Spirit Squad

TRYOUT INFORMATION for 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

You must turn in the following items at the beginning of tryouts to be able to participate:

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2015-2016 Tryout Dates: May 7-9


Procedures for tryouts listed below:

Day 1

Session 1
  • Standing Tumbling/ Running Tumbling/ Partner Stunts/ Sideline Chant
  • Fight Song Instruction-(First Cuts Made)

Day 2

Session 1
  • Partner Stunt Practice/ Tumbling
Session 2
  • Partner Stunt Evaluations/ Tumbling Evaluations- (Second Cuts Made)
Session 3
  • Interviews

Day 3

Session 1
  • Fight Song Evaluations/ Final Evaluations- (2015-16 team members announced)

Cheerleading Tryout Information:

ALL candidates must be full time "accepted" students at The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, OH in order to be eligible to tryout.

All students must have a 2.0 grade point average in order to be eligible to tryout. (Current OSU students will need to show proof their accumulative grade point average is at a 2.0 or higher)

All must arrive early for an examination by the OSU training staff. If you are 17 years or younger - you MUST have a legal guardian present to fill out and sign paper work! Please have a pen with you for this procedure.

All required skills, tryout rules and regulations are stated in this packet.

Feel free to contact Ben Schreiber via e-mail if you have any further questions.

This schedule is for information purposes only and is subject to change. Please bookmark and check this web site regularly for any updates. All times are approximate.

Final team selection will be based solely on the discretion of the Head Coach

Any out of town candidates are responsible for their own overnight housing and expenses during the tryout. For hotel reservations please go to www.experiencecolumbus.com.


Thursday, May 7, 2014 - 4:00 - St. John Arena

  • Sign in / participation clearance by OSU administration.
  • (You can find the liability waiver link in this packet.)
  • Receive Tryout Number to be used all Weekend
4:45 PM - Coaches introduction and overview of selection process- Sideline Demonstration

5:00 PM - 10 minute Warm-up

5:10 PM - Standing Tumbling Evaluation

  • Standing tumbling warm-up
  • Perform standing handsprings in numerical order
  • Perform standing back tucks in numerical order
  • Standing backhandspring back tucks in numerical order (looking for no steps)

6:00 PM - Running Tumbling Evaluation

  • Warm-up passes in numerical order
  • Show best running tumbling skills in numerical order

6:30 PM - Basic Partner Stunts Practice

  • Females and males will be divided into random groups (with returning team members trying out evenly distributed amongst groups)
  • 30 minute session to warm-up and practice chairs, extensions, and libertys with each person in group
  • Coaching staff may move people around to different groups

7:00 PM - Basic Partner Stunts Evaluation

  • Groups will show toss chairs and toss extensions with every male member stunting with each female member
7:45 PM - Fight Song and Sideline Instruction
  • Taught by Alumni
8:30 PM - Sideline Evaluation without Stunt Incorporation
  • Groups of 5
9:30 PM - First cuts made by Coaching Staff


Friday, May 8, 2014 11:00 a.m. - St. John Arena

10:00 A.M. - Partner Stunt Practice

  • Practice heel stretch variation
  • Any way into or out of a heel stretch
  • Evaluated on technique, flexibility, grips, difficulty, execution
  • Practice 2 stunt combination
  • Any stunt with a transition into another stunt (may add second dismount)
  • Evaluated on technique, flexibility (if performing a heel stretch or arabesque), grips, execution
11:00 A.M. - Final Standing Tumbling Evaluation
  • Standing tumbling warm-up
  • Perform standing back tucks with poms in numerical order
  • Perform standing backhandspring back tucks in numerical order
  • Perform other elite standing tumbling in numerical order
Final Running Tumbling Evaluation
  • Running tumbling warm-up
  • Perform best running tumbling skills (2-3 passes in numerical order)
12:15 PM - Fight Song Practice and sideline practice with partners

12:45 PM - Break

2:15 PM - Partner Stunt Warm-up

3:00 PM - Final Partner Stunt Evaluation

  • Heel stretch variation will be performed by males in numerical order
  • If female is using same male for their evaluation they will be evaluated at the same time
  • Heel stretch variation will be performed by females in numerical order
  • 2 stunt combination will be performed by males in numerical order
  • If female is using same male for their evaluation they will be evaluated at the same time
  • 2 stunt combination will be performed by females in numerical order
5:15 PM - Second cuts made - those moving on sign up for Interview times based on experience with the program (Seniors in college first, juniors second, sophomores third, incoming freshman fourth)

