Ages & Divisions

Age of Competitor - 2017/2018 Season

The BCA recognises the concern with fielding teams of a broad age range and highly recommends that All Star programs be vigilant in monitoring participants of various ages on the same team and that, whenever possible, a team's composition is made up of participants of similar ages. The age of a competitor as of August 31, 2017 will be the age used for competition purposes throughout the 2017-2018 season (Exception: International divisions, please see notes below for further information).
 

All Star Cheer Divisions


Division Age Female/Male Number on Squad Levels
Tiny 3-6 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1
Mini 5-8 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2
Youth 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 3, 4
Youth 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 5-38 Members 5 Restricted
Junior 5-14 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 3, 4
Junior 5-14 Years Old Female/Male 5-38 Members 5 Restricted
Junior All-Girl 5-14 Years Old No Males 5-38 Members 5
Junior Co-Ed 5-14 Years Old 1 or more Males 5-38 Members 5
Senior 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 4.2*
Senior All-Girl 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old No Males 5-32 Members 3, 4
Senior Co-Ed 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old 1 or more Males 5-32 Members 3, 4
Senior 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old Female/Male 5-38 Members 5 Restricted
Senior All-Girl 12+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old No Males 5-38 Members 5
Senior Co-Ed 12+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old 1 or more Males 5-38 Members 5
Open/University** 17+ Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 4.2*
Open/University** All-Girl 17+ Years Old No Males 5-32 Members 3, 4
Open/University** Co-Ed 17+ Years Old 1 or more Males 5-32 Members 3, 4
Open/University** 17+ Years Old Female/Male 5-38 Members 5 Restricted
Open/University** All-Girl 17+ Years Old No Males 5-38 Members 5, 6
Open/University** Co-Ed 17+ Years Old 1 or more Males 5-38 Members 5, 6
International Open All-Girl 14+ Years Old*** No Males 5-24 Members 5
International Open Small Co-Ed 14+ Years Old*** 1-4 Males 5-24 Members 5
International Open Large Co-Ed 14+ Years Old*** 5-12 Males 5-24 Members 5
International Open All-Girl 17+ Years Old*** No Males 5-24 Members 6
International Open Small Co-Ed 17+ Years Old*** 1-4 Males 5-24 Members 6
International Open Large Co-Ed 17+ Years Old*** 5-15 Males 5-24 Members 6
SEN - Special Education Needs All Ages Female/Male Unlimited Up to Level 2
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Paracheer All Ages Female/Male Unlimited Paracheer Rules will be released shortly

Prep Cheer Divisions


Division Age Female/Male Number on Squad Levels
Tiny Prep 3-6 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Mini Prep 5-8 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Youth Prep 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 3
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Junior Prep 5-14 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 3
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Senior Prep 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 3
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Open/University** Prep 17+ Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members 1, 2, 3
(With modifications as outlined in the IASF 2017-18 Cheer Safety Rules)
Youth Schools 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members Intermediate, Advanced****
Senior Schools 10-18 Years Old Female/Male 5-32 Members Intermediate, Advanced****


NOTES:
  • * Level 4.2 = Level 4 stunting skills and Level 2 tumbling skills
  • ** Separate University Divisions will be offered at our Nationals event in Telford. All athletes must be registered as a current student at the designated University. For all other events, University teams should enter the Open division and this rule does not apply.
  • *** International Divisions: These divisions are available at our IASF Worlds qualifying event in Newcastle only. The eligible age for the athletes will be determined by the "calendar year of The 2019 Cheerleading Worlds" (December 31, 2019) for its age cutoff date. A calendar year is considered January 1st - December 31st. Example: A competitor who turns 17 up until December 31, 2019 will be eligible to compete at the 2019 IASF Worlds in an International Open Level 6 Division. Similarly, an athlete who turns 14 up until December 31, 2019 will be eligible to compete at IASF Worlds 2019.
  • **** School/Recreation Divisions (Similar to All Star Prep):
    Routine time limit is 2:00 minutes
    INTERMEDIATE divisions will be allowed to perform skills up to IASF Level 2 with the exception of NO TOSSES ALLOWED.
    ADVANCED divisions will be allowed to perform skills up to USASF Level 3 with the exception of NO TOSSES ALLOWED.

