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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.

2015-2016 Cheer Squad Tryouts

April 25, 2015 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
East Auxiliary Gym, Adams Center

*All participants will learn the fight song, cheer, dance and will learn the necessary stunts for tryouts

April 26, 2015 10:00 am
West Auxiliary Gym, Adams Center

*There will be a first round cut based on tumbling ability and the fight song. Participants who make it to the second round will perform the remaining material and stunting requirements.

*$20.00 tryout fee

*Applicants may also submit a tryout video if unable to attend tryouts - contact Stacey Kahler for more information.

*Tryout prep clinics will be held on April 9, 14, 16 and 21 from 5-7 pm. For pricing and more information contact Head Coach, Megan Ibey

For more information or questions please email Head Coach, Megan Ibey at or Program Director, Stacey Kahler at

Cheering during the 2013 night game against Appalachian State

Cheering in Washington-Grizzly Stadium is an unbelievable experience (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Poore)

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
  • Excellent education programs
  • Highly experienced and highly qualified coaching staff
  • $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 Physician
  • Access to certified nutritionist
  • Access to the Student-Athlete Weight Room
  • Receive upper division credit each semester (pass/no pass)
  • Receive complimentary tickets to all home football and basketball games
  • Travel to football and/or basketball games. Cheer squad travels to post-season football games and dance team travels to post-season basketball games
  • Attend UCA/UDA college camp (or private dance camp)
  • Working within your community and making a difference through community service.

The Cheer Squad represents the University of Montana at many community events

The Spirit Squad represents the University of Montana at numerous community events

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. The Grizzly football team has won the Big Sky Conference Championship 12 of the past 13 years and has traveled to the National Championship7 times. The Cheer Squad was proud to be there each year and cheered the Griz on to a National Championship in 1995 and 2001.

We average over25,000 fans in Washington-Grizzly football stadium, thesecond-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. The Lady Grizand Grizfor the Big Sky Conference title every year. The Griz basketball team won the conference tournament last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 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. The squad consists of 6 girls and 6 guys for the year-long cheer season. Wealso take up to 6 girls and 6 guys for alternate positions.The squad practices together three times a week and there can be up to 6 games a week to cheer when sports overlap. The Cheer Squad attends all home football, volleyball and men's/women's basketball games. There are many fund-raisers and appearances throughout the community also. Members may also take "Cheer Squad" as a class for two 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.

New Applicant Tryout Requirements

2014-15 Cheer Requirements Get Acrobat Reader

2014-15 Requirements

Cheering during the 2013 night game against Appalachian State

The squad performing a stunt during the 2013 season against Appalachian State

The Cheer Squad giving a young boy a lifelong memory

The Cheer Squad helping to make a lifelong memory for a young fan.

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