CHEER TRYOUT FORMAT
Friday: This is an open practice from 5-9 pm. We will work on stunts required for tryouts in addition to reviewing all information needed for the weekend.
Saturday: Check in will begin at 7:30 am. In order to try out, you must have all required forms and payment. We will begin with the standing tumbling and running tumbling portion of tryouts followed by game day and elite stunt sections. After a one hour lunch break, we will have our first round of cuts. The announcements will be posted in the Winston Band Complex as well as emailed to all participants. If your number is called back, we will start the afternoon with an interview followed by repeating all game day chants, stunts and tumbling outside on the field at TDECU. Approximately 1 hour after we finish there will be an announcement of the new team, once again posted in the Winston Band Complex and emailed, followed immediately by a team meeting on the 50 yard line at TDECU.
Game day material
· Chant 1: “We are Houston” include stunts, jumps & standing tumbling
· Chant 2: “U of H” include stunts, jumps & standing tumbling
· Chant 3: “Go Coogs Go!” include stunts, jumps & standing tumbling
· U of H Fight Song (Knowing the words is part of your audition)
Cougars fight for dear old U of H
For our Alma Mater cheer.
Fight for Houston University
For victory is near.
When the going gets so rough and tough
We never worry cause we got the stuff.
So fight, fight, fight for red and white
And we will go to victory.
Game day dances
Eat Em Up
Cougar Spell Out
(Female athletes will need to have the following skills)
· Jumps to tuck or higher
· Jumps to back handspring back or higher
NOTE: You may do up to three whipped jumps before your tumbling
Standing (tuck or full)
Running (Anything to tuck, full or specialty passes)
Stunting - All Girl
Game day - all game day stunts will be TWO man stunts
Bump and go extension
Bump and go lib
Elite - elite stunt combinations may have two bases and a backspot
twist or flip up
twist or flip dismount
in the air the top girl must have two different body positions
Example for all girl elite stunt sequences:
Full up to stretch, turn for arabesque and double down. (Not limited to these skills)
Stunting - Coed
Bump and go lib
Bump and go extension
Any toss stunt to an extended level - may come back down to hands for a transition
Flyer must show at least two different body positions
Combination must include a flip or a twist up OR flip or twist dismount
Example for coed stunt sequences:
You may do a toss to lib back to hands arabesque full/double down; then a low to high corkscrew full up stretch full/double down. (Not limited to these skills)
NOTE: These are just examples and you may make up any stunt sequence with up to two main stunts with any transitions you choreograph.
Stunts you can include for all girl and coed:
· Partner stunts: Toss or walk up
· Quick tosses: Straight toss, full ups, ball ups (any of these can go to two feet or pull through)
· Tick Tocks: giddy ups, low to high, high to high (any of these can spin)
· Spinning: Full ups, hands or high to high full a round’s, 1 ½ ups, double ups (any of these can go to two feet or pull through)
· Flipping: Front handspring ups, back handsprings, rewinds, and cartwheel ups (any of these can go to two feet or pull through)
· Dismounts: cork screws, yoyos, straddle, full/double downs, etc.
REQUIRED FORMS - YOU MUST BRING #1 and #2 BELOW WITH YOU TO TRYOUTS FRIDAY EVENING:
1: Updated physical: pages one and two only: http://www.wiaa.com/ConDocs/Con395/Physical%20Form%202011.pdf.
2:$30 tryout fee - must be a check or money order written out to “University of Houston”. CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
3: Waiver form you will fill out when you check in.
4: Personal information form you will fill out when you check in.
5: Letter of acceptance to UH Main campus (if you do not currently attend UH).
FRONT VIEW OF FIGHT SONG:
BACK VIEW OF FIGHT SONG:
FRONT VIEW OF FIGHT SONG WITH MUSIC:
BACK VIEW OF FIGHT SONG WITH MUSIC:
LAND OF 1000 DANCES FRONT VIEW FAST:
NOTE: For the following videos we do not have a back view so please make sure to NOT mirror the motions.
WE ARE HOUSTON:
U OF H:
GO COOGS GO:
At this time we do NOT accept video auditions UNLESS THERE IS AN EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE.
All extenuating circumstance arrangements MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE with the head cheerleading coach, Amy Weaston at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for strong female and males to make up our team. Numbers vary year to year on gender and numbers depending on the talent level that is trying out.
EVERYONE is required to pay the audition fee on Friday to be allowed to audition for this season.