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USASF Worlds Cup Race

Champion Cheer Central, Inc. is proud to partner with the USASF for the Worlds Cup Race!
Earn points and you could earn a bid to the 2017 Cheerleading Worlds from the USASF!




Champion Cheer Central’s Worlds Cup Race Event is:


January 28 – 29, 2017

Cleveland, Ohio

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All Level 5 and 6 Teams that enter one or more of 49 designated USASF Worlds Cup Race events will earn points that are tracked all season long. At the end of the season, the top six Level 5 and 6 Teams with the highest point totals will receive Paid or At-Large Bids to the 2017 Cheerleading Worlds.
New Worlds Bids Awarded by USASF:
Three Paid Bids ($650 per athlete/plus two coaches) and three At-Large Bids.
  • At the conclusion of each designated event, the Event Producer will post their Level 5 and 6 Team results in the Worlds Cup Race database to be calculated and ranked nationally.
  • Current standings will be available on at the end of each week.
  • Points are calculated based on final rankings and the number of teams in the division. (When divisions are combined, the Event Producer will enter results as if the divisions had not been combined.)
  • A maximum of the five highest calculated scores per team will be used in the Worlds Cup Race totals.
  • After April 10th, 2017, once all USASF Cheerleading Worlds Cup Race results are complete, the USASF will award three (3) Paid and three (3) At-Large bids to The Cheerleading World Championship to the Level 5 and 6 Teams with the six (6) highest point totals (Paid: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams / At-Large: 4th, 5th and 6th place teams). If any team already has a Paid or At-Large Bid, the Cheerleading Worlds Bid(s) will go to the team(s) with next highest score(s).

NEW FOR 2016 – 2017 SEASON

ccclogoNEW FOR THE 2016- 2017 SEASON

Champion Cheer Central has made a few changes for the upcoming season. Please share this information with your staff and parents. Thank you!



New Score System

CCC will be using the New score system put into place this year and adopted by many EP’s.

Please check the Rubrics, Deductions, Master Score Sheet.


Professional Members

The USASF has this year required that ONLY USASF PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS are permitted in the practice areas. This new requirement is for the safety of the athletes competing. Coaches will have wristbands to identify who is able to go into the practice area. CCC asks that each coach from the all star teams check in at the registration table to show ID in order to get wristband for practice area access.

More info

Coach Admission

School/Rec Coaches – 1 coach per 12 athletes or per team will receive coaches credentials. Additional Credentials can be purchased at registration.

All Star Coaches – Only coaches listed on the USASF team roster will receive coach credentials. Please be sure your coaches have been updated on the USASF Roster. Professional members will receive wristbands as well.

Camera Policy

In order to keep our athletes safe. No cameras with professional zoom lenses will be allowed in the venue. Lenses longer than a credit card will not be permitted. Anyone not adhering to this new policy will be removed from the event without refund. Any CCC Media will have passes to identify them as such.

Practice Area Check In

Policy will be the same as last year. Team members will be ID’d before entering the practice area. If your team members have their USASF Membership card, this will help expedite the practice area check in. Thank you!

Zero Deductions

Teams that receive a Zero for Deductions and Safety will receive a Perfect Routine Ribbon. CCC wanted to recognize the teams that “Stick It” so this is our way of congratulating them on a great routine. The Ribbon will be attached to your Safety/Deduction form.


April 19 – 21, 2015  Show off your Hardware Photo Contest – Post a Pic of your team showing off their hardware to  the Champion Cheer Central, Inc. Facebook Page. The photo with the most likes wins a FREE CCC REGIONAL for the 2015 – 2016 Season for 1 team or maximum of 25 participants.

AND THE WINNER IS…….Xtreme All Stars! Congratulations 1163 likes.

May 3 – 4 , 2015  Best Theme Team Photo – Post a Pic of your TEAM dressed in the BEST THEME. Could be from a practice or event. Enter the photo contest on the Champion Cheer Central, Inc. Facebook Page by clicking the contest button on the left of the page. The Photo with the most likes wins a FREE CCC REGIONAL for the 2015 – 2016 Season for 1 team or maximum of 25 participants. Contest starts at 6:00 AM May 3rd, and ends May 4th at midnight.

AND THE WINNER IS…….Cheer Force All Stars! Congratulations 115 likes.

