September 4, 2012

UNH Cheerleading to Hold Fall Try-outs

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire Cheerleading program will hold fall try-outs for the 2012-2013 team on Sept. 19th in the indoor track at the UNH Field House.

Tryout Schedule
Fall tryouts for the 2012-13 UNH Cheerleading Team will be held Sept. 19th in the indoor track at the UNH Field House. The tryout schedule will be as follows:

Sept. 19th             
6:30 pm – 6:45 pm Registration/$20 Tryout Fee
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Learn Tryout Material
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Jumps/ Interviews
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Sideline & Fight Song
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Stunting Session
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Tumbling

Tryout Requirements

Jumps
Required: Toe Touch, Double Toe Touch, Pike
Optional: Toe Touch Back Handspring or Toe Touch Back Tuck

Standing Tumbling
Required: Standing Back Handspring, Standing Tuck
Optional – Back Handspring Back Tuck or other combination

Running Tumbling
Required: Round Off Back Multiple Back Handsprings, Round Off Back Handspring Back Tuck
Strongly Recommended: Round off Back Hand Spring to a Tuck/Layout/Full

Sideline & Fight Song
A sideline and fight song will be taught as part of the material. New members are strongly encouraged to review the fight song video prior to tryouts. Click here to view the fight song. 

Stunts
All-Girl Required:
Bases – Extension, one legged stunt, quick up or tick tock
Back spots - Extension, one legged stunt, quick up or tick tock
Flyers – straight up to extension, liberty and heel stretch or arabesque. Flyers must also double down out of one stunt.

CoEd – Required: Toss to Chair and toss to hands
Strongly Recommended: Walk-in or Toss to Extension and/or a One Legged Stunt

Academic and Additional Requirements
Overall 2.5 GPA
Proof of UNH Enrollment**
Tryout Application
Medical Release Form*
Liability Waiver*
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 their signature, you will not be able to participate in tryouts.
**A class schedule will suffice as Proof of Enrollment.

Tryout Attire
Candidates should look game ready- collegiate image is an important part of the selection process.  Please be tasteful in your selections. We are asking that everyone wear navy blue, white, black or gray.

Fitted t-shirts or athletic tops are to be worn with shorts.
Cheerleading shoes are required.
No jewelry (includes non-visible body jewelry)
A hair bow is optional

Results
There is one cheerleading team at UNH (All Girl). Males are encouraged to tryout. Placement on the team will be up to the discretion of the Head Coach and will depend on skill and team needs. Candidates who tryout will be notified via email on Thursday, September 20th whether or not they have made the squad.

Team Commitment
The information below outlines the commitment one agrees to make if selected for the 2012-2013 UNH Cheerleading Team. The commitment can be demanding and is for the entire school year 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 to promote school spirit. 

Games
The UNH cheerleaders support Football, Men's and Women's Basketball.  The UNH cheerleaders are expected to attend all home games for these sports including games over winter break.  Twelve cheerleaders will be selected based on skill level, attendance, and academic standing to be part of a travel squad.  The travel squad will travel to select away football games and select post-season football and basketball games, including the NCAA Tournament, if applicable.

Practices
During the fall semester practice will be held 3 times a week, on Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and 2 times a week during second semester. If class schedules conflict with practices, it is up the cheerleader to attempt to rearrange her schedule.

You will also be required to work out 1-2 times per week at the Whittemore Center Fitness Center for strength/conditioning. Cheerleaders in certain stunt positions may be asked to attend spot related practices, i.e. flyers, bases, backspots.

Fundraising
The coaching staff may decide to add benefits or perks for the cheerleaders throughout the year.  The team is financially responsible for funding these added benefits. There will be several required fundraising events (clinics, working UNH and outside events, etc.) that will be mandatory for team expenses.

Costs
The list below is an estimation of costs that a team member may incur for the season. Additional costs may be added throughout the year.

Practice wear $65
Bows $15
Briefs $20
Body suit $35
Warm ups $75
Sneakers $70
Team Bag $14
Approx. Cost   $294

Questions
Any questions can be directed to Head Coach Mary LeRose at Mary.LeRose@unh.edu or (603) 442-3986

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