Cheer Tryouts

2015-2016 Tryouts
April 18-19, 2015

April 18, 2015 Saturday
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-12:00  Session 1
12:00-2:00 Lunch (on your own)
 2:00-5:00  Session 2
April 19, 2015 Sunday
11:00-5:00 Final Tryout Session

Tryouts Will Be Held In The Gymnastics Room 2068 At The Skyhawk Fieldhouse
Attention: All new girls trying out must have a physical. Physical form can be found under the tryout application.

Guidelines for Skills Tryout

During the selection process, each candidate shall have one tryout, which includes a skill tryout and an evaluation by the Cheer Coach. The candidates will be evaluated on the following:

Attitude, commitment, and enthusiasm demonstrated during tryouts
Fight Song Routine
Cheer with incorporated partner stunts, jumps or tumbling
Partner Stunts
Athletic Abilities--Physical Stature

Suggested Skills

Extension (Base & Flyer)
Ground-up Liberty (Base & Flyer)
Ground-up Heel Stretch (Base & Flyer)
Optional Stunt

Standing Backhand Spring
Standing Tuck
Round off BHS
Round off Tuck

The coaching staff will choose cheerleaders during this time. Consideration will be given to academic grade point standing, general composition of the squad, and physical size.

Actual tryout scores will not be made public. Names of persons selected for the squad will be posted approximately 1 hour after tryouts.

If the Cheer Coach sees that a reduction in candidates should be made during tryout session, a cut may be made at any time.

If it is needed a special tryout could be conducted later in the year.

Females Trying Out for Cheer
April 18th
Cotton-blend gym shorts
T-Shirt with sports bra underneath
White socks
All-Leather cheer shoes
No Jewelry
Hair half up with a bow

April 19th (the final tryout session):
UTM t-shirt with sports bra underneath
Black athletic shorts
White socks
All-Leather cheer shoes
No Jewelry
Hair half up with a bow

How Important Is Appearance?

Appearance will be considered at all times during the tryouts. You should wear what makes you the most comfortable.

It is very important you remember you're trying out for an extremely high profile position representing the University of Tennessee at Martin.

We are looking for the All-American type females.

Ladies: You will need to look like you are ready to cheer for a game at the tryout session. This includes natural make-up and hair curled or pulled up.

Eligibility Rules

Cheerleaders shall:
Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
Be enrolled as a full-time UTM student during both semesters in the year of competition
Remain in good disciplinary standing with the University
Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA
Incoming students who are selected but have NOT been accepted to UTM will have until June 2, 2015, to be accepted. If you are experiencing difficulties, please let the Cheer Coach know.


Tuition assistance will be available for varsity cheer squad members.


Practices are mandatory. Practice times will be set later but they will be after 3:00 p.m. We will practice at least 4 times per week and more if needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Spears at (731) 431-4858 or email her at for further details.
We are always looking for new talent and people who are spirited and love to cheer. Don't miss out on being on the Skyhawk Cheer Squad!