Texas Tech University

Co-Ed Cheer Tryouts

The Texas Tech Co-Ed Cheer Squad is comprised of talented male and female cheerleaders.

The Co-Ed Cheer Squad perform at all football games, women's home volleyball games, and men's and women's home basketball games. In addition, the Co-Ed Cheerleaders will the have opportunity to travel to post season football bowl games, Big 12 tournament basketball games, and NCAA/NIT basketball tournament games. The squad also represents Texas Tech at many university and community events throughout the year. Co-Ed Cheer Squad will also have the opportunity to represent Texas Tech at NCA College Nationals.

2017 Co-Ed Cheer Tryouts

Optional Open Gym Practice (not required, highly recommended)
Dates TBD - May 2017

Cheer Tryouts (attendance mandatory)
Dates TBD - May 2017



Cheer Program Benefits

  • $1,000 Leadership Scholarship
  • Out of State Tuition Waiver
  • Uniforms, Workout Clothes, and Accessories Paid
  • Paid Travel Expenses for out of town games
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Meal Plan
  • Athletic Trainer & Team Doctor
  • Strength & Conditioning Program
  • Tanning & Skin Care Sponsor
  • Eyelash Extensions & Eyebrow Threading Sponsor
  • National Competition Opportunities
  • Cheer for a Big 12 Conference School
  • Supportive Cheer Alumni

Female participants must choose which squad to tryout for - Co-Ed or All-Girl. Tryouts happen at the same time. At end of tryouts, Coach has right to change and award position on opposite squad if needed and sees a better fit.

What's the difference between squads? All-Girl is consisted of all-female cheerleaders stunting in female groups. Co-Ed consists of male and female cheerleaders with the males stunting with the female flyers.

Cheerleaders will NOT be able to participate in Fall Sorority or Fraternity Recruitment/Rush activities.


 

2017-2018 Tryout Requirements 

  • Freshman/Transfer Students
    Must be accepted to TTU for 2017-2018 academic year
  • Current TTU students:
    • Enrolled full time (Undergraduate: 12 hours, Graduate: 9 hours)
    • Cumulative & Current GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Current Health Insurance (a copy of insurance card must be sent in with application)
  • Pay Tryout Application Fee ($50 Non-refundable)

Tryout Attire

Female Cheerleaders Male Cheerleaders
Black Spandex Shorts Solid Black Athletic Shorts
Solid Black Sports Bra
(small brand logos are acceptable)
Plain Black T-Shirt
(graphics to the minimum)
Cheer Shoes Clean Shaven
2 1/4 inch White Grosgrain Ribbon Athletic Shoes/Cheer Shoes
Hair 1/2 up, curled  

Tryout Format & Skill Sections

Preliminary Tryouts

  • Standing Tumbling
    • Back Tuck (or standing full)
    • Jumps to Tumbling: max of 3 jumps to back handspring back tuck level or better
  • Gameday Spirit & Motion Technique
    • Fight Song & Sideline Chant (taught by video link emailed one week prior to tryouts)
    • Looking for sharp motions and ability to lead the crowd.
  • Running Tumbling
    • Two Running Passes (must be back handspring back tuck level or better)

Semi-Final Tryouts

  • Stunts - (partners must be with someone trying out - no outside stunt partners are allowed; females MUST tryout as flyer position)
    • Two Stunts
      • Two Toss Entry Stunts with Stunt Partner of your choice:
        • Toss Lib with pop-off (straight pop-off, full down/cork screw)
        • Optional Toss-Entry into Stretch with Double Down (Extended toss, Ball-Up, Full-Up)
    • Stunt Partners can be formed at open gym night before tryout.
    • Coach may assign stunt partners for additional skill evaluations. 
  • Personal Interview & Skill Call-Backs
    • Personal interview with Coaching Staff & Panel Judges
      Could ask to see additional skills (stunts, tumbling)

Final Tryouts 

  • Finalists Only. Cuts will be made throughout Preliminary & Semi-FinalRounds.
  • You will be grouped according to skill level selected on tryout application.
  • Elite Tumblers (speciality is elite collegiate tumbling, as chosen on tryout application)
    • Tumbling Passes
      • Two different Elite Level Standing Tumbling Passes at your level
        Recommended skills, but not limited to, to showcase: standing fulls, toe-full, one back handspring-full, two back handsprings-full, one back handspring/whip/full, jumps to elite tumbling combinations
      • Two different Elite Level Running Tumbling Passes at your level
        Recommended Skills, but not limited to, to showcase: punch front, arabians, full to additional elite skills, kick fulls, whip-series, full-full
  • Elite Stunters (speciality is elite collegiate stunts, as chosen on tryout application)
    • Two Elite Stunts
      • One or Two Partners may be selected by Coach (partners will be from finalists)
      • Elite Entries into Extended Stunts
        Includes, but not limited to, back/front handspring ups, hand-hand, rewinds, cartwheel ups.
      • Females must show front and back flexibility in stunts with double down dismounts.
  • All-Around (speciality includes both elite tumbling and elite stunts, as chosen on tryout application)
    • Tumbling
      • One Elite Level Standing Tumbling Pass at your level
        Recommended skills, but not limited to, to showcase: standing fulls, one back handspring-full, two back handsprings-full, one back handspring/whip/full, jumps to elite tumbling combinations
      • One Elite Level Running Tumbling Pass at your level
        Recommended skills, but not limited to, to showcase: punch front, arabians, full to skills, kick fulls, whip-series, full-full
    • Stunts
      • One or Two Stunt Partners may be selected by Coach (partners will be from finalists)
      • Two Elite Stunts with different Elite Entries into Extended Stunts
        Includes, but not limited to, back/front handspring ups, hand-hand, rewinds, cartwheel ups.
      • Females must show front and back flexibility in stunts with double down dismounts.

Cuts will be made throughout tryout process.

Final selection of squad members will be posted after scores are tallied at end of tryouts.


Recommendation for flights leaving tryouts to not book prior to Sunday at 4:00 PM. Those making new squad will have team meeting at approximately 3:00 PM or following tryouts. Tryout times subject to change.

Plan Ahead...

The Cheer Squad will have practices in the summer. Attendance is mandatory for all squad members. Finalized 2017 tryout and summer dates will be posted in January 2017.

Date:
Practice Schedule & Location:
June 26-July 1, 2016 Summer Camp & Skill Development, Lubbock
August 20-27, 2016 Work Week, Lubbock (one week prior to school start)

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the Answers Here

Other Questions:
Bruce Bills
Cheer Coach
Email: spirit@ttu.edu

2017 Co-Ed Tryouts

May 2017 Tryouts

  • More details announced in January

Follow Tryout Updates

Plan Ahead...

The Tech Cheer Squad will have practices this summer. Attendance is mandatory for squad members.

  • CoEd Summer Practices:
    June 2017
    Lubbock
  • School Report Day:
    One week prior to school starting in August.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions??

Answers are Here!

Other Questions:

Bruce Bills, Cheer Coach
Email: spirit@ttu.edu

Cheer Program Benefits

  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Out of State Tuition Waiver
  • Uniform & Accessories Paid
  • Paid Travel Expenses for out of town games
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Meal Plan
  • Athletic Trainer & Team Doctor
  • Strength & Conditioning Program
  • Tanning & Skin Care Sponsor
  • National Competition
  • Cheer for a Big 12 Conference School
  • Supportive Alumni

Contact

Texas Tech Spirit Program