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2015 TRYOUT

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Penn State Cheerleading tryout information

  • Tryout Dates: April 9th-12th
  • Location: Horace Ashenlfelter indoor multi-sports complex
  • April 9th: Registration starting at 6pm. Tryout start TIME 6:30pm (instruction/testing day and first round of cuts)
  • April 10th; Start TIME 6:30pm (Instruction/testing day and second round of cuts)
  • April 11th: Interview times TBD, Instruction/testing TIME 3pm-5pm
  • April 12th: Testing TIME 11:00am (Tryouts may end on April 11th if coaching staff can determine team selection by tested material and interviews)
  • Wear any white shirt and navy blue workout shorts for each day of the tryout.
  • Girls wear a white hair ribbon and red lipstick (preferably COVERGIRL number 507). Guys must be clean shaven (no facial hair) and have a conservative haircut.
  • Interviews require professional dress attire, if you qualify for the interview round.

THOSE SELECTED FOR THE 2015-2016 TEAM HAVE BEEN CONTACTED DIRECTLY. THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING IN TRYOUTS

High school seniors may tryout. All tryout candidates must supply the following:

  • Proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of PENN STATE
  • Proof of a physical within the past 6 months of the tryout date and sickle cell testing.
  • Current health insurance policy and group number along with a photocopy of your health insurance card.

If you can't attend the April dates you may tryout by video. In the video tryouts (for Cheerleading only, not mascot) you should include the following:

  • 1 cheer with a standing tumbling skill incorp.
  • 1 hip hop dance
  • Tumbling skills (running and standing)
  • Coed or all-girl partner stunting skills (All-girls candidates wear white t-shirt and blue shorts. We must identify you this way.)
  • Minimum 1 minute dialogue by tryout candidate describing him/her-self and why selecting Penn State.

The video must not be longer than 5 minutes. Do not show the same skill more than once. The video is due March 31, 2015.

All candidates submitting a video will be on a probation period, during the months of August and September, if you are accepted to be a member of PENN STATE CHEERLEADING.

In your video packet include proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of PENN STATE, proof of a physical within the past 6 months and sickle cell testing, contact information and proof of insurance. Videos should be mailed to:

PENN STATE
attn: cheerleading
105E White Building
University Park,PA 16802

Please read below for tryout requirements and information.

Penn State Cheerleading consists of a Coed Team and All-Girl Team.

Penn State cheerleading is one of the top programs in the country. Most tryout candidates are able to display outstanding cheerleading atheletic skills and the exceptional candidate must also have strong communication skills.

All women will need to wear a white hair-ribbon and men must be clean shaved with a conservative haircut.

Dress for the interview is professional.

REQUIREMENTS
Men Women
Gymnastics Some experience recommended. Standing back-tuck, standing backhandspring back-tuck Standing back-tuck, standing backhandspring back-tuck, roundoff handspring back-tuck
Stunting Ability Some experience recommended. Examples include toss stunts such as liberties, extensions, cupies, heel-stretches, etc. Coed and/or All-girl stunting recommended. Examples include liberties, heel-stretches, fulldowns, extensions, cupies, all-girl fullups, etc.
Interview Strong communication skills Strong communication skills
Other Proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of Penn State, health insurance information and proof of a physical within the past year Proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of Penn State, health insurance information and proof of a physical within the past year
***Candidates not able to perform the above skills may be considered if he/she shows exceptional ability in areas that will help improve our cheerleading program. These abilites include excellent stunting ability, strong interview skills, outstanding athletic ability, etc.
SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year, cheerleaders in their second year are eligible for the Dr. Allen Scholl Scholarhip ($1100.00). The scholarship is only awarded to current team members.
The Dr. Allen Scholl scholarship has awarded over $720,000 in the past eleven years. All Cheerleaders receive a textbook scholarship. Cheerleading apparel is covered by Penn State Intercollegiate athletics.
RESPONSIBILITIES
If chosen for the team, cheerleaders are required to fullfill their responsibilites as a representative for the Penn State University. Practice begins in early August. The season is complete by the first week of April. Cheerleaders must be willing to possibly give up their Fall, Spring, Winter and Holiday breaks to cover events scheduled by the coaching staff. Cheerleaders may also be asked to miss class to cover events. University excuses will be given for any missed class. Classes missed for cheerleading responsibilites rarely occur.
PENN STATE CHEERLEADING EVENTS
Football
Men's and Women's Basketball
Women's Volleyball
Alumni Association Events and Pep Rallies
Community Service Activities
Charitable Organizations' Fund-raisers
College Cheerleading National Competition
University President Tailgates
Athletic Department Events
Nittany Lion Club Events
Hospital and Retirement Villages Visits
Nittany Lion Pride Events
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