Aloha Productions General Information

All Star Categories & Divisions

SAFETY/LEGALITY RULES

All routines at ALOHA PRODUCTIONS (AP) events will follow the USASF Cheer and Dance General Safety Rules and Cheer Level Rules for All-Star divisions.  For more information refer to the United States All Star Federation at www.usasfrules.com.

School divisions will follow the AACCA School Safety Rules.  For more information visit www.AACCA.org.

 

ALL-STAR CHEER

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF Cheer General Safety Rules and Cheer Level Rules that can be found at www.usasf.net.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be

found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure – Execute routine of your choice using music, words of any combination thereof.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 1/2 minutes maximum for all-star cheer and 2 minutes maximum for all-star prep cheer

 

ALL-STAR DANCE

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF General Safety Rules that can be found at www.usasf.net.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found at under - divisions.

Routine Procedure –

  • Open- An Open category will be offered only when separate dance categories are not offered in an age division. A routine in this category may incorporate any one style or combination of styles outlines in the USASF category listings. All styles will be judges against each other in this category. Emphasis is placed on choreography, proper technical execution, visual effect, creativity, staging, and team uniformity.
  • Variety- Routines will incorporate a blend of jazz, pom, and hip-hop styles. Emphasis should be placed on overall creativity and flow of routine and successful technical execution of the dance styles performed.
  • Hip-Hop- Routines must incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity, and musical interpretation. Teams may also add in jumps, jump variations, combo jumps, and other tricks.
  • 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 incorporate technical dance elements.
  • Jazz- Incorporates stylized dance moves and combinations, formation changes, group work, leaps, and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement, and team uniformity. 
  • Lyrical- Routines combine the principles of jazz and ballet and emphasize proper technical execution, the use of flexibility, balance, and mood. Routines are fluid in movement and focus on emotion that compliments the musical selection.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum except if specified differently in routine procedure.
Scores for dance will be added from the three judge’s scores sheets and then penalties deducted from the total score.

 

STUNT GROUP

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF General Safety Rules that can be found at www.usasfrules.com

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under  - divisions

Routine Procedure – Stunts of your choice may be performed to music

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 1 minute maximum.

 

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 1 ½ minutes maximum.

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF General Safety Rules that can be found at www.usasfrules.com

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under  - divisions

 

RECREATIONAL CHEER

Level 1:  Standing tumbling:  All skills and series of skills with hand support performed from a standing position are allowed, including, but not limited to: Front rolls, back rolls, cartwheels, handstands, handstand forward rolls, and round offs. (EXCEPTION: Front and/or back walkovers and front and/or back handsprings are PROHIBITED.)  Running tumbling:  All skills and series of skills with hand support performed from a running or hurdle position are allowed, including, but not limited to: round offs and cartwheels. At least ONE hand must remain in contact with the performance surface during skill/s execution. PROHIBITED skills include, but are not limited to: Front and/or back walkovers, front and/or back handsprings, tucks/flips, aerials, and dive rolls.  Stunts:  Two leg prep level and below level single leg stunts are allowed.  Twisting, during a mount/transition is limited to 1/4 turn by the FLYER ONLY.  Inversions:  Prohibited.  Dismounts:  Straight ride and quarter turn allowed.  Release moves:  Prohibited.  Tosses:  Prohibited.  Pyramids:  Up to extended two leg stunts braced on both sides (connection must be made at or below prep level and have to return to prep level to cradle) and prep level single leg stunts continuously braced on at least one side with hand/arm connection ONLY by prep level or below stunts (connection must be made prior to executing the prep level single leg stunt).

Level 2:  Standing tumbling:  All skills or series of skills with hand support performed from a standing position are allowed, including, but not limited to: Front and backward rolls, handstands, handstand forward rolls,handstands that fall to bridge position,front and back walkovers, cartwheels, and round offs. (EXCEPTION: Front and/or Back handsprings are PROHIBITED).  Running tumbling:  All skills and series of skills with hand support performed from a running or hurdle position
are allowed, including, but not limited to: cartwheels, round offs, front and/or back walkovers.  Front and/or Back handsprings are PROHIBITED.  Stunts:  Two leg extended stunts and prep level single leg stunts are allowed.  ½ twist load in variations are allowed.  Inversions:  Prohibited.  Dismounts:  Straight ride and quarter turn are allowed.  Non twisting alternate cradles are allowed.  Release moves:  Prohibited except barrel roll.  Tosses:  Straight ride body position only.  Pyramids:  Up to extended single leg stunts braced on at least one side with hand/arm connection by prep level or below stunts (connection must be established at or below prep level).

