Future Cheerleaders

 
Before the clinics and tryout

Please make sure you are committed to being a student here by applying for admittance. Making the squad will not ensure admittance to our university. ( www.tnstate.edu )

Learn more about our squads by checking out our website.   ( www.tnstate.edu/cheerleaders )

We currently have two (2) squads; Coed (All females must fly with a male base) and All Girl/small coed.

We highly recommend you attend tryout clinics when they are offered to see which squad works best for you (not required-details).

Make sure you are in top physical condition by stretching, working out, and practicing your skills.

Make sure you have a current physical, your sports physical should be on file at your school and with your Doctor. You will need a copy.

All participants must sign a TSU cheer liability waiver and TSU athletic Indemnity Agreement waiver before participating in any TSU cheerleading open gyms or tryouts. If you are younger than 18, participant and parents/guardian must sign the liability waiver before you can participate. Please read, print, sign, and bring to clinics and tryouts.

Go to www.tnstate.edu/cheerleaders

Click on:

  1.        Become a TSU Cheerleader
  2.        Scroll to bottom
  3.        Print:
  •         Download Application Packet below (Type the entire packet and submit with video)

 

***Bring all completed documents along with a picture to the registration on April 26th at 5:00pm.

 

VIDEOS

We will be accepting preview videos starting February 1st - March 31st  that should include an introduction, jumps,  cheer or chant that clearly displays motions, all tumbling mastered, all stunting skills mastered, and dance/routine (females only). This is required for an invite to the official tryout. Please email video to tsucheer@gmail.com with the subject CHEER 2019 . You will receive a simple reply “Received” which confirms we received your entire packet and video. If we do not reply within a week of your submission please follow up to confirm we received it. Preview tapes are not required but highly recommended so we can get first hand of your skill level and offer any critiques.

WHAT TO WEAR

NO JEWELRY! NO EXCEPTIONS!

Women-

Take all clinics and tryout days seriously by looking your best! Hair must be pulled away from the face with short bangs being the only exception. No stray pieces!

  •         Clinics = Wear a fitted t-shirt or tank top, athletic shorts and cheer shoes. School colors are highly preferred. Have hair in a ponytail and completely pulled away from the face. Bows are encouraged! (flyers add cheer briefs underneath your shorts)
  •        Tryouts Day 1 = Fitted black tank top or bra top, black athletic shorts, and cheer shoes. ONLY school colors/logos are allowed
  •         Tryouts Day 2 = Wear royal blue knit shorts, a plain white fitted tank top, white socks and cheer shoes. Hair pulled from the face with a royal blue, white, or red bow. Makeup must be game-ready-- eyeliner and/or mascara, blush, and lip color required at minimum.

  Men-

  •          Clinics = Wear a short sleeved t-shirt, athletic shorts, and gym shoes.
  •          Tryouts = Royal blue athletic shorts, solid white t-shirt, white socks, athletic shoes. Be clean shaven. If you wear facial hair, it must be trimmed.

 

Prom conflicts? It happens every year! Please contact Coach Pope (tsucheer@gmail.com) to arrange special accommodations if necessary. Your presence is mandatory to tryout for the squad.

   

 

TRYOUT SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Stunts

  • Performing your respective part in coed stunts and/or group stunts (main base, side base, back spot, or flyer), everyone will be evaluated on a variety of stunts that will include, but are not limited to:
    • Switch ups, Full ups, Low-High tick tocks, High-High tick tocks, BHS ups, Rewinds, Full Downs, etc.
    • Flyers must be able to pull all body positions (heel stretch, scorpion, scale, arabesque, bow and arrow) and must have Full Down from a front and side body position.
    • Must be open to trying new skills!

 

Standing & Running Tumbling

  • Standing Tuck - Required on all surfaces (mats, grass, gym floor, etc.)
  • Standing Back Handspring (one or two) to a minimum of a tuck/layout
  • Jump tumble combo
  • Minimum of a round off back handspring tuck &/or layout
  • Fulls are strongly suggested (running &/or standing)

 

Mascots

Mascot applicants need to follow the cheer time schedule. Please bring additional clothing to put on under the mascot uniform. Bring props you need with you to clinics. We have poms, megaphones, and signs you may use. All other props need to be brought with you. You do not have to know how to tumble for the mascot position.  

 

*** Fall Semester cheerleader or mascot Tryouts for the 2019-2020 season ***

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 12 noon (Prompt)

Location: Gentry Center (Main Floor)

 

***1st cut at 1:00pm after tumbling evaluations***

 

ATTIRE:  (Ladies) Black Bra Top, Black Shorts, Cheer shoes  /  (Males) Black tank top, black shorts, gym shoes

Download the application packet from the link at the bottom, print and bring with you to the tryout. 

