Junior Team Canada

Junior Team Canada 2020

The Cheer Canada High Performance Committee is looking for Canada’s best to represent our country at the 2020 ICU Junior World Championships in Orlando, Florida. Our Junior National Teams have been very successful, winning 1 GOLD and 3 SILVER medals in the 3-year history of the event and are looking to build upon our success in 2020. Teams can be formed by/from ANY Club, School, Group or Region within Canada.

There will be no preference given to All-Star Clubs or School teams, regionally representative teams or those from one organization. We would like to ask that the Team Canada Junior Program, and the potential formation of regional teams, does NOT become a recruiting tool between cheer clubs.

We are very proud of the fact that the Team Canada movement has been bringing our Canadian Cheerleading Community together for the past 10 years and we are not interested in this program being exploited for recruitment purposes. Gym Owners — please cooperate with other gyms and please, ensure that your coaches, athletes and parents understand the ramifications of overt recruitment. If forced to do so, unscrupulous recruiting practices may result in negative consideration by the adjudication committee.

Division Eligibility: Team Canada is eligible to field teams in the following divisions:

  • One All-Girl Team — Elite (Level  5/6)
  • One Co-ed Team — Advanced (Level 4)

Team Composition and Age Eligibility

  • Teams must be comprised of a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 24 athletes
  • Each athlete must be between 12yrs and 16yrs within the year of the event (2020)
  • Co-ed teams may have a maximum of 16 male athletes
  • Teams will be required to have alternates / substitutes

Video Submissions and Adjudication Process: in the interest of identifying teams with potential, there will be a 2-part submission process:

#1 – Initial Application and Submission of Skills Video

  • Complete Application form before 11:59pm on November 30, 2019
  • Submit $500 Application Fee by e-transfer to teamcanada@cheerleadingcanadainc.com 
  • Complete Roster including alternates/substitutes (Team leader must confirm all athletes are age eligible). ONLY athletes who are intended to be competing should be on the roster.
  • Provide link to “Private” YouTube Video for Adjudication

Skills Video should include:

  • 30 Second Cheer Component (Use of props is permitted but not required)
  • Two Stunt Sequences showing full team skills (Please include at least 2 body positions) 
  • Pyramid Sequence showing the following:  2 Structures plus 3 Level Specific Skills
  • 2 Full Team Basket Toss Sequences
  • Standing Tumbling Sequence showing team skills
  • Running Tumbling Sequence showing team skills 

Video submission requirements:

  • Please compile skill segments but NO EDITING is permitted within segments
  • Show only your best skills 
  • Ensure all skills are performed on a cheer mat only — not a spring floor
  • The environment for filming and athlete attire should be neutral and un-branded in order to prevent team identification
  • We will be presenting numbered videos to the judges without titles or labels. Therefore, please refrain from adding titles or intros to videos. Common yet plain attire (shirts/shorts) and filming in a generic facility like a high-school gymnasium would be preferred to ensure there is no positive or negative bias during the adjudication process
  • Total Video length should be less than 5 minutes; after 5 minutes, the video will be stopped

As was done for the 2019 Video Adjudication, an impartial judging panel will be assembled and will be comprised of a minimum of 5-7 judges from across the country. This panel will include recommended judges from Provincial Associations who are current ICU judges to fairly and transparently judge all videos submitted.

The goal of the first video judging will be to narrow the field by selecting the top THREE teams per category. All teams will be advised of results by December 15th, 2019