DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire Cheerleading program will hold tryouts for the 2011-2012 squad on May 15that the Field House. There is a $20 fee and a liability release form must be signed. Click here for the release form Participants who are under 18 must have their parent/guardian sign release as well.
Tryouts for the 2011-12 All Girl cheerleading team will be held on Sunday, May 15th at the UNH Field House. The tryout schedule will be as follows:
Sunday, May 15
10 am – 10:30am Registration / $20 Tryout Fee
10:30 am – 11 am Learn Tryout Material (For those who did not attend clinic)
11 am – 12 pm Tumbling and Stunting Session
12 pm – 1 pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1 pm – 3 pm Tryouts
3 pm – 5 Interviews/ Team Posted
Overall 2.0 GPA
Proof of UNH Application**
Medical Release Form*
Insurance Coverage Form*
* Please note that potential participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign these documents as well. Without parent or guardian signature, you will not be able to participate in tryouts.
**Proof of UNH Acceptance is required by June 1, 2011 for those who make the squad.
The Tryout Application, Liability Waiver, Insurance Coverage Form, and UNH required forms are available below. Please click on the links below for these documents:
Athletic tops or fitted t-shirts are to be worn with shorts.
Cheerleading shoes are required.
No jewelry (includes non-visible body jewelry)
You should look game ready- collegiate image is part of your tryout score. We recommend wearing UNH school colors and a hair bow.
Tryouts will consist of an interview, jumps, tumbling skills, fight song, sideline, and stunt skills.
Tryouts will be conducted in groups of 4. Tryouts will be open to the public.
Interviews are informal and are a chance for the coaches to get to know you.
Tryout attire may be worn for interviews.
Each interview will be conducted in groups. Size of groups is TBD after registration.
Each group interview will last approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
Former UNH Cheerleaders will not participate in an interview.
Required: toe touch back tuck or toe touch back handspring tuck
Optional: another jump of your choice or 3 jumps to tuck
Toe touch Back Handspring Tuck
Optional- Any additional specialty standing combinations- ie:. 3 back handsprings to full
2 tumbling passes maximum can be performed. Minimum- Round off back handspring tuck
A sideline will be taught as a part of the material. It will be performed with the tryout groups.
The fight song will be taught as a part of the material. It will be performed with the tryout groups.
Required: Liberty heel stretch/aerobesque in your position
Required: Double down cradle in your position
There is one competitive cheerleading team at UNH, All Girl. Males are welcome to tryout, but will not be considered for competition purposes, only for the spirit squad at Varsity athletic events. Placement on the team will be up to the discretion of the coaches and will depend on skill and team needs.
If you are selected to the squad, you will be required to stay for MANDATORY meeting after the squad results are posted.
Candidates who are unable to attend tryouts may tryout via video. Videos must be received by April 25, 2011. Videos should include all of the tryout elements listed above (including all paperwork required as well as the tryout fee). A letter stating why the candidate wants to be a UNH Cheerleader and why they should be considered for a team must also be included. Videos should be in DVD format and be able to easily be viewed on most computers. Candidates will be notified for team status after the May 15 tryouts.
Send Videos to:
UNH Cheerleading Coach
145 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
Please review the information below very carefully. It outlines the commitment you agree to make if selected for the 2011-2012 UNH Cheerleading Team. The commitment can be demanding and is for the entire academic calendar so please consider this carefully before trying out.
The UNH cheerleaders are a very dedicated team who pride themselves on not only being great cheerleaders but also great role models within the campus and greater community.
The primary role of the UNH Cheerleaders is to support UNH Athletics and promote school spirit. The cheerleaders cheer for football, women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball and cheerleaders are expected to attend all assigned games. Cheerleaders are also expected to cheer basketball games over winter break.
Practices are usually 3 times a week and include gymnastic training. Practices are typically in the evening and are sometimes on the weekend. You will be expected to attempt to arrange your class schedule around practice times.
You will also be required to work out 2-3 times per week at the Whittemore Center for conditioning. This includes cardio training as well as strength training.
There will be summer weekend practices. These practices will be one weekend in June, one in July, and camp in August. These practices will be double session for two days and are mandatory.
The team will compete at NCA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL in April 2012. There will also be local competitions and demos that each team will perform at throughout the year. The UNH program prides itself on being a top competitive program in the country.
The UNH Cheerleaders will be attending NCA Cheerleading Camp. Camp is mandatory for all cheerleaders. Camp will be August 3-5 at Boston University and is $280. There will be mandatory practices 2-3 days before the camp begins at UNH to prepare.
The UNH Cheerleaders receive minimal financial support so fundraising participation is mandatory. There will be several required fundraising events (clinics, working UNH and outside events, etc.) that will be mandatory for team expenses, as well as personal fundraisers where you will have the opportunity to fundraise for your personal expenses like camp, sneakers, and nationals.
The following are a list of costs for the season. All cheerleaders will have the opportunity to fundraise immediately to off-set these costs with our annual calendar fundraiser.
- Camp $270
- Practice wear for camp $40
- Bow $8
- Briefs (if needed) $10
- Body suit $15
- Warm ups $75
- Sneakers $75 (If needed)
- Flight for Nationals $350
*You can earn sponsorships that will reduce your individual costs. Some team members will earn enough to cover all seson fees.
Any questions can be directed to Head Coach Jackie Briggs via email at Glttrgal@hotmail.com