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|UM Cheer Squad featured on MTV
The University of Montana cheer squad was 1 of 2 finalists in a reality TV show hosted by Paula Abdul that aired on MTV.
Cheering in Washington-Grizzly Stadium is an unbelievable experience
Benefits of being a part of the UM Spirit Squad
- Representative of The University of Montana Athletic Department
- One of 30 exclusive NCAA Nike Elite Division 1 Schools (Nike warm ups and shoes paid by athletics)
- Excellent education programs
- Highly experienced and highly qualified coaching staff (Cheer coaches are AACCA safety certified)
- $200 stipend scholarship each semester to the top 12 members of each team
- Access to the Academic Center (to be completed Fall of 2015)
- Access to the Spirit Squad Trainer and UM Athletics Team Physicians
- Access to Certified Nutritionist
- Access to the Student-Athlete Weight Room
- Receive (1) upper division credit each semester
- Receive Varsity Letter Awards for year completed on the team (only available to student-athletes and cheer/dance members)
- Receive complimentary ticket(s) to all home football and basketball games
- Potential Travel to football and/or basketball games. All travel costs paid by Athletic Dept.
- Attend Summer Camps - UCA/UDA or private camps with top level choreographers
- Working within the community and making a difference through community service
UM Cheer Squad Description
Thank you for your interest in the University of Montana Cheer Squad, home of the 1995 & 2001 FCS Football National Champions and the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 & 2009 National Runner-Ups! Cheering for the Grizzlies is an exciting way to make college life an unforgettable experience. It is not hard to understand why everyone gets caught up in the excitement, considering the quality of the sports programs here.
We average over 25,000 fans in Washington-Grizzly football stadium, the second-largest attendance in all of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision! Our football attendance is first in the Big Sky Conference by a large margin. The Griz and Lady Griz basketball teams also average very high in conference attendance. The basketball teams are also very exciting to cheer for. These programs, along with many other sports, make Grizzly Athletics #1 in the Northwest for excitement!
As you can tell, there are some exciting possibilities for cheerleading at Montana. It is very rewarding, but it is also a lot of work and a big time commitment. At this time we are unsure if the squad will consist of 6 guys and 6 girls, or a mix of coed and all-girl talent. Squad composition will be determined at tryouts once we see all applicants. The squad practices 3 times per week and also has scheduling weight training with our Strength and Conditioning coaches. The Cheer Squad attends all home football, volleyball and men's/women's basketball games throughout the year. There are many fund-raisers and appearances throughout the community also. Members may also take "Cheer Squad" as a class for one upper division credits per semester.
Some people get a rush of adrenaline when they get in front of a crowd of thousands, while others get addicted to partner stunting. College cheerleading incorporates many lifts and throws in partner stunting. Though we do not have a weight limit, because of the lifting and flying involved, we expect all applicants to be in top physical shape at tryouts.
2015-16 Cheer Squad Tryout Requirements:
WE WILL NOT KNOW UNTIL ACTUAL TRYOUTS IF WE ARE HAVING A COED OR MIX OF ALL-GIRL/COED SQUAD FOR NEXT YEAR. IT WILL DEPEND ON HOW MANY MALE APPLICANTS SHOW UP. BELOW ARE A LIST OF THE REQUIREMENTS BASED ON POSSIBILITY HAVING BOTH COED/ALL-GIRL.
New AND Returning Women Applicants:
- Standing Back-Handspring on hardwood (mandatory with no spot)
- Round off 2-Backhandsprings (mandatory with no spot)
- (more tumbling skills highly encouraged, but not required)
Material/Other: (will be taught at the clinic)
- Fight Song
- Sideline Cheer
- Toss/Post up shoulders (all-girl flyer or base or coed flyer)
- Toss/Straight up Extension (all-girl flyer or base or coed flyer)
- Full Down from the Extension (all-girl flyer or base or coed flyer)
- Liberty or Stretch (all-girl flyer, base or coed flyer)
Returning Male Applicants:
- Toss Shoulders
- Toss Extension + Full Down
- Liberty or Stretch
- Tumbling encouraged but not required
New Male Applicants:
- Toss Chair
- Toss Hands
- Cradle/Full Down (from hands or extended stunt)
- Optional extended stunt
- Tumbling encouraged but not required
EACH STUNT WILL GET TWO ATTEMPTS AS NEEDED. IF STUNT REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT MET, CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO THOSE WITH EXCEPTIONAL POTENTIAL.
Each applicant will be interviewed by the Head Coach or Program Director.
Video applications are also accepted. Please contact the Head Coach or Program Director for more instructions.
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