INDIANAPOLIS, IN – One of cheerleading’s last elite hold-outs, The MAJORS, is held in Indianapolis, IN each January. Due to the on-going challenges of COVID-19 the event was announced to be held virtually in 2021. A Virtual MAJORS will mark Varsity All Star’s first attempt at a ‘real-time’ virtual competition, previously this season the company has held virtual events that have consisted of competitors submitting a recording to the video platform (with no limit to the number of attempts) within a fixed week long period.
Known Timeline of Events:
Wednesday, January 13
- Teams will submit a ‘Virtual Practice Round’ video not exceeding 10 minutes, where the teams will perform every section of their routine. When The MAJORS event is held live teams participate in this type of round throughout the morning and afternoon preceding the night-time competition.
- The practice round is used to count skills, compare difficulties, and generates a pre-event ranking based on the difficulty of the planned routine. During the evening performance, unless skills are watered down or changed the difficulty score is already adjudicated and the event is scored for execution to yield winners.
Friday, January 15
An official schedule has not been made public yet, however, we expect the timeline of events to be:
- 6:00 PM ET (Event Start Time)
- 9:00 PM ET (Teams Conclude Performances)
- est. 9:15 PM ET – 9:30 PM ET (Awards Reveal)
The virtual format of the championship, undoubtedly, will require extreme coordination and planning as teams will broadcast in-real-time from 8 different locations.
The Indiana Convention Center, the annual host venue for The MAJORS event, will play host to the the following teams on Friday, January 15, 2021 as they participate in The Virtual MAJORS 2021. The teams broadcasting from Indianapolis are scheduled to compete at JAMFEST Cheer Super Nationals, also being held at the same venue later in the weekend.
ICE All Stars – Lady Lightning
Rain Athletics – Aqua
Cheer Extreme (Raleigh) – SSX
Maryland Twisters – F5
Cheer Extreme (Raleigh) – SMOEX
ICE All Stars – Thunder
GymTyme All Stars (IL) – Fever
The Georgia World Congress Center, in downtown Atlanta, will host the Spirit of Hope National Championship and serve as a broadcast location for the teams who are scheduled to attend the event. The Spirit of Hope event is normally held in Charlotte, NC, but citing local restrictions was announced as moving cities for the 2021 competition.
World Cup – Shooting Stars
Cheer Extreme – Senior Elite
The Stingray All Stars – Orange
The Stingray All Stars – Peach
The Stingray All Stars – Steel
ACE – Warriors
Cheer Extreme – Coed Elite
Cheyenne, WY Participating in their first MAJORS event, after winning the 2019 World Championship & NCA All Star Nationals 2020 the Cheer Central Suns – Lady Suns will broadcast on event night from Cheyenne, WY. Cheer Central Suns – Lady Suns
The Prodigy All Stars location in northwest Houston and Woodlands Elite facility in north Houston will serve their respective teams participating in The Virtual MAJORS 2021. The teams will be broadcast live from their respective locations on competition night.
Prodigy All Stars – Midnight
Woodlands Elite – Generals
Woodlands Elite – Black Ops
Top Gun All Stars – Lady Jags
Top Gun All Stars – TGLC
Top Gun All Stars – OO
To no surprise, the state of Texas is synonymous with high-quality and elite cheerleading. In addition to the teams broadcasting from Houston, TX – Spirit of Texas and Cheer Athletics will join the virtual broadcast in their own streaming from their respective gyms.
Spirit of Texas – Royalty
Cheer Athletics – Panthers
Cheer Athletics – Cheetahs
Cheer Athletics – Wildcats
The Brandon All Stars – Senior Black will broadcast for the Virtual MAJORS 2021 competition from their home gym located near Tampa, FL on the evening of the competition.
Brandon All Stars – Senior Black
FAME All Stars will join the event by broadcasting from their gym located in the suburbs of Richmond, VA.
Fame All Stars – Super Seniors
Unfortunately, even the promise of a Virtual Competition format for The MAJORS 2021 was not enough to be able to alleviate the crushing restrictions of some regions. Some of the invited teams, as deserving as they are to be included in The MAJORS event, will be unable to participate in the competition component of the event due to local mandates in place due to the on-going COVID-19 health crisis.
Unable to Participate in The MAJORS 2021 Competition
EAST CELEBRITY ELITE – BOMBSHELLS
CHEER SPORT SHARKS – GREAT WHITES
THE CALIFORNIA ALL STARS – LADY BULLETS
SAN MARCOS, CA
THE CALIFORNIA ALL STARS – BLACK OPS
THE CALIFORNIA ALL STARS – SMOED
CHEER CENTRAL SUNS – LADY SUNS