Cheer & Dance Events

ICE is proud to be aligned with the SportCheer UK guidelines and framework. We are fully supportive of developing a community of teamwork and shared working within the industry. This season we will be joining other EPs to follow the SCUK age grids and division guidelines.

Our dance only events will also follow the SCUK age grids.  We have two categories within each division at our dance only events. Aside from our regular category division, we also have a novice category.  The novice category is designed to provide an entry platform into competitions.  You can enter the novice category if you are a newly formed team or newly qualified coach, your performers are new to dance, or if you are in your first year of competing as a team or solo performer.

Please be mindful to enter your team as level appropriately as possible.  Judges will advise if they feel you are not placed in the correct category.  This system is designed to help grass roots dance and relies on coaches making honest choices about team entries.  

Rules and Scoring

Cheerleading – Level 0

Level 0 is a new concept developed by Incredibly Cool Events.  The idea to trial an introductory level to cheer came from feedback from Coaches.  You told us that level 1 is such a big category in UK Cheerleading now, that coaches felt pressured to push teams for elite level 1 skills too fast in an attempt to hit the score sheets thus sacrificing the teams and athletes progressions.

As we all know progressions and basic technique are the key to developing a strong competitive programme, but we understand it is difficult to balance a team that wishes to compete and the level at which they should be training.

Level 0 will be judged in the same format as existing Cheerleading Levels (see Cheerleading for more info) however the score sheets differ slightly. The Level 0 rubric is now below!

Cheerleading – Levels 1 to 5

Here at ICE we run a category judging system.  Our experienced panel of judges score one of three specific categories (Stunts & Pyramids, Tumbling & Jumps, Dance & Choreography). Each category has its own score sheet.  A separate point deduction judge and legality judge will subtract points from the overall score for rule infractions and penalties made during a team performance. Score sheets will be added together for a total score. Any deductions or infractions will be subtracted from the total score to give the final score. The final score will be used for team placement.

All decisions by judges, penalty and legality judges are final.

Below you will find Rubrics or scoresheets for the divisions:

Dance

We are proud to offer competition in 4 Dance categories at our Cheer and dance events this season and 5 categories at our dance only events.  A new division has been add to our dance only events this season.  This division is Acro. At events, judges will score one of three specific categories (Choreography, Difficulty and technique). Each category has its own score sheet.  A separate point deduction judge and legality judge will subtract points from the overall score for mistakes and infractions made during a team performance.

Score sheets will be added together for a total score. Any deductions or infractions will be subtracted from the total score to give the final score. The final score will be used for team placement.

In the event of a tie, the team with the lowest amount of deductions will be placed above the team they have tied with. If the tie is still standing the technique average score for each of the teams in question will be reviewed. The team with the highest technique score will be moved ahead of the other team involved in the tie. If a tie still stands the judges will be poled as to where the teams should be placed.

All decisions by judges, penalty and legality judges are final.

This is a video glossary for dance developed by the USASF. It includes various dance skills for the purpose of defining skills consistently across the industry. Please note, many legal dance skills are not listed in the glossary, but this is a useful resource.

JAZZ

A jazz routine encompasses traditional or stylized hard-hitting, crisp and/or aggressive approach to movement and can include moments of softness while complementing musicality. Emphasis is placed on body alignment, extension, control, uniformity, communication and technical skills.

POM

A Pom routine contains important characteristics such as strong pom technique (clean, precise and sharp motions), synchronization, visual effects and may incorporate Pom Elements (i.e. pom passes, jump sequences, leaps/turns, kick lines, etc). Poms must be used 80% of the routine.

HIP HOP

A Hip Hop routine can incorporate any street style movement with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation.

CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL

A contemporary or lyrical routine uses organic, pedestrian and/or traditional modern or ballet vocabulary as it complements the lyric and/or rhythmic value of the music. Emphasis is placed on control, sustained, expressive movement, body placement, contraction/release, use of breath, uniformity, and communication.

Grand Champions

There will be Grand Champions for all categories announced – the highest score awarded across the board in the age divisions stated : Cheerleading tiny mini youth levels 0-1, cheerleading tiny mini youth levels 2+, cheerleading junior and older levels 0-1, cheerleading junior and older levels 2+, group stunt tiny mini youth (prorated), group stunt junior and older (prorated), pom tiny mini youth, pom junior and older, and the same for the rest of the dance styles.