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2020-2021 ASU Cheer Tryout Information

Dates & Times:

(Candidates must attend all three dates & times to be considered)

April 17th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Preliminary Tryouts
April 18th,2020 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Semi-Final Round
April 19th, 2020 | 9:00am - 12:00pm |  Final Round
April 19th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm |  Mandatory Team Meeting
Location: Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance gym


  • Required Forms

    ALL FORMS ARE REQUIRED TO TRYOUT

     

    UPLOAD TRYOUT FORMS HERE

     


  • Tryout Format, Skills, & Scoring

    April 17th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Preliminary Tryouts

    Game Day Spirit & Motion Technique 

    • Sideline Cheer - Posted in the video section 
    • ASU Fight Song - Posted in the video section 
    • Stunts - This time will be used to find stunt groups/partner stunts groups & work on skills that will be showcased the next day

    April 18th, 2020 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Semi-Final Round

    Standing Tumbling: Must Perform Two Different Skills - Tumbling is not required for males.

    • Point Value & Skill

      • 1 Point: Spotted Back Handspring

      • 2 Points: Standing Back Handspring

      • 3 Points: Two Connected Back Handsprings

      • 4 Points: Three + Connected Back Handsprings

      • 5 Points: Standing Back Tuck

      • 6 Points: Standing Back Handspring Back Tuck

      • 7 Points: Two + Back Handsprings to Back Tuck

      • 8 Points: Standing Back Handspring Layout

      • 9 Points: Two + Back Handsprings to Layout

      • 10 Points: Standing Full 

    Running Tumbling: Must Perform Two Different Skills - Tumbling is not required for males

    • Point Value & Skill
      • 1 Point: Round Off
      • 2 Points: Round Off Back Handspring
      • 3 Points: Round off 2 Back Handsprings
      • 4 Points: Round Off 3+ Back Handsprings
      • 5 Points: Round Off Tuck
      • 6 Points: Round Off Back Handspring Back Tuck
      • 7 Points: Round Off Layout
      • 8 Points: Round Off Back Handspring Layout
      • 9 Points: Round Off Full
      • 10 Points: Round Off Back Handspring Full

    Stunting (Males: No Experience Required, Female Flyers: Required to perform two group stunts & one partner stunt. The two group stunts must be two different stunts, Female Non-Flyers: Required to perform three different group stunts in a minimum of two different positions, Female Multiple Positions: Required to perform two group stunts and one partner stunt.)

    • Group Stunts
      • Point Value & Skill
        • 1 Point: Extension w/ Pop Off
        • 2 Points: Liberty w/ Pop Off
        • 3 Points: Extension Full Down
        • 4 Points: Liberty Full Down
        • 5 Points: Heel Stretch Full Down
        • 6 Points: Ground Up Extension w/ Full Down
        • 7 Points: Switch Up Liberty w/ Full Down
        • 8 Points: Full Up to Extension
        • 9 Points: Extension Double Down
        • 10 Points: Rewind to Extension 
    • Partner Stunts
      • Point Value & Skill
        • 1 Point: Toss Chair w/ Pop Off
        • 2 Points: Walk-in Hands w/ Pop Off
        • 3 Points: Walk-in Extension w/ Pop Off
        • 4 Points: Toss Hands w/ Pop Off
        • 5 Points: Toss Hands Press Extension
        • 6 Points: Toss Extension
        • 7 Points: Toss Hands Press Lib
        • 8 Points: Toss Extension Press Lib
        • 9 Points: Toss Lib
        • 10 Points: Toss Awesome

    Traditions Interview

    • Potential interview questions can be found under “Sample Interview Question” 

    Jumps & Jumps to Skill 

    • Right Hurdler
    • Toe Touch
    • Left Hurdler
    • Pike
    • Double Toe Touch to Skill - Males w/no previous cheer experience will perform just a double toe touch. Females w/out tumbling will be asked to be spotted. 
      • Double Toe Touch w/spotted skill = 1 Point + Execution points
      • Double Toe Touch to backhandspring = 3 Points + Execution Points
      • Double Toe Touch to back tuck = 5 Points + Execution Points

    April 19th, 2020 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | Final Round

    Game Day

    • Candidates will perform the fight song & the sideline chant

    Panel Interview

    • Candidates will interview in front of a panel of judges with open ended type questions.
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  • Tryout Attire

    Females: Black Sports Bras, Black Spandex, Calf High White Socks, Cheer Shoes, White Bow, low pony tail parted to side of choice, and Game Face Ready

    Males: Black T-Shirt, Black Shorts, Calf High White Socks, Athletic/Cheer Shoes

  • Sample Interview Questions

    Below are sample interview questions. Any combination of these questions could be used during the interview process. 

