Feb. 12, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's Catamount Cheerleading squad will hold its annual open tryouts on-campus the weekend of April 25-27 in historic Reid Gymnasium.
Tryouts are open to all current Western Carolina University students in good academic standing, as well as incoming freshmen and transfer students. 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.
All tryout information and required forms are available in the packet below in PDF form. Registration will take place from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm on Friday, April 25, which will be followed by a brief meeting before the tryout clinic begins. (Participants are encouraged to print out registration forms and bring to the tryout completed).
The tryout will include required sessions on Friday evening and Saturday (April 26) morning with the audition all day on Sunday, April 27. There is also an optional Saturday afternoon session for those looking for additional work.
The 2014-15 squad tryout will include technical components, as well as additional items such as a timed mile run and an interview process with the coaching staff. Standing tumbling requirements vary but typically include the back handspring (standing tucks, standing back handspring tucks, toe backs, etc., will be scored higher) . Running tumbling requirements also vary but include a round off back handspring series and/or tuck (pikes, whips, layouts and fulls will be scored higher).
As a small coed squad, both coed and all-girl coed stunting is used with all positions open.
An "open gym" session will be held prior to the tryout to allow interested participants to workout with the coaching staff in preparation for the tryout sessions. The open gym time is Monday, April 21 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm in Reid Gym on campus. The open session is not required in order to tryout or to be considered for the 2014-15 team.
The Catamount cheerleaders are under the direction of a trio Western Carolina alums and former WCU Cheer squad members. Kim Cherry-Beck, a four-year cheerleader and three-time team MVP, is the squad's head coach with assistant coach Ashley Morgan (WCU, 2010) and volunteer assistant Eddie Wells (WCU, 2003) also guiding the squad.
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 men's and women's basketball home games. The cheerleaders also traditionally perform at the annual Southern Conference men's and women's basketball championships.
Since 2001, the Catamount cheerleaders have attended the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) / National Dance Association (NDA) national championship event seven times. Last year, the squad finished improved upon its ninth-place finish in its division at the NCA/NDA championship, advancing past the preliminary round to finish sixth at the national event held in Daytona Beach, Fla. WCU was third after the prelims.
Four years ago, the Catamount cheerleaders placed fifth after the preliminary round to advance to the finals for the first-time since 2002. An injury during the finals routine resulted in a seventh-place finish for WCU in its division.
WCU's squad, which will begin preparation for the 2014-15 seasons with two required summer practice sessions and cheer camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in mid-August, will be announced on Sunday following the final day of the tryout.
For more information, please contact head cheerleading coach, Kim Cherry-Beck, by E-mail at CatamountCheer@yahoo.com.