2022-23 Saint Louis Cheerleading Tryouts
2022 TRIAL PREPARATION CLINIC (optional)
Trial Readiness Clinic takes place exclusively for interested high schoolers and college cheerleaders to get a better idea of what we are looking for in choosing participants for our team. This clinic is not compulsory and a fee is charged, but it is the better preparation you can have by approaching SLU Cheer Tryouts. Attendance is also beneficial for answering all questions as it is the onlyy Scheduled time to meet and chat with the coaches. At this clinic, attendees will review (not learn) the trial materials emailed the previous week. Please arrive 30 minutes early to check in.
Dated: Saturday April 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Chaifetz Arena Pavilion, Chaifetz Arena VIP Entrance
Additional information & Registration required : Please email [email protected] for registration information.
2022-23 CHEERLEADING SLU TRIALS
Dated: April 30
Day and time: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Chaifetz Arena Pavilion
Video test: A video trial will only be allowed for those over 4 hours. Video tryouts will take place on Friday, April 29 at midnight.
Additional information COMING SOON!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHEERLEADING SLU TRIALS
SLU Cheerleaders encompass well-rounded individuals with both good character and the ability to cheer on game day. Due to their high visibility within our community, we are looking for those who best represent the University in a positive way. The quality of your work with our coaches and with each other and the correction you receive will be highly appreciated during tryouts. In support of SLU sports games and other appearances, a full year’s commitment to participation is absolutely mandatory. Our active year begins in April with tryouts and resumes in early August for the preparation camp for the fall season. The games begin in September and the season ends the following April. SLU cheerleaders support Billiken athletics by cheering on football and basketball games. Additionally, they participate in pep rallies and special appearances, including community service activities, alumni events, civic events, and charity events in the St. Louis area.
Movements: If you’re not cheering on a high school team and only on a competitive team, you might consider hiring a private coach to help you cheer on game day. Having talent is important, but you also need to know how to “manage a crowd” and cheer in front of fans, not just judges. It is very important to shout loudly with natural collegial expressions of encouragement, lively movements and good placement of movements.
A clean and consistent standing handspring is required to try out for the team. Additional standing and running drops of increased level can increase your chances of making the team. You may be asked to tumbling on the wooden basketball court in addition to a cheer mat.
Waterfalls: Local gyms and college teams are good resources for private stunt lessons for coeds and girls. The minimum for Coed is a shoulder and/or a chair, while working up to a hand throw. The minimum for All-Girl is freedom, pop off. At clinics and tryouts, All-Girl bases will learn and perform shoulder presses in preparation for college-level game-day pyramids. Being able to stunt with multiple stunt partners/groups is a must. When choosing teams, we consider who is easy to work with and who can be used in different groups – this shows us that you know the right technique and can work well with anyone. We also consider whether candidates can easily make corrections. During tryouts, we ask that you perform stunts with the group you marked as having the MOST experience on your application, however, you may be asked to move.
Other: Although talent is important, it is not the only factor to consider. We are also looking for people who exude strong leadership qualities, confidence, hard work ethic, willingness to try new things, good response to correction, positivity, respect for everyone, inflection of voice and the ability to engage an audience.
We have no weight or height restriction as height ranges fluctuate from year to year, however, candidates must be of sufficient physical fitness and appropriate training to perform all required skills.
Attending our Spring Trial Readiness Clinic is helpful as you will gain an inside perspective on our trial process. It’s also a good idea to attend one of our games to see our cheerleaders in action and to follow us on all our social media platforms. All parts of the trials are closed to the public. Evaluators can be coaches, athletic department staff, and alumni. The purpose of the trial is to choose the best all-around reps for cheering and SLU athletics.
For more information regarding SLU Cheerleading, contact Head Coach, Shannon Maruyama: [email protected]
APP TO TRY
Each entrant must be a full-time SLU student, transfer student, or incoming freshman with proof of acceptance to SLU.
What follows must be received MONDAY (April 25) prior to tryouts.
- Copy of the insurance card (front and back)
- Copy of physical examination performed by doctor within the last 12 months
- Participation medical forms (see link above)
Email to: [email protected]
Subject – CHEER TRYOUTS 2022
Recurring members: Complete medical forms and upload current insurance information to SportsWare.
The following must be received by MONDAY (April 25) prior to practice:
SLU Spirit Squad application (if under 18 must be signed by guardian)
- Trial request (see link above)
- Expectations form (found in the trial app)
- Officer Form (*returners only) (found in tryout request)
- Risk and Release Form (see link above)
- 2 CURRENT photos of yourself (see application for more information)
- Trial Fee – $50 for new members / $25 for old members – check payable to Saint Louis University (memo – SLU CHEER TRYOUTS)
- Proof of grades* / entries**
* Individuals currently enrolled at SLU must include an unofficial transcript.
** Freshmen or transfer students must be in the process of admission to SLU prior to tryouts. We ask that you provide your admission status to the University along with a copy of your acceptance letter or correspondence indicating that you are on the waiting list.
- If you are under 18, your trial application form MUST BE SIGNED by a parent or guardian for you to participate.
- Applicants must provide the signed Release and Liability Waiver form to participate in the clinic and trials. Team members must maintain year-round insurance to be an active member of the team.
- All parts of the clinics and trials are closed to the public. Only contestants, coaching staff, judges and SLU Athletic Department staff will be allowed inside.
- You cannot bring a stunt partner to tryouts, you will only stunt with those who try.
- The purpose of the trial is to choose the best all-around reps for SLU.