2017 - 2018 Brutus Tryout Information

You must turn in the following items at the beginning of tryouts to be able to participate. All forms but the sickle Cell Trait Test are available in the tryout information packet:


The following is an excerpt from a commencement speech delivered by Woody Hayes on March 14th, 1986 to OSU graduates:

"I would like to start with something I have used in almost every speech, and this is, 'paying forward.' And that is the thing that you folks can do with your great education for the rest of your life. Try to take that attitude toward life - that you're going to pay forward. So seldom can we pay back because those who helped most--your parents and other people--will be gone, but you'll find that you do want to pay. Emerson had something to say about that: "You can pay back only seldom." But he said, "You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent." He said, "Beware of too much good accumulating in your palm or it will fast corrupt." That was Emerson's attitude, and no one put it better than he did."
Each student that has had the honor of representing Brutus, especially the last couple of decades, has taken the approach that it is time to "pay it forward" to the University that has given each of us so much. Now it is your turn. It takes tremendous effort, dedication, and devotion for you to continue the great tradition of Brutus at The Ohio State University- but becoming the character is the great joy of each Brutus' time as an undergraduate and indeed will transform your relationship with your alma mater for the rest of your life. Are you ready?

Brutus Prerequisite Tryout Information

All candidates in the Spirit Program must truly embody the "student-athlete", whereby playing the character is secondary only to your academic pursuits at The Ohio State University. To be considered for Brutus, candidates must meet the tryout pre-requisite requirements listed below:
  • Be a current, enrolled student at The Ohio State University, Main Campus by by the tryout completion date
  • At least freshman status during the semester of your tryout
  • In good academic standing dictated by the NCAA / Big Ten Standard
  • Commit to at least 15 hours a week for team related commitments. You must be flexible. (Subject to change throughout the year based on demand)
  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher. (Once on the team, a student-athlete must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or higher, in order to remain on the team. In addition, all student athletes must abide by the standards & requirements dictated by the Brutus Buckeye Code of Conduct)

The commitment will require you to assist in multiple Buckeye sporting events. These include all football games both home and away, home Men's & Women's Basketball games, Men's & Women's Hockey games and as many other sporting events as we possibly can be at. There will be opportunities to travel for post season tournament games as well. There will be opportunities help with on and off campus appearances. Individuals will be committed to training for local and national competitions. This has a year - round time commitment and the program demands a certain level of availability and flexibility in your schedule. The mandatory commitments in which you MUST be available for is as follows:

Mandatory Commitments Schedule


Brutus 101 Summer Retreat 4/1 - 4/3
Spring Game 4/15
OSU Day at Cedar Point 5/6

Bruti are required to be available the month of May and at least 1 other month (June - August) to do events throughout the summer which include:

State Tours June & July (Various)
4th of July Celebration 7/1 - 7/4
Dash for Donation 7/16
Big Ten Football Media Days 7/25 - 7/27
2017 Season Kickoff 7/31 - 8/2
UCA Mascot Camp 8/3 - 8/6
Buckeye Kickoff 8/24

School Year Practice Schedule

Fall Semester

Practice TBD (Two Days a Week) 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Weights Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Spring Semester

Practice TBD (Two Days a Week) 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Weights Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Special Events/Appearances

  • Each Spirit Squad member is required to attend assigned Athletic Department appearances
  • When we are preparing for a National Competition, there will be additional practices that may overlap University breaks


  • All Bruti are given an allotment of money for tuition each Semester
  • These scholarships are awarded at the end of each academic Semester

Pre-tryout Opportunities

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to attend at least one information session and one Brutus head time session. You must provide the mascot coach with the following information before you can participate in any costume related opportunities:

  • Next Semester's Class Schedule (Non-Freshman)
  • Letter of acceptance (Incoming Freshman / Transfer Students)
  • Pre-Participation physical examination

Information Session (Attendance strongly encouraged)

This is an informational session where interested candidates will learn about the Brutus Buckeye program. We will cover:
  • Commitment Requirements
  • Tryout Process
  • Q&A Session

Candidates will also have the opportunity to interface with the mascot coach and individuals who have recently been Brutus Buckeye.

Information Session Date Time Location
1 January 28th 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bronze Brutus Statue
(Ohio Union)
2 February 12th 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Bronze Brutus Statue
(Ohio Union)

Brutus Buckeye Costume Times (Attendance strongly encouraged)

This is an opportunity to get some time & experience in the costume while getting instruction from the mascot coach & other individuals who have recently been Brutus Buckeye on how to correctly portray the character, as well as prop and skit training. These are your best opportunities to get comfortable in the costume prior to the tryout process. You will need to make sure that your physical is turned in prior to getting in costume.

Costume Time Session Date Time Location
1 February 17th 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Email Coach Ray for details
2 March 11th 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Email Coach Ray for details
3 March 18th 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Email Coach Ray for details
4 March 19th 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Steelwood

Steelwood Athletic Training Facility (Steelwood) - 1160 Steelwood Rd. Columbus OH 43212

French Field House (FFH) - 460 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus OH 43210

Brutus Tryouts Dates & Times

Final Costume Time: March 19th - 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at French Field House

This will be your final opportunity to get some time in the outfit, & ask any last minute questions that you may have. It also will give you an opportunity to interact with past team members & get any last minute advice you may be looking for.

Interviews: March 25th - 9 a.m. at the Ohio Union

Your interview time will be determined at the Final Costume Time Session on Monday 3/19/2017. Each candidate will meet with a committee comprised of a variety of Brutus Buckeye alumni, athletic department officials, and/or coaches. Please arrive 10 minutes early dressed in business professional attire.

Impromptu & Skit Round: March 26th - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at TBD

This is the evaluation of how well you portray Brutus' character in the various situations he may experience on a daily basis. You will also be tested on your ability to make a creative skit.

General Skit Rules
Candidates have a maximum length of one minute for set-up, two minutes for skit material, and one minute to clean up after the skit ends.

  • The two-minute skit allows for a maximum of 7 props. More than 7 props automatically results in a 1 point reduction per prop
  • Costume pieces must be immediately placed on the ground if removed. If used in a skit, they count as props
  • Each item thrown into the crowd will count as one prop, i.e. four t-shirts thrown into the crowd count as four props
  • The use of pyrotechnics, fire extinguishers, extension cords, motors, glitter, powder, anything making a mess that requires a broom or extensive clean up, are prohibited
  • There will be a maximum of two people allowed to assist the candidate with the skit. This includes prop set-up, skit participation, and clean up
  • Themes & content are to be family friendly & clean, no profanity, untasteful references, etc
  • Music is to be provided to the head coach in an MP3 format via the end of the final costume time on March 19, 2017

Team Selection

Upon conclusion of tryouts, and after a deliberation period, the team will be announced.

Signing Up to Tryout

If you are interested in trying out for this once in a lifetime opportunity, and privilege, please reach out to the Head Mascot Coach Ray Sharp at Sharp.255@osu.edu with your Name, Major, Primary Phone number, & your email address.