Frequently Asked Questions :: Cheer Tryouts
Question: Do you offer scholarships for all squad members?*
Answer: Yes, each squad member meeting requirements will receive up to a $1000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded in two payments, $500 per semester. Requirements include, but are not limited to meeting GPA standards, being enrolled as full time student, and attending games, practices, and appearances. Out of state students this scholarship award package waives your Out-of-State tuition fee.
Question: Where are Tryouts Held?
Answer: Tryouts are held in the United Spirit Arena. map
Question: Who can tryout for Tech Cheer?
Answer: Any current Texas Tech student meeting tryout requirements is eligible to tryout. Incoming Freshman and Transfer students are welcome to tryout as well, as long as they have been admitted to TTU. Graduate students are welcome to tryout as long as they are enrolled in at least 9 credit course hours.
Students who are accepted into the Summer Gateway Program are allowed to tryout, but will not be able to fully participate until Summer Gateway Program requirements have been met and they are enrolled at TTU.
Question: Does the Program Compete at Nationals?
Answer: Yes, the Tech Co-Ed Cheer Squad have the opportunity to compete at the NCA Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship. Competing at nationals is contingent on squad members fundraising and success at summer cheer camp. The final decision if the squad competes and who will be in the routine will be decided on by the head coach.
Question: About how many people tryout each year?
Answer: Typically, between 60 and 70 females (Co-Ed & All-Girl) tryout and 30-40 males.
Question: Are Tryout sessions open to the Public?
Answer: No. Tryout sessions are closed to all the general public. Participants will check in each day of tryouts. The only portion of the tryouts open to the public is the optional open gym practice held the Friday before tryouts.
Question: What type of Cheer Squad?
Answer: Tech Cheer has two cheer squads: All-Girl and Co-Ed Cheer.
The All-Girl Cheer squad will be comprised of talented female cheerleaders. The Co-Ed Cheer squad is comprised of male and female cheerleaders.
Female cheerleaders trying out, but not making the Co-Ed Squad can receive an invitation to tryout for the All-Girl Squad. Invitations will be handed out after Co-Ed Squad tryouts by the Head Coach.
Question: Is there a Height and Weight Requirement?
Answer: No. We do not have a certain weight and/or height requirement for squad members. We do ask that all members maintain the appropriate physique, and are able to participate in all activities throughout the entire year.
Question: Who Coaches the Cheerleaders?
Answer: Bruce Bills, serves as the Head Cheer Coach and Spirit Program Coordinator. This is Bills' second year as head coach, but his 11th year with the Tech Spirit Program. Bills will coach both the Co-Ed Cheer & All-Girl Squads. Stephanie Rhode is the Spirit Program Director.
Question: What are Practices like and schedule?
Answer: Practices are held three days a week for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours throughout the Fall semester and three to four days a week during the Spring semesters. In addition to these scheduled practices, the squad practices two weeks during the summer months, and holiday breaks can be shortened for additional practices as needed. Cheerleaders are also asked to workout on their own time developing and perfecting skills and strength. Practice schedules vary and are determined by the Head Coach. Practices include stunting, tumbling, and conditioning.
Question: What are additional benefits for being a Texas Tech Cheerleader?
Answer: In addition to the scholarship awarded, all uniform and accessories are paid for by the University. We cover all out-of-town game travel costs and provide academic tutoring services as well. An on-campus meal plan is also available to squad members.
Cheerleaders may be asked to help fundraise for the national competition.
Question: What department is the Spirit Program under?
Answer: The Tech Spirit Program is a part of the Center for Campus Life a division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs.
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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
- National Competition
- Cheer for a Big 12 Conference School
- Supportive Alumni