US National Junior Teams

The US National Junior All Girl and Coed Teams are existing teams selected through an application process. Currently, there is no individual tryout. Click here for full details on the US National Junior All Girl and Coed Teams. Click here to apply.

The US National Pom and Hip Hop Teams are selected through video entry. Video submissions are due Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Not all who apply will be interviewed. Please send video submissions to Click here to apply.

What are the dates of the 2020 ICU World Championships?
April 27, 2020 – ICU Opening Ceremonies
April 27, 2020 – ICU Junior Championships
April 28 & 29, 2020 – ICU Premier Championships
April 29, 2020 – ICU Closing Ceremonies

What size squad are you looking for to compete?
Due to competition guidelines, we will only invite teams that compete in the Medium, Large, or Super Large Divisions. The ICU Championships allow a minimum of 16 athletes up to 24 athletes on the competition floor.

How old do I have to be to compete?
For ICU, all members of the team must be between 12 – 16 years of age within the year of the Junior World Championships. As a guideline for all teams, ICU Junior World Championship athletes born on or between January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008 would be age eligible for the 2020 Junior World Championships. Any team proven to be in violation of the ICU age requirements will be automatically disqualified. If the athlete is 16 years of age in 2020, they will qualify even if they turn 17 years of age before competition.

If chosen, what is expected of my team financially?
Teams will be required to fund raise; all travel and competition costs must be paid by your team. USA Cheer is partnered with a fundraising company to assist the team with their efforts, in addition, we will assist your team in the fundraising campaign. This opportunity is a way to get family, friends, and the community involved in donations for your team to represent the USA. You are welcome and encouraged to do fundraisers at home with your school. Estimated costs for each individual is approximately $1000. Items that go into costs are, but not limited to: transportation, hotel rooms, competition fees, food, apparel, and uniforms.

When will we find out about the US Junior National Team decision?
This information is to be determined.

If chosen, what is expected of my team?
Once selected, USA Cheer will set up dates to send a member of our coaching staff to work on choreography for the ICU routine alongside your current coaching staff.

What dates will my team have to be in Orlando, FL?
You must travel to Orlando on Sunday, April 26, 2020. This ICU Championships take place on April 27th through April 29th.

*Please Note: The Director of National Teams for USA Cheer reserves the right to individually select a team to represent the US National Junior Team if there are a small number of teams that apply. In addition, if submission entries lack the skill level to be competitive, a team may not be selected. USA Cheer also reserves the right to appoint a team if the selection panel finds that submitted teams lack in any or all areas to be competitive.