    Tradition Questions:

    What is the name of the purebred ram that is present at the ASU ring ceremony and what do graduating students do with him at the ceremony? Dominic - Rub their rings for good luck 

    What is the name of the ASU Alma Mater? In time to come

    What motto is displayed on the university seal? Fiat Lux

    What is the name of the University president? Dr. Brian May

    What is the name of the tailgate that takes place prior to all home football games and where is it located? Ram Jam - LeGrand Alumni Center

    What are the official colors of the university? Blue & Gold

    What tradition is held the night before the homecoming game each year? Bonfire

    What are the names of our two costumed mascots? Roscoe & Bella

    What is the sticky tradition that students believe will bring them good luck on campus? Gum Tree

    What statues are featured in front of the Junell Center/Stephens Arena? Ram & Ewe Statue

    What is the hand symbol for Angelo State? Ram’s Head

    At the start of the second half of all home football games the crowd is invited to join in forming what? The victory line

    Cheerleading & Athletics Questions

    What is the purpose of the ASU Coed Cheer Team? Support ASU athletics, be an ambassador of the university, and represent ASU at college nationals

    Which sporting events do the ASU cheerleaders attend? Football, volleyball, and basketball 

    During the summer, what events are the ASU cheerleaders required to attend? Orientation, cheer camp, and work week

    What is the name of the stadium where all home football games take place? LeGrand Stadium

    Where are all of the home volleyball & basketball games held? Junell Center - Stephens Arena

    The ASU cheer team is divided into two smaller teams during the season. What are the names of these teams? Blue & Gold

    What do we call our female sports teams at Angelo State? Rambelles or Belles

    Who is the Angelo State University Athletic Director? James Reid

    What campus department does the ASU cheer program fall under? Student Life

    What are the core covenants of the ASU cheer program? Dedication, Family, and Integrity

    What college nationals does the ASU cheer team attend and where is it located? USA College Nationals in Anaheim, CA

  • Fight Song, Cheer, & Jump Prep Videos

    ASU Cheer Fight Song

    ASU Cheer Tryout Chant

    ASU Cheer Right Hurdler

    ASU Cheer Left Hurdler

    ASU Cheer Pike Jump

  • Cheerleading Tryout Eligibility

    Cheerleading 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. 

  • Video Tryout Information

    Video Submissions Due By April 11th, 2020

     

    A “Request for Video Tryout” form must be submitted and approved prior to submitting a video tryout.

    Video tryout submissions must fill out a tryout application and submit tryout video by 11:59 p.m. on April 11th, 2020 to be considered. 

    Please submit all video tryouts HERE

    All video applicants must fill out and submit all required paperwork to be considered


    Video Format

     

    Video tryout attire

    Females: Black sports bra, black spandex, calf high white socks, cheer shoes, white bow, low pony tail parted to side of choice, and game face ready

    Males: Black t-shirt, black shorts, calf high white socks, athletic/cheer shoes

    Introduction
    • Name
    • Age
    • Current high school, college, or gym 
    Skills
    • Game Day Spirit & Motion Technique
      • Please perform the sideline cheer listed under the video tab
      • Please perform the ASU fight song as show in the video under the video tab
    • Jumps & Jumps to Skill - Please perform the following skills
      • Right hurdler
      • Toe Touch
      • Left Hurdler
      • Pike
      • Double Toe Touch to Skill
    • Running Tumbling - Please perform any two different skills
      • 1 Point: Round Off
      • 2 Points: Round Off Back Handspring
      • 3 Points: Round off 2 Back Handsprings
      • 4 Points: Round Off 3+ Back Handsprings
      • 5 Points: Round Off Tuck
      • 6 Points: Round Off Back Handspring Back Tuck
      • 7 Points: Round Off Layout
      • 8 Points: Round Off Back Handspring Layout
      • 9 Points: Round Off Full
      • 10 Points: Round Off Back Handspring Full
    • Standing Tumbling - Please perform any two different skills
      • 1 Point: Spotted Back Handspring
      • 2 Points: Standing Back Handspring
      • 3 Points: Two Connected Back Handsprings
      • 4 Points: Three + Connected Back Handsprings
      • 5 Points: Standing Back Tuck
      • 6 Points: Standing Back Handspring Back Tuck
      • 7 Points: Two + Back Handsprings to Back Tuck
      • 8 Points: Standing Back Handspring Layout
      • 9 Points: Two + Back Handsprings to Layout
      • 10 Points: Standing Full 
    • Stunting