Dance Divisions


Division Age Female/Male Number on Squad Dance Style
Tiny 3-6 Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
Mini 5-8 Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
Youth 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
Junior 5-14 Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
Senior 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
Open/University* 17+ Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
International Open** 14+ Years Old Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical
SEN - Special Education Needs All Ages Female/Male 4+ Members Open/Combined Styles
Para Dance All Ages Female/Male 4+ Members Pom, Hip-Hop


NOTES:
  • * Separate University Divisions will be offered at our Nationals event in Telford. All athletes must be registered as a current student at the designated University. For all other events, University teams should enter the Open division and this rule does not apply.
  • *** International Divisions: These divisions are available at our IASF Worlds qualifying event in Newcastle only. The eligible age for the athletes will be determined by the "calendar year of The 2019 Cheerleading Worlds" (December 31, 2019) for its age cutoff date. A calendar year is considered January 1st - December 31st. Example: A competitor who turns 14 up until December 31, 2019 will be eligible to compete at the 2019 IASF Worlds in an International Open Division.

Stunt Group Divisions


Division Age Female/Male Number on Squad Levels
Tiny 3-6 Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members 1
Mini 5-8 Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members 1, 2
Youth 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members 1, 2, 3, 4. 5
Junior 5-14 Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members 1, 2, 3, 4
Junior All-Girl 5-14 Years Old No Males 3-5 Members 5
Junior Co-Ed 5-14 Years Old 1 or More Males 3-5 Members 5
Senior 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members 1, 2
Senior All-Girl 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old No Males 3-5 Members 3, 4
Senior Co-Ed 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old 1 or More Males 3-5 Members 3, 4
Senior All-Girl 12+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old No Males 3-5 Members 5
Senior Co-Ed 12+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old 1 or More Males 3-5 Members 5
Open/University* 17+ Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members 1, 2
Open/University All-Girl* 17+ Years Old No Males 3-5 Members 3. 4. 5. 6
Open/University Co-Ed* 17+ Years Old 1 or More Males 3-5 Members 3, 4, 5, 6
Para Stunt 17+ Years Old Female/Male 3-5 Members Up to Level 4

Cheer Solo & Dance Duet Divisions


Division Age Female/Male Number on Squad Level/Category
Tiny Solo 3-6 Years Old Female/Male 1 Member Up to Level 1 Skills
Mini Solo 7-8 Years Old Female/Male 1 Member Up to Level 2 Skills
Youth Solo 9-11 Years Old Female/Male 1 Member Up to Level 5 Restricted Skills
Junior Solo 12-14 Years Old Female/Male 1 Member Up to Level 5 Skills
Senior Solo 15-16 Years Old Female/Male 1 Member Up to Level 5 Skills
Open/University Solo* 17+ Years Old Female/Male 1 Member Up to Level 6 Skills
Tiny Duet 3-6 Years Old Female/Male 2 Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Mini Duet 5-8 Years Old Female/Male 2 Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Youth Duet 5-11 Years Old Female/Male 2 Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Junior Duet 5-14 Years Old Female/Male 2 Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Senior Duet 10+ Years Old with at least 1 Member 15+ Years Old Female/Male 2 Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Open/University Duet* 17+ Years Old Female/Male 2 Members Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop


NOTES:
  • * Separate University Divisions will be offered at our Nationals event in Telford. All athletes must be registered as a current student at the designated University. For all other events, University teams should enter the Open division and this rule does not apply.

Combining and Splitting

Cheer divisions

Levels 1-4 and 4.2: The cheer divisions listed above may be split into Small (5-22) and Medium (23-32). A further optional split of Small into XSmall (5-14) and Small (15-22) may also occur.

Levels 5R & 5: The divisions may be split into Small (5-22) and Large (23-38). A further optional split of Small into XSmall (5-14) and Small (15-22) and/or Large into Medium (23-30) and Large (31-38) may also occur.

A split will not occur unless at least three teams will remain in both newly split divisions.

Exception: A mandatory Small and Medium split (Small and Large for Levels 5R & 5) will occur regardless of division size if it means that an athlete will compete against themself. (Example: A program with a Youth 1 Small and a Youth 1 Medium Pom team with 1 or more of the same athlete(s) on both teams will automatically split the Youth 1 division even if it means the new Small or Medium division has less than three teams. If a program chooses to register two teams in the same Category but with no athlete crossovers, the teams will compete against each other.)

Permitted Combinations: Junior Level 5, Senior Level 3, Senior Level 4, Open/University Level 3, Open/University Level 4. If there is one All-Girl and/or one Co-Ed registration, the division may be combined.

Dance Divisions

Dance divisions may be split into Small (4-14 dancers) and Large (15+ Dancers) if there will be three or more teams in the Small and/or Large division within the same Category.

Exception: A mandatory Small and Large split will occur regardless of division size if it means that an athlete will compete against themself. (Example: A program with a Senior Small Pom and a Senior Large Pom team with 1 or more of the same athlete(s) on both teams will automatically split the Senior Pom division even if it means the new Small or Large division has less than three teams. If a program chooses to register two teams in the same Category but with no athlete crossovers, the teams will compete against each other.)