Tips for Success
- Dress correctly. Wear shorts and a comfortable t-shirt for the clinics. The day of the group tryouts, you must wear black shorts and a plain solid black or solid white t-shirt. Wear cheer/athletic shoes to clinic and tryouts. Hair should be pulled back from face, either in a full or half ponytail. Do not wear jewelry. No chewing gum. Take care in your appearance. 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. YouTube 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! UCA (Universal Cheerleading Association) has many different sample videos.
- 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. Seniors will be at tryouts to answer any questions and help you along the way. Coach Regele will also be more than willing to give you pointers and advice at the clinics.
- Prepare for your interview. See below for questions and details.
- Have fun!
Interviews will be conducted on the second day of clinic. 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?