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 to see which squad works best for you (not required-details below).

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.tsutigers.com

Click on:

  1.       Inside Athletics
  2.       Sports Medicine
  3.        Print both:
  •          Pre-Participation Examination Form
  •          Indemnity Agreement

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)

 

VIDEOS

We will be accepting preview videos starting January 16 th -March 31 st   that should include an introduction, jumps, cheer or chant that clearly displays motions, tumbling, stunting, and dance/routine. This is required for an invite to the official tryout. Please email video to tsucheer@gmail.com with the subject CHEER 2017 . 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.

One week prior to tryouts we will be sending out emails with a video of the fight song, floor cheer, and sideline to candidates who are invite to the tryouts in April.

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.

   

2017-2018 Cheerleading Tryouts April 21-23, 2017

(For candidates who were invited from videos submissions only)

Tryout Itinerary:

DAY 1      (Indoor Practice Facility)

4:00 PM Doors Open, Check in, stretch

4:30 PM Preliminary testing begins

Women Only:

  •          Learning ability- we quickly teach a sideline chant- rated 1 to 5
  •         Flexibility- heel stretch or bow, scorpion, and arabesque- rated 1-5

 

Everyone:

  •          Toe touch jump- rated 1 to 5

 

Stunts  

Choose two positions: partner flyer, group flyer, partner base (gentlemen), group base (ladies), group back spot (either)

  •         Partner Stunts: Hands- rated 1 to 5
  •         Group-Stunts: Lib, Cradle- rated 1 to 5

 

Learn/Review-

  •         Jumps—toe touch, three-jump combination (whip between)
  •          Can substitute standing tuck for last jump
  •         Fight song
  •         Floor Cheer & Sideline chant
  •          Stunts
  •         Practice tumbling (running or standing)

9:00 PM 1st Round cuts made

10:00 PM Dismissal

 

DAY 2       (Indoor Practice Facility)

9:00 AM   Panel Interviews  (Business Casual attire)

9:45 AM   Group Stretch

10:15 AM  Choreography Review

12:00 NOON  - 3:45 PM  Lunch Break/Rest

4:00 PM   Stretch

4:30 PM  Evaluations

8:00 PM Group Meeting For Tryout

8:30 PM Dississal

 

DAY 3      (Indoor Practice Facility)

8:30 AM Doors Open, stretch

Review Session- review all material learned and finalize stunts

  •          BREAK to relocate, fix hair, grab a snack 11:30 AM-12:30pm
  •          1:00 PM Tryouts!!! (Indoor Practice Facility)

 

Stunt Scoring

See Low to High  http://youtu.be/3-iZa2SWmKg

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 one week prior to scheduled tryout weekend.  Send to:

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

OR via interoffice mail on-campus

 


MORE INFORMATION

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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