Cheerleaders 2015 Tryout Information

Tryout Application

Thank you for your interest in Arkansas Tech University's Spirit Squads! Please see the information below regarding Round 1- Video Tryouts or attendance at the Spirit Interest Clinicand Round 2 Final Tryouts. Should you have any questions, please contact Spirit Squad staff, at 479.968.0276 or spiritsquads@atu.edu

As you review our website, please be aware of the time commitments that are required as a member of Arkansas Tech University's Spirit Squads. Spirit Squad members are representatives of the University and are asked to be in attendance at a variety of events.

  • All home football games. (Tech Cheer travels to select away games.)
  • All home women's and men's basketball games. (Tech Cheer travels to any tournament games.)
  • All volleyball conference home games. (Golden Girls attend select games.)
  • Practices: 4 to 5 days a week for 2 hours
  • Conditioning: 2 to 3 times a week. These can be held outside of practice.
  • Study Hall: 4 hours a week
  • Special Events: Orientation events, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Homecoming events, parades, University events, public appearances, etc.
  • Community Service

All interested participants shouldeither attend the Spirit Interest Clinic on February 21st ORsubmit the following with their Round 1 Video Tryout. See below for details regarding Round 1 Video Tryouts.

  • Submit Spirit Squad Application online through the website
  • Copy of current primary insurance and policy number
  • Current Physical Examination (Additional physical exam will be required if selected before camp begins.)
  • 5x7 headshot picture of participant only
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or meet the university entry requirements (Please send a copy of transcript.)

Freshmen/Transfer Requirements:

  • Proof of intent to enroll (letter of acceptance)

Current Student Requirements:

  • Must be full-time student (enrolled in at least 12 hours)
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University

After Round 1 video submissions are reviewed or the interested participant has attended the Spirit Interest Clinic, the Arkansas Tech Spirit Squad staff will contact you regarding Round 2 Final Tryouts. If invited, a tryout fee of $30.00 (nonrefundable) is due on the first day of clinics, May 7, 2015. Make checks payable to Arkansas Tech University. All tryout travel is at the personal expense of the participant.

*Videos and tryout packets are due Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by 5 pm. Please send tryout information along with video link to spiritsquads@atu.edu by this date.

 

Round 1: Attend the Spirit Interest Clinic on February 21, 2015.

OR

Round 1: Video Tryouts

All interested participantsthat are not attending the Spirit Interest Clinic should submit a video to Arkansas Tech Spirit Squad staff via YouTube showcasing their skills and technique. On the video, please include your name, high school, the squad in which you are interested, and why you want to be a Golden Girl or a Tech Cheerleader. See below for the skills and technique that should be showcased on the video for each squad. All skills listed should be included on video and should be filmed facing the camera. Please feel free to showcase skills that may be more advanced that are not listed below. Skills can be in any order. All videos should be uploaded to YouTube. The link to the video must be sent with the required tryout information to spiritsquads@atu.edu at one time. Please use participant's name as the subject of the e-mail.

*When uploading video to YouTube, under privacy settings choose the unlisted setting. Please use participants name as the title of the video. Copy and paste the URL of the video to the e-mail being sent to spiritsquads@atu.edu.

Tech Cheer: Performance: Females only!

  • Your School's Fight Song (One time through, do not repeat.)(Design own routine if not previously on a squad.)
  • Your School's Sideline Chant (One)

Tumbling: (No use of spotters.)

Females

  • Standing Back Handspring
  • Standing Back Tuck (preferred)
  • Toe-Touch Back Handspring or Tuck
  • Running Tumbling Pass-Minimum of Back Handspring Series

Males (optional but preferred)

  • Standing Back Handspring and/or Tuck
  • Toe-Touch Back Handspring and/or Tuck
  • Running Tumbling

Stunting:Males required! (females preferred)

  • Toss Hands
  • Solid Stunts from toss hands-extensions, liberties, etc. (preferred)

*Females feel free to include all girl and/or coed stunting in your video, but it is not required.

Clothing:Females: Please wear spandex shorts with a sports bra (any color) and solid white cheer shoes. Please wear hair up and off the face.

Males: Please wear athletic shorts, a t-shirt or tank top, and solid white cheer shoes.

*Note: Tech Cheer does have midriff tops that are worn throughout year.

 

 

Round 2: Final Tryouts

General Information:

  • Clinic: May 7, 2015 from 9:00am-12:30 pm in Hull 111 and 112 (Dance Studio and Double Gym)
  • Open Gym/Practice Time/Interviews: May 7, 2015 from 1:30pm-4:00pm in Hull 111 and 112 (Dance Studio and Double Gym)
  • Tryouts: May 8, 2015 from 9:00am-12:00 pm in Hull 111 and 112 (Dance Studio and Double Gym)
  • Team will be announced shortly following the last group to tryout.
  • If participant makes the squad, one must stay following the announcement for team meeting, including fittings for uniforms and important paperwork.

*All interviews, clinics, and tryouts are closed to the public.

Tech Cheer Minimum Required Cheer Skills

Performance Evaluation: Females only!(Motion Technique, Sharpness, Memorization, Voice Projection, Enthusiasm/Spirit, Collegiate Appearance)

  • Fight Song- Taught at Clinic (Must Have Back Handspring)
  • Sideline Chant- Participants will learn and perform chant at tryout

Tumbling: (Spotters will not be available.)

Females

  • Standing Back Handspring
  • Standing Back Tuck (preferred)
  • Toe-Touch Back Handspring or Tuck (preferred)
  • Running Tumbling Pass-Minimum of Back Handspring Series

Males (optional but preferred)

  • Standing Back Handspring and/or Tuck
  • Toe-Touch Back Handspring and/or Tuck
  • Running Tumbling

Stunting:

  • Single
    • Base
    • Fly
    • Back-spot
  • Group
    • Heel-stretch
    • Full Down
  • Partner
    • Toss to Hands
    • Toss to Hands Extension
    • Toss Chair

Clothing:

Females: Please wear spandex shorts with a sports bra (any color) and solid white cheer shoes. Please wear hair half up with a white bow along with game day makeup. Absolutely no jewelry should be worn. Any tattoos must be covered.

Males: Please wear athletic shorts, a black t-shirt or tank top, and solid white cheer shoes. Absolutely no jewelry should be worn. Any tattoos must be covered.

*Note: Tech Cheer does have midriff tops that are worn throughout year.