How to Start a Youth STUNT Team!
Learn about the game of STUNT!
If your Youth organization or rec league is part of an existing STUNT league, follow their steps to register to play.
If your Youth organization is not currently playing STUNT, complete the interest form to let us know you are interested and someone from USA Cheer will get in contact with you about the next steps to getting your league set up to play STUNT.
Make copies of the information below and begin to organize in a binder with tabs. Once the season gets started and you have registered your team, you can add your training PowerPoints and 8-count sheets to this as well.
Setup a meeting with your Youth Rec Director to discuss the possibilities of bringing STUNT to your organization.
- Explain what STUNT is and show the “This is STUNT!” Video.
- STUNT is designed to be a Spring sport.
- Fees associated with the sport (uniform, mats, registration, and officials’ fees).
- Standard uniform, travel, and officials’ costs similar to volleyball.
- Minimum of 4 mats for practice, 8 to 13 to host games.
- One-time registration fee with USA Cheer for materials, which included proper music licensing, routine videos, 8-count sheets, etc. to play.
- Number of people to field a team –
- 12 minimum is recommended, if unable to meet this minimum contact Bill Ahern for additional options.
- Have your director reach out to teams in your league and surrounding leagues to gauge interest in participating.
- 4 to 6 teams is an ideal minimum number to have in an initial tournament or to start a league.
- USA Cheer will help to develop initial pool of officials and get them trained.
- Select the number of routines to be used. Your league will select 6 out of the 8 available routines that best fit your overall team abilities and divisions (older vs. younger)
- Explain what STUNT is and show the “This is STUNT!” video.
- Explain the need for team support to make this program successful.
- Volunteers to work games (ticket sales, snack bar, scoreboard, announcer, film, stats, setup, etc.)
- Give the season timeline (tryouts, practices, game schedule, tournaments, etc.)
- Cover fees associated with the sport.
Once you’re ready to play, register your team so that you can complete the coaches’ training, receive the licensed music, 8-count sheets, and routine videos. To get your STUNT Team Membership for the 2020 season, visit the registration page. Youth STUNT Coaches will also need a “Youth/Rec Coach Membership”.
Have your Youth/Rec league director reach out to teams in your league and surrounding leagues to see who is participating. Work together to set your league schedule and any preseason games, scrimmages, or tournaments based on hosting locations. With the STUNT format, two, three, or four teams can meet in one location and play multiple games over a two or three hour block. Work with your local middle or high schools for mats and indoor facilities.
Note, depending on your league’s sports calendar, you may select your team prior to scheduling.
Check with your Youth/Rec organization on specifics about setting up your team for the STUNT season. Establish the timeline for selecting the team. This can be the same team used to cheer your youth games plus adding additional athletes that may be interested. Remember the pool of athletes can expand outside the current cheer team to include gymnasts, competitive cheer athletes, weightlifters, etc.
By the time you are ready to start your season, you should have all the below included in your Coaches Resource Binder.
- Guide for New Coaches (Available on the Resources/Documents page)
- STUNT Rulebook (Available on the Resources/Documents page)
- Hosting Packet (Available on the Resources/Documents page)
- STUNT General Training Part A & B (through your team membership)
- STUNT Youth/Rec-Specific Training (through your team membership)
- 8-count Sheets (through your team membership)
- Stat Sheets (optional depending on league) (Available on the Resources/Documents page)