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Cheer and Mascot Tryout Information

Cheer & Mascot Tryout Information
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 Please email questions or concerns to cheerleader@angelo.edu

Tryout Dates: Cheer- April 21st & 22nd, 2018 (both dates are required)

Mascots - April 22nd, 2018 

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Center for Human Performance

Please submit a head shot to cheerleader@angelo.edu or bring one with you to tryouts. Head shots will not be returned. 

Announcement of new team members will take place no later than one hour following tryouts. Results will be posted on this website. 

A new team MANDATORY meeting will take place directly following the posting of the new team in the Center for Human Performance (CHP) Dance Studio.

All portions of tryouts are CLOSED to the public; only applicants, coaching staff, and ASU faculty/staff will be permitted.

Tryout Attire 

Females: Black Sports Bras, Black Spandex, Cheer Shoes, Cheer Bow, Game Face Ready

Males: Black T-Shirt, Black Shorts, Tennis shoes

Mascots: Please wear athletic clothing that you are able to move around in and/or perform in. 

  • Skill Requirements

     

    Cheerleading Skill Requirements:

     

    The following skills will be judged at tryouts:

     

    Run Tumbling (Each candidate will be asked to perform their highest level run tumbling pass. The below skills will receive the associated point values given when performed. Execution of the run tumbling pass will also be judged.)

    Point Value Skill
    1 -  Roundoff
    2 - Roundoff Backhandspring
    3 - Roundoff 2 Backhandsprings
    4 -  Roundoff 3+ Backhandsprings
    5 -  Roundoff Back Tuck
    6 -  Roundoff Backhandspring(s) Back Tuck
    7 -  Roundoff Layout
    8 -  Roundoff Backhandspring(s) Layout
    9 -  Roundoff Full
    10 - Roundoff Backhandspring(s) Full

     

    Standing Tumbling (Each candidate will be asked to perform their highest level standing tumbling. The associated point values will be received based on the skill performed. Execution of standing tumbling will also be judged.)

    Point Value Skill
    1 -  Spotted Backhandspring
    2 -  Standing Backhandspring
    3 -  Two Backhandsprings
    4 -  3+ Backhandsprings
    5 -  Standing Back Tuck
    6 -  Backhandspring Back Tuck
    7 -  2+ Backhandsprings to Back Tuck
    8 -  Backhandspring Layout
    9 -  2+ Backhandsprings to Layout
    10 -  Standing Full

     

    Group Stunt (Both Males & Females will be required to perform at least one group stunt. Females that are trying out as a base or backspot will be asked to perform two group stunts. Stunt execution will also be scored.)

    Point Value Group Stunt
    1 -  Prep or Prep Press Extension w/pop off
    2 -  Straight Up Extension w/pop off
    3 -  Straight Up Lib w/pop off
    4 -  Extension Full Down or Lib Full Down
    5 -  Body Position to Full Down
    6 -  Full Up to Extension w/pop off
    7 -  Full up to Lib w/pop off
    8 -  Full up to Extension or Lib with Full Down
    9 -  Extension Double Down
    10 -  Rewind to Extension

     

    Partner Stunt (All Males and females trying out as flyers will be required to perform at least one partner stunt. Partner stunt execution will also be scored.)

    Point Value Partner Stunt 
    1 -  Toss Chair w/pop off
    2 -  Walk-In Hands w/pop off
    3 -  Walk-In Extension w/pop off
    4 -  Toss Hands w/pop off
    5 -  Toss Hands Press Extension w/pop off
    6 -  Toss Hands Press Lib w/pop off
    7 -  Toss Extension w/pop off
    8 -  Toss Extension to Lib
    9 -  Toss Lib
    10 -  Toss Awesome

     

    Jumps: (All candidates will be asked to perform and will be scored on all of the below listed jumps)

    Right Hurdler

    Left Hurdler

    Double Toe Touch

    Pike

    Double Toe Touch to Skill of choice

     

    Cheer (Available under the video tab - will be reviewed on day 1 of tryouts)

     

    Fight Song (Available under the video tab - will be reviewed on day 1 of tryouts)

     

    Basket Tosses (Each candidate will be asked to base, back, or fly one basket to be judged. Basket toss execution will also be judged.)

