So here goes. . .there are lots of AWESOME ideas about improving things that gyms like about competitions, scoresheets and so on in the "Crazy ideas" thread. IMO the SINGLE BIGGEST issue dragging Cheerleading as an industry down from the rest of the sporting world are the 500+ "nationals" competitions. Lots of discussion to be had on just this point, so I'll start off with a suggestion and see where it goes - 1. No need to limit the number of competitions. But competitions are no longer allowed to use the terms "Nationals", "State championships" etc, unless they are the one and only. The rest of the structure would break out in the following points. 2. Small competitions are considered "Invitiationals" 3. Slightly larger competitions may be called "Cups" 4. "State championships" should be supported by all the cheer companies in the interest of promoting the sport itself 5. "Regionals" would be the next level. This is where you have to start being careful, as some regions are more "cheer populated" than others. Probably have to figure out a split by number of gyms (i.e. I am sure Texas can have 2 or 3 regions) 6. At this point you can get to a true "National" competition system. Try to make it a win-win where each major cheer event producer gets a region or promotes it's "Nationals Qualifier" 7. With a proper "National" competitive system in place, the top Nationals teams and maybe a few of the top "Nationals Qualifiers" may compete at worlds. As I was typing this out, the idea of "National Qualifiers" sounded a lot like Worlds qualifiers and I think that's the point. Worlds was created because there was not another good way to bring the true best teams to one competition. It has evolved into a truly international competition. I think it would be great to fix the nationals system and still allow for the "best of the best" to still go on to Worlds. At any rate, that's the start of my idea. I'd be happy to hear how everyone can improve upon it.