Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamount cheerleading squad will hold open tryouts for its 2017-18 squad on April 21-23 in the on-campus Camp Lab Gym. WCU has a small coed team and performs both coed and all-girl stunts. The coaching staff will be looking for all positions at the try-outs.
Try-outs 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 try out 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 try-out packet (in PDF form). Registration for the tryout is from 6:00-6:30 pm on Friday April 21, followed by a brief meeting before the try-out clinic begins. To avoid the registration rush, participants are encourage to print out and bring all of the completed try-out forms to registration. All material for the try-out will be taught during the clinic and performed in front of the coaching staff during the try-out on Sunday.
Required try-out sessions in order to be considered for the team include: Friday evening, Saturday's morning session (ending at approximately 1:00pm), and all day Sunday. A second session on Saturday afternoon is for anyone wanting to get in extra work prior to Sunday's try-out.
The 2017-2018 team roster will be posted shortly after the try-out on Sunday, April 23.
An "open gym" session will be held on-campus in Camp Lab Gym on Monday, April 17 from 5:30 pm -- 7:30 pm prior to the tryouts for anyone interested in the program. An open gym waiver form MUST be completed in order to participate for the open gym session you attend (parent/guardian signature required for anyone under the age of 18). These sessions are NOT REQUIRED in order to try-out and be considered for the 2017-2018 team.
Standing tumbling requirements vary but typically include back handspring (standing tucks, standing back handspring tucks, toe backs, etc., will be scored higher). Running tumbling requirements vary but typically include a round off back handspring series and/or tuck (pikes, whips, layouts, and fulls will be scored higher). There will also have timed mile (goal should be under 8 minutes) and a short interview component during the try-out weekend.
The top priorities for WCU Cheer 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 the tradition of Catamount Cheerleading. Our primary goals and daily schedule (practice, weights, study hall, special appearances, games, etc.) make WCU Cheerleading much different from high school or all-star cheerleading. You must understand that in your college life, cheerleading comes second only to school work, and if you make the team, you are committed for the entire 2017-2018 season (April 2017-April 2018).
For more information on the 2017-18 Catamount Cheerleading tryouts, contact head coach Ashley Crowe at email@example.com.