    Point Value  Basket Toss
    1 - Straight Ride
    2 -  Toe Touch or Pike
    3 -  Flipping Basket
    4 -  Flipping with Flair
    5 -  Flipping and Twisting

     

    Interview (Please follow the following links for information on possible interview questions)

    ASU  Traditions

    ASU Sports

    Personal 

     

    Mascot Tryout Requirements

     

    Mascots will be required to attend ONLY day 2 of tryouts. (April 22nd, 2018)

    Mascots will not be required to perform a skit at tryouts. Instead, candidates will be asked to perform their “game day” while the cheerleaders perform the ASU fight song and cheer. 

    Mascot candidates will go through an interview process with the same categories as those listed about for the cheer tryout portion. 

    We are looking for candidates who interact well with the crowd, have high energy, and keep the fans engaged!

    Mascots are required to turn in all the forms listed on the website under cheer tryouts. 

    Mascots will be required to attend one cheer practice every other week. 

  • Tryout Eligibility

    Cheerleading & Mascot Tryout Eligibility

     

    Current ASU Students

    To qualify, current ASU students must have a of 2.0 or higher at the time of tryouts, be enrolled for at least 12 semester credit hours and be in good standing with the university.

    Incoming Transfer Students

    Students transferring from another college or university must have been admitted to ASU at the time of tryouts and have a GPA of at least 2.0.

    Incoming Freshmen

    Incoming freshmen must have been admitted to ASU at the time of tryouts.

    All Candidates

    All candidates must provide proof of insurance and complete medical information forms prior to tryouts. The university provides supplemental medical insurance through the Athletic Department. All students selected for the team must have a physical exam prior to being placed on the insurance policy.

    General Expectations

    All members of the ASU cheerleading & mascot teams must be enrolled and complete at least 12 semester credit hours and earn at least a GPA of 2.0 each semester. Each member is also expected to maintain a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing with the university while on the team. Only the ASU cheerleading head coach may grant exceptions to the course load requirement. Any member who fails to maintain these requirements or who engages in activities detrimental to the cheerleading or mascot teams or to ASU is subject to dismissal from the team. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Do you offer scholarships for all team members?

    Answer: YES! All cheer scholarships start at $1,000 a year. This is awarded in two payments - half each semester. Requirements include, but are not limited to meeting GPA standards (2.0+), being enrolled as a full time student, and following the ASU Cheer Rules & Policies. For out of state students, this scholarship awards you with in-state tuition. 

    Mascots are eligible to receive scholarships as well. Mascot scholarship amounts vary by season.

     

    Question: What ASU Athletic Teams does the ASU Cheer Team support?

    Answer: The team will cheer for home football games. Travel teams will be made for away football games. The team will be split into blue & gold teams for volleyball and basketball home games. 

    Mascots will support all home football, volleyball & basketball games. They will also attend select soccer, baseball & softball games as well as several community/campus events as requested. 

     

    Question: Does the team compete?

    Answer: YES! As of the 2017-18 season, the cheer team will attend USA College Nationals in Anaheim, CA in February. Competition locations may vary by season. 

    Mascots are eligible to attend and compete at Mascot Nationals as well. This opportunity will vary based on the season. 

     

    Question: Does being a part of the ASU Cheer Team mean I have to compete?

    Answer: YES! Our program has one team that is both sideline & competitive. By trying out and accepting a position on the team you are committing to fulfill both the sideline & competitive part of the program. 

     

    Question: Who can tryout for ASU Cheer?

    Answer: Any current ASU student meeting tryout requirements is eligible to tryout. Incoming freshman and transfer students are welcome to tryout as well, as long as they have been admitted to ASU. Graduate students are welcome to tryout as long as they are full-time status.

     

    Question: Where are tryouts held?

    Answer: Tryouts are held in the Center for Human Performance (CHP) Gym. 

     

    Question: How many people make the team?

    Answer: The cheer team can have up to 30 members comprised of both males and females. 

    The Mascot team is made up of approximately 5 team members both male and female. 

     

    Question: What type of cheer squad does ASU have?

