UNH Cheerleading to Hold Spring Try-outs May 3-5

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire cheerleading program will hold tryouts for the 2013-14 squad on May 3-5 in the indoor track at the UNH Field House under the direction of the program's coaches, Amanda Temple and Mary LeRose '09. Open practices that will serve as pre-tryout clinics will be held on March 17 and April 7 from 11 -2 in the indoor track.

Tryout Schedule
Tryouts for the 2013-14 UNH Cheerleading team will be held May 3- 5 in the indoor track at the UNH Field House. A tryout fee of $20 will be charged to all participants; checks can be made out to Friends of UNH Cheerleading. The tryout schedule will be as follows:

March 17th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm         Open practice (Click here for participation waiver)

April 7th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm         Open practice (Click here for participation waiver)           

May 3rd
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm           Registration
7:00 pm – 7:15 pm           Introduction to coaching staff
7:15 pm – 7:45 pm           Learn Fight Song
7:45 pm – 8:00 pm           Overview of tryout process/Interview sign ups

May 4th
10:00 am – 10:15 am       Stretch
10:15 am – 10:45 am       Fight Song tryout
10:45 am – 11:15 am       Learn UNH Cheer
11:15 am – 11:45 am       Warm up running and standing series tumbling
11:45 am – 12:00 pm       Running and standing series tumbling tryout
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm       Warm up jumps and standing tumbling
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm       Jumps and standing tumbling tryout
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm         Lunch break (on your own)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm           Stunting session

May 5th
11:00 am – 11:15 am       Stretch
11:15 am – 11:30 am       Review UNH Cheer
11:30 am – 11:45 am       UNH Cheer tryout
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Stunting session
1:30 pm                            Closing
2:30 pm                            Team Posted/Mandatory Team Meeting
*Schedule subject to change. Final schedule will be presented at tryouts.

Tryout Requirements

Required: Double toe back handspring, triple whip jump
Strongly Recommended: Double toe tuck

Standing Tumbling
Required: Back handspring
Strongly Recommended: Tuck
*A clean back handspring will earn an athlete better points than a touch down in a tuck

Standing Series Tumbling
Required: Double back handspring
Strongly Recommended: Double back handspring tuck
*A clean and mastered tumbling pass will earn an athlete better points than a more difficult pass

Running Tumbling
Required: Round off back handspring tuck
Strongly Recommended: Full, specialty pass including whips or front tumbling
*A clean and mastered tumbling pass will earn an athlete better points than a more difficult pass

Fight Song & Cheer
The UNH fight song and a cheer will be taught as part of the tryout material. Athletes will be judged on genuine enthusiasm, memory, and motion technique for the fight song. The cheer will have a standing tuck and a toe tuck/bhs incorporated in it. Athletes will be judged on genuine enthusiasm, voice, memory, motion technique, jump, and standing tumbling for the cheer.

The stunting portion of tryouts will be set up like a practice. Be prepared to move around in groups and to perform more than one position if asked. Candidates should exhibit strength, technique, and core awareness in their stunting technique. Candidates should also exhibit the ability to perform at more than one position. It is strongly recommended to be as versatile as possible while stunting.

Required: straight up liberty, straight up stretch single down*
Strongly recommended: scorp/scale/bow, xpress up, full up, double down
*Although stunting will be set up like a practice the cleanliness of a flyer's chosen dismount will earn more points than the difficulty of the dismount.

Interviews are informal and service as a chance for the coaches to get to know you.  Tryout attire may be worn. Interviews will be one-on-one and will not last more than 10 minutes. Interview times will be decided the first night after registration.

Academic and Additional Requirements
Overall 2.5 GPA
Proof of UNH Application or Acceptance
Tryout Application
Medical Release Form*
Liability Waiver*
Insurance Coverage Form*
* Please note that potential participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign these documents as well. Without their signature, you will not be able to participate in tryouts.

Tryout Attire
Candidates should look game ready- collegiate image is an important part of the selection process.  Please be tasteful in your selections. We are asking that everyone wear black shorts and a white top.

Fitted t-shirts or athletic tops are to be worn with shorts. There should be no writing on your shirt.
Cheerleading shoes are required.
Absolutely no jewelry (includes non-visible body jewelry). If you are caught with jewelry during tryouts you will be asked to leave.
A hair bow is optional.

There is one cheerleading team at UNH (All Girl). Males are encouraged to tryout. Placement on the team will be up to the discretion of the head coach and will depend on skill and team needs. If you are selected to the squad, you will be required to stay for a MANDATORY meeting after the squad results are posted.

Video Tryout
Candidates who are unable to attend tryouts are encouraged to tryout via video submission. Video submissions must be received by April 30th at 5:00 pm via email or postal mail (please note videos postmarked but not received by this date will not be accepted). Video submissions should be easily viewed on most computers and can be emailed to mary.lerose@unh.edu and temple.ae@gmail.com or mailed in DVD format to:

Mary LeRose
UNH Cheerleading Coach
145 Main Street
Field House
Durham, NH 03824

Videos submissions should include

  • Footage of all the tryout elements listed above
  • All required paperwork
  • Tryout fee payment
  • Statement of what the candidate believes it means to be a UNH cheerleader and why they should be considered for the team

Team Commitment
Please review the information below very carefully. It outlines the commitment you agree to make if selected for the 2013-2014 UNH cheerleading team. The commitment can be demanding and is for the entire school year so please consider this carefully before trying out.

The UNH cheerleading squad is a very dedicated team who pride themselves on not only being great cheerleaders, but also great role models within the campus and greater community.  The primary role of the UNH cheerleaders is to support UNH Athletics and to promote school spirit.

The cheerleaders support football, men's and women's basketball.  The cheerleaders are expected to attend all home games for these sports including games over winter break.  Twelve cheerleaders will be selected based on skill level, attendance, and academic standing to be part of a travel squad.  The travel squad will travel to select away football games and select post-season football and basketball games, including the NCAA Tournament, if applicable.

Practices will be held three times per week. Practices are typically in the evening during the week.  You will be expected to arrange your class schedule around practice times.

You will also be required to work out 1-2 times per week at the Whittemore Center Fitness Center for strength/conditioning. Cheerleaders in certain stunt positions may be asked to attend spot related practices, i.e. flyers, bases, backspots.

The UNH cheerleaders will travel to an NCA Cheerleading Overnight Camp during the summer. This is a mandatory camp.  

The coaching staff may decide to add benefits or perks for the cheerleaders throughout the year.  The team is financially responsible for funding these added benefits. There will be several required fundraising events (clinics, working UNH and outside events, etc.) that will be mandatory for team expenses, as well as personal fundraisers where you will have the opportunity to fundraise for your personal expenses like warm-ups, sneakers, or camp.

The following are a list of estimated costs for the season. Additional costs may be added throughout the year.

Practice wear     $62.00
Bows                  $12.00
Briefs                  $21.00
Body suit            $35.00
Warm ups           $75.00
Sneakers            $75.00
Camp                $275.00

Approx. Cost     $555.00

Any questions can be directed to Coach Mary LeRose and Coach Amanda Temple.

Mary – Mary.LeRose@unh.edu or (603) 862-0806
Amanda – temple.ae@gmail.com or (603) 781-9966

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