Age Grid 2020-2021

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  1. CLynn

    CLynn Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Look at the charts in the link. Yes, your cheer age goes by birth year so her cheer age is 9. And your daughter can be on mini, youth or junior this year.
     
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  2. SparkleSpankies

    SparkleSpankies I think I can mix Cheer Music

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    So I am reading it still birth year, so Junior, if its 20o4 - 2014 - someone born in 2004 is 16 now... sooooooooo
     
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    The information is already out, I was calling it “their” calendar year because the way USASF set the ages up. As mentioned above, look at the charts in the link. Yes, your cheer age goes by birth year so her cheer age is 9. And your daughter can be on mini, youth or junior this year.
     
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  4. Jenniferg482

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    What I don’t understand is why my daughter who is 12 was asked to cross down to youth 1. She is currently on A senior Team.
     
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    When is her birthday?

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    Nope. She’s too old for youth then. 2008 is oldest eligible birth year.
     
  8. ImAChauffeuse

    ImAChauffeuse Last Pass... on International Open 1

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    Kids born in 2003 (the U17 cutoff) are turning 17 this year, so the kids born Jan-May 2003 will be turning 18 during the competition season. That's adults on the same team as 10 year olds. My daughter would rather quit all star than be on a team with elementary age kids. For other sports the age range on a team is maybe 2-3 years max.

    I don't understand the reasoning behind this. I keep seeing gyms post that they have more kids than ever signing up this season, so why the increased age overlap?
     
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    I agree, it doesn’t make sense. There’s almost no difference in Jr & Sr top age. Both for normal and international. Why?
     
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    My theory is that IASF is attempting to eliminate the U19 (senior) division to fall in line with more Olympic Sports ages. But that's pure speculation.
     
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    Interesting. But even for normal junior they raised the max age by 1.5 year. Used to be 14 at the start of the season, now it’s 15/16 at the start of the season.

    Mini & youth was raised just 0.5 year with the change to birth year. For example youth was 11, is now 11 or “young” 12 (2008). Mini was 8, is now 8/9.

    So why raise Jr by 1.5 year? Does anyone actually know why this was done? It makes it harder for 12-14 year olds to be bases IMO, because the strongest teams will have a bunch of 15/16 year olds base small flyers. I would like to see it changed down by one birth year to 14/15 max age.
     
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  12. oncecoolcoachnowmom

    oncecoolcoachnowmom Bestest Newbie '14

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    Possible WHY:

    I feel like it benefits small gyms to have overlap like that?

    More placement options for each single registered person = more teams you can field.

    More team options = kids don't need to leave to go elsewhere.

    Ex: You can place that one age eligible 8 year old on Mini 2, Youth 2 or Junior 3. Or any 2. Or all 3.

    That's helpful if you only have 50 to 100 kids.
     
  13. CLynn

    CLynn Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    This is true they have the most to gain, then of course there are other programs who choose to routinely have their best athletes cross to multiple levels disregarding need.

    The age grid seemed to be going in the direction of age appropriate groupings with narrowing bands and then the changes this year are in direct contrast. Is there evidence that any drop off in participation or fielding teams are related to the age grid vs. say missed school days, overall expense, maxed out skills etc?

    Years ago, didn't they use the average age of athletes to determine youth or junior? Might as well go back to that at this point. It allows the most flexibility without this pretense that any of the decision makers (including many gym owners) actually think more narrowly focused age grouping are important.