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Explain the D2 Summit.

In 2014, American Cheer Power, a Varsity Spirit Brand, created the National Small Program Association (NSPA). The purpose of the NSPA is to help build successful small programs all around the country. It is their goal to help small gyms grow their programs and better prepare them to become successful businesses, as well as competitive programs. Cheer Power began implementing National Small Program Championships under the NSPA throughout the 2014-2015 competition season. Upon conclusion of the season, the official USASF definition of Division II (formerly Small Gym divisions) was released and it is defined as having one physical address for a gym location and having 125 athletes or less registered in a gym's cheer program at the time of competition. With the momentum and success of The Summit and The Dance Summit in May 2015 and with the USASF definition of Division II, Varsity All Star created the D2 Summit, NSPA Championship- exclusively for the 125 and under.

Where will the D2 Summit be taking place?

D2 Summit is a LIVE competition where teams will face-off, May 12-14, 2017, at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL.

Will International teams be able to compete at the D2 Summit?

No, due to the USASF rostering policy international team will not be eligible for D2 Summit bids. You must be able to provide a current USASF Roster in order to receive a bid. All International team will be eligible to compete for The Summit bids and must compete in the divisions offering these bids. Please visit the Summit guidelines for the eligibility of International teams.

How do I receive a bid to the D2 Summit?

 A complete listing of bid-giving events can be found at http://www.varsityallstar.com/d2-summit

D2 Eligibility

NEW THIS YEAR- Single location D2 programs are the ONLY teams eligible for D2 Summit bids. Gyms must be of Division II size (125 athletes or less) when they receive a D2 Summit bid and MUST remain a D2 size gym when they arrive at the D2 Summit. Once a program goes above 125 athletes they will have to release their D2 bid, if they have one, and will not be eligible for D2 bids the remainder of the season.

Definition of multiple location
  • Share a tax ID
  • Share an owner
  • Have a franchising/liscending agreement with another gym
  • Have similar enough name OR branding it would confuse the consumer as to being part of a bigger gym
  • Share family plan or use multiple locations to meet family plan
  • If there is any possible confusion it is on the owners of the locations to prove to Varsity and the customers they are not a multi-location gym

Exception: The only multi location programs that are eligible to compete at the D2 Summit can not have more than 125 athletes total between all locations and meet the USASF requirement for a D2 program.

How will the bid distribution process work?

Each brand will have a detailed declaration for specific bid details. Check with each brand directly to know each process.

What divisions are offered at the D2 Summit?

Youth Level 1SmallJunior Level 4Small
Youth Level 1LargeJunior Level 4Large
Junior Level 1SmallSenior Level 4Small
Junior Level 1LargeSenior Level 4Large
Senior Level 1SmallSenior Coed Level 4Small
Senior Level 1LargeSenior Coed Level 4Large
Youth Level 2SmallSenior Level 4.2Small
Youth Level 2LargeSenior Level 4.2Large
Junior Level 2SmallSenior Coed Level 4.2Small
Junior Level 2LargeSenior Coed Level 4.2Large
Senior Level 2SmallYouth Level 5Small
Senior Level 2LargeYouth Level 5Large
Youth Level 3SmallJunior Restricted Level 5Small
Youth Level 3LargeJunior Restricted Level 5Large
Junior Level 3SmallJunior Level 5Small
Junior Level 3LargeJunior Level 5Large
Senior Level 3SmallJunior Coed Level 5Small
Senior Level 3LargeJunior Coed Level 5Large
Senior Coed Level 3SmallSenior Restricted Level 5Small
Senior Coed Level 3LargeSenior Restricted Level 5Large
Youth Level 4SmallSenior Restricted Coed Level 5Small
Youth Level 4LargeSenior Restricted Coed Level 5Large

Can a Division II team receive a bid to The Summit taking place in Orlando?

Yes, each team must declare which bid they will be competing for at each event. You cannot compete for a Summit Bid and a D2 Summit Bid at the same event. You MUST declare before that event to which bid your team will be competing for, but you can have different teams competing for different bids at the same event.

Division Splits at Bid-Giving Events

A team can declare at any given competition that they are going for an Summit or D2 Summit bid, but if that team is split into a D2 division at that competition, they must either go for the D2 Summit bid or move into a standard division to compete against teams going for The Summit bid.

Once your team earns a bid for D2 Summit or the Summit, they MUST stay with that specific track to earn a higher bid throughout he reminder of the season.

Trading of Bids

NEW THIS YEAR- Once your team accepts a bid for Summit or D2 Summit, you MUST stay with that specific track to earn a higher bid throughout the remainder of the season
  • Wild Card D2 Summit Bid- You can ONLY upgrade to a PAID D2 Summit bid.
  • Paid D2 Summit Bid– You must use your Paid D2 Summit bid. This bid type or location cannot be changed.
  • At-Large D2 Summit Bid– You can ONLY upgrade to a PAID D2 Summit bid.
  • Wild Card/ At Large Summit Bids– You can ONLY upgrade to a PAID Summit bid.

If an athlete from our bid winning team can’t make it to The Summit, are we allowed to replace them with another athlete from our gym?

Yes, but please make sure to review the crossover policies.

Are crossovers between teams allowed at D2 Summit?

