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Cheer Tryouts

May 16-20, 2018

We are excited that you have chosen the University of Mississippi as your institution for higher education. Tryouts for the 2018-19 season are set for May 16-20, 2018. The coed team will be evaluated May 17-18 and the all girl evaluations will begin on the evening of May 18. The following information will answer any questions you might have about tryout weekend.

We are looking for dedicated candidates who are able to represent Ole Miss in a positive way on gameday, social media and in the community. This will include strong gameday performance, ability to lead the crowd, attitude/work ethic, professionalism/speaking skills, physical fitness, academic performance, stunting/tumbling execution and appearance.

All candidates must be accepted, currently enrolled or have a pending application to the University of Mississippi prior to tryouts. The following items need to be turned in to tryout:

  • Completed 7-page tryout application
  • Proof of acceptance letter, copy of UM Student ID or proof of application submitted to UM
  • Completed camp/clinic release and consent form
  • Copy of physical or signature of physician on medical release and health information section
  • Copy of your current medical insurance card
  • Tryout fee: $50 for 1 team or $85 for both
  • The deadline to mail in tryouts packets has passed. If you have not mailed your packet in, you are welcome to bring your packet to registration with a $20 late registration fee.

***Wednesday May 16 - Open practice from 5:30-8 p.m. for anyone wishing to tryout over the weekend. All practices and tryout days are closed to the public.

Tryout Schedule:

Location: Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center

Attire: Ladies: sports bra and spandex shorts (no loose-fitting shorts), ribbon, cheer shoes and socks. Please look “gameday ready” with hair and makeup done. Please bring running shorts, tank and running shoes for the fitness evaluation.

Men: Athletic t-shirt, athletic shorts and shoes. Please bring a change of clothes for the fitness evaluation.

Please bring a water bottle and snack if needed.

Coed Tryouts

Material being evaluated:

Fight song and band chant: Proper motion technique, placement and sharpness of motions, voice projection and overall appeal. The fight song requires a standing tuck and a toss extension, lib or full up. The skills will be evaluated on their execution and difficulty.

Fight Song Routine Video | Rock N Roll Routine Video

Tumbling: Standing and running tumbling will be evaluated on execution and difficulty. A standing tuck is required.

Fitness Test: A series of fitness exercises will be performed, including a mile run in under eight minutes.

Interview: Ability to quickly and accurately answer questions about yourself and the University of Mississippi.

Elite Stunt: This stunt sequence will be evaluated on execution and difficulty. It must include one elite skill (spinning or flipping), one transition and one dismount. All top girls must show a double down from a body position.

**Bonus**: Top girls that are able to perform a college level basket toss may do so on the final day of tryouts.

Thursday, May 17:

8 a.m.: Registration in the Tad Smith Coliseum

9 a.m.: Tryouts begin

Day 1 Material: Fight song, band chant, tumbling, fitness test

5 p.m.: Tryouts end for the day

Friday, May 18

8 a.m.: Check in for Day 2

9 a.m.: Tryouts begin and will continue throughout the day

Day 2 Material: Interview, elite stunt sequence, basket tosses

**The coed team will be announced by approximately 5 p.m. First team meeting/practice will be on Sunday, May 20

ALL GIRL TRYOUTS

The all girl team will be comprised of the best combination of athletes, not necessarily the best individual athletes.

Material being evaluated:

Fight song and band chant: Proper motion technique, placement and sharpness of motions, voice projection and overall appeal. The fight song requires a standing tuck and a toss extension, lib or full up. The skills will be evaluated on their execution and difficulty.

Tumbling: Standing and running tumbling will be evaluated on execution and difficulty. A standing tuck is required.

Fitness Test: A series of fitness exercises will be performed, including a mile run in under eight minutes.

Interview: Ability to quickly and accurately answer questions about yourself and the University of Mississippi.

Elite Stunt: This stunt sequence will be evaluated on execution and difficulty. It must include one elite skill (spinning or flipping), one transition and one dismount. All top girls must show a double down from a body position. If you are able to base and backspot, please show both. You may show one in the fight song and another position in the elite stunt sequence.

**Bonus**: Top girls that are able to perform a college level basket toss may do so on the final day of tryouts.

Friday, May 18:

6 p.m.: Registration in the Tad Smith Coliseum

7 p.m.: Tryouts begin

Day 1 Material: Fight song, tumbling

Saturday, May 19

8 a.m.: Check in for Day 2

9 a.m.: Tryouts begin

Day 2 Material: Fitness test, band chant, interview, elite stunt sequence, basket tosses

The all girl team will be announced late saturday night or early sunday morning. The first team meeting/practice will be on Sunday, May 20