Calling All Volunteers

We need the knowledge, effort, and expertise from experienced individuals across the country—from you! We are calling on experienced volunteers who would be willing to contribute in the following areas. If you are interested in helping, please email the listed committee chairperson. Please spread the word—if you know of someone who would be a great asset to one of the committees below, please forward this information to them!
Coaches’ Training & Certification—coaches@cheercanada.net
Judges’ Training & Certification—judges@cheercanada.net
Rules & Regulations—rules@cheercanada.net
Insurance—insurance@cheercanada.net
Funding, Membership & Sponsorships—funding@cheercanada.net

September 14th, 2011 Update

If you haven’t already heard, on January 29th, 2011, provincial cheerleading body representatives, two respected Canadian based cheer event producers and a certified sports agent gathered together for an inaugural meeting to start the development of a national sport organization for cheerleading in Canada – Cheer Canada! Some of the driving forces behind this effort include the need for:

  • A consistent rule set to promote and ease travel between provinces/territories
  • A national coaches’ training & certification program
  • A national judges’ training & certification program that not only provides quality education, but enables the use of judges from across Canada
  • Affordable and comprehensive insurance for athletes & coaches
  • Eligibility and access to funding for teams
  • Support for the provincial sport organizations

Committees were struck and volunteers were summoned to work on the areas that required priority attention and development. We’re excited to announce the progress that has been made so far:

Coaches’ Training & Certification – Preliminary analysis is currently underway. The committee is reviewing and analyzing the various programs from across the country. Their goal is to pull together the strengths from this collection of programs into a high quality, national program.

Judges’ Training & Certification – The initial requirements have been identified for a consistent, national training program. Also, three preliminary sets of score sheets and corresponding skill grids for use by organizations and producers across Canada are in the process of being finalized. The three sets include all-star score sheets and school score sheets (both with and without a cheer requirement). They will be released in both category scoring formats and “one sheet” versions. The finalized score sheet sets will be posted on our website and will be ready for trial this season with several bodies intending to implement them.

Rules & Regulations – Analysis and discussions are wrapping up on the route to take in regards to rules and regulations for both school and all-star teams – whether it’s best for Canada to have its own set of rules or align with an existing rule set (and if so, which one…NFHS? AACCA? USASF?)

Communication – The cheercanada.net domain has been secured and all official documents and communications will appear here. A Cheer Canada twitter account (@cheercanada) and Facebook accounts have been established. Upon the completion of committee work, these avenues will be used to communicate our progress.

Insurance – The committee is working with an insurance representative to discuss the various benefits, challenges, costs, and administrative requirements for offering an insurance policy to athletes across Canada.

Funding, Membership & Sponsorship – Initial analysis is in progress, but the committee is awaiting progress from other committee before proceeding.

National Competition – The 3rd annual Canadian Cheerleading Championship will once again be hosted by the Fédération de cheerleading du Québec from May 19-20, 2012. FCQ has done a great job hosting this event for the past few years and we’re excited to have them hosting again. Registration information will be posted on our website. Consider attending and supporting Cheer Canada!

We require and welcome the knowledge, effort, and expertise from experienced individuals across the country! If you are interested in helping out in any of the areas listed above, please head to the Contact section of this site. Thank-you to all those volunteers who have already contributed countless hours to this valuable and worthwhile movement!

Welcome to Cheer Canada!

The initiative for a Canadian governing body for cheerleading began in 2005 with the Alberta Cheerleading Association initiating a rudimentary and preliminary set of bylaws. They distributed this document to other cheerleading provincial governing bodies and received positive feedback and a lot of interest. The name ‘Cheer Canada’ was adapted from the trend of other National Sport Organizations by using the name of the sport followed by our country’s name—Hockey Canada, Football Canada, and Cheer Canada. Chuck Holland with the Ontario Cheerleading Federation took the reins of this initiative 2 years later and continued to move the effort forward and in the past year, other provincial associations starting conversing and decided it was time to come together.
Inaugural Meeting
On January 29th, 2011, the effort paid off with an inaugural meeting between provincial body representatives who were joined by two respected Canadian based cheer event producers and suppliers for added perspective. Some of the driving forces behind the effort to establish a national sport organization for cheerleading include the need for:

  • A consistent rule set to promote and ease travel between provinces/territories
  • A national coaches’ training & certification program
  • A national judges’ training & certification program that not only provides quality education, but enables the use of judges from across Canada
  • Affordable and comprehensive insurance for athletes & coaches
  • Eligibility and access to funding for teams
  • Support for the provincial sport organizations

 

The following mission and vision were developed by meeting members to encompass all aspects of cheerleading in Canada.
Mission
Cheer Canada in partnership with its members will lead, support, and promote cheerleading in Canada.

