Texas Tech University

Cheer Tryouts

Due to the unknown COVID-19 Virus situation and state/local regulations for May 2021, we highly recommend athletes interested in Texas Tech Cheer begin to collect as much skills video footage now/this academic year to have as option IF needed for 2021-2022 tryouts.

*Please note: We have NOT made final decision on tryouts. This is a recommendation to interested cheerleaders to get updated videos with skills needed for a possible in-person, hybrid option, or virtual tryouts. We will continue to monitor and make best decision as quickly as we can.

 

  • INCOMING NEW STUDENTS (incoming first year/transfer students):
  • Deadlines & Tryout Dates
    • Tryout Applications - available late January 2021.
    • Watch social media (Instagram & Twitter: @ttucheer / @texastechcheer on Facebook) for deadlines and updated/adjusted decisions and deadlines.

Tryout Format/Overview:

  • PERSONAL INTERVIEW:
    • In-Person OR virtual options possible.
    • Opportunity for Coaching Staff & Program supporters to get to know athletes. 
    • Additional details posted January 2021.
  • GAMEDAY:
    • Gameday material will be sent via YouTube link to learn to registered candidates approximately one week prior to deadline for this material. 
    • You don't need to video now for this. Review your motions, gameday performance, etc.
    • Additional details given out once details are finalized.
  • CHEER SKILLS:
    • IF needed for a virtual tryout, a collection of skills from practices, games, competitions, or newly created/filmed material may be asked for and used as tryout evaluation.
    • Prefer skills selected for video be within the 2020-2021 season.
    • Tumbling skills need to be (highly preferred) filmed on dead-mat
      • Limit skills being filmed on spring floor.
    • CoEd Females must be top position in stunts (flying on one male base).
    • CoEd Males must be base position lifting one female.
    • All-Girl candidates can be flyer or base. Clearly identify which position you are wanting to highlight and be evaluated on. If multiple positions, make sure we see whole stunt in that skill position. 
    • See Preferred Skills below to consider including in video collection.

 


Cheer Skills:

Recommended or preferred skills to have in your video collection:

Standing Tumbling:

  • *REQUIRED SKILL: Standing Back Tuck, on dead-mat, grass, or rubberized track
  • Standing Full (if you have skill)
  • Three (3) connected jumps (variety of jumps preferred)
  • Toe-Touch Back Tuck
  • Additional Standing Tumbling Passes (max of 3 additional passes, if you choose to include)
    • Examples, not limited to: BHS-Back Tuck, 2BHS-Full, 2BHS-Whip-Full, Jumps to elite tumbling, etc.
    • Execution and difficulty level will be evaluated.
    • Please note any skill on spring floor MUST be executed on dead-mat, when given opportunity. If you can't do skill on dead mat, please do not include spring floor version. 

Running Tumbling:

  • Running Tumbling Passes
    • At your best tumbling level
    • Showcase variety of skills/passes.
    • Execution and difficulty level will be evaluated.
    • Please note any skill on spring floor MUST be executed on dead-mat, when given opportunity. If you can't do skill on dead mat, please do not include spring floor version.

Stunts:

Please practice safe stunting technique, including spots, if filming new stunts.

  • Co-Ed Stunts:
    • Female - Flyers; Males - Bases
    • Extended Toss to Lib or Stretch with pop-off
      • Options to consider: Straight up Toss, Full-Up, or Ball-Up
      • Straight pop-off or 360-down/cork screw
    • Extended Toss to Stretch with Double Down dismount
      • Optional toss entry into extended level
      • Double Down Dismount (have spotters available; correct surface restrictions must be followed)
    • Elite Entries, if able, to extended stunts 
      • Options to consider: rewinds, front/back-handspring up, cartwheel up, etc. Stunt series is encouraged with multiple skills connected.
      • Female candidates evaluated on body positions, ease of stunt, collegiate image, stunt difficulty
      • Male candidates evaluated on strength, technique, collegiate image, stunt difficulty
  • All-Girl Squad Candidates:
    • Identify which position(s) you are showing before each stunt.
    • Can show multiple positions per stunt skill.
    • All female groups preferred. TTU does not have small coed, you will be with all female groups.
    • If able to showcase All-Girl Collegiate two-person based stunt group
      • Main base and one side base lifting flyer
      • Toss or Hands/Prep-Level press to Extension, Lib, or Awesome; pop-off dismount
      • Toss/Straight-Up to Extension, Lib, or Awesome; pop-off dismount
      • Practice safe spotting and correct surface restrictions when stunting.
    • Three-Person Based All-Girl stunt group:
      • Main base, Side base, Back spot lifting flyer
      • Preferred at least Full-Up entry into Stretch/Arabesque with Double Down
      • Additional stunts to highlight your position in group.
      • Bases: looking at technique, strength in stunts/dismounts
      • Flyers: looking at technique, flexibility, body positions, ease of stunt

 

Tryout Notes

  • Please do not edit/cut then splice skills together. You may stop filming after each completed tumbling pass or stunt.  
  • Make sure the angles and lighting show us the best view of you, your performance, and the execution of skills.


Tryout Timeline & Important Dates

  • Tryout Applications available January 2021
  • Anticipated Tryout Timeline:
    • Applications (including being admitted to TTU) due end of April 2021
    • IF video/virtual option: videos would be due end of April
    • IF in-person option: mid-May 2021
  • Updates and Finalized Details posted as soon as possible:
    • Twitter & Instagram: @ttucheer
    • Facebook.com/TexasTechCheer
    • Website: www.spiritsquads.ttu.edu 

 

General Information

  • Review Program Expectations
  • COED: Up to potentially 30 scholarship positions; potentially 3-4 non-scholarship positions offered.
    • Typically our squad consists of 12-14 females; 14-18 males
  • ALL-GIRL: Up to potentially 21 scholarship positions; potentially 3-4 non-scholarship positions offered.
  • Coach has final call on squad sizes.

 

Planning Ahead...

Contingent on when the University's full release to participate again happens.
Updates will be given to new squad members.

  • CoEd Summer Camp: June 2021
  • All-Girl Summer Camp: July 2021
  • Full Cheer Report/Move In: August 2021

 

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