Jan. 27, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University cheerleading team has positions available for the coed team and two all-girl stunt groups. There are 14 positions for males, 14 positions for females plus 8 female positions for two all girl stunt groups, and a position for Rufus, the Ohio University mascot.
All positions will cheer at all football games, Men's and Women's home basketball games, as well as, postseason games.
All athletes must be Ohio University students or incoming freshman accepted to the University. In addition, athletes will be required to provide a copy of insurance and a physical within the previous six months (NCAA requirement).
Time commitment and expectations:
Attend all games listed above, practice two-three times a week, two lifting sessions per week plus additional appearances and events. The team will attend a mandatory summer camp in July, as well as, return two weeks prior to the first football game.
All team members are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, must be registered as a full-time student (minimum of 12 hours) and are held to student-athlete standards given by Ohio University.
Females: T-shirts (tucked in) and shorts. Ohio colors(green/white, black is also acceptable). Hair half up with green/white/black bow in hair. Athletic shoes and NO jewelry.
Males: T-shirts (tucked in) and shorts. Ohio colors (green/white, black is also acceptable). Athletic shoes and NO jewelry.
Cost: There is a $20 fee per person. Fee must be paid at tryouts (cash or check made to Ohio Cheerleading).
What to bring with you to tryouts: Current students at Ohio University - Student Identification Card, Spring quarter class schedule (proof of 12 credit hours), Insurance Card, Proof of physical within last 6 months.
Incoming freshman to Ohio University - Acceptance letter to Ohio University, Insurance Card, Proof of physical within last 6 months.
Ohio Cheerleading specific tryout information:
Females are expected to have the following skills:
- Standing back tuck
- Standing back handspring tuck
- Two running passes - MINIMUM round off back tuck
- Toss extension full down
- Two elite stunts (Difficulty is built into the score)
Females will learn a band dance during tryouts.
Males trying out are not required or expected to have experience, but are expected to be athletic. Males and females will learn a cheer and will be expected to perform during the final tryout. Interview portion of the tryout will be held on Sunday during final tryouts.
Ohio Mascot specific tryout information
Those trying out for the role of Rufus will be required to perform with the cheerleaders during the fight song and a cheer. Performers will be asked to interact with the cheerleaders and the crowd. All individuals trying out for Rufus will also go through an interview process on Sunday.
Dates & Times:
Saturday, April 21
Mandatory First Tryout - 6:30-9:30pm (cuts will be made during this tryouts)
- The first tryout is mandatory for all athletes which will include tumbling and stunting (Cuts will be made following this portion of the tryout). Following tumbling and stunting, teaching of the cheer and band dance will occur for those asked back for Sunday's tryouts.
Sunday, April 22
This is for athletes who have been invited back from Saturday's tryout
Warmup: 11:30 - 12:00
Ohio University Convocation Center
95 Richland Avenue
Athens, Ohio 45701
Tryouts are open to the general public. For additional information regarding Ohio Cheerleading/Mascot click here to visit our website and become a Fan of "Ohio University Cheerleading Team" on Facebook by clicking here. Please feel free to contact Ohio Cheerleadering via e-mail. with any additional questions.