Hotels & Travel

We are excited to welcome you the AYF / AYC National Championships. By now you should have already registered your team and or squad and received your team/squads individual hotel booking code. This code is needed to book your hotel rooms in one of the AYC approved hotels, which is a requirement to participate in the AYC tournament. We have secured multiple hotels spanning the price spectrum. Our hotel partners confirm with us your reservation, if we have not received confirmation of your reservation- your team wil not be allowed to compete.


READ THIS PAGE CAREFULLY: Your eligiblity to participate is subject to the following.

Approved Hotels Reservations For Participants

Family & Friends Hotel Options

Your Booking Codes: Needed to Book Rooms

Hotel Booking FAQ's

Map of AYF Venues and Hotels

Tax Exemption

Discounted Rental Car Rates

School Travel Letters

Official Kissimmee Travel Guide


Prefered Lodgings Nationals- 2023

2023 Information coming soon. Hotel Page and individual hotel pages still being updated.

AYF has made the decision, in connection with our move to Naples, Collier county and the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, to suspend the stay-to-play requirement for the 2023 AYF Football National Championships, Stay-to-play is in force for the AYC Cheer National Championships.

Stay-to-play will be re-instated for the 2024 AYF National Championships, with the opening of the Great Wolf Lodge which is adjacent to the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, and which will be the host hotel for the 2024 Event. 

For 2023, football teams may use traditional hotel rooms, rental homes, time-shares and or other lodging options. No booking codes will be issued to teams in 2023 for football teams. AYF will publish a list of properties that are offering room blocks at discounted rates, subject to availability; outside of the established room blocks, rooms may be available at higher prices. 

This does not apply to the 2023 AYC National Championships, where stay-to-play will still be enforced.

The AYC National championships is a stay-to-play-event. You must stay in a housing provider below for the duration of the tournament to remain eligible to compete. Updates will be made shortly to this page.

Cheer Hotels - Orlando Area Rate Reservation Contact
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin $268.00  
Holiday Inn Orlando Disney Springs $179.00  
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista $169.00 Angel Velez at 407.239.0444 ext. 1052
Magic Moment Resort $99.00  
Candlewood Suites Orlando LBV $139.00 Karoll Valdez 407-477-4433
Delta by Marriott LBV $124.00 Melissa Soto 407.996.0572
Courtyard Orlando LBV at Vista Centre $159.00* Amy Leach 407-597-2427
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Buena Vista $149.00 Waheeda Gines 407-778-7602
Red Lion Lake Buena Vista South $104.00 Elisa Quinones 407-997-3224
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista $117.00 Brenda Arocho 407-387-7729
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando South LBV $TBD* Jim Nickles 407-997-1406
CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort $120.00* Jazmin Castro 407-351-2626 xt. 72510
Aloft Hotel Lake Buena Vista Orlando Theme Parks $164.00

Waheeda Gines 407-778-7602

Fairfield Inn & Suites- Flamingo Crossing

$169.00* Paul Varna 860-480-3432
Home2Suites - Flammingo Crossing $169.00* Paul Varna 860-480-3432
TownPlace Orlando Theme Park/Lake Buena Vista $174.00* Nicole Belue - 407-635-8508
SpringHill Suites Orlando Theme Park / LBV $174.00* Nicole Belue - 407-635-8508
Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort $169 Leigh Swogger 407-597-5100


Optional Football Hotels - Naples Area    
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott $209.00  
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott $209.00  
Fairfield By Marriott Bonita Springs $209.00  
Staybridge Suites Naples/Marco Island $229.00  
Home2Suites Ft. Myers Colonial $265.00  
Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Myers Colonial $198.00  
Courtyard Gulf Coast Town Center $179.00  
Spring Hill Suites Ft. Myers Airport $159.00  
Mariott Residence Inn Ft. Myers Sanibel $169.00  


*See hotel details for breakfast specials.
None of the above rates include taxes, which you are responsible for. Florida Tax rates are approxiately 13.5%. Prices may vary slightly, but are unlikey to change.

Friends & Family

Family and friends you are not required to stay within the AYF/AYC reserved room block or at AYF/AYC's official lodging establishments; however, enough rooms have been reserved to accommodate all our attendees, as well as their friends and families. Room blocks will be held until the last team/squad who qualifies for nationals, secures their rooms.

If you are booking a room as a family member, friend, volunteer and/or spectator and you want to stay in one of the approved AYF hotels and wish to receive the same AYF/AYC discounted pricing You MUST: Call the hotel directly at the phone number listed below and Identify yourself when making the reservation as attending the AYF/AYC event.


Booking Codes and Booking Procedure

IMPORTANT: AYC will only issue Player Credentials based on the hotel room reservations tied to Team Booking Codes.

How to book hotel rooms for the American Youth Cheer National Championships®:

Step 1. Qualify for AYF/AYC National Championships.
Teams/squads will only be able to register and book rooms once they have qualified for participation in the National Championships by placing in a regional championship, or an AYF sanctioned qualifier..

