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LSU Tiger Girls Auditions and Pre-Audition Clinics

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2017 LSU Tiger Girls Auditions

Dates: April 21-23, 2017
Location: Field House/Spirit Squad Practice Facility

Tryout Material
Video of material that will be evaluated in tryouts will be posted to the LSU Tiger Girls Facebook page by Friday April 7, 2017. Participants are to learn material prior to tryouts. Material will be reviewed but not taught at tryouts. Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop dances will be posted and knowledge of these routines are necessary as they will be evaluated at auditions.

Attire and Hair and Makeup
During Jazz and Pom auditions the attire is a black crop top of your choice. Rhinestones may be added, no beads or no dangling accessory's. No modified bra's, should resemble a dance top. Low-waisted hot shorts and jazz shoes. During Hip Hop and Tricks we ask that you add a pair of black hip hop style pants and your choice and sneakers. Hair and makeup should be “game ready” at all times. Hair should be curled and it is preferred that bangs are to be pinned or pulled back out of your face and eyes.

Tryout Schedule *

Day 1: Friday April 21
5-5:30 p.m. – Registration. Participants will go over rules and regulations of the spirit program, review audition schedule. We will make sure all applications have been received and we will take photos for tryouts, that will be attached to your application. Please come game day ready in above specified attire! Optional pre audition clinic offered see above. This is not mandatory.

Day 2: Saturday April 22
* Suggestion: Bring Healthy Energy Snacks
Noon: Registration/Check in/Receive Tryout Number
12:30-12:50 p.m. Group Stretch
12:50-3:30 p.m. Review Jazz/Learn across floors/Auditions/Review Hip Hop
3:30-4 p.m. Short Break/ Announce 1st cut
4–6 p.m. Hip Hop Audition/ Review Pom afterwards
6–7 p.m. Dinner Break/ Announce 2nd cut
7–9 p.m. Pom Audition/ 3rd cut

Day 3: Sunday, April 23
* Suggestion: Bring Heathy Energy Snacks
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Warm up/ Final Jazz, Hip Hop, Pom evaluations/ Call backs/ Interviews/Final Cuts/Meeting. Lunch Break will be given

* ALL times are tentative and may change throughout the day.

IMPORTANT: Spirit Squad Application and Forms (see below) must be received by the Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Forms must be mailed, NOT EMAILED. Tryout packets may also be dropped off at the LSU Athletic Admin Building, N. Stadium & Nicholson Dr, there is a drop off basket on the 4th floor. 


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.

Tryouts consist of a 3 day weekend where routines that are posted are evaluated, cuts are made until we get down to our Top 20-26 participants. NEW FOR 2017: We will use a progressive tryout format. Please find details below:

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 20-14 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.
Step: 4 Spirit Squad Application must be MAILED and received by Wednesday before tryout weekend. Tryout packets may 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 UDA 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 Tiger Girl 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 Tiger Girls 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 others and our coaches will also be considered at tryouts. We are looking for well-rounded jazz, pom and hip hop dancers.

Dance: Dance training in all disciplines is helpful. Jazz. Pom and Hip Hop are the styles we perform and weigh heavily at auditions.

Tumbling: While tumbling is not a requirement, it is nice to have a tumbling background. We choreograph hip hop tricks and aerials into many of our routines, therefore being able to do these skills are very helpful.

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 Tiger Girls in action. All portions of tryouts are closed to the public. Evaluators will consist of the coaches, alumni Tiger Girls and athletic department staff members. The purpose of the tryout is to choose the best all-around representatives for LSU.

General Information: We are looking for committed team members who exemplify athleticism through their skill level, fitness, health, and work ethic. Our team is continuously in the public eye and is expected to represent LSU by maintaining an athletic/professional image.

About the Team: Commitment to a full year of participation is mandatory. We start in April with tryouts, returners dance at baseball games through May, we meet in July to prepare for the upcoming season, we start formal practices a few days prior to the start of school in August. We dance at Men's and Women's Basketball, occasional gymnastics meets and volleyball matches and Baseball games. In addition, we participate in additional athletic department events, campus and community service activities during the year. We do not have a weight or height restriction. Size ranges fluctuate from year to year.


Tryout Application:

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 also 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

General Tryout Information

All of the following required forms are due the Wednesday prior to tryouts:
1. Pre-Participation Medical History Form (.pdf)
2. Walk-on Physician Clearance Form (.pdf)
3. LSU Spirit Squad Application (.pdf)
4. Copy of insurance card (front and back) ** INSURANCE MUST BE MAINTAINED ALL YEAR TO PARTICIPATE AS A TIGER GIRL.
5. Proof of grades/admissions (see below)

  • 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.

For more information regarding the LSU Tiger Girls, contact the LSU Spirit Director at pzernott@lsu.edu.

 

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