Tryouts


General Requirements:

  • You must be enrolled as a full time student for the academic year(s) you intend to be on the team. If you plan to travel abroad at any point during the school year you will not be eligible for tryouts that season.
  • ALL MEMBERS are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Cheerleading experience is required.
  • The minimum required tumbling skill is a back handspring. Higher tumbling skills are highly recommended.
  • In order to try out for USC Cheer, applicants do not already have to be committed to USC. However, after tryouts, applicants must notify the coaches and captains 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 nights, 9-11 p.m. at The Lorenzo Student Housing.
    • With your tryout, please bring or include the following:
      • Signed USC Cheer Team Member Contract, signed liability waiver, and completed tryout athlete information sheet
      • $200 non-refundable deposit securing your spot on the team. Payment will only be accepted in the form of checks, which must be made out to Cheer at USC. If you do not make the team, your check will not be deposited, it will be voided and shredded.

    Team placements:

    Team placements will be announced May 20, 2016 via email. After all positions are accepted, the new team roster will be posted on our website and Facebook page. We will be in contact with the selected athletes regarding upcoming dates, events, and fundraisers taking place over the summer and school year.


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

    USC Lyon Center, Attn: USC Cheer

    1026 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

    Videos can be sent on either on a DVD or USB drive, included with all other paperwork and materials. Any material sent will not be returned. Please do not send previous footage of any performances at competitions or games.

    Include the following information and skills in your video:
    • Introduction: Your name, age, major, hometown, how many years you’ve been cheerleading, a celebrity you’d want to work out with, and why you want to be a part of USC Cheer
    • Most elite standing tumbling skill
      • ex: standing back handspring, standing back tuck, series back handsprings, series back handsprings to tuck, layout, or full
    • Most elite running tumbling skill
      • ex: round off back handspring full
    • Three different jump combinations to either back handspring or tuck
      • ex: triple toe touch, back tuck; hurdler, double toe touch, back handspring; hurdler, pike, toe touch, tuck
    Flyers:
    • Three different stunt sections showing three body lines and your most elite dismount
      • ex: full up to lib; straight up heel stretch, tick tock to lib; straight up to arabesque, double down
    • Three different basket tosses (at least one inverted basket)
      • ex: toe touch; back tuck; kick double
    Bases or Back Spots:
    • Three different stunt sections (including a basket toss)
      • ex: full up to lib; tick tocks; basket tosses
    Live Tryouts ▼
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    Scheduled Date: April 30, 2016

    Mandatory Clinic: 9 am - 11:30 am

    Tryout/Interview: 12 pm - 1:30 pm

    Location: The Lorenzo Student Housing

    Address: 325 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles,CA 90007

    Please RSVP to cheer@usc.edu by April 28, 2016

    General Requirements:
    • All participants will be required to learn a three 8-count dance and demonstrate their best tumbling and stunting skills.
    • Each athlete will be asked to show their jump technique, including combination jumps and jumps to tumbling.
    • Judges will be watching for athletes who portray the work ethic, showmanship, and enthusiasm it takes to represent USC Cheer.
    Tumbling Skills:
    Demonstrate your best standing and running tumbling skills on a flat floor without a spot. Spots can be provided throughout the clinic, but will not be allowed during the tryout period.

    Stunting Skills:
    Flyers must demonstrate body lines, dismounts, and various stunting skills (such as tick tocks, full ups, express ups, etc). Coed flying skills are not required, but are highly recommended. Bases must demonstrate their strongest stunting position, as well as show their ability to base different skills in various stunting groups and positions.

    What To Wear:
    Black shorts or spandex, a cardinal (preferably USC) t-shirt, white cheer shoes, and a white cheer bow. Your hair must be in a high ponytail.

    How tryouts will work:
    The judges, coach, and captains will be picking the team based on skill, work ethic, and attitude. At tryouts each athlete's ability to pick up choreography, take corrections and feedback, and work with other athletes will be noted. Athletes will spend the day learning the tryout material before performing it in front of a judging panel. Participants will tryout in groups of four. During the judged tryout, they will perform the three 8-count dance, jumps, and tumbling skills. After the skill portion of the tryout, each athlete will take part in a group interview in front of the judging panel. At the end of the day all participants will be running a timed mile.

    Returning team members:
    Your experience the previous season will be taken into account, but you are still required to try out if you wish to continue with the team.

    Contact

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