Tryouts


General Requirements:

  • You must be enrolled as a full time student for the 2014-2015 school year. If you plan to travel abroad at any point during the competition season you will not be eligible for tryouts
  • ALL MEMBERS are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to compete
  • Cheerleading experience is required
  • Tumbling is not required to the make team but it is highly recommended
  • In order to try out for USC Cheer, applicants do not have to be committed to the university. However, after tryouts, applicants must notify the coaches and captain of his or her decision to accept or decline USC admission so their position on the team can be decided
  • Team practices are held Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday 9-11 p.m. at The Lorenzo.
    • With tryout, please include the following:
      • Signed USC cheer member contract, signed liability waiver, and filled out tryout athlete information
      • $200 non-refundable deposit securing your spot on the team. Check must be made out to USC Cheer. If you do not make the team, your check will be returned to you.
      • If you are a freshman or a transfer student – A copy of your USC acceptance letter stating you have been accepted for Fall 2014

    Team placements:

    Thank you for your interest! We have already selected our team for the 2013-2014 school year. Tryouts for the 2014-2015 season will be held Spring 2015.


    Video Submissions ▼
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    All submissions must be postmarked by May 1st.

    Videos can be sent on either on a DVD or USB drive. Any material given will not be returned. Please do not send previous footage of any performances at competitions or games.

    Demonstrate the skills in the following order:
    • Introduction: Your name, age, major, hometown, how many years you’ve been cheerleading, your favorite celebrity you’d want to work out with, and why you want to be a part of USC Cheer.
    • Most elite standing tumbling skill
      • IE: Standing Back Handspring, Standing Back Tuck, Series Back Handsprings, Series Back Handsprings to tuck, layout, or full.
    • Most elite running tumbling skill
      • IE : Round Off Back Handspring Full
    • 3 different jump combinations to either back handspring or tuck
      • IE : triple toe back, side hurdler double toe back handspring, hurdler pike toe tuck
    Flyers:
    • 3 different stunt sections that you can perform showing 3 body lines and your most elite form of dismount:
      • IE: Full Up to liberty, Straight up to heel stretch tick tock to lib, straight up to arabesque double down.
    • 3 different baskets (at least one inverted basket)
      • IE: Toe Touch, Back Tuck, kick double
    Base or Back Spot
    • 3 different stunt sections that you can perform (including basket toss)
      • IE: Full Up to lib, Tick Tocks, and a basket skills
    Live Tryouts ▼
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    Scheduled Date: April 19, 2014

    Time: 9 am - 12 pm

    Location: The Lorenzo

    325 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles,CA 90007

    Please RSVP to cheer@usc.edu by April 18, 2014

    General Requirements:
    • All participants will be required to learn a 4 8-count dance routine, and will be expected to portray the showmanship and enthusiasm it takes to represent USC Cheer.
    • We will also be asking you to show us your jump technique in combination form.
    • Be ready to show the following: Toe Touch, Pike, and Hurdler. If you are able to tumble out of jumps please do so.
    Tumbling Skills:
    Demonstrate highest level of tumbling skills that can be performed on a flat floor without a spot.

    Flyer:
    Demonstrate what bodylines you are able to perform in the air (there will be a stunt group there to work with you). Coed flying skills are not required.

    What To Wear:
    Black shorts, a USC t-shirt, white cheer shoes, and a White, Black, Gold, or Cardinal Cheer bow. Your hair must be in a high ponytail.

    How tryouts will work:
    The coach and captain will be picking the team based on not only skill but work ethic and attitude as well. At tryouts we will be watching your learning ability to pick up choreography, your openness for coaching and feedback, and your camaraderie with the other athletes trying out. You will spend the day learning the material before you perform it in front of a judging panel. We will also be going over jump technique so you can be familiar with our jump approach. We will break you up into smaller groups, which will be the group that you try out with. During this time, you will perform the dance you learned, jumps, and any tumbling skills you have. If you are a flyer, you will be given the opportunity to show your flying skills. At the end of the day you will be running a timed mile.

    Returning team members:
    Your experience the previous season will be taken into account.

    Contact

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