Vision

  • To provide opportunities to all recreational and competitive members for safe participation appropriate to their abilities through the development of training and certification programs.
  • To encourage positive life values and fair play in all aspects of cheerleading.
  • To be recognized within the local, provincial, national, and international cheerleading and sporting communities.

Join us in the Cheer Canada effort!

Inaugural Meeting – January 29th, 2011

Introduction

The initiative for a Canadian governing body for cheerleading began in 2005 with the Alberta Cheerleading Association initiating a rudimentary and preliminary set of bylaws. Leanne Livingston (with the ACA) distributed this document to other cheerleading provincial governing bodies and received positive feedback and a lot of interest. The name ‘Cheer Canada’ was adapted from the trend of other National Sport Organizations by using the name of the sport followed by our country’s name—Hockey Canada, Football Canada, and Cheer Canada. Chuck Holland with th Ontario Cheerleading Federation took the reins of this initiative 2 years later and continued to move the effort forward and in the past year, other provincial associations starting conversing and decided it was time to come together.

Inaugural Meeting

On January 29th, 2011, the effort paid off with an inaugural meeting between provincial body representatives who were joined by two respected Canadian based cheer event producers and suppliers for added perspective. Some of the driving forces behind the effort to establish a national sport organization for cheerleading include the need for:

  • A consistent rule set to promote and ease travel between provinces/territories
  • A national coaches’ training & certification program
  • A national judges’ training & certification program that not only provides quality education, but enables the use of judges from across Canada
  • Affordable and comprehensive insurance for athletes & coaches
  • Eligibility and access to funding for teams
  • Support for the provincial sport organizations

Meeting Facilitator—Steven J. Indig, BRec, LLB, Center for Sport and Law

Steven is based in Toronto and is also a certified sports agent representing professional athletes. Steven has worked with numerous national and provincial sport organizations providing consulting services relating to governance, contracts, policies, disputes, investigations, and privacy. Steven facilitated this meeting as a neutral body to ensure that we achieved our objectives such as developing a mission and vision, and establishing committee leaders for the tasks and programs needed.

The following mission and vision were developed by meeting members to encompass all aspects of cheerleading in Canada.

Mission

Cheer Canada in partnership with its members will lead, support, and promote cheerleading in Canada.

Vision

  • To provide opportunities to all recreational and competitive members for safe participation appropriate to their abilities through the development of training and certification programs.
  • To encourage positive life values and fair play in all aspects of cheerleading.
  • To be recognized within the local, provincial, national, and international cheerleading and sporting communities.

Program Development & Call for Volunteers

With Steven’s help, we were able to indentify some priority areas that we need to develop through committees. We have established committee chairpersons to help recruit committee members and develop these respective areas. This cannot be achieved by a small group of people alone—we need the knowledge, effort, and expertise from experienced individuals across the country—from you! We are calling on experienced volunteers who would be willing to contribute in the following areas. If you are interested in helping, please email the listed committee chairperson. Please spread the word—if you know of someone who would be a great asset to one of the committees below, please forward this information to them!

Coaches’ Training & Certification — Laura Mar (coaches@cheercanada.net)
Judging Training & Certification — Sanaa El-Rassi (judges@cheercanada.net)
Rules & Regulations — Jeny Bailot (rules@cheercanada.net)
Communication — Mishayla Potts (info@cheercanada.net)
Insurance — Dawn Silver (insurance@cheercanada.net)
Funding, Membership & Sponsorships — Stephanie Kennedy (funding@cheercanada.net)

Cheer Canada Logo

Cheer Canada’s logo was developed through the consultation of 400–500 cheer and non-cheer concepts. The logo reflects strength, a coast to coast tie with water reflection and our place in the world. The CHEER colours reflect the colours of the Olympic rings and the upper and lower bodies of the human are formed with two C’s representing the name Cheer Canada.

Conclusion

We’ve only taken the first few steps and with your help we can navigate through this extensive process and develop the future of cheerleading in our country for generations to come. You can help the development of Cheer Canada through the above committees, join our mailing list to help spread the word, or let us know of any other ideas you may have. We understand the importance and need for everyone’s help and development of all areas of this initiative. Please contact us about anything regarding this initiative at info@cheercanada.net.

Together we can make a difference. Together we can shape the future of cheerleading in Canada! Read this press release in English or French.