DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire cheerleading program will hold tryouts for the 2014-2015 team on May 3rd & 4th at the UNH Field House under the direction of the program's coaches, Amanda Temple and Amanda Dooda.
Tryouts for the 2014-15 UNH Cheerleading team will be held May 3rd & 4th in the indoor track at the UNH Field House. A tryout fee of $20 will be charged to all participants. The tryout schedule will be as follows:
9:30 am – 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am – 10:30 am Introduction to coaching staff/Stretch
10:30 am – 11:00 am Learn Fight Song/Game day material
11:00 am – 11:30 am Learn UNH Cheer
11:30 am – 11:45 am Warm up Jumps/Standing tumbling
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Jumps/Standing tumbling tryout
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Game day tryout @ the Blue & White Football Game
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Stunt session
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Wrap up / Interview sign up
10:00 am – 10:15 am Stretch
10:15 am – 10:45 am Fight Song Tryout
10:45 am – 11:15 am Warm up running tumbling
11:15 am – 11:45 am Running tumbling tryout
11:45 am – 12:15 pm UNH Cheer warm up
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm UNH Cheer tryout
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Stunting session
3:00 pm Team announced/mandatory meeting
*Schedule subject to change
Required: Double toe double back handspring
Strongly Recommended: Double toe double back handspring-tuck
Required: Back handspring
Strongly Recommended: Tuck
Required: Round off back handspring tuck
Strongly Recommended: Full/Layout, 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/Game Day
The UNH fight song, game day material, and a cheer will be taught as part of tryouts. Athletes will be judged on genuine enthusiasm, memory, and motion technique for all. Standing tumbling and jumps will be incorporated in the game day material and cheer and will be judged on execution.
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. Candidates should also exhibit the ability to perform in more than one position. It is strongly recommended to be as versatile as possible while stunting.
Required: straight up heel stretch and scorpion, single down
Strongly recommended: double down, full up, and express up
*Although stunting will be set up like a practice the cleanliness and technique of a flyer's chosen dismount will earn more points than the difficulty of the dismount.
Interviews are informal and serve as a chance for the coaches to get to know you. Only new athletes and returning veterans wishing to run for Captain will be asked to interview. 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 day of tryouts.
Academic and Additional Requirements
Overall 2.5 GPA
Proof of UNH Application or Acceptance
* 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.
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.
- 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.
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. Video submissions should be easily viewed on most computers and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Videos submissions should include
- Footage of all the tryout elements listed above
- All required paperwork
- Statement of what the candidate believes it means to be a UNH cheerleader and why they should be considered for the team
Please review the information below very carefully. It outlines the commitment you agree to make if selected for the 2014-2015 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 and 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 two times per week during the fall and three times a week starting in December. Practices are typically in the evening. You will be expected to arrange your class schedule around practice times. You will also be required to work out 3-4 times per week at the Whittemore Center Fitness Center for strength/conditioning.
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 fundraising events 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 team will be attending 2015 NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Athletes trying out are not expected to commit to this until fall tryouts. A detailed explanation of expenses and additional practices will be addressed at that time.
The following are a list of estimated costs for the season. Additional costs may be added throughout the year.
Practice wear $100.00
Body suit $35.00
Warm ups $75.00
Approx. Cost $620.00
Any questions can be directed to Head Coach Amanda Temple and Coach Amanda Dooda.
Amanda Temple – email@example.com or (603) 781-9966
Amanda Dooda – firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 380-2502