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SPRING T RYOUT S CHEDULE

Day 1 – Friday   (Closed to candidates only)

Registration begins at 5:00 PM in the Gentry Complex All required documents are needed at this time.

5:30 PM Brief meeting and overview of tryouts

Learn tryout material

Evaluation of individual skills

  • Tumbling (Running and Standing), Stunting, etc.

**** FIRST CUT ***** 

 

Day 2 – Satuday     (Closed to candidates only)

1:00pm-6:00pm  Clinic

 

Day 3-Sunday     (Open to Public)

11am Review of tryout material and practice time

1:00pm Final tryout will begin

 

Stunt Scoring

 

 

Gentlemen -Partner Stunt and Group Power press (back spot)

1

2

3

4

5

Hands

Hands-Extend

Toss Extension

Hands-Lib

Hands-Lib (full)

Toss Lib

Power press

(unsuccessful)

Unsuccessful-substitution

Perfect Technique no full down

Perfect Technique sloppy full/catch

Perfect Technique

clean

 

Flyers -Partner Stunt, Group Stunt, and Group Ability (base or back)

1

2

3

4

5

Hands

Hands-Extend

Toss Extension

Hands-Lib

Hands-Lib (full) or Toss Lib

Low to High

(Unsuccessful)

Unsuccessful-substitution

Perfect Technique no full down

Perfect Technique sloppy full down

Perfect Technique clean full-down

Prep

Extension

Extension-full down

Lib

Lib-full down

 

Bases/Backs - Primary position, secondary position, and partner ability 

1

2

3

4

5

Low to High

(Unsuccessful)

Unsuccessful-

substitution

Perfect technique

no full down

Perfect technique

sloppy full down

Perfect technique

clean full-down

Prep

Extension

Extension-full down

Lib

Lib-full down

Shoulder Sit

Chair

*Purdue*

Hands

Hands-Extend, etc.

**Occasionally bases are asked to be the middle in pyramids--typically in Purdues. We realize we have some bases that will likely never fly, we simply ask that you try and do not let it be a deterrent for you to tryout. It can be discussed on a case-by-case basis

Tumbling/Entrance Scoring

You will be expected to perform any skills judged at try-outs for the duration of the season!  Standing BHS will be required to make the team, however we may accept alternates who have not mastered the skill previously. 

Running tumbling pass

1

2

3

4

5

No tumbling

Poor Entrance

Excellent entrance/no tumbling

Or

BHS or BHS series (add .5)

Tuck or series with tuck (add .5)

Layout or

added front tumbling

Whip pass or Full

**If for any reason you are accepted as an alternate, or even full team member, without a BHS you will be expected to work on it throughout the season. Team members will not make the team again the following year without this skill. If you are working on this skill be sure to perform it during clinics/practice time with spots. Discuss any injury with coach.

**If you wish to participate at our clinics or tryouts you must sign a liability waiver and Indemnity Agreement mentioned above. If you are not yet 18 years old your parent/guardian must also sign waivers. Please read, print, sign, and bring liability waiver and Indemnity Agreement to open gyms and tryouts.

Tips for Tryouts-

  •          Positive attitude
  •          Willingness to learn/team player
  •          Apply all corrections
  •          Enthusiasm
  •          Collegiate spirit
  •          Athletic physique
  •          Great overall health
  •          Focus on perfecting the basics before advancing, especially with stunt technique
  •          Full downs are required for maximum points
  •          Loud voice and great showmanship
  •          Tight and sharp motions are ABSOLUTELY required
  •          A standing BHS at minimum (alternates may be accepted without this skill but will be expect to work on it)
  •          GPA of 2.0 or better
  •          Placement on team is based on points, attitude, versatility, and coach's discretion.

  

Tennessee State University

Main Campus:

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37209-1561

Main: www.tnstate.edu

Athletics: www.tsutigers.com

 

Indoor Practice Facility :

1251 Schrader lane

Nashville, TN 37209

   ***For any other questions please email Coach Dwight Pope at tsucheer@gmail.com

Download Application Packet  (save to your PC; then unzip it onto your PC)


SUBMITTING APPLICATION PACKETS

Completed application packets are due with your skills video before the required deadline.  Send to:

TSU Spirit Department
PO Box 1245
3500 John Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209-1561

OR via email.

 


MORE INFORMATION

Please contact the Spirit Office:
615.963.5655
tsucheer@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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