Update 22 March 2020: Please refer to updated ACSA_COVID_19_Recommendations_22_3_20

22 March 2020: As many of you will be aware the NSW and Victorian State Governments will be ordering a shutdown of non-essential services over the next 48 hours. This will include cheer gyms and dance studios in these States. The NSW and Victorian Premiers have advised they will provide further information tomorrow (Monday 23rd)

Please refer to your State Government websites for the latest and official information.
ACSA has engaged an employment lawyer to seek further guidance on the implications on staff and will provide this to Gym and Studio Owners as soon as it is available. We are also working on further support materials to help gyms and studios.
We urge everyone to adhere to the Australian and State Government advice as well as support each other through this unprecedented situation.

Victorian Government Statement: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-32/
NSW Government Statement: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/statement-from-the-nsw-premier-gladys-berejiklian/

20 MARCH 2020: We understand people’s concern given the potential seriousness of the situation, but ask our community not to panic, and instead listen to evidence-based, real-time advice of health professionals and government officials.  

While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that unless there is an imminent threat of exposure in your area, most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering from a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.

We are working with our Gym Owners to ensure their locations are as prepared as they can be and have provided the ACSA HYGIENE GUIDELINES for their implementation. Click on the PDF attachment below to download.

In addition, the following information provides the latest updates from the Australian Dept of Health and may be of use to print out and place at the gym

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

It may also be beneficial to note that now that the WHO has now declared COVID-19 as a pandemic what exactly is that as fear the public will now see that as being more dangerous than what the term actually means.

So what is a pandemic, exactly? 

The classical definition doesn’t consider the severity of the disease. It’s more about geography, specifically denoting a disease that spreads globally and infects a large number of people. 

A widespread yet relatively mild illness, therefore, could still be classified as a pandemic whereas in contrast, an endemic disease is isolated to a particular area, and an epidemic is a sudden increase in the number of cases in that area.

ACSA is pleased to advise that we have been working with the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and received confirmation that our Cheer & Dance community in South Australia are eligible to register as a provider for the Sports Vouchers Program.

The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.

ACSA is pleased to advise the 2020 Cheer and Dance Scoring System, including skills lists and rubric has been distributed to Member EP’s. Individual Member EP’s may have some small changes or tweaks so it is therefore imperative you check with the EP’s whose events you plan to attend to receive their versions.

There has been a lot of discussion in the last few weeks about the governance of cheer in Australia. That is a great thing.

These are important conversations that we need to have as a community — about how our governing body (called a ‘national sporting organisation’ or NSO) should be constituted, who it should represent and how it should operate. These are conversations (and decisions) that we never got to have the first time around. But now that Gymnastics Australia has resigned its role as NSO for cheerleading (as of 19th December 2018) we have an opportunity to finally build an NSO that will be genuinely representative and genuinely focused on supporting the growth and development of cheer in Australia.

 

The 2020 Age Grid has been updated. Please click on the link for the latest version (released 14/1/2020 v3).

Please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

There appears to be some confusion as to the role ACSA has sought to occupy within the Australian cheer sport community and we feel that a clarification of our objectives and role as well as some history as to the introduction and growth of our sport is timely.

In Australia, traditional organisation sponsored, or community recreation-based youth sports development has been undertaken by not for profit entities such as National Sporting Organizations (NSO’s) who receive considerable funding from the Federal government via the Australian Sporting Commission (ASC).

NSO’s are typically independent, self-appointed organisations that govern their sports through the common consent of their sport and have achieved a position of pre-eminence within its sport.

Thank you to all gym owners/coaches for your participation and feedback at our recent ACSA NSO & CONSTITUTION DEVELOPMENT WEBINARs.

In general, the main points the community raised were:

  • Consistency of coach credentialing, rules and scoring across EPs
  • The need for a Sports Australia recognised NSO is of secondary importance to having a body (either NSO or Peak Body) which focuses on the continued growth of the sport and aids clubs with increased participation
  • Improved communication and community involvement from ACSA on current & future goals and plans
  • There was overwhelming support for a Unitary governance model

In response to Gymnastics Australia’s recent announcement to cease to be the National Governing Body for cheer, the Australian Cheer Sport Alliance (ACSA) would like to confirm that an application has been submitted to the ICU to be the recognised body for cheerleading in Australia. The application will be tabled at the ICU General Assembly meeting held in April prior to the 2018 World Cheerleading & Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida.