Aloha Productions General Information

All Star Categories & Divisions

SAFETY/LEGALITY RULES

All routines at ALOHA PRODUCTIONS (AP) events will follow USASF/IASF Cheer and Dance General Safety Rules and Cheer Level Rules for All-Star and Recreational divisions. For more information refer to the United State All Star Federation website at www.usasf.net.

School divisions will follow the AACCA School Safety Rules.  For more information visit www.AACCA.org.

ALL-STAR CHEER

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF/IASF Cheer General Safety Rules and Cheer Level Rules that can be found at www.usasf.net.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be

found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure – Execute routine of your choice using music, words of any combination thereof.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum.

ALL-STAR DANCE

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF/IASF Cheer General Safety Rules and Cheer Level Rules that can be found at www.usasf.net.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found at under - divisions.

Routine Procedure –

  • Open- An Open category will be offered only when separate dance categories are not offered in an age division. A routine in this category may incorporate any one style or combination of styles outlines in the USASF category listings. All styles will be judges against each other in this category. Emphasis is placed on choreography, proper technical execution, visual effect, creativity, staging, and team uniformity.
  • Variety- Routines will incorporate a blend of jazz, pom, and hip-hop styles. Emphasis should be placed on overall creativity and flow of routine and successful technical execution of the dance styles performed.
  • Hip-Hop- Routines must incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity, and musical interpretation. Teams may also add in jumps, jump variations, combo jumps, and other tricks.
  • Pom- Poms must be used 80% of the routine. Important characteristics of a pom routine include synchronization and visual effect, clean and precise motions, strong pom technique, and incorporate technical dance elements.
  • Jazz- Incorporates stylized dance moves and combinations, formation changes, group work, leaps, and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement, and team uniformity. 
  • Lyrical- Routines combine the principles of jazz and ballet and emphasize proper technical execution, the use of flexibility, balance, and mood. Routines are fluid in movement and focus on emotion that compliments the musical selection.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum except if specified differently in routine procedure.
Scores for dance will be added from the three judge’s scores sheets and then penalties deducted from the total score.

STUNT GROUP

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF/IASF Cheer General Safety Rules and Cheer Level Rules that can be found at www.usasf.net.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure – Stunts of your choice may be performed to music
Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 1 minute maximum.

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 1 ½ minutes maximum.

RECREATIONAL CHEER AND DANCE

Rec divisions follow the USASF safety guidelines. 

SCHOOL CHEER

Safety/Legality Rules

All school cheer routines at AP events will follow the AACCA School Safety Rules. For more information refer to the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators website.

All school dance routines at AP events will follow USASF/IASF Dance General Safety Rules. For more information refer to the United State All Star Federation website at www.usasf.net.

Novice School Cheer Division

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the AACCA School Safety Rules. In addition to these rules, the following restrictions also apply for the "Novice" division:

Tumbling:

  • All tumbling, both standing and running must have both hands and/or feet on the performance surface at all times. Skills including, but not limited to the following are not permitted: aerials, back tucks, punch fronts, layouts, fulls, etc.

Stunts/Pyramids/Tosses:

  • Extended stunts are limited to both feet in the bases hands at all times.
  • All other extended one-legged stunts (i.e. arabesque, heel stretch, hitch, etc.) must be braced on two sides by individuals who are at shoulder stand height or lower. The braced connection must be established at the shoulder level or lower before the stunt passes into the extended position.
  • Free from contact twist dismounts or free from contact twist skills to/from a stunt of any type are prohibited. Exception: ¼ dismounts to cradle are permitted.
  • No basket, sponge, elevator or similar type of tosses are permitted.
  • Pyramid inversions are not allowed. 

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure – Teams can use any combination of cheer and music in their routine. There are no limitations on this. You may use music and/or words in your routine. Flags, banners, signs, pom pons, megaphones, and pieces of cloth are the only props allowed and must be safely discarded after use.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum.

Intermediate School Cheer Division

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the AACCA High School Safety Rules. In addition to these rules, the following restrictions also apply for the "Intermediate" division:

Tumbling:

  • Standing back tucks are prohibited. Standing tumbling is defined as any tumbling skill not originating from a cartwheel, round-off, or punch front. Therefore, a standing back handspring back tuck is prohibited.
  • Round off back tucks and round off back handspring back tucks are allowed. The following advanced running tumbling skills are prohibited: X-outs, layouts, full twists and/or tumbling out of an aerial/flipping skill.

Stunts/Pyramids/Tosses:

  • Extended freestanding one-legged stunts are limited to a liberty (or high torch) only.
  • All other extended one-legged stunts must be braced on at least one side by another top person who is at shoulder height or lower.
  • Twists exceeding more than one and one quarter rotation in any stunt/toss/dismount are not permitted.
  • Basket, sponge, elevator or similar type of tosses are permitted, but are limited to one trick only (i.e. one toe touch) in Junior Varsity, Varsity and Varsity Coed School Divisions.  
  • Single twist dismounts are only allowed from two-legged stunts/pyramids. 
  • A braced flip in a pyramid is allowed as long as it ends in a cradle dismount and follows AACCA rules on braced flips. 

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure – Teams can use any combination of cheer and music in their routine. There are no limitations on this. You may use music and/or words in your routine. Flags, banners, signs, pom pons, megaphones, and pieces of cloth are the only props allowed and must be safely discarded after use.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum.

Advanced School Cheer Divisions

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the AACCA School Safety Rules. In addition to these rules, the following restrictions also apply for the "Advanced" division.

Stunts/Pyramids/Tosses:

  • Basket, sponge, elevator or similar type of tosses are NOT permitted at the elementary and middle school Advanced level.
  • The total number of twists in a dismount from stunts cannot be greater than one and one quarter rotation.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure – Teams can use any combination of cheer and music in their routine. There are no limitations on this. You may use music and/or words in your routine. Flags, banners, signs, pom pons, megaphones, and pieces of cloth are the only props allowed and must be safely discarded after use.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum.

SCHOOL DANCE

General Safety/Legality Rules and Level Rules – Refer to the USASF/IASF General Safety Rules for All-Star Dance Teams that can be found at http://usasf.net/safety/dancerules.

Divisions and Team Members – Refer to the AP Cheer and Dance Divisions that can be found under - divisions.

Routine Procedure:

  • Pom – Poms must be used 80% of the routine. Important characteristics of a pom routine include synchronization and visual effect, clean and precise motions, strong pom technique, and incorporate technical dance elements.
  • Jazz – Incorporates stylized dance moves and combinations, formation changes, group work, leaps, and turns. Emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, control, body placement, and team uniformity.
  • Hip-Hop – Routines must incorporate street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations and control, rhythm, uniformity, and musical interpretation. Teams may also add in jumps, jump variations, combo jumps, and other tricks.
  • Lyrical – Routines combine the principles of jazz and ballet and emphasize proper technical execution, the use of flexibility, balance, and mood. Routines are fluid in movement and focus on emotion that compliments the musical selection.
  • Prop – Routines emphasize the use of props or a variety of props. The use of the prop must be the main focal point of the routine. Each team will be given two minutes to set up and two minutes to take down their props before and after the performance if needed.
  • Kick – Routines emphasis must be on kicks. Kicks should be the focal point of the routine and must be used for more than ½ the total routine. Any style of movement may be used, as long as the leg-work is the focal point of the majority of the routine.

Total Routine Length – The routine length can be 2 ½ minutes maximum except if specified differently in routine procedure.

REGISTRATION POLICIES

Deadlines

"Early" Registration Deadline – In order to meet the "Early" registration deadline; registration information, Team Roster, Liability Consent  and payment must be received two months prior to the event for which you wish to register.

"On-Time" Registration Deadline – In order to meet the "On-Time" registration deadline; registration information, Team Roster, Liability Consent  and payment must be received one month prior to the event for which you wish to register.

"Final Registration" Deadline – In order to meet the "Final" registration deadline; registration information, Team Roster, Liability Consent, and payment must be received one week prior to the event for which you wish to register.

Performance order is based on first registered, last to perform in a division.

Payments

Payments must be received in order for the team to be included in the Performance Order. If a team is not paid IN FULL by, the team will not be posted on the schedule. 

"Early" and "On-Time" registration are only met if online registration is submitted by the designated dates and payment is received within 5 business days of the submission. 

"Final" pricing applies after the "On-Time" Registration deadline has passed. "Final" registrations must be received at least one week prior to the first event day. Registration will not be accepted the week of an event. 

All Payments received after the "On-Time" registration deadline must be in the form of money order, certified check or credit card. Make checks payable to the Aloha Spirit Productions. 

No personal checks.

Division Changes and Refunds

Division changes will not be allowed the week of the event. No exceptions! A division change fee of $50 will be enforced after the "On-Time" registration deadline.

75% refund or the option to transfer 100% of the funds to another ALOHA PRODUCTIONS event in the current season will be available to teams withdrawing from the event PRIOR to the "Early" registration deadline.

50% refund or the option to transfer 100% of the funds to another ALOHA PRODUCTIONS event in the current season will be available to teams withdrawing from the event PRIOR to the "On-Time" registration deadline.

No refunds will be issued once the "On-Time" deadline has passed. No refunds or transfers for individual members.

Requests for refunds, transfers of fees, or category/division changes must be in writing and received by ALOHA PRODUCTIONS by the deadline outlined above.

Refunds are processed 2-4 business weeks after the events.

Categories and Divisions

The ALOHA PRODUCTIONS reserves the right to close, combine, or open divisions at any time leading up to each event.

An individual may not compete against her/himself in the same division/category (i.e. two Group Stunt teams). An individual may not compete on two teams within the same category type and/or divisions within a category when separated by size (i.e. Level 4 Youth Large Cheer and Level 4 Youth Small Cheer divisions). The penalty for this violation will be disqualification of one of the routines but will be up to the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

ELIGIBILITY

All participants must be official full-time members of their gym/team at the time of competition. Proof of age in the form of a birth certificate for each participant must be available at the competitions at which a participant's squad performs. The penalty for an eligibility violation and/or failure to provide proof of age for a competitor on the day of an event may be disqualification but will be up to the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

MUSIC

All contestants who use music must provide their own CDs or iPODS/MP3 device for use on the event provided sound system. Please bring TWO HIGH-QUALITY copies of your music to the event. CDs or iPODS/MP3 PLAYERS ONLY! No iPod Shuffles are allowed.  No tapes are allowed. Music must be recorded at the correct tempo on a high quality CD or loaded onto an iPOD/MP3 device. Music must be labeled with the school name, division, and team size and be cued, ready to play. One or several selections may be used. A sound system will be provided at the event venue. Speed control is not available. Music checks on the main sound system are not permitted.

One (1) representative of your group/individual will be responsible for running the music during the competition. This person MUST remain at the sound area throughout the entire performance. This person will be asked to hold onto their own music until the time of performance and to take music back following the performance. In the event a routine is delayed due to operator error, timing of your routine will continue. No unnecessary team members, parents etc. are allowed at the music table.

In the event that a routine is interrupted, the following steps will be taken:

  • Due to failure of ALOHA PRODUCTIONS equipment: The coach will have to decide within 2 minutes if they would like to perform again. Judging will resume at the point where the music was interrupted. The team will be required to take the stage immediately for the 2nd performance.
  • Due to failure of teams' music/equipment: The coach will have to decide within 2 minutes if they would like to perform again. The coach must provide a 2nd CD or iPOD/MP3 player, and the team must immediately continue where they left off in the routine. Judging will resume at the point where the music was interrupted. They will not get a 3rd chance should the music cut out a 2nd time.
  • Injury: If a team member is injured on stage severely enough for the music to be stopped by the coach and/or event directors, the team must continue from the point where they left off. They must immediately return to the stage to perform after the injured member has been removed from the performance area (2 minutes maximum). No extra practice time will be given, and judging will resume at the point where the routine was interrupted by the injury.

*All final decisions will be made at the discretion of the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

ENTRANCE AND EXIT

Teams are encouraged to move on and off the floor as quickly as possible. Timing and judging of routines will begin with the first organized movement or the first note of music. Timing will end with a last note of music or the ending motion or pose is held. Introductions, spell-outs and/or organized entrances are considered part of the routine and are timed as part of the performance. All participants should walk/spirit onto the floor and immediately start their routine after placement of any props. Coaches are not allowed on the performance surface before or after the performance unless they are active spotters for the routine.  Violation to any of these policies could result in a Sportsmanship Penalty.

PERFORMANCE AREA

The main performance surface will be approximately 42 feet deep by 54 feet wide. All-Star Cheer will compete on a spring floor unless otherwise noted in the event information packet. School Cheer will compete on a spring floor unless performances are regulated by the State governing body. Then School Cheer will compete on a carpet bonded foam floor.

Dance only events will compete on a Marley floor surface. Dance teams may compete on the carpeted spring floor during a cheer and dance event – surface type will be disclosed to the teams prior to competition.

For safety purposes, we require everyone to perform their routine on the performance surface. However, there will be no deductions for stepping off the surface. There will be no practicing on the actual performance floor prior to the competition. Adequate warm-up flooring, which is similar to the performance surface, will be provided. A minimum of a carpet bonded foam floor and a spring tumbling strip for cheer and a Marley strip for dance will be available in the warm-up room .

Coaches are allowed to sit on the stage/floor for TINY, EXHIBITION, AND SPECIAL NEEDS DIVISIONS ONLY. Coaches are not allowed to be on the stage/performance floor for any other divisions, with the exception of spotting routines. Coaches can always stand in the designated coaches area or VIP seating area (if applicable), which is typically located directly in front of the stage. Also, no team will be allowed to place "space markers" on the stage except for Tiny, Exhibition or Special Needs teams. This could result in a deduction.

SPOTTERS

In an effort to provide a safe performance environment, ALOHA PRODUCTIONS is allowing programs to provide their own routine spotters. We feel that allowing programs to put trained and knowledgeable routine spotters on the floor that are familiar with the performances and areas of the performance that may need 'special attention', the overall safety of the competition environment is improved. ALOHA PRODUCTIONS will allow teams to provide up to 4 of their own routine spotters for each or their competition performances. ALOHA PRODUCTIONS will NOT be providing routine spotters. It will be up to the discretion of the coach how many routine spotters, if any, they choose to use. Please pay special attention to the stipulations and suggestions below:

DEFINITION OF ROUTINE SPOTTERS: Routine spotters are individuals affiliated with the performing program that are voluntarily provided by the performing program as a safety precaution for the routine. Routine spotters cannot be uniformed members of the competing team and must adhere to all "Rules for Routine Spotters."

RULES FOR ROUTINE SPOTTERS:

  • Routine spotters are there to help 'catch' falls and/or mistakes, not to assist or save skills. Routine spotters may only be used for stunts, pyramids and/or basket tosses. Spotting of tumbling is prohibited and will result in a .5 deduction for each occurrence.
  • Flagrant contact by a routine spotter that assists a stunt, toss or pyramid may result in a .5 deduction for each occurrence. Point deduction is at the sole discretion of ALOHA PRODUCTIONS. The decision of the judges is FINAL.
  • Routine spotters must dress differently than the team so they are not mistaken for participants.
  • Routine spotters are for safety purposes only and are not to engage in excessive behavior before, during or after the performance. Doing this will result in a .1 deduction. Routine spotters should enter the stage behind their team and exit immediately ahead of their team.
  • ALOHA PRODUCTIONS encourages the use of routine spotters; however, they are not required. Use your best judgment as to whether routine spotters are needed for your routine.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ROUTINE SPOTTERS:

  • Routine spotters should look presentable. Remember, the overall appearance of your team and their performance is important. Routine spotters should appear "neat and orderly" in order to minimize distraction.
  • Routine spotters shall remove any hats, jewelry, sweatshirts, lanyards or other materials that may injure participants.
  • It is strongly suggested that routine spotters be at least 18 years of age.
  • Routine spotters should make every attempt to be 'inconspicuous' during the routine. Remember, touching the skill WILL result in a point deduction. It is best to be present for safety reasons, but, unless there is a fall, not do anything that will appear to help or assist with the stunt.

Routine spotters should be trained to know proper spotting technique. Routine spotters should know the routine(s), so that spotting is conducted as safely as possible.

SPORTSMANSHIP

Sportsmanship is a very important aspect for everyone involved at en event. Failure to comply with any of the details listed below could result in disqualification with no refund.

  • All participants and spectators must practice strong and positive sportsmanship throughout the event. The coach for each squad is ultimately responsible for their squad members, coaches, parents and other persons affiliated with the program to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.
  • Any complaint about another program in regards to their sportsmanship must be submitted to a ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director for proper handling.
  • All participants and coaching staff members must refrain from using inappropriate language or gestures.
  • Participating programs must refrain from using music that contains inappropriate language.  
  • Participating programs must refrain from handing out gym marketing material or recruiting athletes or coaches at all ALOHA PRODUCTIONS events.
  • Participating programs must refrain from public negative discussion about individuals or programs.

PENALTIES

Safety/Legality Rules Deductions

5% will be deducted from the final cumulative score for each occurrence of a safety/legality rule violation or specialty skill/level restriction.

Time Limit Violations

Timing and judging of routines will begin with the first organized movement or the first note of music. Timing will end with a last note of music or the ending motion or pose is held. Introductions, spell-outs and/or organized entrances are considered part of the routine and are timed as part of the performance.

A percent of your score will be deducted from the final cumulative score for going over the total routine time limit. Percentages will be deducted as follows: 3-10 seconds over = .5% penalty, 10-15 seconds = 1% penalty, 15 seconds or more over = 2% penalty.

Penalty Deductions

All penalty deductions will be deducted from the final cumulative score for the following:

Individual Bobbles – Individual Bobbles will result in a .25% - deduction for each occurrence
Tumbling – Hands down during tumbling
Stunts/Pyramids – Flyers leg drops out of skill (i.e. heel stretch, scorpion)

Group Bobbles – Group Bobbles will result in a .5% - deduction for each occurrence            Stunts/Pyramids – Pop down dismount to the ground from a stunt/pyramid

Individual Falls – Individual Falls will result in a .5% - deduction for each occurrence
Tumbling – Knees/Body to the floor during tumbling

Group Falls – Group Falls will result in a 1% - deduction for each occurrence                         Stunts/Pyramids – Drops to a cradle from a stunt/pyramid

Major Fall – Major Falls will result in a 2% - deduction for each occurrence
Stunts/Pyramids – A stunt member's body hits the ground from a stunt/pyramid

You will be notified if you receive a safety or rules penalty prior to your awards ceremony.

Appropriateness of Choreography, Music, and Outfitting

All facets of the routines must be suitable for viewing by audiences of all ages including choreography, music selection, and outfitting.

Vulgar or suggestive material is restricted and will result in a scoring deduction for each incident. Vulgar or suggestive material is defined as any movement or choreography implying something improper or indecent, appearing offensive or sexual in content, and/or relaying lewd or profane gestures or implications. Vulgarity will be determined at the discretion of the judges and/or ALOHA PRODUCTIONS Event Director.

Uniforms for all team types should be appropriate for the age of the participants performing the routine.

For the safety of the participants, hair pieces other than bows or ribbons are prohibited.  

GENERAL ADMISSION

Two tickets for admission will be allotted to each competing team for directors and/or coaches at registration. Additional tickets for spectators, directors, and/or additional coaches may be purchased at the door for each competition.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

All ALOHA PRODUCTIONS events will go on regardless of the weather conditions – rain, sleet or snow! Please make any necessary travel arrangements so that you will not have any problems making it to the event on time. No special arrangements or performance times will be granted to those who arrive late for any reason (weather or otherwise). Furthermore, no refunds will be given on any ALOHA PRODUCTIONS expenses. Please keep an eye on the local and national weather forecasts so that you are prepared for any inclement weather.

RULES INTERPRETATION

It is the policy of ALOHA PRODUCTIONS events not to give specific rule interpretations over the phone. All official rule interpretations must be submitted on a DVD, full size VHS videotape or email. All videos must contain:

  • A front, side and back view of the skill/section in question (do not send entire routines).
  • A letter stating the question/request.
  • School/Team Name and Event/Division entering.
  • Coaches Name, address, phone and fax numbers and email address.

All official rule interpretation requests must be received at the ALOHA PRODUCTIONS office at least 10 days prior to the event attending. Videos can only be reviewed based on what is seen and can vary from how the routine is actually performed. Ruling of video does not mean that you will not incur a safety/legality penalty at the actual time of performance.