Level 3:  Standing tumbling:  Up to handspring series.  Running tumbling:  Up to back tuck from handspring or roundoff entry.  Stunts:  Extended single leg variations, 360 to or from extension prep allowed.  Inversions:  Handstand to a load in position ONLY.  Dismounts:  Up to 360/single twist from extended two leg stunts and all prep level stunts.  Release moves:  Braced tic-tocs only (must be braced on both sides by prep level or below stunts).  Tosses:  One trick not twisting allowed.  Pyramids:  Extended single leg stunts braced on one side, braced tic-tocs (high to high, low to high, switch up release moves, and ballups) the flyer must land in upright position and must be braced on both sides by prep level or below stunts. 

Level 4:  Standing tumbling:  Tucks/flips are allowed in any body position but may not exceed one flipping and one twisting rotation. CLARIFICATION: Flips may be performed in alternate positions (layout, x-out, pike, etc.) PROHIBITED skills include, but are not limited to: Forward 3/4 flips to the seat, toe-pitch flips, tumbling after a flip. (Exception: tumbling out of a front flip is allowed).  Running tumbling:  Flips in any body position are allowed but may not exceed one flipping and one twisting rotation, Aerials are allowed, tumbling out of a front flip is allowed. CLARIFICATION: Flips may be performed in alternate positions (layout, x-out, pike, etc.). PROHIBITED skills include, but are not limited to: Forward 3/4 flips to the seat, toe-pitch flips, tumbling after a flip. (Exception: tumbling out of a front flip is allowed.)  Stunts:  Extended single leg, 1 1/2 twist up to extended level, tic-tocs are allowed.  Inversions:  Handstand to prep level and below, forward suspended roll.  Dismounts:  Up to 1 & 1⁄4 twisting dismounts from any single leg stunt and 2 & 1⁄4 twisting dismounts from any two leg stunt.  Release moves:  Allowed as long as does not surpass 18” above extended arm level.  Tosses:  Up to two tricks and 1 ¼ twisting.  Pyramids:  Extended single leg stunts braced on one side, braced release moves, 2 and ½ high transitions (provided they are braced between two prep level or below stunts)  Limited braced inversions.

 

SCHOOL CHEER

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the School Cheer Safety Rules

SCHOOL DANCE

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF General Safety Rules for All-Star Dance Teams that can be found at http://usasf.net/safety/dancerules.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under  - divisions

Routine Divisions and Categories  – Refer to the USASF Dance Divisions and Categories

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum except if specified differently in routine procedure.

 

REGISTRATION POLICIES

Deadlines

"Early" Registration Deadline – In order to meet the "Early" registration deadline; registration information, Team Roster, Liability Consentand payment must be received two months prior to the event for which you wish to register.

"On-Time" Registration Deadline – In order to meet the "On-Time" registration deadline; registration information, Team Roster, Liability Consentand payment must be received one month prior to the event for which you wish to register.

"Final Registration" Deadline – In order to meet the "Final" registration deadline; registration information, Team Roster, Liability Consent, and payment must be received one week prior to the event for which you wish to register.

Performance order is based on first registered, last to perform in a division.

Payments

No payments will be accepted within two weeks of event date. Payments must be received two weeks prior to the competition in order for the team to be included in the Performance Order. If a team is not paid IN FULL by two weeks prior to competition day, the team will not be posted on the schedule and their registration will be removed. 

"Early" and "On-Time" registration are only met if online registration is submitted by the designated dates and payment is received within 5 business days of the submission. 

"Final" pricing applies after the "On-Time" Registration deadline has passed. "Final" registrations must be received at least one week prior to the first event day. Registration will not be accepted the week of an event. 

All Payments received after the "On-Time" registration deadline must be in the form of money order, certified check or credit card. Make checks payable to the Aloha Spirit Productions. 

No personal checks.

Division Changes and Refunds

Division changes will not be allowed the week of the event. No exceptions! A division change fee of $50 will be enforced after the "On-Time" registration deadline.

75% refund or the option to transfer 100% of the funds to another ALOHA PRODUCTIONS event in the current season will be available to teams withdrawing from the event PRIOR to the "Early" registration deadline.

50% refund or the option to transfer 100% of the funds to another ALOHA PRODUCTIONS event in the current season will be available to teams withdrawing from the event PRIOR to the "On-Time" registration deadline.

No refunds will be issued once the "On-Time" deadline has passed. No refunds or transfers for individual members.

Requests for refunds, transfers of fees, or category/division changes must be in writing and received by ALOHA PRODUCTIONS by the deadline outlined above.

Refunds are processed 2-4 business weeks after the events.

Categories and Divisions

The ALOHA PRODUCTIONS reserves the right to close, combine, or open divisions at any time leading up to each event.

