All candidates must submit a completed tryout packet to the TTU Cheerleading program before trying out for one of the potential positions. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN TRYOUTS WITHOUT A COMPLETED PACKET. Please mail packet in to the following address:
TTU Fitness Center
ATTN: Robin Burroughs
PO Box 5107
Cookeville, TN 38505
The Tryout packet must contain the following materials:
Returners: your tryout packet will only need to contain numbers 1,2,3,4,7, & 8.
Click here for the Tryout Schedule.
Listed below are the requirements for the 2013-2014 TTU Varsity Cheerleading Squad. Please work hard to master all of the following skills in order to be a competitive applicant for the 2013-2014 tryouts.
SECTION 1: Introduction
SECTION 2: Selection process
SECTION 3: Video Tryout Information
SECTION 4: Contact Information
SECTION 5: Tryout Packet Information
SECTION 6: Frequently asked Questions
SECTION 7: MASCOT TRYOUT INFORMATION
Small Coed Squad
(Small Co-ed – primarily composed of 6-8 males &6-8 females that will coed stunt & 8 females that will perform all girl stunts)
Squad members primarily cheer at home football games, combination of women's & men's home basketball games, and 16 will compete in a nationals competition at the end of the season. The squad also travels to selected away football games and basketball tournaments. The squad also makes numerous appearances throughout the season.
The TTU Cheerleading program will host a one day tryout session. This tryout will assess the abilities, leadership skills and the potential of candidates for a position on one of the TTU Cheerleading squad.
Actual attendance by candidates at the tryout sessions is highly recommended; however persons who cannot attend the tryout sessions (and have contacted Robin about this option) may submit a videotape for consideration. All videos must be submitted before the end of the scheduled tryout session and follow the format listed below:
All video submissions must:
Notification of Selection
The numbers of the persons selected for the TTU Cheerleaders will be posted on Saturday one hour after tryouts have been completed online at www.tntech.edu/varsitycheer . Those candidates that make one of the TTU Cheerleading squads will be asked to remain for a practice on Sunday May 12th, 2013 from 8am-11am.
Minimum Qualifications for tryouts
Candidates wishing to tryout for the position on the TTU Cheerleading squad must meet the following minimum qualifications:
Candidates will be chosen on the following criteria:
Standing Back Tuck (male & female)
Back handspring back tuck (female only)
Round off tuck
Optional Tumble Pass
Toss shoulder stand
Toss extension full down
Hands or Toss Stretch
Optional stunt choosing from the following: walk in extension, backhandspring extension, optional toss stunt (arabesque, cubie, scale, etc.)
Ground up extension
Toss extension, Liberty, stretch
2 man liberty
Fliers: body positions-liberty, heel stretch, scale, scorpion, full down from all
Includes a standing tuck & Toe Touch
Includes a back tuck
Candidates will be chosen by a committee of judges
Candidates will be evaluated on the characteristics and skills listed above in addition to the ability to remember routines as well as have the athletic physique appropriate for the required activities.
Interviews with all candidates will be done prior to the skills assessment and will be conducted by the TTU Cheerleading Coach as well as the judging commitee. An average of these scores will be the candidates overall score
ALL VIDEOS SUBMITTED MUST HAVE PRIOR PERMISSION FROM THE TTU CHEERLEADING COACH AND CONTAIN ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
ALL VIDEOS MUST BE AT THE UNIVERSITY NO LATER THAN MONDAY MAY 6TH, 2013. VIDEO SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE PREVIEWED PRIOR TO TRYOUTS THEY WILL BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY DURING THE TRYOUT SESSION.
TTU Cheerleading Coach
Tennessee Tech Fitness Center
PO Box 5107
Cookeville, TN 38505
All candidates must submit a completed tryout packet to the TTU Cheerleading program before trying out for one of the potential positions. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN TRYOUTS WITHOUT A COMPLETED PACKET.
Tryout packet content checklist:
Thank you so much for your interest in Tennessee Tech Cheerleading and we look forward to seeing you at tryouts this year.
8am: Check in
8:15am-8:45am: Stretch/divide into groups
8:45am-9:15am: Sideline Chant
9:15am-10:00am: Stunt Session 1
10:00am-11am: Fight Song/tumble station
11am-12pm: Lunch / interviews
12pm-1pm: Stretch/review fight song & chant
1pm-2pm: Stunt & tumble stations
2pm-3pm: Fight song & chant evaluations
3pm-4pm: Running Tumble & stunt evaluations
Teams will be posted online at www.tntech.edu/varsitycheer by 7pm.
All individuals wishing to tryout for the mascot of Tennessee Tech "Awesome Eagle" and or crew (Grandpappy, or a nest keeper) need to report to the Tennessee Tech Fitness Center on April 25th @ 4pm / May 4th at 12pm. Once you arrive at the Fitness Center you will have a meeting that will give you instructions regarding the tryout schedule. The height requirement for all characters is between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet 5 inches. Each individual will need to bring with them to tryouts the following items:
1. Mascot Tryout packet: the information that needs to be in the tryout packet is the same information that is in the cheerleader tryout packet.
2. A 1 minute family appropriate mascot skit: this skit needs to include a minimum of 3 props and a max of 5 props. Music & signs are optional but strongly suggested. Signs do not count as props. One prop must be used as an improv prop (example: broom is used as guitar)
3. Individuals trying out will also be asked to act out an actual scenerio that would possibly occur while they are in the mascot suit during a game, appearance, event, etc. You will not know what this scenerio will be until you are asked to perform it.
Those individuals making the team will be asked to stay that afternoon for a short meeting after tryouts.