JUNE 2, 2015 IEP DECLARES INDEPENDENT DAY – Contests will be all day on Twitter and Facebook to win some great prizes from IEP’s.

Twitter- FAVORITE CCC’s Logo on the @weareiep Twitter page. CCC will be randomly choosing winners.

Facebook – Post a pic from your Favorite IEP Event (CCC EVENT 😉 ) the one with the most likes win an amazing prize from IEP Members.

3 questions will be posted at 1:00 PM EST to 2:00 PM EST. Be the first one to Answer the question correctly and win some great prizes.

JUNE 3 – 4, 2015 – TWITTER CONTEST – ROCK THE BOW!! Post a pic on twitter with your favorite bow. The pic with the most likes wins a CCC Prize pack which includes a Tshirt, Bow and Bag!!!




Each month, we will feature a new team and their success.

Meet CCC’s April Spotlight Team. 

XCel Athletics Mini Level 1xcel5


How does this team start their season? The season started last May and Force has been practicing together ever since!

How long has the team been cheering together? Some of the athletes on this team have been teammates for 3 or more years. They’ve created really great bonds which allow them to work together so well.

What is your favorite part about being a team member on Xcel’s Mini L1?

My favorite part of Xcel mini force is my very nice coach and the best teammates ever.  Bella

Best part of mini 1 Force is my coach, Coach Gianna. Adwen

Being a leader and having fun with the other minis  Brianna

My favorite part about being on xcel mini level 1 is how much our team has grown and how our friendships have grown. When I joined mini level one I didn’t know anybody and now my teammates are like my best friends. I like mini level one because the older teams are always cheering us on. My team is crazy and silly but we always compete fierce!!!! Avery

Accomplishments this 14 – 15 Season: Mini force level 1 has had an amazing year! Placing first on November 2 at CCC’s event. Placing first, level 1 champions, grand champions, and best choreography at CCC’s over the rainbow competition on March 15. On April 12th they attended CCC’s Lake Erie nationals where they placed first out of nine and also won grand champions. Their last competition on April 18th they also placed first and were the highest score in the mini and youth level one division.

What rituals does this team have before taking the floor at an event? To prepare the texcel1am for each competition we practice how we will compete. We start off with running stunts and then warming up our tumbling to ready us for the “full outs” the athletes will do. They also condition to build their stamina so they can perform flawlessly! For the last practice before a competition they will often circle up and pray to hit a perfect routine.

We say our chant “I believe we can win”. We are the hardest workers and best listeners. Bella 

Before each event we run ALOT of full outs which help us make the routine clean. Before we go on stage we chant “I believe that we will hit” and spell out FORCE. Brianna

We always prepare for competitions by practicing hard. But, we also get to have silly practices where we dress like boys or wear crazy clothes and makeup. Our coach, coach Gianna, always gives us a good pep talk before we compete. F-O-R-C-E on 3!!!! Avery

Coaches Favorite Part of the Routine: As a coach my favorite part of their routine is the dance. After I have watched my athletes hit perfectly, it is so much fun to cheer them on while they are excited about their accomplishment. Team force has so much fun in their dance and as a coach I love to cheer them on!

Xcel Mixcel2ni Athletes Favorite Part of the Routine:

My favorite part of the routine is being the tumble bunny. Bella 

My favorite part of the routine is elite. I like pulling my bow and arrow. Adwen

I really like all the tumbling passes! Brianna

I have two favorite parts in our routine. The tumbling we do is one part and my second favorite part is our opening 2 man heal stretch stunt.   Avery

We asked the athletes what they look forward to most in the season?

Having fun! Learning new tumbling! Bella

What I look forward to the most in the season is…winning! Adwen
Getting new choreography, working on new skills, and winning more medals! Brianna

Any other comments you would like to share about your team/coaches?

It was such a privilege to coach this great group of amazing athletes. It is sad to see the season come to an end but the memories I’ve made will last a life time. All the tears, sweat, and bear crawls paid off in the long run and made this team successful. They can do anything they put their mind to and I can’t wait to see each child grow. Thank you mini team Force for making it a wonderful season!                                                           Coach Gianna

I like representing XCel positively. My favorite part of the season is our end of year sleepover party. Oh….and going to CCC competitions!!!!!