An individual may not compete against her/himself in the same division/category (i.e. two Group Stunt teams). An individual may not compete on two teams within the same category type and/or divisions within a category when separated by size (i.e. Level 4 Youth Large Cheer and Level 4 Youth Small Cheer divisions). The penalty for this violation will be disqualification of one of the routines but will be up to the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

ELIGIBILITY

All participants must be official full-time members of their gym/team at the time of competition. Proof of age in the form of a birth certificate of USASF Membership ID for each participant must be available at the competitions at which a participant's squad performs. The penalty for an eligibility violation and/or failure to provide proof of age for a competitor on the day of an event may be disqualification but will be up to the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

 

MUSIC

All contestants who use music must provide their own CDs or iPODS/MP3 device for use on the event provided sound system. Please bring TWO HIGH-QUALITY copies of your music to the event. CDs or iPODS/MP3 PLAYERS ONLY! No iPod Shuffles are allowed.  No tapes are allowed. Music must be recorded at the correct tempo on a high quality CD or loaded onto an iPOD/MP3 device. Music must be labeled with the school name, division, and team size and be cued, ready to play. One or several selections may be used. A sound system will be provided at the event venue. Speed control is not available. Music checks on the main sound system are not permitted.

One (1) representative of your group/individual will be responsible for running the music during the competition. This person MUST remain at the sound area throughout the entire performance. This person will be asked to hold onto their own music until the time of performance and to take music back following the performance. In the event a routine is delayed due to operator error, timing of your routine will continue. No unnecessary team members, parents etc. are allowed at the music table.

In the event that a routine is interrupted, the following steps will be taken:

  • Due to failure of ALOHA PRODUCTIONS equipment: The coach will have to decide within 2 minutes if they would like to perform again. Judging will resume at the point where the music was interrupted. The team will be required to take the stage immediately for the 2nd performance.
  • Due to failure of teams' music/equipment: The coach will have to decide within 2 minutes if they would like to perform again. The coach must provide a 2nd CD or iPOD/MP3 player, and the team must immediately continue where they left off in the routine. Judging will resume at the point where the music was interrupted. They will not get a 3rd chance should the music cut out a 2nd time.
  • Injury: If a team member is injured on stage severely enough for the music to be stopped by the coach and/or event directors, the team must continue from the point where they left off. They must immediately return to the stage to perform after the injured member has been removed from the performance area (2 minutes maximum). No extra practice time will be given, and judging will resume at the point where the routine was interrupted by the injury.

*All final decisions will be made at the discretion of the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

 

INJURY DURING PERFORMANCE

Aloha Productions will follow the USASF Recommendation for Routine Interruption Due to Injury guidelines.

 

ENTRANCE AND EXIT

Teams are encouraged to move on and off the floor as quickly as possible. Timing and judging of routines will begin with the first organized movement or the first note of music. Timing will end with a last note of music or the ending motion or pose is held. Introductions, spell-outs and/or organized entrances are considered part of the routine and are timed as part of the performance. All participants should walk/spirit onto the floor and immediately start their routine after placement of any props. Coaches are not allowed on the performance surface before or after the performance unless they are active spotters for the routine.  Violation to any of these policies could result in a Sportsmanship Penalty.

 

PERFORMANCE AREA

The main performance surface will be approximately 42 feet deep by 54 feet wide. All-Star Cheer will compete on a spring floor unless otherwise noted in the event information packet. School Cheer will compete on a spring floor unless performances are regulated by the State governing body. Then School Cheer will compete on a carpet bonded foam floor.

Dance only events will compete on a Marley or wood floor surface. Dance teams may compete on the carpeted spring floor during a cheer and dance event – surface type will be disclosed to the teams prior to competition.

For safety purposes, we require everyone to perform their routine on the performance surface. However, there will be no deductions for stepping off the surface. There will be no practicing on the actual performance floor prior to the competition. Adequate warm-up flooring, which is similar to the performance surface, will be provided. A minimum of a carpet bonded foam floor and a spring tumbling strip for cheer and a Marley strip for dance will be available in the warm-up room .

Coaches are allowed to sit on the stage/floor for TINY, EXHIBITION, AND SPECIAL NEEDS DIVISIONS ONLY. Coaches are not allowed to be on the stage/performance floor for any other divisions, with the exception of spotting routines. Coaches can always stand in the designated coaches area or VIP seating area (if applicable), which is typically located directly in front of the stage. Also, no team will be allowed to place "space markers" on the stage except for Tiny, Exhibition or Special Needs teams. This could result in a deduction.

