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Catamount Cheerleading Sets Try-Out Dates for April 17-19; Open Gym Dates April 2nd and 6th

Originally published Jan. 29, 2009; Revised on March 26, 2009

Cullowhee, N.C. - Try-outs for the 2009-10 Western Carolina Catamount Cheerleading squad will be held the weekend of April 17-19 on-campus in Cullowhee. Also, two "open gym" workout dates have been set for April 2nd and 6th on-campus (see bottom).

Registration for the try-out will be from 6:00-6:30 pm on Friday, April 17th, to be followed by a brief meeting before the try-out begins. To avoid the registration rush, it is encouraged that participants print out and bring all completed try-out registration and waiver forms.

2009-10 Catamount Cheerleading Try-out Information Packet

Both men and women who are currently enrolled, or that have been accepted to Western Carolina University are encouraged to try-out.

All material will be taught during the clinic held Friday evening through Saturday morning, and performed in front of the coaching staff during the actual try-out on Saturday afternoon. The team will likely be chosen on Saturday evening and our first practice for the new year will be on Sunday, April 19th.

Standing tumbling requirements vary but typically include back handspring with elements such as standing tucks, standing back handspring tucks, toe backs, etc., scored higher. Running tumbling requirements vary but typically include a round off back handspring series and/or tuck, with pikes, whips, layouts, and fulls scored higher.

At Western, Cheerleading is a part of the Athletics Department. With this association come the obligations and responsibilities of all student-athletes including things such as student-athlete meetings, random drug testing and participation in community service activities. Study hall is mandatory for all freshmen and other team members who do not meet specific GPA requirements (hours per week to be assigned).

The WCU Catamount Cheerleaders are prominent fixtures on campus and in the Cullowhee/Sylva community. In addition to cheering for football and men's and women's basketball, Cats Cheer also can been seen in the weight room, on the track, in practice, and in study hall, while still finding time to volunteer and make special appearances.



The top priorities for Cats Cheer on campus are to raise school spirit, involve the crowd in the game by helping to create a home field or home court advantage for our teams, and continue our tradition of being the best "spirit group" in the Southern Conference.

For more information, contact head cheerleading coach Kim Cheery-Beck at

WCU Cheerleading "Open Gym" Dates

Western Carolina Open Gym Waiver Form Get Acrobat Reader

When: Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm
Where: Reid Gymnasium in Cullowhee

When: Monday, April 6th at 6:30 pm
Where: Reid Gymnasium in Cullowhee

"Open Gym" workouts will give those interested in trying out for the 2009-2010 team an opportunity to stunt and tumble with current WCU Cheerleaders. A waiver form (above) must be completed and signed before you are allowed to participate. If you are a high school senior under the age of 18, your legal guardian must sign as well.

For more information, contact head cheerleading coach Kim Cheery-Beck at