Breaking News! Cheerleading Safety Leaders Merge
The AACCA and NCSSE have merged, forming a partnership dedicated to
safety awareness and coaches’ education for every level of cheerleading
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ — The
leading organizations for cheerleading safety education and training
have merged. The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and
Administrators (AACCA) and the National Council for Spirit Safety
Education (NCSSE) are pleased to announce the merger effective Jan. 12.
There are more than 70,000 cheerleading coaches across the United States
working with youth, junior high, high school, all star and college
cheerleaders. The shared mission of these two nonprofits is to provide
educational resources and training opportunities to these coaches, as
well as school administrators, coaches and the cheerleaders themselves.
AACCA, founded in 1988, has had successful safety partnerships with
the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National
Federation of State High School Associations and is widely recognized
as a safety education and rule making body. AACCA has developed safety
rules for all levels of cheerleading, developed the AACCA Safety
Certification Course and has recently made the course available online.
“We’ve made great strides in addressing safety issues, and this
merger puts us in a better position to continue addressing those
concerns,” says Jim Lord, Executive Director of AACCA.
“It’s very exciting to think of the effect we can have on safety by
combining our expertise and resources. Together, we will be able to
continue development of safety initiatives and educational programs
that will directly benefit cheerleaders and their parents, coaches and
administrators at every level, from youth to college, school to all
The NCSSE has successfully developed a comprehensive coaches’
educational series incorporating teaching principles, strategies and
techniques. Internationally, the NCSSE has established a strong
foothold in the United Kingdom and has developed partnerships with established organizations in nine other countries.
Debbie Bracewell, Executive Director of NCSSE, is
enthusiastic about the potential impact of the merger, both
domestically and abroad. “This move strengthens and enhances our
mission of providing comprehensive safety training and certification
programs for the continued development of cheer and dance team coaches.
We can better serve the cheerleading community here in the United States as well as globally, where cheerleading is growing steadily.”
The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and
Administrators represents more than 20,000 cheerleading coaches and is
recognized as the leading advocate of cheerleading safety in the U.S.
AACCA is the most recognized source for cheerleading safety education.
The AACCA manual, composed by a team of doctors, lawyers, cheerleading
industry professionals and Gerald S. George, PhD, has
been endorsed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the
University Risk Management and Insurance Association, the Women’s
Sports Foundation and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, as
well as the NCAA and NFHS.
For more information about AACCA, contact Sheila Noone at 901-251-5959.
The National Council for Spirit Safety and Education is an
association of companies serving the cheerleading community who share a
primary mission: to provide comprehensive safety training and
certification programs for the educational development of spirit
coaches and advisors through an international council of unified
industry leaders. For more information about NCSSE, contact Debbie Bracewell at 866-456-2773.
SOURCE The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators
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