American Youth Cheer,  is an all-inclusive youth cheerleading, dance and step league. As local Leagues enter a national program, AYC allows local autonomy except to the extent that basic safety rules must be followed. It is required that AYC Leagues follow, at minimum, the safety rules of United States All Star Federation, including prohibitions against the use of trampolines, springboards, and over two-high stunts and pyramids.

AYC is built on the premise that the same families who gather to watch the AYF/AYC football players compete on a weekly basis, will also gather to watch the AYC cheerleaders compete on a local, regional and national level.

To youth cheerleaders, competition is their time to shine. While they greatly enjoy their primary role at each local football game, they equally enjoy the opportunity to perform on the competition floor. If the option of competition is missing from the cheerleading experience, the full benefit of the experience is lacking. AYC is committed to creating a positive competitive environment, where your cheerleaders can highlight and showcase their skills, while learning how to win with grace and lose with honor.

National Championships

Road to the National Championships.

Each year, over 200 Cheer, Dance and Step squads, across all AYC divisions, compete for a National Championship Title in Kissimmee, Florida, home to Universal Studios Orlando, Islands Of Adventure and Disney world. For more information please visit


AYC has eight regions including Desert Pacific, Mountain Northwest, Midwest, Southwest, Big East, Atlantic, New England, and Southeast. Each region hosts a regional tournament, which is the qualifier for the National Championships. (Learn about your region.) The top 3 teams in each division will win a bid to compete for a national championship.

Regional championships occur in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving weekend. Each region is responsible for scheduling their own Regional Cheer tournament.

Each year, conference member cheer teams have the opportunity to show case their talent and ability at the National Cheer Competition held in Lakeland, Florida.  

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243a11708e358b23ba22e55f2f2d6ce0_article_image_1363901-640Inspirational Division (Cheerleading)

“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.”  

Franz Peter Schubert

Needing a little extra help

Isn’t every child/teen special?  We think so, but what do we mean when we say “Kids with special needs”?  This means any child/young adult who might need extra help because of a medical, emotional, or learning problem.  These children/young adults have special needs because they might need medicine, therapy, or extra help in school – stuff other kids don’t typically need or only need once in a while.

Maybe you know kids in your school who need a wheel chair or use braces when they walk.  Those kids have special needs.  They not only need the equipment that helps them get around, but they might need to have ramps or elevators available.  They also might need to get a special bus to school – one that lifts them up into the bus so they don’t have to get up the steps.  

Kids who have an illness, such as epilepsy, diabetes, or cerebral palsy, would have special needs too.  They might need medicine or other help as they go about their daily activities.  Kids with sight problems might need Braille books to read.  Kids with hearing or speech problems would have special needs too.  A kid who has hearing trouble might need hearing aids to hear and speech therapy.  

Kids with learning problems often have special needs.  Kids with Down syndrome might go to a regular school and might even be in your class.  But they have special needs when it comes to learning, so an aide or special teacher is usually assigned to them to help.  

All of these special needs that we have discussed so far, are noticeable when observing these kids.  However, some special needs are hard to notice outwardly.  For example, someone could have trouble with anxiety, but you wouldn’t know it unless they told you about it.  Privately their parents and teachers are working together to help them with the problem. 

What’s Life Like for a Special Needs Kid?

Life can be extra-challenging for a kid with special needs.  It might be harder to do normal stuff – like learning to read or, if a person has physical handicaps, just getting around school or the mall.  The good news is that parents, doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, coaches and others can help.  The goal is to help kids be as independent as possible.  

AYC and South Clayton Steatlh, Inc encourages children with special needs to participate.  We all can help.  How? By being a friend.  Kids who use a wheel chair or have lots of health problems want friends just like we do.  But meeting people and making friends can be tough.  Some kids might tease them or make fun of them.  AYC and South Clayton Stealth, Inc highly encourage other children to report special needs children being bullied or teased. That’s a very lonely feeling.

South Clayton Stealth, Inc only allows those adults who are specifically trained in working with children who are special needs, coach inspirational division.  Only under the supervision of the trained coach will South Clayton Stealth, Inc allow the buddy program to exist.  The Buddy program allows peers without a disability to assist the coach with a special needs child during practice and games fostering a bond, and a keen awareness of the challenges their peers face on a daily basis.