    Males: Required to perform two group stunts & one partner stunt. The two group stunts must be performed in two different positions.

    Female Flyers: Required to perform two group stunts & one partner stunt. The two group stunts must be two different stunts.

    Female Non-Flyers: Required to perform three different group stunts in a minimum of two different positions.

    Female Multiple Positions: Required to perform two group stunts and one partner stunt. 

    • Group Stunts
      • Point Value & Skill
        • 1 Point: Extension w/ Pop Off
        • 2 Points: Liberty w/ Pop Off
        • 3 Points: Extension Full Down
        • 4 Points: Liberty Full Down
        • 5 Points: Heel Stretch Full Down
        • 6 Points: Ground Up Extension w/ Full Down
        • 7 Points: Switch Up Liberty w/ Full Down
        • 8 Points: Full Up to Extension
        • 9 Points: Extension Double Down
        • 10 Points: Rewind to Extension 
    • Partner Stunts
      • Point Value & Skill
        • 1 Point: Toss Chair w/ Pop Off
        • 2 Points: Walk-in Hands w/ Pop Off
        • 3 Points: Walk-in Extension w/ Pop Off
        • 4 Points: Toss Hands w/ Pop Off
        • 5 Points: Toss Hands Press Extension
        • 6 Points: Toss Extension
        • 7 Points: Toss Hands Press Lib
        • 8 Points: Toss Extension Press Lib
        • 9 Points: Toss Lib
        • 10 Points: Toss Awesome
    Interview - Please read and answer the following questions
    • What is your cheerleading history?
    • Why do you want to be an Angelo State University cheerleader?
    • If you were asked to prioritize the responsibilities you feel you will have in college, what order would they go in?
    • How do you plan to balance cheerleading and academics?
    • What do you feel is the primary role of an Angelo State cheerleader?
    • Why do you feel you would make a positive addition to our program? 
    • Social media is a huge part of society today. What kind of impact can using social media have on you personally as an ASU cheerleader? Negative or positive
    • Tell us about a time you had to show leadership while being a cheerleader. 
    • Tell us how you would handle a conflict with another teammate. 
    • If you had an issue with your coach, how would you go about handling it?
    • You begin to feel overwhelmed by school and cheer during your first semester here at ASU - how do you handle this? 
    • Your parents have told you that you have to work while you are attending college. How will you handle work and cheer?
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Do you offer scholarships for all team members?

      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. 

    • What ASU Athletic Teams does the ASU Cheer Team support?

      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 and the team will travel in small teams for post-season volleyball & basketball tournaments.

    • Does the team compete?

      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.

    • Who can tryout for ASU Cheer?

      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.

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

      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. 

    • Where are tryouts held?

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

    • How many people make the team?

      The cheer team can have up to 35 members comprised of both males and females. The size of the team varies each season. 

    • Is there a height and weight requirement?

      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. 

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

      The team practices Monday - Friday from 7am - 9am. Cheerleaders are not allowed to have an 8am class. 

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

    • What are the benefits of being an ASU Cheerleader?

      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. 

    • Do current team members have to re-tryout?

      YES!! Each year the current team members who plan to attend for the next season will re-tryout with any incoming candidates and will go through the same tryout process. 

    • If I can’t tumble does that mean I shouldn’t tryout?

      While tumbling is important to us we do not weigh our tumbling score any higher on our score sheet than any other category. We have had team members make the team before without tumbling. However, this varies from year to year and isn’t guaranteed. We do encourage everyone to tryout as the needs of the program change from season to season. 

Contact Us

For more information about  ASU Cheer & Mascots, 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 or mascot@angelo.edu 

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