Coach Gianna was a great coach. I like everybody on my team. They are so good. Adwen

We go through a lot of conditioning but it pays off. Coach Gianna pushes us to our limits and makes us a better team and gives us confidence to compete. Brianna

Thank you to:
Coach Gianna
Bella Buchanan, age 7
Adwen, age 6
Brianna McCashland, age 8
Avery Dwyer, age 9
for sharing info about your team with us!


I Am Thankful for? Twitter Competition

Champion Cheer Central wants to know what your team is THANKFUL FOR this season!





  • Entries will be accepted from November 5th – 20th. Please include a photo with your entry.
  • A team up to 25 members will receive a FREE CCC Regional.






CCC is proud to launch our TEAM SPOTLIGHT Page.

Each month, we will feature a new team and their success.

Meet CCC’s March Spotlight Team. 



Dream Team All Stars is based out of Warren, Ohio

This routine has been such fun to watch this year. It’s Hip Hop meets One who Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest! These girls really sell this routine and lead you to believe that they have truly lost their minds. Their performance has a great variety of dance moves and visuals that are a true crowd pleaser.

How does this team start their season? The Senior Hip Hop team started this past June with team selections, followed by choreography and practices in September.

Dream Team Hip Hop Accomplishments this 14 – 15 Season: Accomplishments this year include 1st Place Victories at every event this season, earning a FULL PAID BID to the US Finals and American Majestic Grand Champion.  An attributing factor to this team’s success is that most of these teammates have been cheering/dancing together for the past 6 years.

What rituals does this team have before taking the floor at an event? Coach Michelle raps “Shoop” by Salt-n-Pepa, they stand in a groups and give each other pep talks. Anita, Senior, does a Free Style dance that she says, ” is Pretty Good, I’m not going to lie.” The team dances and laughs together to stay relaxed and loose. Brandi, team member, raps “The Motto.”

Coaches Favorite Part of the Routine: Watching the girls tell the story! Their faces show the drive and commitment to the style. Our routine is like no other and that’s what makes it Fun for them.

Girls Favorite Part of the Routine: Brandi enjoys when she and her partner Rylee do 2 stalls throughout the routine. Allyssa likes the ending when they yell “Black” and the tutting section. Jenna enjoys the Partner Tricks, “I think they are Fun and Unpredictable.” Finally, Anita likes the part when she gets to shake her booty.

We asked the athletes what they look forward to most in the season?

Jenna: Performing with my team, traveling to different places, US Finals and having fun with my best friends and mom.

Brandi: Spending time with my best friends and making the best memories that I will cherish throughout my life.

Allyssa: I look forward to going out and winning with my teammates.

Anita: Honestly, the practices, even though full outs are not a good time, I share an unbreakable bond with these girls and they  never fail to put a smile on my face. I also look forward to every competition where I leave my heart on the mat for 2 minutes and 30 seconds with my family.

Any other comments you would like to share about your team/coaches?

Jenna: My team is a family and they are sisters to me, they are my best friends. I am thankful to be on that mat with them. My coaches are role models and truly made me not only an athlete, but helped me become who I am today.

Brandi: We as a team, couldn’t be any happier with our coaches and we are very blessed to have them with us through this journey.

Allyssa: I Love them to death and I’m so upset it’s my last year – my coaches are the best.

Anita: They are more than just my team, they are my family. Each girl plays a huge role on this team and I am blessed to have them in my life. I also have one of THE BEST COACHES in the WORLD. No one compares to her. I only hope to grow up to be like her one day.

The Coaches predict a trip to The Dance Worlds in their near future. I believe them.

Dream Team’s Senior Hip Hop will be closing out their season at the US Finals in Virginia Beach.              Good Luck to them and wish them much continued success.




This award is very prestigious – awarded once a year for displaying Integrity, Enthusiasm and Passion for our industry!

CCC’s  I Award recipient will be awarded at CCC’s Lake Erie National Cheer and Dance Championships April 8, 2018!

CLICK HERE  to learn more about the IEP and I AWARD!




