Frequently Asked Questions


Can you tell me a little bit more about the program?
USC Cheer is a small coed team consisting of around 20 members each season (16-19 girls and 1-4 boys). Fall semester for the team is mainly dedicated to on campus events and performances, such as Homecoming and Conquest. Spring semester is focused on traveling and competing, which includes attending competitions such as USA Collegiate Championships and NCA Collegiate Nationals. In addition, USC Cheer members make media appearances, attend promotional events, and volunteer within the community throughout the year.

Do you offer cheer scholarships?
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer any sort of support or scholarships for our athletes. We are a club sport at USC, so we don't fall under the jurisdiction of the athletic department or any scholarship programs.

Do you allow graduate students on the team?
On USC Cheer we are definitely able to have graduate students join the team as long as you are considered a full-time student as defined by USC standards for the entire time you intend on being a part of the team. The team typically consists of both undergraduate and graduate students together.

What skills are required to be on the team?
Currently, the minimum required skill for USC Cheer is a back handspring. However, tucks and higher are encouraged. An athlete’s ability to learn more difficult tumbling passes, as well as how close they are to having a higher skill, is also taken into consideration. We do not have specific requirements for stunting, we just ask that you have some sort of prior stunting/cheering experience.

Is it possible to sit in on a practice?
Unfortunately, our practices are closed to the public. However, if you are interested in meeting with a coach or member of the team, we would be happy to arrange a time to do so!

What is the tryout process like for out of state athletes?
Out of state athletes are welcomed and encouraged to attend live tryouts if possible. Otherwise, we do accept video tryouts as long as they are postmarked by May 1, 2016. Videos must be sent by actual mail, not email. Specific details as far as what needs to be included in the video and what should be sent in with the submission packet are on the tryout tab of our website.

What tips do you have for a future college cheerleader?
One piece of advice we can offer is to work hard and follow your heart! When it comes to collegiate cheerleading, both grades and athleticism are top priorities for any university. Attend a school where you feel like you will get the best of both worlds, where you will be able to excel both academically and athletically, and where you will be happy. As the official competitive cheerleading team at USC, we place a great importance on both getting good grades and staying in shape. We are a family and support each other through it all! So keep up the hard work. If USC is the place for you, we would love to welcome you to the Trojan family and potentially even the USC Cheer family!

Contact

By Mail By Email
USC Lyon Center cheer@usc.edu
Attn: USC Cheer
1026 W. 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2500