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Catamount Cheerleaders Announce Try-out Dates for 2008-09 Squad

Jan. 16, 2008

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina and head cheerleading coach Kim Cherry today announced that try-outs for the 2008-09 squad will be held the weekend of April 18-20, 2008 in Cullowhee. Registration will be from 6:00 until 6:30 pm on Friday, followed by a brief meeting before the try-out begin with clinic work that evening at historic Reid Gym.

Try-outs are open to all current Western Carolina University students, as well as incoming freshmen and transfer students. WCU has a small co-ed team, meaning it incorporates both co-ed and all-girl stunts. Both men and women are encouraged to tryout for positions on the squad. Participants must show proof of insurance and acceptance to WCU in order to take part in the activities.

Catamount Cheerleading 2008-09 Information and Forms (in PDF form)

All materials for the try-out will be learned during the special clinics to be held Friday evening and Saturday morning. The material will then be performed in front of the WCU coaching staff on Saturday afternoon with the squad announced later that evening. The first practice for the squad will be held on Sunday, April 20.

Standing tumbling requirements include back handspring (standing tucks, standing back handspring tucks, toe backs, etc. will be scored higher). Running tumbling requirements include a round off back handspring series and/or tuck (pikes, whips, layouts, and fulls will be scored higher). Also, there will be a timed mile and interview component during the try-out weekend.

Under the direction of head coach, and Western Carolina alum, Kim Cherry, the two primary objectives of the Catamount cheerleaders are to help promote school spirit and add to the game day experiences of all Catamount athletics, and to be the best in the Southern Conference. The WCU cheerleaders perform at all home and select away Catamount football games, as well as during both Catamount and Lady Catamount basketball home games. The cheerleaders also traditionally perform at the annual Southern Conference men's and women's basketball championships.



For more information on the 2008-09 Catamount Cheerleader tryouts, please contact head coach Kim Cherry at

2008-09 Catamount Cheerleading Try-outs

When: Fri., April 18 - Sun., April 20, 2008
Where: Cullowhee, N.C., and Reid Gym

* Registration will run from 6:00-6:30 pm on Friday, April 18 with the Preliminary Meeting and first clinic to follow;
* Those wishing to try-out must bring proof of medical insurance and proof of acceptance to Western Carolina University;
* All materials for the try-out will be learned during the special clinics.