Everyone loves summer break but one thing that may lurk in the back of your mind is, “Am I going to make the team?”  High School Varsity Cheer tryout time is here. 

So how do you prepare to make the team?  There are too many things to remember and worry about.  Here is a list of things you need to think about and prepare for.  There are a limited number of spots on the team and various skills are required.  The team is not made up of all flyers or bases of course.  Every high school has different criteria, has different size teams and has different talent pools to choose from. 

A lot of things are considered when those slots are filled.  As always, there will be some preferential treatment.  I am sorry to say.  Having children involved in varsity sports at school, I know the competition is fierce.  In addition, all the juniors who have been cheering for the last three years are sure to make the team leaving limited number of slots open for veteran team members and then last but not least…the new team members. 

I have listed some of the things to consider before trying out.  Don’t give up if you haven’t made the team.  Slots may open up.  Talk with the coaches and find out how you can make the team next time.  There are sure to tell you what went wrong.  It may just be a numbers problem.  Too many veterans and not enough spots.

My advice is to check out the pointers below and KEEP CALM….DO YOU BEST…MAKE THE TEAM.

 

Selections will be made on some of the following criteria:

Appropriate attire at tryouts:

Soffe Shorts or spandex shorts (no denim)

White t-shirt, no logos

Socks and athletic shoes

Hair pulled back from face

No jewelry (this includes any piercings-nose, eyebrow, ear, etc.)

No gum

No colored fingernail polish

No need to wear your cheer makeup during tryouts

Appearance:

Confident and enthusiastic

Neatly dressed, good posture

Well rested

Knowledge Skills:

Confidently exhibit cheers/chants/jumps/motions/dance

Know the sequence and precision of movements

Do not look around to others for help

Make few mistakes and recover quickly without drawing attention

Jumps:

Know required jumps (toe touch, herkie, side hurdler, front hurdler, etc)

Have good height, straight back, and exact positioning of legs

Have smooth prep, execution, and landing

Chant/Cheer:

Have sharp, precise movements

Be loud, audible and have voice projection

Synchronize with other members

Be energetic and full of enthusiasm

Have correct arms, length hand position

Have correct timing

Dance:

Synchronize with other members

Be energetic and full of enthusiasm

Have correct rhythm and timing

Know the sequence and precision of movements

Do not look around to others for help

Make few mistakes and recover quickly without drawing attention

Tumbling: (depending on requirements):

Perfect the Cartwheel or Round Off, Back Handspring and Round Off Back Handspring

If you have any suggestions, share the knowledge below!

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Everyone loves summer break but one thing that may lurk in the back of your mind is, “Am I going to make the team?”  High School Varsity Cheer tryout time is here.  So how do you prepare to make the team?  There are too many things to remember and worry...