DePaul Cheerleading 2015-2016 Fall Tryouts

DATE: Saturday September 12, 2015
TIME: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: McGrath Arena (2323 N. Sheffield Avenue Chicago, IL 60614)

REQUIREMENTS: Any full-time transfer or current full-time DePaul students are eligible to attend. Please bring your Student ID, Government Issued ID and your Insurance Card.

Upon arriving, please look for an individual wearing a blue "DePaul Cheerleading" shirt and they will direct you how to check in and where to go. At this time, please bring the attached Bio Sheet and attach a current headshot (does not have to be professional-not judged on quality-used for reference)

ATTIRE: Female Cheerleaders should wear form-fitting Blue t-shirt, tank top or sports bra with Black shorts or yoga pants and cheer/gym shoes.

Male Cheerleaders should wear Blue t-shirt or tank with Black shorts or pants and gym shoes.

Jewelry and body piercings must be removed before arriving to the gym, no exceptions. Any visible tattoos will need to be covered before arriving to the gym. Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Game-Day makeup is encouraged.

NO finger nails past your finger tips. You will be asked to cut your nails if they appear too long.

Below is a timeline of the clinic & judging process. Please read and ask any question you may have. The squad will be selected and announced by the end of the night, Saturday September 12th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2015-2016 Tryouts Timeline:
9:00 AM Check-in time
9:30 AM Clinics will begin promptly. Opportunity to learn cheer, pom routine and stunts
12:00 PM Q&A Session
2:00 PM Tryouts will begin promptly. Demonstrate skills in front of judges including cheer, pom routine, jump, stunt and tumbling.
5:00 PM Results will be posted
Followed by: First Team Meeting for the 2015-2016 DePaul Cheerleading

Each applicant will be evaluated on the following:
Cheer demonstration: Perform Demons Cheer with motions learned at clinics
Pom demonstration: Perform Pom Routine with motions learned at clinics
Technical demonstration:
      Toe Touch Jump
      Combination Jump
      Standing Back Hand Spring
      Standing Back Tuck
      Advance Running Pass
      Base/Back/Fly Extension
      Base/Back/Fly Single Leg Stunt

Cheer demonstration: Demons Cheer with motions learned at clinics
Technical demonstration:
      Standing Back Hand Spring
      Standing Back Tuck
      Advance Running Pass
      Base Co-Ed Chair
      Base Co-Ed Hands

All of these components will be evaluated equally throughout the tryout process to determine the 2015-2016 DePaul University Cheerleading Squad.

General Information:
DePaul University Cheerleading is one of DePaul's two main spirit squads (the other being the dance squad) and is an active part of the athletics program. Cheerleading performs at all home men's and women's basketball games, as well as other university and community events. DePaul Cheerleading is also a Nationally Competitive squad, competing in the National Cheer Association (NCA) Collegiate Nationals.

Cheerleaders play a vital role in boosting school spirit and entertaining the crowd at each appearance. Whether on the sidelines cheering or performing on the court, the Cheerleaders are constantly supporting DePaul's teams. Each year is uniquely different when it comes to competition but we always make it an option to compete.

Time Commitment
Practices start during the Fall semester begins (first practice sept 13th). These are most likely weeknights, as well as Sundays. All cheerleaders are required to be at every practice. Other extracurricular activities and work must be scheduled around practice times.

Besides practices, every member of the team is required to be at every home men's and women's basketball game. As a result, the time commitment increases starting in November. Cheerleaders are required to be in town during DePaul's six-week winter break, as this is when the basketball season is getting started. Winter break housing is arranged through the team and members use this time to grow closer as a squad.

The Cheer game season ends at the conclusion of the conference/national basketball tournaments in March. A spirit squad travels with the basketball teams to the BIG EAST and NCAA tournaments so it is important that all members are available to travel. Tournament travel may occur during DePaul's spring break.

The Cheer season ends with the National Cheer Association National Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, in April. The few weeks leading up to this competition will require many more additional practices to prepare for this experience.



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