LSU Cheerleading Tryouts and Pre-Tryout Clinics
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Tryout Prep Clinics (Optional)
Date: Oct. 13, 2019
Location: LSU's Carl Maddox Field House
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2020-21 LSU Cheerleading Tryouts
Location: TBD (Please check @LSUcheer on social media for updates.)
Cheer Tryout Material
Video of material that will be evaluated in tryouts will be posted to the LSU Cheerleading Facebook page by Friday, April 5, 2019. Participants are to learn material prior to tryouts. Material will be reviewed but not taught at tryouts.
Tentative Tryout Schedule *
Check-in at 5 p.m. at Women's Basketball Practice Facility (enter near Shaq statue behind Maravich Center); 5-9 p.m. – Material Review, First Cut (fight song, standing and running tumbling, stunts)
8 a.m. - noon; Second cut, 2-9 p.m.; Third cut followed by interviews.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Final interviews and cuts; Team meeting, fitting, picture.
* Times are approximate and itinerary is subject to change as needed.
Female attire: Fitted shorts and fitted sleeveless waist length sports top. LSU colors or black, grey or white. Hair half up with a bow towards the back (sides pulled back: no pony tails). Game day makeup.
Male attire: Clean cut hair style, no facial hair. Polo style shirt or T-shirt with gym shorts. T-shirts should not have any advertisement other than LSU.
IMPORTANT: Spirit Squad Application and Forms (found under "Related Links" on this page) must be received by the Wednesday prior to tryouts. Forms must be mailed - NO EMAILED applications will be accepted.
Tryout packets can be dropped off at the LSU Athletic Admin Building, N. Stadium & Nicholson Dr, there is a drop off basket on the 4th floor.
Spirit Squad Tryout Process
Tryout prep clinics will be held throughout the year to assist in tryout preparations. These clinics are not mandatory and a fee will be charged.
PHASE 1: April
Tryouts will consist of a 3 day evaluation/cut process where the material presented via a social media will be evaluated in person. There will be cuts throughout the tryout weekend until approximately 18 -24 cheer couples are chosen. See sample itinerary.
PHASE 2: July
Participants will participate in a 2 day evaluation, with a cut if necessary. Material and ability level from Phase 1 will be expected. Followed by 3 days of practice and summer camp in July.
PHASE 3: August
There will be a week-long practice the week prior to the start of school. If additional cuts are warranted they will be made during this phase. Cuts during the 2 & 3 phases will be based on the person's ability to maintain their performance level, as well as, the person's ability to work with their peers and coaches.
How can I prepare for LSU Cheerleading tryouts?
We are looking for a well-rounded individual. First and foremost an outgoing personality as well as good character is very important. The LSU cheerleaders are highly visible within our community and therefore must be able to represent the University in a positive way. Grades and how well you work with our coaches will also be considered at tryouts. Good collegiate style motions, tumbling and stunts (ability to top and base) are equally as important. Commitment to a full year of participation is mandatory.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW: We start in April with tryouts, we meet 1 week in July and we start formal practices in mid-August. Games begin the first weekend in September and the season finishes up the following April. We cheer Volleyball, Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Gymnastics and Beach Volleyball. We also participate in additional athletic department events and campus and community service activities during the year, including school holidays. Approximately 15-20 hours a week will be committed to Spirit Squads.
Tumbling: Standing back tucks and standing back handspring tucks are the norm for our squad. Running tumbling ranges. Most girls have layouts and full twist or a specialty pass. The guys range from no running tumbling to specialty passes. Typically, the first thing we do at tryouts is a standing tumbling cut for the girls. Depending on the number of males we have at tryouts, a standing tumbling cut is possible. Both girls and guys have a first round motion cut so it is important to also have good collegiate style motions. Jumps are not performed.
Stunts: Local cheer gyms and college squads are good resources for private stunt lessons. Our girls base pyramids and top stunts, therefore coed stunting is essential. Our gold squad members typically have full up stunts, rewinds and handspring up stunts. Purple squad members have basic stunts such as extensions, liberties, walk-in stunts as well as toss stunts. Being able to stunt with multiple stunt partners, not just one person is a necessity. When we are choosing our team, we consider who is flexible to move around among partners and positions. We also consider if the person can easily make corrections.
Motions: If you do not cheer on a high school squad and you are on a competitive team only, please consider getting a private coach to assist you with "game day" cheerleading. Being talented is important but you must also know how to "lead a crowd" and cheer in front of fans, not just judges. Yelling loud with natural collegiate cheering expressions, sharp motions and good motion placement is very important.
We do not have a weight or height restriction. Size ranges fluctuate from year to year.
Attending one of our spring one day clinics is helpful as you will gain an inside perspective on our tryout process. It is also a good idea to attend one of our games to see our cheerleaders in action. All portions of tryouts are closed to the public. Evaluators will consist of the coaches and athletic department staff members. The purpose of the tryout is to choose the best all-around representatives for LSU.
For more information regarding the LSU Cheerleading Squad, contact the LSU Spirit Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application to Tryout:
All participants must be full time LSU students, transfer students or incoming freshman.
The below forms must be received the Wednesday prior to tryouts: Faxed and Emailed forms will not be accepted.
Tryout packets may be dropped off at the LSU Athletic Admin Building, N. Stadium & Nicholson Dr, there is a drop off basket on the 4th floor.
Pauline Zernott – Cheerleading Tryouts
LSU Athletic Admin Bldg.
N. Stadium Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
The below info must be received the Wednesday prior to tryouts:
- LSU Spirit Squad Application (if under 18 must be signed by guardian) | Print It
- Copy of insurance card (front and back)
- Proof of grades / admissions**
** Those with admissions pending must attach a copy of their admissions application and any paperwork they have received from the admissions office. Also if not accepted yet, an audit of grades to show GPA and ACT or SAT scores will be high enough to be accepted to LSU.
- If you are under 18, your tryout application form MUST BE SIGNED by a parent or guardian in order to participate.
- Applicants must provide complete insurance information to participate in the clinics and tryouts. Squad members must maintain insurance all year to be an active team member.