Step 2. Register your team/squad via the National Competition On-line Registration Platform.
Upon completion of the on-line registration form, each team will receive a unique Team Booking Code.

Step 3. Call an AYC-approved hotel (listed below) and give the hotel's reservation specialist your Team Booking Code to make your approved booking in the AYC room-block.
PLEASE NOTE: Simply booking a reservation in an AYC-approved hotel will not meet AYC's requirements and your team will not be eligible to play in the National competition (this includes mighty-mites). The Team Booking Code must be given to hotel booking staff at the time of reservation for your team to be eligible.

Required Number of Rooms

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Credentialing and Hotel Policy

AYC will issue (4) four OFFICIAL PLAYER/COACH CREDENTIALS per hotel room reserved for the week of the event. (i.e. if a team books 7 hotel rooms for the event using its AYC booking number, they will receive 28 Participant/Coach Credentials for his/her players/cheerleaders and coaches.

Meaning only 28 credentials will be alloted (kids and coaches) and 28 persons will be allowed to participate in the National Championships.

NOTE: If a team books 8 rooms and is entitled to receive 32 player credentials, but only has 30 players on its official roster, AYC will withhold the 2 extra credentials.

ALSO: If a team books 9 rooms and is entitled to receive 36 player credentials, and that team has up to 3 extra players, that team will not be required to book an extra room, AYF will issue up to 3 player credentials to teams whose player roster is not divisible by 4.

If teams are not booked into the AYF-approved hotels with their reservations tied to their unique booking code, they will not be eligible to participate. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Teams will not be placed in the bracket/schedule if we do not have confirmation from the hotels of your reservation per your booking code.

IMPORTANT: Reservations made for participants are guaranteed reservations and are not cancelable. They cannot be canceled and require a minimum stay. If you do not show up, your credit card will still be charged.

As long as your team or squad is on the competition schedule, you will not be allowed to check out of your hotel. Once you have finished competing, the hotel will be notified and you will be able to check out.

Checking out of an approved hotel prior to your elimination from the tournament will result in your team's immediate disqualification from the tournament.

Please note that this process is imperative. Due to the large number of people traveling for this event, this strict booking process is necessary to ensure that all participants, their friends and families can be accommodated by hotels in the event area. (No exceptions will be made).


Guaranteed Games

All American Division 1 (6U to 14U, Unlimited):
8-Team Maximum Brackets with a 2 Game guarantee, with a maximum of 3 games based on game results.

All American Division 2 (6U to 14U, Unlimited):
8-Team Maximum Brackets with a 2 Game guarantee, maximum of 3 games based on game results.

Conference All Star Division (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U):
16 Team Maximum Teams with Two 8-Team Brackets (A & B), if there are more than 10 teams. 2 Game guarantee with a maximum of 4 games based on game results. The 2 Bracket Champions will play for an Overall All Star National Championship.



Still have questions? Click here for the FAQ page.



Map of AYF Venues and AYF Host Hotel

Paradise Coast Sports Complex

3940 City Gate Blvd N, Naples, FL 34117

North Collier Regional Park

15000 Livingston Rd. Naples, FL 34109

Silver Spurs Arena

1875 Silver Spur Ln, Kissimmee, FL 34744

Sea World Orlando

7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821


Tax Exemption

Tax Exemption To take advantage of tax exemption in the state of Florida, AYF members who have 501(c)3 status through AYF can fill out a Florida Certificate of Exemption and file with the state of Florida. Without filing this form, 501(c)3 organizations CANNOT use their tax benefits in Florida and will be subject to state taxes, ie. hotel tax. The form can be found at

To file for tax exemption in Florida you must include:

1. The FL exemption form (posted on

2. A copy of your determination letter from the IRS and/or the letter we issued to you that states you are a 501(c)3 under the AYF umbrella

3. A copy of the group determination letter that is available on

Please note that you will only be able to use the tax-exempt certificate if you are paying with either a company check whose name matches the tax exempt certificate or with a credit card that matches the tax exempt certificate.

The state of Florida takes 30-45 days to process and return the tax exempt certificate by mail - so you will want to process this ASAP to ensure that your leagues/teams will have it in time for Nationals.



Rental Car Information

The official partner for rental cars is Budget. If you chose Budget for your rental car needs, we encourage you to use the Fast Break option to expedite the process. The Fast Break form and information can be found at

Book your AYF/AYC Discounted Budget Rental car online.

When booking a rental through Budget, please reference our group BCD # U069037. You may book by calling 1 (800) 842-5628 or through the link above or by emaling

DO NOT TO PAY AT THE TOLL BOOTH – use the Toll Pass/EZPass lanes to avoid being double charged. Most vehicles in Florida are already equipped with the Toll Pass/ EZPass device. In the event there is not one, the PlatePay system will recognize the plate as a Budget rental vehicle and the charges will be applied that way.


School Travel Letters

Academic Letter Football & Cheer