A big thank you to our amazing All Star Cheer and Dance community for your support and cooperation through these challenging times. We have definitely played our role to help flatten the curve.

You have likely heard about the exciting progress made to reboot sport in Australia and may have read the framework produced by the Australian Institute of Sport and endorsed by the Australian Government.

As there is no current National Sporting Organisation recognised by the Australian Government, there was no reference to All-Star Cheer and Dance in these documents.

ACSA, in its role as Peak Body has used this framework and made it applicable to our community. It also includes a Hygiene Policy and other recommended measures to ensure a safe transition back to training. 

ACSA Framework for Resumption of All Star Cheer and Dance

These have already been sent to our Club and EP Members and are now excited to release them to the wider community.

As of today, 8th May, we are currently in Level A. Stay tuned, as it is hoped that Scott Morrison or State Premiers, will soon provide further information on timings as to when each State can progress onto Level B.

We are excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to the safe return of All Star Cheer and Dance.

 

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.

Broadly and enthusiastically endorsed by sporting organisations, physical activity providers and education bodies, the Position Statement is a commitment to help all Australians, especially our children, bring out their best through physical activity.

Statistics show eight in 10 Australian children are not active enough and Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer said it was especially crucial to help children develop physical literacy – the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for healthy lives.

“Physical literacy is far bigger than just teaching our children how to play sport, it’s about putting them on the path to healthier, happier and more active lives,” Palmer said.

“You don’t give a young child a book and expect them to understand it confidently without first teaching them how to read, so why can’t we place a greater emphasis on teaching every child to be active, which is a fundamental skill that will benefit them every day, for the rest of their lives?

“Society often talks about the role of physical activity in combating health issues like obesity, which is true, but there’s so much more to be gained by teaching our kids the necessary skills to be active, including improvement to mental health. That means things like helping kids learn better in school, building their confidence, self-esteem and motivation, helping them form social connections and friendships, plus boosting their strategic and critical thinking skills.

“Physically literacy is about holistic development – physically, psychologically, socially and cognitively.

“The Australian Government has set a goal in the national sport plan to decrease physical inactivity by 15 per cent by 2030, and so improving physical literacy in children is vital. The quality of life for this generation and for future generations depends on it.”

The Position Statement complements Sport Australia’s release earlier this year of The Australian Physical Literacy Framework.

Sport Australia Position Statement on Physical Literacy

Sport Australia is committed to improving the lives of all Australians through sport and physical activity. We want more Australians moving more often because we know the enormous benefits to our health and wellbeing – physically, socially, psychologically and cognitively.

Success depends on generational change, with an emphasis on young Australians. Today’s environment and increasingly sedentary lifestyles mean many children are missing out on learning fundamental movement skills, like how to run, throw, kick, catch or jump. This is a vital first step in developing the physical literacy required to get Australians moving more.

Physical literacy is about developing knowledge and behaviours that give children the motivation and confidence to enjoy active lifestyles. Establishing active habits in children sets them on the path to happier and healthier lives, paving the way for a more productive Australia.

Educators, coaches and families all play a crucial role in promoting and developing physical literacy in children. This can be achieved through quality physical education, school and community sport programs and embracing daily play and physical activity.

Movement skills, like numeracy, reading and writing, can be learned. Research shows that children who engage in regular physical activity and improve their physical literacy, reap the numerous health benefits and also learn better academically.

Sport Australia wants all young Australians to benefit from these opportunities. We are committed to leading and collaborating with the sport, education and health sectors to ensure physical literacy is a core component of every child’s development and education.

Through this commitment we will strive to create a heathier generation of more active Australians.

For more information head to the Sport Australia website: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/physical_literacy

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

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.