Video Requirements for 2020-2021 Tryouts
- You must upload your video to YouTube. Select “unlisted” when uploading.
- Turn your YouTube link in using THIS FORM by 8:00pm on Saturday, April 25th. You will also need to turn in a headshot (photo from the shoulders up) with your tryout number clearly visible. Samples available on the form.
- Name your video “#17 Mercy Cheer Tryout 2020” (Using the number that is assigned to you at your interview).
- You may NOT pause or edit your video. You must do the full routine start to finish in one take.
- Use the correct link to play your music for the dance. Do not use the YouTube videos with the instructors.
- Be as close to the camera as possible while still showing your full body. You need to be seen from head to toe, but you should not be so far away that your facial expressions are not visible.
- Your video should follow this order:
- Sideline Cheer (spirit after)
- Performance Cheer (spirit after)
- Dance (spirit after)
- Right Kick, Left Kick, Hurdler, Herkie, Toe Touch (spirit once after completing all 5)
Tips for Success
- Follow the video requirements! See above. Anyone not following the requirements will be asked to re-submit a new video.
- Dress correctly. Take care in your appearance! In your tryout video, you must wear black shorts or black leggings and a plain solid black or solid white t-shirt or tank top (no visible writing or designs). Wear cheer/athletic shoes. Hair should be pulled back from face, either in a full or half ponytail. Do not wear jewelry. No chewing gum. You may wear a bow, as long as it is not the cheer team bow.
- Be enthusiastic. Often, people can focus so much on remembering steps that they will look lost, introverted, or distracted. Remind yourself to be energetic!
- Smile! This is key to being a cheerleader! Even if you mess up during your tryout, don’t let it show on your face. The judges are not only looking for how well you do the cheers, but how you generally handle yourself in front of a group of people.
- Be loud. That doesn’t mean shrieking or screaming, but projecting with confidence. You’ll have to show that you can be heard above a noisy crowd, so work on your “cheer voice.”
- Don’t say “woo!” Make sure you have several phrases and words of encouragement you can use.
- Don’t be afraid of “looking dumb.” A lot of people feel silly cheering in front of a small panel of judges. Don’t forget- cheerleading involves a lot of acting! The judges will want to see that you can turn on your “cheerleader attitude” no matter what the circumstances are. Just go for it!
- Research. Watch the “Basic Skills Videos” available on this website. You can also do your own research on YouTube! It is a great place to look up videos of professional/collegiate cheerleaders to get an idea of what experienced cheerleaders do to be successful. Learn from the best!
- Read the sample score sheet. This will help you understand what types of things you will be scored on, including at the clinics and at the tryout. Download the score sheet using the link above.
- Ask for help. The outgoing Captains will be available via email or text to answer your questions. Coach Regele will also be more than willing to give you pointers and advice via email.
- Prepare for your interview. See below for questions and details.
- Have fun!
Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday and Thursday of tryout week from 3:00-5:00pm via Zoom. SIGN UP HERE for your 5 minute interview slot. If you are applying for Varsity Captain, sign up for 10 minutes (two back-to-back slots).
All potential cheerleaders will answer three of the questions below. The interview score will be based on:
- General Attitude Toward Cheerleading
- Listening/Following Instructions
- Willingness to Try
- Working Well with Others
- Leadership Quality
- Why do you want to be on the cheerleading team?
- What assets do you think you will bring to the team?
- What do you think of the school spirit at our school? How do you think the cheerleading team can build it?
- What would you do if a member of your squad had a bad attitude?
- What characteristics do you feel are most important for cheerleaders to possess?
- Do you feel cheerleaders are an important part of the athletic program? Why?
- How can you get teachers and parents involved with school spirit?
- Why should a cheerleader be responsible for maintaining good grades?
- If you had a conflict with another team member how would you handle it?
- What are ways returning team members can make new members feel welcome?
- What aspects of the cheerleading team most need improvement?
- What is a new idea you would like to see implemented in next year’s program?