About DePaul Cheerleading:
DePaul Cheerleaders primarily support Men's and Women's basketball at both McGrath-Phillips Arena in Lincoln Park and the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Members also travel to post-season tournaments, including the BIG EAST Conference Championship sites for Men's and Women's Basketball. The DePaul Cheerleaders act as Blue Demon spirit ambassadors and are visible leaders in the campaign to build a Vincentian community on campus. In addition, cheerleaders perform at various campus events, participate in fundraising activities and partake in philanthropic activities.
For more information about DePaul Cheerleading please email CheerDePaul@gmail.com
2014 Tryout Information
General Information about DePaul Cheerleading:
The DePaul University Cheer Squad is one of DePaul's two main spirit squads (the other being the dance squad) and is an active part of the athletics program. Cheerleaders perform at all home men's and women's basketball games, as well as other university and community events. The 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.
Practices start mid-summer, surrounding a summer camp, (dates TBA) and become regular after the Fall semester begins. These are most likely on Tuesday and Thursday nights, as well as Sundays. This time commitment may decrease as the basketball season begins (reduced to two times per week). 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 squad 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 squad and members use this time to grow closer as a group.
The Cheer game season ends at the conclusion of the conference/national basketball tournaments in March. Cheerleaders travel 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.
Each member typically may need to contribute up to $150-300 a year to cover expenses, but we try to limit this through fundraising. Financial limitations should never be a reason to not become a member. We will always work with each individual to make the financial commitment doable. We will also be doing a lot of fundraising to cover all competition expenses (on average each member will need to raise $1,000) but we will provide several opportunities for this to be accomplished fully and easily.