An all star cheerleader is limited to crossing over to 2 (two) additional cheer teams from their gym during the competition. Participant may only represent one gym. Participants must pay an additional registration fee for each additional team performance. Reminder that we do not guarantee crossovers at the D2 Summit during the Semi-Finals Round or Finals Round.

Are crossovers between teams allowed between The Summit and D2 Summit?

Athletes will be allowed to crossover between the two Summit events as long as they meet all roster substitution guidelines.

Are crossovers allowed between Cheerleading Worlds and D2 Summit?

The MAXIMUM number of individuals allowed to crossover from the 2017 Cheerleading Worlds to the D2 Summit will be 5 athletes per team. Level 5 athletes that competed at Cheerleading Worlds can only cross to level 4 & 5 Summit divisions (Excluded: Level 4.2).

Exception: Junior 5 ( NOT restricted) will be allowed to have up to 8 crossovers from The Cheerleading Worlds to the D2 Summit.

How many teams advance from the Wild Card Round?

The Wild Card round of The Summit will take place Friday, May 12th at the at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, FL. NEW-1st and 2nd place WILDCARD teams will advance straight to FINALS on Sunday and 3rd place WILDCARD teams will move to Saturday.

How many teams advance to Finals on Sunday from Semi-Finals? 

All divisions with 10 or less teams in Semi Finals will have 5 teams advance to finals.
All divisions with 11-19 teams in Semi Finals will have 50% of the division advance to finals.
All divisions with 20 or more teams in Semi-Finals will have 10 teams in the division advance to finals.

After receiving a D2 Summit bid, where do I register and how much does it cost for registration per athlete?

Registration information will be released in the near future on varsityallstar.com and coaches will receive information the week after they receive their bid.

What do individuals and teams receive for competing at the D2 Summit?

All participants will receive a participation medallion for competing at the D2 Summit. Teams who make their "Final Quest" in each division on Sunday will be awarded a personalized team banner with their division and placement. Teams that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their respective division, will also receive a team banner and each participant from those teams will receive individual mini banners recognizing their accomplishment. All divisional champions will receive exclusive D2 Summit Champion Rings!

Our team was awarded a paid bid for our Small Junior Level 2 team with 19 people, may we add additional athletes prior to the D2 Summit?

You MUST compete with the number of athletes that you qualify with. You can compete with less as long as it keeps you in the same division. You will only be able to replace 25% of your roster from the time you received your bid until you compete at The Summit. Example: A team of 20 competes and receives a bids, they can only replace 5 athletes at the time of The Summit competition.

Will the D2 Summit count towards my Varsity Family Plan rebate?

No, the D2 Summit will not be included in your rebate.

Do spectators have to purchase a Walt Disney World® Park Hopper® ticket in order to watch competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex?

No! If you are only going to the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex, you may purchase a ticket at the door. However, if you purchase a Walt Disney World® Park HOPPER® ticket from The Summit, it includes admission into the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex.

Are there discounted park tickets available for family and friends not on the travel package?

Yes there are three different tickets.

3- day PARK HOPPER® Ticket- $255
4 day PARK HOPPER® Ticket- $285
5- day PARK HOPPER® Ticket- $315

These tickets are valid for unlimited admission into the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios® , and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park as well as three days of admission into ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex. These tickets DO NOT include The Summit bus transportation to the parks. Tickets will not available for pickup until Tuesday before The Summit. All discounted park tickets that are ordered will be picked up at the Coronado Springs Resort.

As a coach, what do I need for Summit Registration?

Coach and Gym Owner registering the gyms must turn in ALL paperwork in order to successfully register their program.

  • Medical Release Forms for ALL athletes & coaches
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Roster

What is included in a paid bid package?

Each qualifying team member will receive a credit of the quad rate towards the Summit Travel Package.  You will receive this discount only for those athletes that actually performed on the team at the time you received the bid. 

Paid Bid travel package:
  • 4 nights of hotel accommodations (Quad room) at a Disney Value Resort (If an athlete is on a paid bid team, the athlete can stay in a room with their parents. The athlete would be credited the Quad Room Rate)
  • 4 day Walt Disney World® Park HOPPER® Pass(with 3 days admissions into the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex)
  • Bus Transportation to all scheduled events
  • DME Transportation to/from the airport
  • Celebration Party wristband

What are the at-large, commuter and spectator travel packages and prices?

These can be found here in the coming weeks.

Can parents and friends be included in the travel packages?

Of course! A lot of coaches meet with the parents and include them on the travel package for their team. However, we encourage family members and friends to register with us directly.

We have an uneven number of girls. Can we pay the quad rate for three girls in a room?

No. Travel package prices have been calculated according to how may people are in each room.

What hotel are we staying at?

Accommodations will be provided at Disney Value Resorts and are all rooms are on a first come first serve basis.

Can we stay at another Disney hotel or off Disney property?

If a Paid Bid team chooses to not stay on property then they will receive the “Commuter Paid Bid” package for free. It includes:
  • 4 day Walt Disney World® Park HOPPER® Pass(with 3 days admissions into the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex)
  • Free Summit registration fees
  • Celebration Party wristband

For Wild Card or At-Large bid teams looking to use the commuter package, this includes:
  • 3 day Walt Disney World® Park HOPPER® Pass(with 3 days admissions into the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex)
  • Summit registration fees