Tryout Dates, Times and Location

Fall walk-on tryouts for the 2017-18 Salisbury University cheerleading team will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., in the primary gymnasium on the first floor of Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Tryout Registration

Those interested in trying out of the team must contact Head Coach Kristin Morris at kmmorris@salisbury.edu. Applicants are asked to wear black shorts and a black tank top or sports bra to tryouts, with hair and make-up game day ready.

Eligibility

Tryouts are open to all incoming freshmen, transfer students and all Salisbury University undergraduate students. You must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and be a full-time student. Also, to be eligible you must have completed 24 credits in the previous academic year successfully.

Cheerleading Team Positions Available

A total of 20-to-28 males or females will be selected to be a part of the team including returning cheerleading team members. All returning members will have to tryout each year. Mandatory practices will begin in August.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected based on a variety of factors. We consider more than just current skill level; we consider potential, squad partnering, physical fitness, work ethic, and attitude. For specific "requirements," it's hard to estimate what is needed to make the squad since we take the best 20-28 cheerleaders that tryout. In general, we're looking for the "whole package." An ideal candidate will be in great shape, present themselves well on the court, cheer with energy and enthusiasm, be easy to stunt with or show good potential, and have solid tumbling (though currently some of our girls don't have tumbling but made the squad because their other scores were very high). The SU 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 the coach will be considered as well. We cheer for Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball as well as participating in various community services.

Tryout Advice

Here are some tips on preparing for tryouts:

  • Tryouts aren't a safe environment for learning new skills, so I only provide enough time at tryouts for people to warm up their current skills. At the tryout, throw what you know!
  • Be in the best shape of your life!
  • I recommend you stunt as much as possible either through private lessons or at a cheer open gym in your area. There's no substitute for air time.

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