 

SPOTTERS

In an effort to provide a safe performance environment, ALOHA PRODUCTIONS is allowing programs to provide their own routine spotters. We feel that allowing programs to put trained and knowledgeable routine spotters on the floor that are familiar with the performances and areas of the performance that may need 'special attention', the overall safety of the competition environment is improved. ALOHA PRODUCTIONS will allow teams to provide up to 4 of their own routine spotters for each or their competition performances. ALOHA PRODUCTIONS will NOT be providing routine spotters. It will be up to the discretion of the coach how many routine spotters, if any, they choose to use. Please pay special attention to the stipulations and suggestions below:

DEFINITION OF ROUTINE SPOTTERS: Routine spotters are individuals affiliated with the performing program that are voluntarily provided by the performing program as a safety precaution for the routine. Routine spotters cannot be uniformed members of the competing team and must adhere to all "Rules for Routine Spotters."

RULES FOR ROUTINE SPOTTERS:

  • Routine spotters are there to help 'catch' falls and/or mistakes, not to assist or save skills. Routine spotters may only be used for stunts, pyramids and/or basket tosses. Spotting of tumbling is prohibited and will result in a .5 deduction for each occurrence.
  • Flagrant contact by a routine spotter that assists a stunt, toss or pyramid may result in a .5 deduction for each occurrence. Point deduction is at the sole discretion of ALOHA PRODUCTIONS. The decision of the judges is FINAL.
  • Routine spotters must dress differently than the team so they are not mistaken for participants.
  • Routine spotters are for safety purposes only and are not to engage in excessive behavior before, during or after the performance. Doing this will result in a .1 deduction. Routine spotters should enter the stage behind their team and exit immediately ahead of their team.
  • ALOHA PRODUCTIONS encourages the use of routine spotters; however, they are not required. Use your best judgment as to whether routine spotters are needed for your routine.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ROUTINE SPOTTERS:

  • Routine spotters should look presentable. Remember, the overall appearance of your team and their performance is important. Routine spotters should appear "neat and orderly" in order to minimize distraction.
  • Routine spotters shall remove any hats, jewelry, sweatshirts, lanyards or other materials that may injure participants.
  • It is strongly suggested that routine spotters be at least 18 years of age.
  • Routine spotters should make every attempt to be 'inconspicuous' during the routine. Remember, touching the skill WILL result in a point deduction. It is best to be present for safety reasons, but, unless there is a fall, not do anything that will appear to help or assist with the stunt.

Routine spotters should be trained to know proper spotting technique. Routine spotters should know the routine(s), so that spotting is conducted as safely as possible.

 

SPORTSMANSHIP

Sportsmanship is a very important aspect for everyone involved at en event. Failure to comply with any of the details listed below could result in disqualification with no refund.

  • All participants and spectators must practice strong and positive sportsmanship throughout the event. The coach for each squad is ultimately responsible for their squad members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the program to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.
  • Any complaint about another program in regards to their sportsmanship must be submitted to a ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director for proper handling.
  • All participants and coaching staff members must refrain from using inappropriate language or gestures.  
  • Participating programs must refrain from using music that contains inappropriate language.  
  • Participating programs must refrain from handing out gym marketing material or recruiting athletes or coaches at all ALOHA PRODUCTIONS events.
  • Participating programs must refrain from public negative discussion about individuals or programs.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION

Two tickets for admission will be allotted to each competing team for directors and/or coaches at registration. Additional tickets for spectators, directors, and/or additional coaches may be purchased at the door for each competition.

 

PHOTO AND VIDEO POLICY

Parents, Coaches, and Spectators are allowed to photograph and record routines and athletes within their own program. Any Photographing and video recording of teams or athletes outside of your program is prohibited. Individuals not in compliance will be immediately removed from the event.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

All ALOHA PRODUCTIONS events will go on regardless of the weather conditions – rain, sleet or snow! Please make any necessary travel arrangements so that you will not have any problems making it to the event on time. No special arrangements or performance times will be granted to those who arrive late for any reason (weather or otherwise). Furthermore, no refunds will be given on any ALOHA PRODUCTIONS expenses. Please keep an eye on the local and national weather forecasts so that you are prepared for any inclement weather.

 

RULES INTERPRETATION

It is the policy of ALOHA PRODUCTIONS events not to give specific rule interpretations over the phone. All official rule interpretations must be submitted by video to tammy@alohaspiritchamps.com. All videos must contain:

  • A front, side and back view of the skill/section in question (do not send entire routines).
  • A letter stating the question/request.
  • School/Team Name and Event/Division entering.
  • Coaches Name, address, phone and fax numbers and email address.

All official rule interpretation requests must be received at the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS office at least 10 days prior to the event attending. Videos can only be reviewed based on what is seen and can vary from how the routine is actually performed. Ruling of video does not mean that you will not incur a safety/legality penalty at the actual time of performance.