LSU Cheerleading at Tiger Stadium
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LSU Cheerleading Tryouts and Pre-Tryout Clinics

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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 posted to the LSU Cheerleading Facebook page by Monday, March 27, 2017. 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.

Tryout packets can be dropped off at the LSU Athletic Admin Building, N. Stadium & Nicholson Dr, there is a drop off basket on the 4th floor. 

 

NEW FOR 2017: We will use a progressive tryout format. Please find details below.

Spirit Squad Tryout Process

Tryout prep clinics will be held for interested cheerleaders and dancers to participate in to get a better idea of what we look for in choosing participants for our team throughout the year. These clinics are not mandatory and a fee will be charged.

PHASE 1:
Tryouts will consist of a 2-3 day weekend evaluation/cut process where the material presented via a social media post prior to tryouts, will be evaluated in person. There will be cuts throughout the tryout weekend until approximately 18 -24 cheer couples/dancers are chosen. See each sample itinerary for cheer and Tiger Girls.

*Candidates that are competing in a national cheerleading or dance team championship may request to tryout via video which will be judged during the 3 day tryout. Current coach must send confirmation that this commitment is accurate, please include in tryout application. Additional selections may or may not be made from individuals that are in this situation. Invitations to PHASE 2 may or may not be extended to these candidates.

Step: 1 Contact Pauline Zernott- Spirit Director pzernott@lsu.edu to get approval.
Step: 2 Send video with most difficult standing tumbling, running tumbling, partner stunts
Step: 3 Learn tryout material from Video's posted on LSU Cheerleading Facebook page, video yourself performing it and include with Step 2. This video can be emailed to pzernott@lsu.edu.  
Step: 4 Spirit Squad Application must be MAILED and received by Wednesday before tryout weekend. Tryout packets can also be dropped off at the LSU Athletic Admin Building, N. Stadium & Nicholson Dr, there is a drop off basket on the 4th floor. 

PHASE 2:
There will be a 2 day evaluation with a cut if needed followed by 2-3 days of practice and UCA camp in July.

PHASE 3:
There will be a weeklong practice the week prior to the start of school. If additional cuts are warranted they will be made during this phase. Cuts during the 2 & 3 phases will be based on the person's ability to maintain their performance level as well as final decisions on the person's ability to work with their peers and coaches.

 


 

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 the upcoming season, we start formal practices in mid-August and games begin in September. We cheer Volleyball, Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Gymnastics and Beach Volleyball. 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: 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.

Motions: 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.

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 pzernott@lsu.edu


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.

Tryout packets may be dropped off at the LSU Athletic Admin Building, N. Stadium & Nicholson Dr, there is a drop off basket on the 4th floor. 

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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