2009 - 2010 UGA Spirit Program (Cheerleaders, Mascots and Mic Person)

Row 1: Tiffany Burgess, Abby Gorman, Tiffany Nicole Ward, Sam Lavoie, Paige Martin, Katie Lively, Katy Vining, Chanise Hart, Amanda McMillan
 
Row 2:
Erin McNealy, Jacquelyn Nelson, Megan Gay, Casey Denney, Sasha Dlugolenski, Rene Whatley, Erica Smith, Kelly Hall, Casey Cool, Megan Trammell, Ashley Hines
 
Row 3:
Mallory Gilliam, Jackie Molloy, Bria Barnes, Jennifer Grant, Katie McCreary, Shelby Flowe, Alli Falkenstrom
 
Row 4:
Andrew German, Chuck Jenkins, Jess Sandlin, Paul Beck, Hairy Dawg, Seth Boulet, Jaryd Green, Alex McCurley, Alex Smith
 
Not Pictured:
Scotti Cantrell, Jonathan Carter, Lauren Medinger, Josh Patterson, Allyson Quinn, Stephanie Ross
 
Spirit Coordinator:
Ben O'Brien

The Bulldog Cheerleading Experience
The place to be this fall on Saturday afternoons is Athens, Georgia. There, "BETWEEN THE HEDGES," you will find the Georgia Cheerleaders cheering on the Dawgs in front of 92,000+ screaming fans! Our Cheerleaders also have the best seats in the house for UGA Men's and Women's Basketball games, UGA Volleyball matches and UGA Gym Dog Gymnastics meets! We want YOU to join us. Come find out why "IT'S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!"

A long tradition of excellence defines the UGA Spirit Program supported by one of the strongest Athletic Associations in the nation. Dedicated to cheering the Dawgs to victory, these athletes work extremely hard year round. Cheering for football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics at the University of Georgia is both mentally and physically demanding. Our program outlines strict rules for academic and athletic excellence to which all participants must adhere. The training regimen consists of weight training, aerobic conditioning and scheduled cheer practices. Our program inspires young men and women who pride themselves as exemplary student-athletes, both in the classroom and on and off the field and court, to be the best that they can be.

NEW!!! Information for the 2009 - 2010 Season

UGA Spirit Program Tryout Information Announced for 2009 - 2010 Season
Tryouts for UGA Cheerleading (Co-Ed and All-Girl Programs), Mascots (Hairy Dawg and Spike) and the Mic Person will be held 4/16/09 - 4/19/09. You must be present for all days of tryouts. No tryouts via video tape! Additional information regarding tryouts, sample skill requirements and the tryout application can be found in the attached documents. Please view and read each document carefully! Please also note, the tryout application and application packet MUST be received in the UGA Spirit Office no later than 4/9/09, in order to tryout for the 2009 - 2010 season!!!

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General information 2009-2010
Our Spirit Program currently consists of 2 Small Co-Ed Cheerleading squads (each composed of Co-Ed and All-Girl Cheerleaders), 2 Hairy Dog Mascots, 2 Spike Mascots and 1 Mic Person.

Co-Ed Cheerleading
The Co-Ed Cheerleading program at UGA consists of 6 - 8 couples who cheer at all home football games, specified away football games, specified bowl games, home men's and women's basketball games, specified basketball tournaments, home volleyball matches, home gymnastics meets and other athletic events, as assigned.

All-Girl Cheerleading
The All-Girl Cheerleading program at UGA consists of 20 - 24 females who cheer at all home football games, specified away football games, specified bowl games, home men's and women's basketball games, specified basketball tournaments, home volleyball matches, home gymnastics meets and other athletic events, as assigned.

Competition
The University of Georgia currently competes with an All-Girl Competition cheerleading squad at UCA College Nationals in Orlando, FL in January. The All-Girl Competition squad is comprised of the top female members from both the Co-Ed and All-Girl Cheerleading squads. Members of this squad still cheer for all required UGA athletic events, and practices for competition are in addition to regular spirit squad practices. Tryouts for the All-Girl Competition squad will be by invitation only and members of this squad will be announced after regular spirit squad tryouts have taken place. January, 2009 was just the second time UGA ever sent an All-Girl Competition squad to compete at UCA College Nationals and the squad placed 7th in the nation for Division I All-Girl squads.

Mascots
Our costumed mascots consist of 2 Hairy Dog mascots and 2 Spike mascots. Hairy Dog performs at all home and away football games, bowl games, home men's and women's basketball games, basketball tournaments, home gymnastics meets, and other athletic events, as assigned. Spike performs at all home volleyball matches, home men's and women's basketball games and other athletic events, as assigned.

Mic Person
We have 1 mic person who attends all home football games, selected away football games and bowl games, selected home basketball games and selected home gymnastics meets. The purpose of the Mic Person is to lead the UGA student section, as well as the entire Bulldog Nation, in cheers.

Eligibility Requirements for the Spirit Program
Anyone interested in trying out for the UGA Spirit Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a full-time student currently enrolled at UGA (must be enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester, and must pass a minimum of 24 hours per academic year).
  • Incoming high school seniors must present their official letter of acceptance to UGA at the time of tryouts. Transfer students must also present an official letter of acceptance to UGA at the time of tryouts. Those without an official acceptance letter at the time of tryouts will only be permitted to tryout for alternate status.
  • Must maintain at least a 2.50 Cumulative GPA (UGA GPA) while attending UGA.
  • Graduate Students are permitted to tryout only if they have eligibility remaining (see below).
  • Individuals may only be a member of the UGA Spirit Program for a total of 4 years, per NCAA regulations. Eligibility from prior institutions counts towards overall eligibility.

Stipend Information
Stipends are awarded to all members of the Spirit Program who adhere to the Performance Standards Contract. Stipends are based on years of service to the program and the amount varies each year. Stipends for the 2008 - 2009 season ranged from $550 - $850 per semester. Stipend amounts for the 2009 - 2010 season have not yet been determined.

In addition, a small "Performance Stipend" will be awarded at the end of each semester to all members who maintain at least a 3.00 semester GPA and who satisfy all requirements as set forth in the Performance Standards Contract.

Members named to the All-Girl Competition cheerleading squad will also receive an additional stipend after UCA College Nationals for their efforts on this squad.

Practice Schedule
Our year begins in the summer with a pre-camp workshop and a weekend at college camp. Once we return from camp, we continue with a week of 2-a-day practices, leading up to the start of the school year. Once classes are in session, regular spirit squad practices are held 3 times per week. Strength and conditioning training takes place an additional 2 - 3 times per week. All members of the Spirit Program will need to be available for practices and weights/conditioning in the mornings between 7:00 - 9:00 AM and in the evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 PM.

Contact Information
If you would like more information regarding academics at and admission to The University of Georgia, please call 706-542-2112 or write to:

University of Georgia Admissions, Terrell Hall, Athens, GA 30602

If you have additional questions regarding the Spirit Program at the University of Georgia, please contact Ben O'Brien, Spirit Coordinator:

(706) 542-1172 (phone); 706-542-2927 (fax); beno@sports.uga.edu (e-mail)

University of Georgia Athletic Association, Attn: Ben O'Brien, Spirit Coordinator 100 Smith Street Athens, GA 30602