    Answer: ASU Cheer is a small-coed team comprised of males and females.

     

    Question: Is there a height and weight requirement?

    Answer: No. We do not have a certain weight and/or height requirement for squad members. We do ask that all members maintain the appropriate physique and are able to participate in all activities throughout the entire season. 

    There is no height or weight requirement for mascots. 

     

    Question: What are practices like and what is a typical practice schedule?

    Answer: The team practices Monday & Wednesday evenings for 2 hours and Friday mornings for 2 hours. The team is also required to attend morning conditioning on Tuesday & Thursday mornings. 

    In addition to these schedule practices, there are practices scheduled during the summer leading up to NCA camp. Holiday breaks may be shortened for additional practices as needed. 

    Mascots will attend two cheer practices a month to stay up to date with the cheer team material.

     

    Question: What are the benefits of being an ASU Cheerleader?

    Answer: In addition to receiving a cheerleading scholarship, cheerleaders receive all uniforms and accessories, warm-ups, shoes, camp clothes, camp, travel and meals paid for. We also have access to Athletic Training and the opportunity to cheer for NCAA Division II athletics. 

  • Application

    We are excited that you are interested in trying out for the 2018-19 ASU Cheer/Mascot Team. All forms are located on the FORMS tab and must be emailed to Cheer or brought with you the day of tryouts. 

     

    Please remember that a head shot is required to tryout. Please submit one to cheerleader@angelo.edu or bring one with you to tryouts. 

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  • Forms

    All forms are required prior to tryouts.

    • A copy of the front & back of each cheerleaders health insurance card needs to be on file in the Student Life Office.  The fax number for the Student Life Office is 325-942-2354.  Insurance for the cheer candidate must remain active during all cheerleading activities in addition to being in the parent or guardian’s name.  Otherwise, the Academic HealthPlan for ASU is required with the Athletic Rider Option.  Health insurance verifications will be performed during the year to ensure no coverage has expired, changed or cancelled.

    YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PHYSICAL THE DAY OF TRYOUTS OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRYOUT!

    Tryouts will be held on a nine panel cheer floor. No spring floor will be available

    The ASU Cheerleading Team will stunt All-Girl and Co-Ed throughout the season.

    This is a YEAR LONG commitment. We begin our season in the summer with camp and cheer football, volleyball, and basketball games. The team will also attend College Cheer Nationals in the spring along with select spring sporting events and community appearances. 

  • Video Info

    Video Submissions

    Please submit all video tryouts to the cheerleader@angelo.edu email

    Video Format

    Introduction – Name, age, where you are from

    Interview: Please read and answer the following questions:

    • What is your cheer background?
    • What qualities make you and outstanding candidate for the ASU Cheer Team?
    • What measures will you take throughout the semester to ensure you continue to meet the minimum GPA requirement?
    • What do you feel is the most important role of an ASU Cheerleader?

    Skills

    Females

    Videos without tumbling will still be considered. If you do no have tumbling, please skip this section

    • Highest Level Standing Tumbling
    • Highest Level Running Tumbling
    • Double Toe Touch
    • Right & Left Hurdler
    • Pike
    • Double Toe Touch to Skill
    • Minimum ONE group stunt
    • Preferred minimum ONE partner stunt for flyers
    • ASU Cheer
    • ASU Fight Song

    Males

    Videos without tumbling will still be considered. If you do no have tumbling, please skip this section

    • Highest Run Tumbling
    • Highest Standing Tumbling
    • Double Toe Touch
    • Right & Left Hurdle
    • Pike
    • Double Toe Touch to Skill
    • Minimum ONE group stunt
    • Minimum ONE partner stunt
    • ASU Cheer
    • ASU Fight Song

    Video submissions must be received by April 20th at 11:59 p.m. to be considered. Please attach all of the required documents along with the video the submission email.

    Video tryout attire is the same as tryout attire

    • Videos

      ASU Cheer Video #1

      ASU Cheer Video #2

Contact Us

  • For more information about  ASU Cheerleading, our office is located on the Garden Level of the University Center.

    Call us at 325-942-2062 or email us at cheerleader@angelo.edu

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