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April 3 & 4, 2020 Conference
2019 Conference – Coaches Care
When: April 5 & 6, 2019
Where: The Meadows at Prairie Meadows in Altoona
Who: for all CHEER coaches! Come join us!
Schedule: Add on classes (include AACCA) on Friday am and pm. Take advantage of IHSAA’s offer to pay a portion of each coach’s tuition for AACCA. Friday evening banquet and awards. Saturday will have many educational classes! Check this website often for additions.
Registration & Hotel
Registration opens February 10 – March 27.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the ICCA Conference at The Meadows Hotel and Conference Center at Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa. The room block will be released to the public on March 14, 2019.
Click the button below to register, or call 515-957-3000 with reference code: 04122019IAC
National Speakers for 2019
AACCA is the nation’s number one educational class for cheer.
Jim Lord has been involved in cheerleading since 1984 when he became a cheerleader at Texas Christian University and accepted a job as a summer camp instructor and head instructor for UCA. He transferred to the University of Kentucky where he became the head cheerleader for the Wildcats. He then moved to Memphis in 1991 to work in the UCA national office where he focused on coaches education and starting Varsity.com. He and his wife moved back to their home state of Texas to work with Sam Houston State University as assistant spirit program director before accepting the position of Executive Director with AACCA in 1997 along with a move back to Memphis, where he worked until AACCA merged with USA Cheer in 2018. Jim now serves as the Director of Education and Programming for USA Cheer and continues to focus on cheerleading safety. Jim has presented at coaches conferences in nearly every state and numerous international conferences and has served as an expert witness in cheerleading liability cases. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and together they have one 14 yr old son who is much smarter than he is.
Morton has been a leader in the cheer and dance world since 1981. A high school and college cheerleader and dancer, Morton started his career in the spirit industry as an instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA). He stayed with the company for 16 years as an instructor, choreographer, and west coast manager, ending in 1996. Morton then moved into the all-star cheer and dance world opening Cheergyms.com in 1995 which was the first cheerleading/dance facility on the west coast. Cheergyms.com soon grew into a multi-facility company, the first cheer gym to do this, topping off at 8 cheer and dance gyms in California.
Morton’s expertise has been seen throughout the spirit industry through many different facets, but most notably helping start the United States All Star Federation (USASF) the governing body for All Star cheer and dance in the USA.
The list of awards and accomplishments Morton has achieved over the years is impressive. He has been named numerous times as one of the Most Influential People in the Spirit industry by American Cheerleader magazine. He holds the distinction of being the first member of the Hall of Fame for the USASF as well as the Hall of Fame for many states as well as the Spirit Industry Trade Association (SITA). The amount of awards Morton has gained as a choreographer and coach is countless.
Now known all over the world, Morton spends much of his time on the road teaching cheer and dance clinics, judging competitions and doing choreography. Whether he is in Mexico City helping a dance team or London coaching a cheer team, Morton’s humor, knowledge and love of the sport is evident.
Kezia Molinsky is currently the Director of Cheer and Dance at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Prior to coming to Iowa, Kezia was the inaugural cheer coach and dance advisor at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her 7 years at Menlo College she won a National Cheer Championship and her STUNT teams were ranked nationally. Kezia began her coaching career at North Marion High School in Aurora, Oregon where she spent 16 years at their head coach. During this time she won 5 consecutive state and national titles. She was nominated numerous times for Coach of the Year by the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association. She served as head coach for Oregon’s Shrine Bowl cheerleading team and was a member of the executive board. Besides coaching Kezia enjoys watching her daughter, Leyla, play basketball, going to the movies, and eating Mexican food.
Jeff Siegal is a cheer coach at Buffalo Grove High School in Illinois. His teams have won 8 IHSA State Cheerleading Championships in the coed division and have qualified for the championships every year since cheerleading became a sport in Illinois. Currently the 2018 National Federation Coach of the Year, Jeff has published articles on cheerleading in the National Federation magazine. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Kansas, and is a former head coach at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He’s a member of the IHSA Advisory Board and has spoken at conferences in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Friday Add On Classes
USA Cheer/AACCA Safety Course
Jim Lord, Director of Education & Programming, USA Cheer, Instructor
8:00 A.M. to 12 Noon
Cost is $75 (IHSAA will pay $40, Coach cost is $35).
This course is the best fundamental cheerleading safety course in the nation. Coaches must re-certify every four years. Take advantage of the great price.
NEW – Taking Your Cheer Program & Routines to Elite
Morton Bergue, Instructor
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Cost is $25.
This class will help coaches evaluate their overall program. Take your program to another level by motivating athletes and implementing simple ideas. If you want your cheer program and routines to shine, this is the class for you!
NEW – Coaching Cheerleading 101
Various ICCA Instructors
1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Cost is $25 (IHSAA will pay $10, Coach cost is $15).
Coaching cheerleading is different than being a cheerleader. This course is designed to help coaches understand the many challenges coaches face when taking over a cheer program. IHSAA recommends this course for all new coaches or those going into their second year in 2019! Take advantage of the great price. (This course continues on Saturday through recommended sessions by National Speakers.)
NEW – Moving Advanced Stunts to Elite
Kezia Molinsky, Buena Vista University, Instructor
1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Cost is $25.
Ideas and tips to take basket tosses, full ups, and other advanced stunts to the elite level, as well as building your overall program, will be studied in this class.
Coaches Care: Items to Donate
Cheer coaches, you care about your cheerleaders. You care about your schools, and the athletes at your schools. You care about school spirit and sportsmanship, leadership and community, the work of shaping shaping the lives of young people. But we also want to show some others about how great and giving our membership can be by giving to some several other organizations in need. Why? Because we can make a difference, and we CARE.
ICCA has selected three groups in the central Iowa area to donate to: Animal Rescue League, Hawthorn HIll, and Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS). According to their website, “Hawthorn Hill’s mission is to establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency.” They provide services to 100-130 homeless families with children each year. The Animal Rescue League serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. YESS is home to Iowa’s largest and most comprehensive emergency shelter for kids, which provides a safe haven and wraparound support to more than 800 children (newborn through age 17) per year. Additionally, the agency connects more than 2,000 children per year with healing and hope.
Don’t forget to also be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.