Cheer Tryouts

Skyhawk Cheerleading

2015-2016 Tryouts
April 18-19, 2015
Small Co-Ed Tryouts

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

OPEN GYM:   April 4th, 2-5 pm and April 11th, 4-7 pm


All tryouts will meet in the Gymnastics Room/2068, which is located in the Skyhawk Fieldhouse
Attention: All new girls trying out must have a physical. Physical form can be found under the tryout application.



Please be aware this is an important part of the selection process. You should be "game ready" at all times throughout the weekend.

Ladies- We ask that you have game make up on at all times and have your hair curled and styled as if you were at a game. You may wear bows if you like.

Gentlemen- You must be clean shaven and have trimmed hair. No earrings!

Ladies: T-shirts, cheer shorts, white socks, and cheer shoes are acceptable.

Gentlemen: T-shirts, gym shorts, athletic socks, and shoes are required.

Please be tasteful in your selections. Wearing other university/college logos is NOT recommended. We are asking that everyone wear orange, white, navy or gray.

All shirts must be tucked in at all times for both males and females.

*NO HATS. Shoes must be worn at all times during the selection weekend.



Female Candidates - Each candidate must perform the minimum of a standing back handspring, standing tuck, standing back handspring tuck, cartwheel back tuck.
Combinations of jumps to a standing tumbling skill are recommended in this section. Examples include (but are not limited to):
Toe touch/back handspring
Toe touch/back tuck
Double toe touch/ back tuck
Toe touch/back handspring/tuck

Male Candidates- It is recommended that each candidate perform a standing tuck. We would like all males to execute at least one other tumbling pass other than the required standing back tuck.


Female Candidates - All female candidates must perform a minimum of the following two passes:
• Round off, back handspring, tuck
• Round off, back handspring, layout
We will ask to see at least two additional tumbling passes. You may choose to show your best tumbling skills at this time. We ask that you choose tumbling passes that will make you competitive against the other candidates.
Male Candidates - We encourage all male candidates to perform as much tumbling as possible. We would like to see a round off, back handspring, tuck as a minimum.

* All tumbling needs to be performed without a spotter.



This is required for all candidates. The fight song will include a standing tuck and must be performed throughout the season and should be able to be performed on both the football field and basketball court. Please be sure that this is an area of concentration for you while doing motions.



Candidates may be asked to perform 1-5 of the sidelines required over the selection weekend.

Material should be executed in a collegiate manner, conducive to college athletics. Excessive facials, arm waving, and wide motions are not encouraged.

Candidates should be prepared to use poms, signs and megs during this section of the selection process. This is not required, but we will have all available during the sideline portion.

Megs are to be used by gentlemen only.

Poms are to be used by ladies only.



1. Toss extension*
2. Toss Liberty*
3. Toss Stretch*
4. Full up Lib or variation*
5. Optional stunt sequence*
* Stunts may be full up or double down
** Optional stunt does not have to include a transition, but is encouraged if you can perform two stunts together.

We will be looking for the following stunts throughout the selection process -
1. Straight up Extension*
2. Straight up Liberty*
3. Straight up Stretch*
4. Full up Lib or variation*
5. Optional stunt sequence
*Stunts may be full up or double down
** The stunting portion of selections will be handled much like a practice setting. The program coaches will place candidates in groups throughout this time.

We are looking for candidates that display the ability to perform at more than one position. Being as versatile as possible with stunting is recommended.

Be prepared to move around in groups and to perform more than one base position if asked. We are looking for strength, technique and core awareness in stunting technique from each candidate.

General Information

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.


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. We will practice at least 4 times per week and more if needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Byars at (731) 234-4755 or email him 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!