7:00-10 PM - Interviews

  • Formal interview with Alumni of the program
  • Dress is "Business"
  • ex. Males- sport coat, tie, dress pants, dress shirt, dress shoes
  • ex. Females- business suit with pants or skirt
  • Interviews will last around 15 minutes
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to time selected

Saturday, May 9, 2014 11:00 a.m. - St. John Arena

11:00 A.M. - Sideline and Fight Song Warm-up

11:30 A.M. - Final Sideline Evaluations

  • Males perform in groups of 3 in numerical order
  • If female is using same male for her evaluation they will be evaluated at the same time
1:30 PM - Break

2:00 PM - Fight Song Final Evaluations

  • Males perform in groups of 3 in numerical order
  • Perform a "crowd effective stunt" and standing tumbling during opening of fight song
  • Perform a toss chair at end of fight song
  • Females perform in groups of 3 in numerical order
  • Perform a "crowd effective stunt" and standing tumbling during opening of fight song
  • Perform a toss chair at end of fight song
  • Note: Males and Females will not be evaluated at same time
4:00 PM - 2015-2016 Ohio State Cheerleaders announced
  • Candidates will wait in the tunnels of St. John Arena
  • Those making the team will be called out and will tumble to the center of the arena
  • *Final team selection will be based solely on the discretion of the Head Coach
4:30 PM - 2015-2016 Team Meeting

*Times are subject to change and will be communicated during the weekend


APPEARANCE

Please be aware this is an important part of the selection process. You should be "game ready" at all times throughout the weekend.

Ladies: We ask that you have game make-up on at all times and have your hair styled as if you were at a game with bows in hair.

  • "Game Ready" makeup includes mascara, eye liner, blush, lipstick, etc.
  • Bangs should be neatly pinned back away from face
  • Bows/ Ribbon should not be wider than 1 to 1.5 inches.
Gentlemen: You must be clean shaven and have trimmed hair - No jewelry.

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • If you are a female candidate you will be asked to wear a leotard and black shorts Saturday during the final selection.
  • If you are a male candidate you will be asked to wear a white, red, or gray shirt and black shorts during the final selection.
  • All athletic t-shirts must be tucked in for both males and females during the tryout.
  • Candidates may wear any scarlet, gray, white, black athletic clothing during the first two days of evaluations.
ABOUT APPEARANCE:
  • It is very important that you remember you are trying out for a very high profile position representing The Ohio State University.
  • Gentleman - it's important you are clean shaven. Facial hair is not permitted at any time and will not be allowed throughout the season.
  • DO NOT wear anything during the selection that features another school or university.
  • No jewelry for males and females
  • Tattoos should be covered at all times during the tryout weekend.
GENERAL TRYOUT INFORMATION:
  • All material (sideline and fight song) should be executed in a collegiate manner, conducive to college athletics.
  • Excessive facials, arm waving and wide motions are not encouraged.
  • Ladies will be required to use poms for standing back tucks during the final tumbling evaluation.
  • You are trying out for the "Program"- Scarlet and Gray squads will be announced over summer practices prior to attending UCA College Camp.
Tumbling that may be displayed:
  • During the evaluations on Thursday, we will only evaluate standing backhandsprings, standing back tucks, and standing backhandspring back tucks.
  • During the evaluations on Friday, we will evaluate all skills mentioned above along with the most elite standing tumbling pass a candidate has.
  • Examples include the following:
  • 2 backhandsprings to a tuck, layout, or full
  • Standing backhandspring back tuck backhandspring backhandspring back tuck
  • Standing fulls
  • We will evaluate the most elite running tumbling a candidate has on Thursday and Friday
PARTNER STUNTING
  • Sideline and Fight Song
  • "Crowd Effective Stunts"
  • Stunts that one can comfortably lead a crowd in with words, and motions (females)
  • A stunt that is consistent
  • Examples include the following:
  • Toss Chairs
  • Walk-in or toss hands, extensions, and libertys
  • *The most elite stunt would be a fullup liberty

  • Heel Stretch Variation
  • Any "legal" way into or out of a heel stretch
  • Evaluated on technique, flexibility, grips, difficulty, execution
  • Some examples include the following:
  • Fullup heel stretch double down,
  • Rewind stretch front "funny" cradle,
  • Back or front handspring up stretch twist down

  • 2 Stunt Combination
  • Any "legal" stunt with a transition into another stunt with optional second dismount
  • Evaluated on technique, flexibility (if performing a heel stretch or arabesque), grips, difficulty, execution
  • Some examples include the following:
  • Toss liberty hands full around liberty
  • Toss cupie pop down toss arabesque full down
  • Rewind liberty funny cradle Âľ out forward roll backhandspring up liberty


2015-2016 Ohio State University Cheerleading Team Commitment

Your responsibility as a cheerleader for The Ohio State University is to perform for all assigned games, rallies, community functions, and (if selected) UCA Collegiate Nationals. It is each member's job to motivate the crowd and get them involved in Buckeye Spirit. Cheerleaders must conduct themselves with respect, professional behavior and represent the university in positive fashion with mature behavior inside and outside of mandatory team functions, practices, and events. Please review the below information for a general guide to the required commitment.

