Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Cheer Canada needed?

  • Formal recognition of a sport and its national governing body by the federal government (Sport Canada) and its Olympic committee (Canadian Olympic Committee / COC) is required for any participation in elite international competitions such as the Olympics.
  • A National governing body and legitimate team selection processes is required to participate in all international competitions such as the ICU Worlds,  FISU University Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympics.
  • For a sport in Canada to receive formal recognition and funding by the federal government, there MUST be a single governing body and it must act for the entire sport.


Why NOW?

  • The sport of cheerleading has grown at different paces, in different directions, and in different genres across the country. Some regions have more developed collegiate (university) cheerleading and others more developed school or All Star cheerleading. Different rules, guidelines, age grids, score sheets. and coaching & judging certification models exist in each province. This has made it nearly impossible to develop consistent practices and economies of scale in providing training resources, consistency, and stability.
    Until recently, All Star gyms were members of the United States All Star Federation of Cheerleading (USASF). All Star cheer in the two countries shared a common set of rules, coaching certification, judging, etc. However, with the growth of the sport, All Star cheerleading expanded internationally, hence the creation of the IASF. As a result, the USASF is now acting ONLY for United States all star cheer gyms which has left a void in our country.
  • As our sport grows and matures from a fun activity into an organized sport, it must have unified rules, guidelines, and policies to provide credibility, objectivity, predictability, and consistency across the country for all athletes, coaches, and officials. Cheer Canada has been mandated to provide that.
  • Because cheer is heading towards being an official Olympic sport, we need to take the necessary steps as soon as possible in Canada to receive official recognition as a sport by Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. This process will take a minimum of five years.
  • In order for cheer to be recognized as an official Olympic sport, we have begun our journey to receive official recognition as a sport by Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.



What is the role of Cheer Canada?

National governing bodies:

  • Provide coaching and judging certification and professional development processes
  • Develop and manage a high performance athlete development program
  • Select and manage teams who will represent Canada internationally
  • Develop and implement competition sanctioning criteria for competitions across the country
  • Sanction national level competitions and tournaments
  • Develop a true national championship, and the process leading up to qualification
  • Implement national initiatives to develop and promote the sport
  • Support provincial governing bodies
  • Propose and support bids for international competitions in Canada
  • Create, implement, and enforce policies to help govern the sport in areas such as Ethics and Harassment.


How does Cheer Canada gain formal recognition by Sport Canada?

  • Cheer Canada is required to have data for every participant in the sport; all athletes, coaches and judges. Sport Canada requires a fee to be associated with each participant, and this amount has been currently determined by Cheer Canada to be $5 per participant, due in the fall of 2018.
    • This demonstrates the size of the sport and that it has a significant level of interest across the country.
    • Cheer Canada is creating a Membership Information Database model immediately.
  • Financial statements, demonstrating a minimum of $50,000 revenue per year for a minimum of four years, must be audited to demonstrate financial sustainability and responsibility.
  • Cheer Canada is currently developing a true national championship.
  • A high performance athlete development program must exist.
    • Gratefully, the Canadian Cheer Union has begun this process for the past ten years on behalf of the country.
  • A Long Term Athlete Development model must be created.
  • Many formal policies must be developed and implemented, such as
    • Ethics
    • Harassment
  • Much more…..