History of Cheerleading: Organizations and Publications

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As organized college cheerleading spread to high school and pee wee cheerleading programs and spawned competitive cheerleading, all star teams and gyms, it became clear that the world of cheerleading needed dedicated resources to get tips and information about the industry. Here are some of the organizations and publications that were started, and continue to grow today. Organizations National Cheer Safety Foundation After witnessing her own daughter sustain a broken arm at cheer practice in 2003, Kim Archie began her own crusade towards safer regulations in school cheerleading. She created the National Cheer Safety Foundation and has committed herself to making cheerleading a recognized sport, rather than activity, as well as raising the standard of care for youth athletics in America. Source: NCSF website American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, AACCA, is a non-profit educational association for the over 70,000 cheerleading coaches across the United States. Founded in 1988, members of the association include: youth, junior high school, high school, all star, and college or university coaches/advisors, as well as leading national cheerleading instructional companies dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of student cheerleading. Source: ACCA website United States All Star Federation The United All Star Federation’s (USASF) was formed in 2003. Their mission is to maximize the number of participants benefiting from the positive life experiences of all star cheerleading and dance by developing competition rules and all star gym training guidelines consistent with the latest best known safety, educational, and ethical practices.Source: USASF website The International Cheer Union The ICU is a non-profit international governing entity that was formed in 2007. Its mission and purpose are strictly to advance the sport. The International Cheer Union currently encompasses 101 member National Federations and continues to grow as a unified voice for all those who are dedicated to the positive advancement of cheerleading throughout the world. The ICU is structured to provide balanced input and governance based on the various stages of development in which cheerleading finds itself across the globe. It serves as a powerful advocate for those who are truly dedicated to the advancement of cheerleading, and especially for the young athletes who participate. Source: ICU website Publications Inside Cheerleading Magazine Started in 2004, Inside Cheerleading (IC) is designed to give the inside scoop oncheerleading with in-depth articles for today’s cheerleader, coach, gym owner and industry member as well as behind-the-scenes competition coverage, programs, product reviews and the latest industry news. Source: IC website The Cheer Leader Magazine The Cheer Leader is a cheerleading magazine created by experienced cheerleaders for all types of cheerleaders. It features information, teams and individuals representing all levels of cheerleaders both School and All-Stars. Having experienced cheerleaders co-founding and writing the articles, they strive to give the best advice for all your cheer needs and preparation. Source: CLM website American Cheerleader Magazine Inspired by the growing popularity and competitive nature of cheerleading in the early 1990s, a magazine was started to take advantage of its evolving culture. The first issue of American Cheerleader (AC) was published in January 1995. It had its fifteenth anniversary in 2010 and now has 1.2 million readers and a circulation of over 150,000. Source: AC website Cheer Coach and Advisor Magazine Geared towards coaches, advisors and directors, Cheer Coach & Advisor magazine, launched in May 2004 to offer articles covering certifications, competitions, camps, clinics, business strategy, training, fundraising, safety and more. It was created to fill what some believed to be a long overlooked gap in the cheerleading magazine world, and aims to become an industry standard of resources for anyone that coaches or trains cheerleaders. The magazine is published quarterly with a fall, winter, spring and summer edition. Source: CCA website There are many more industry resources out there, and we’ll only see more and more started as cheerleading continues to grow in not only the US, but also around the world, and as the industry changes. Read all of our History of Cheerleading articles!

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