ACADEMIC CLASSES:

  • Members of The Ohio State University Cheerleading Team receive priority scheduling and therefore are required to schedule around strength and conditioning sessions and practices.
Mandatory SUMMER Practices and Events:
  • 3 day practice weekend in June- dates TBA
  • July 23 (PM) through July 28 Practices
  • July 29 Travel to Camp
  • July 30- August 2: UCA College Camp at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  • August 13-Start of Classes: Practices
FALL/ Winter:
  • Practices 4x per week of home football games; 3x per week during away game weeks
  • Mondays 7:30-10 pm
  • Tuesdays 7:30-10 pm
  • Thursdays 7:30-10 pm
  • *Fridays 5:30-8 pm

  • Strength and Conditioning sessions with strength coaches
  • Tuesday and Thursday Mornings
  • Home Football Games
  • Campus and Community events
  • Select Women's Volleyball Games
  • Home Men's Basketball Games and Women's Basketball Games
  • Nationals Practices after announcement of team in October
  • *Nationals team will practice most days over Winter break
Note: All cheerleaders are required to cheer scheduled games over winter break. Those selected for the Nationals team will be required to practice over break.

SPRING:

  • January 14-18: UCA Collegiate National Championship
  • Practices 1-2x per week (evenings)
  • Strength and Conditioning sessions with strength coaches 2-3x per week (mornings)
  • Home Men's Basketball Games and Women's Basketball Games
  • Conference and potential NCAA Basketball Tournaments
  • Campus and community events

Frequently asked Question and Answers:

Question: Can I bring my own partner for my personal tryout?
Answer: No, only male and female candidates trying out for the 2015-2016 team may stunt with each other

Question: Will all stunts be spotted at the selection weekend even if I can do the stunt?
Answer: YES! All stunts will be spotted for safety purposes.

Question: Do former members always make the team each year, or do they have to tryout each year?
Answer: Veteran members must tryout each year.

Question: How do I get a partner to tryout with?
Answer: There are a few ways to get a partner:

  • Everyone will be randomly placed into groups Thursday evening and you may decide to pick someone in your group for your other stunts.
  • Get in touch with someone ahead of time that you may know in the program.
  • Attend the stunting clinics in the spring to meet current members. See website for dates and locations. *Attending a stunt clinic will not have any bearing on evaluations during tryouts.

AFTER THE TRYOUT:

IF YOU MAKE THE TEAM:
After the tryout process, you will be required to stay for a short meeting to learn more about your obligations and schedules.

IF YOU DO NOT MAKE THE TEAM: The decision will be final. If you would like advice on areas in which we believe you could improve following the tryout, you may contact the coaching staff via e-mail starting on Monday May 11.

GENERAL TEAM INFORMATION:

SCARLET SQUAD
  • Scarlet Squad will be comprised of up to 12 couples (12 males/12 females)
  • Scarlet Squad will cheer the following:
  • Home football games.
  • Select couples will travel to away football games
  • Be in "rotation" for home Men’s and Women’s basketball games.
  • Select couples will travel to post season basketball tournaments
  • Events/ Functions on and off campus.
  • Scarlet Squad will be selected at the pre-camp practices prior to departing for UCA Camp
      a. Squad selection will be determined by the Coaching Staff.
      b. Squad may change members during the course of the season.
      c. You are not guaranteed a spot on Scarlet from year to year.
GRAY SQUAD
  • Gray Squad will be comprised of team members not on Scarlet Squad.
  • Gray Squad will cheer the following:
  • Select home football games.
  • Be in "rotation" for home Men’s and Women’s basketball games.
  • Select couples may travel to post season basketball tournaments
  • Events/ Functions on and off campus.
  • Gray Squad will be selected at the pre-camp practices prior to departing for UCA Camp
  • Squad selection will be determined by the Coaching Staff
  • Squad may change members during the course of the season
Scarlet and Gray team members should not plan any "Spring Break" trips due to the probability of post season basketball tournaments.
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