include recommended judges from Provincial Associations and industry leaders to fairly and transparently judge all videos submitted.

The goal of the first video judging will be to narrow the field by selecting the top THREE teams per category. All teams will be advised of results by December 7th, 2018

#2 – Submission of Routine Video – Top 3 teams in each category

  • Complete Video to be uploaded before 11:59pm on January 15, 2019
  • Confirm Roster including alternates / substitutes o Identify any changes since 1st video submission. ONLY athletes/alternates who are intended to be competing should be on roster.

Video should include:

  • Full Routine — which complies with ICU requirements – 30 second Cheer Section,  2:30 max Routine with Music Provide link to “Private” YouTube Video for Adjudication Video submission requirements:
  • Routine Choreography should follow ICU requirements and style
  • Show only your best skills with a level of mastery — clean and solid
  • Ensure all skills are performed on a cheer mat only
  • Ensure entire routine is visible in video o judges can only judge what they can see
  • The environment for filming and athlete attire should be neutral and un-branded in order to prevent team identification.  We will be presenting numbered videos to the judges without titles or labels. Therefore, please refrain from adding titles or intros to videos
  • Common yet plain attire (shirts/shorts) and filming in a generic facility like a high-school gymnasium would be preferred to ensure there is no positive or negative bias during the adjudication process
  • Total Video length should be less than 4 minutes, o after 4 minutes, the video will be stopped Judging will be completed by January 21 st and teams notified by January 25th, 2019 The judging criteria that will be used by the Junior National Team Adjudication

Committee for both Video Submissions will be the ICU Junior Worlds Scoring criteria.

Following the selection of our two Team Canada Junior National Teams, these teams will receive support and advice from Cheer Canada Officials and ICU judging experts from within Canada.

Please know that while some logistical support and advice will be provided regarding the trip to Florida, the travel arrangements and all other aspects (including competition entry fees) of the trip will be the responsibility of the teams.

Good luck to all. We look forward to receiving amazing videos from all parts of Canada.

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