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2017-18 LSU Cheerleading Tryout Prep Clinics

Register Online: Click here

Jan. 22, 2017
March 19, 2017
April 2, 2017 * LSU campus tour 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee: $65 per clinic 
Time: 1-4 p.m. *
Location: LSU Football Indoor Practice Facility

Clinics are not mandatory, however, these are helpful to learn the tryout process. You will be instructed by coaches on coed stunts, fight song and sidelines and attend a seminar in which all questions regarding tryouts will be answered.

Video of material that will be evaluated in tryouts will be taught April 2 at the clinic and posted to the LSU Cheerleading Facebook page. Participants are to learn material prior to tryouts. Material will be reviewed but not taught at tryouts.

Register Online: Coming Jan. 18, 2017

2017-18 LSU Cheerleading Tryouts

Dates: April 7-9, 2017
Friday, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cheer Tryout Material
Video of material that will be evaluated in tryouts will be taught April 2 at the clinic and posted to the LSU Cheerleading Facebook page. Participants are to learn material prior to tryouts. Material will be reviewed but not taught at tryouts.

Tentative Tryout Schedule *

Friday, April 7
Check-in at 5 p.m. at Indoor Football Practice Facility; 5-9 p.m. – Material Review, First Cut (fight song, standing and running tumbling, stunts)
Saturday, April 8
8 a.m. - noon; Second cut, 2-9 p.m.; Third cut
Sunday, April 9
9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Final interviews and cuts; Team meeting, fitting, picture.

* Times are approximate and are subject to change as needed.

Female attire: Fitted shorts and fitted sleeveless waist length sports top. LSU colors or black, grey or white. Hair half up with a bow towards the back (sides pulled back: no pony tails). Game day makeup.

Male attire: Clean cut hair style, no facial hair. Polo style shirt or T-shirt with gym shorts. T-shirts should not have any advertisement other than LSU.

IMPORTANT: Spirit Squad Application and Forms (found under "Related Links" on this page) must be received by the Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Forms must be mail, NOT EMAIL.


How can I prepare for LSU Cheerleading tryouts?

We are looking for a well-rounded individual. First and foremost an outgoing personality as well as good character is very important. The LSU cheerleaders are highly visible within our community and therefore must be able to represent the University in a positive way. Grades and how well you work with our coaches will also be considered at tryouts. Good collegiate style motions, tumbling and co-ed stunts are also equally as important. Commitment to a full year of participation is mandatory. We start in April with tryouts, we meet a few times over the summer to prepare for camp, we start formal practices in mid-August and games begin in September. We cheer Volleyball, Football, Men's and Women's Basketball and Gymnastics and Beach Volleyball event. In addition, we participate in additional athletic department events and campus and community service activities during the year.

Tumbling: Standing back tucks and standing back handspring tucks are the norm for our squad. Running tumbling ranges. Most girls have layouts and full twist or a specialty pass. The guys range from no running tumbling to specialty passes. Typically, the first thing we do at tryouts is a standing tumbling cut for the girls. Depending on the number of males we have at tryouts, a standing tumbling cut is possible. Both girls and guys have a first round motion cut so it is important to also have good collegiate style motions. Jumps are not performed.

Coed Stunts: If you do not have co-ed stunt experience it is imperative to get experience prior to tryouts as this is a co-ed team. Local cheer gyms and college squads are good resources for private co-ed stunt lessons. Our gold squad members typically have full up stunts, rewinds and handspring up stunts. Purple squad members have basic stunts such as extensions, liberties, walk-in stunts as well as toss stunts. Being able to stunt with multiple stunt partners and not just one person is a necessity. When we are choosing our team, we consider who is easy to work with and can be used with different partners. We also consider if the person can easily make corrections as well as gets along well with other participants.

If you do not cheer on a high school squad and you are on a competitive team only, please consider getting a private coach to assist you with "game day" cheerleading. Being talented is important but you must also know how to "lead a crowd" and cheer in front of fans, not just judges. Yelling loud with natural collegiate cheering expressions, sharp motions and good motion placement is very important!!.

We do not have a weight or height restriction. Size ranges fluctuate from year to year. As long as you are adaptable to stunt with several partners you will be considered. Coed stunt experience is essential.

Attending one of our spring one day clinics is helpful as you will gain an inside perspective on our tryout process. It is also a good idea to attend one of our games to see our cheerleaders in action. All portions of tryouts are closed to the public. Evaluators will consist of the coaches and athletic department staff members. The purpose of the tryout is to choose the best all-around representatives for LSU.

For more information regarding the LSU Cheerleading Squad, contact the LSU Spirit Coordinator at

Application to Tryout:

All participants must be full time LSU students, transfer students or incoming freshman.

The below forms must be received the Wednesday prior to tryouts: Faxed and Emailed forms will not be accepted.

Mail To:
LSU Athletics
Pauline Zernott – Cheerleading Tryouts
LSU Athletic Admin Bldg.
N. Stadium Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

The below info must be received the Wednesday prior to tryouts:

  1. Pre-Participation Medical History Form | Print It
  2. Walk-on Physician Clearance Form | Print It
  3. LSU Spirit Squad Application (if under 18 must be signed by guardian) | Print It
  4. Copy of insurance card (front and back)
  5. Proof of grades* / admissions**

* Those currently enrolled at LSU must attach a copy of their spring schedule as well as degree audit showing overall cumulative GPA.

** Those with admissions pending must attach a copy of their admissions application and any paperwork they have received from the admissions office. Also if not accepted yet, an audit of grades to show GPA and ACT or SAT scores will be high enough to be accepted to LSU.

  • If you are under 18, your tryout application form MUST BE SIGNED by a parent or guardian in order to participate.
  • Applicants must provide complete insurance information to participate in the clinics and tryouts. Squad members must maintain insurance all year to be an active team member.
  • All portions of tryouts are closed to the public. Only applicants, coaching staff, and LSU athletic department staff will be allowed inside.
  • Evaluators will consist of the coaching staff. The purpose of the tryout is to choose the best all-around representatives for LSU, while talent is important it is not the only factor to be considered.




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