JR TEAM CANADA

Information and Selection Process

The Canadian Cheer Union is, once again, looking for Canada’s best to represent our country at the 2018 ICU Junior World Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Our Junior National Teams had a very successful year in 2017 with All-Girl Advanced team winning GOLD Medals and Co-ed Advanced team winning SILVER Medals.

Teams can be formed from ANY Club, School, Group or Region in 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 Cheer Community together for the past 9 years and we are not interested in this program being exploited for the purposes of recruitment.

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:

As a direct result of winning the Gold medal in All-Girl Advanced (L4) in 2017, the Junior team representing Canada in 2018 must compete at the Elite level in 2018 (L5)

We are, therefore, looking for:

  • All-Girl Elite (Level 5)
  • Co-ed 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
  • Between 12yrs old and 16yrs within the year of the event (ie: 2018)
  • 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

APPLICATION FORM HERE

  • Complete Application form before 11:59pm on December 1, 2017 
    • CCU application form will be available October 1st
  • Submit $500 Application Fee
    • Credited toward Team Canada Apparel Package Fees for selected teams
  • 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 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

General Suggestions for video submissions

  • Please edit together 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
  • NO soundtrack music PLEASE.
  • Total Video length should be less than 5 minutes,
    • after 5 minutes, the video will be stopped

As was done for the 2017 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 8th, 2017

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

  • Complete Video to be uploaded before 11:59pm on January 15, 2018 
  • Confirm Roster including alternates / substitutes
    • 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

General Suggestions for video submissions

  • 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
    • judges can only judge what they can see
  • Total Video length should be less than 4 minutes,
    • after 4 minutes, the video will be stopped
  • Confirm Roster including alternates / substitutes
    • Identify any changes since 1st video submission
    • ONLY athletes and alternates who are intended to be competing should be on roster.

Judging will be completed by January 22nd and teams notified by January 26th, 2018

The judging criteria that will be used by the CCU Junior National Adjudication Committee for both Video Submissions will be the ICU Junior Worlds Scoring criteria.

The details of the scoring breakdown by category can be found here: Junior Worlds Info

Following the selection of our two Team Canada Junior National Teams, these teams will receive support and advice from CCU 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 of the trip will be the responsibility of the teams.   

Good luck to all — and please play nice!

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

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