Holly McKenzie – Magic All Stars

2016 – 2017 I Award Recipient







CONGRATULATIONS to MELANIE VITALE of Step One All Stars North – 2015 – 2016 SEASON


CCC Coaches Clinic

Coaches clinic

 Champion Cheer Central’s


September 28, 2014

10 AM – 3 PM

Erie Gymnastics Center West

2660 Zuck Rd. Erie, PA 16506

CCC will also be offering USASF Level Credentialing. You will have to register at

Registration Form

Clinic Agenda

More information about USASF Credentialing

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July FEATURE Coach





 Christopher Niklaus



Hard Rockin Nationals 2014

What team(s) you do you currently coach? Kane High School,Varsity, JV and Competition teams, Kane, PA

How many years of experience coaching do you have?   18 yrs 

What is your favorite part of cheerleading? Favorite part of coaching is see your individual athletes grow closer and become a team as the season goes on. We are a small school and everyone knows everyone, but to see them grow into a team each year is special. As part of the growth, they each hit milestones in skills and personal development. These are the things that make it worth coming back every day.

What is your favorite part of coaching? My hands down favorite part of cheer is seeing my team “hit”. The hit can be in front of a crowd, on the competition floor or the first time they get a skill at practice. The energy they get from hitting just builds and gives them more confidence to keep on working hard. When working a crowd at a game, that hit builds more excitement in the stands during football and in the stands at basketball during a timeout. That in turn helps us with our goal of supporting our teams we cheer for and building excitement at those events. A hit on the competition floor is the all elusive thing all teams strive for who compete. As a coach, I don’t see my team any happier than when we hit on the competition floor because this is for themselves. When everyone is smiling coming off the floor, be it at a game we are supporting someone else or at a competition, there is no better feeling and the best part of cheerleading. 

What was your biggest accomplishment as a coach? My personal biggest accomplishment is giving the student athletes I coach great experiences they remember for a lifetime. Each season, we are together for 9 months of the year. As a cheer family we have growing pains, family squabbles, crying moments, tears of joy and great accomplishments. Sideline accomplishments are measured by helping our teams win and by comments from fans on how exciting our cheer team looks during timeouts or from the bench. Our competitive accomplishments are gauged on improvement as the season goes on and without a doubt finishing the year strong is an accomplishment. I have always been proud of our team for leaving everything on the floor and I look at their ability to do that as an accomplishment of how well I do my job as a coach.

 Brag about your teams/your coaching success. 

Success as a coach is not determined by the number of trophies you win or by the number of kids you have on your team, I believe coaching success is determined by the experiences you give your team and the life lessons they learn on that journey. With that said, every year I am proud of what our team accomplishes. As a sideline team, we always work hard with our crowd to bring support on and off the field/court and are proud volunteers at various community events. Competitively, we are usually the smallest team/school at most events we attend, yet always keep our heads held high and strive to be the best. Our biggest team accomplishments over the past few years are finishing in the top 3 for the past several years at Cheer LTD Nationals. We have also won a few National Championships. We have won Cheer Starz Nationals as well as our first ever Champion Cheer Central Hard Rockin’ Nationals National Championships in 2 different divisions this past season. However, our crown jewel was winning the Heart and Hustle Award from Inside Cheerleading Magazine and being featured in the June issue! (page 19). This award epitomizes what we strive for with our program – giving 110% at every performance and outstanding members of community off the mat.

What is your coaching motto?

Put hard work into everything you do at practice and the off season and it will pay it forward ten times in front of spectators and fans. Hard work always pays off. Have FUN performing in front of any crowd – be it for parents/friends at a practice performance, in front of football stands or on the “nationals” stage….having fun is key to loving cheer. When it comes to competition, winning is the absolute best, but nailing your routine to the best of your ability trumps anything out there. If we put our best out there and still get beat by someone better, you should never hang your heads in defeat! 

Best advice you could give to a new coach? Training, training, training! Get out there and find as much training as you can. The more safety and technique classes/clinics you can attend the better. Get a rule book for your level be it recreational, collegiate, all star or scholastic and learn it like the back of your hand. Rules are constantly changing and keeping up with them protects you and your athletes. Ask questions to other coaches – see if you can attend a practice or event. We all do things a little different and that one little trick might help your team. Talk to your administrative team, board of directors or supervisors and get a good dialogue going with them early on your ideas. Keep EVERY decision you make based off of what is best for your team and the kids on your team. It might take times of fighting for what is right, but the fight is worth it in the long run. Finally – HAVE FUN!!! You will have trying times and fun times, but in the end it is all worth it!  



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