Applications must be received in office by Monday, April 11, 2011. Please drop off, mail or fax to:
All University of New Mexico Spirit Program Applicants will be judged and selected based on the execution of skills listed below, an interview and a Coach's score and recommendation.
Cheerleading & Mascot Tryout Information
Friday, April 15, 2011 - 5:30-9:00pm
Chaparral Dance Team Tryout Information
Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 11:00am-2:30pm
Cheer & Dance Clinic Information
All Clinics will be held at University Arena - The Pit
These clinics are not required in order to tryout, but are STRONGLY recommended. By attending, you will get a head start on stunting and tryout information. The fee is $20.00 per participant/per clinic and each participant will be required to bring a completed Release Form in order to participate.
Please be aware that this is an important part of your tryout process. You should appear "game ready" throughout the entire weekend.
Cheer What to wear: Cotton shorts (female), gym shorts (male), athletic t-shirt or tank, sport bras, white socks and cheer shoes. Please make sure your selections are appropriate and we suggest that you wear red, grey, black or white. Wearing other University apparel is not recommended.
Shirts need to be tucked in and no hats or jewelry of any kind will be permitted. Female applicants must have hair pulled up and away from the face and wear cheer bloomers under cotton shorts. Male applicants should be clean shaven during the tryout weekend.
Dance What to wear: Black dance pants and black tank style top with hair pulled up and away from the face. All applicants must bring jazz shoes and tennis shoes and no jewelry of any kind will be permitted.
All tumbling must be performed safely without a spotter. In addition to the preferred skills, we will ask you to perform any additional tumbling you may have up to two passes.
Female Preferred Skills: Standing Back Handspring, Standing Back Handspring Back Tuck, Standing Back Tuck and Running Round-off Back Tuck
Male Preferred Skills: Standing Back Tuck and Running Round-off Back Tuck
CHEER PARTNER STUNTS
All Stunting must be performed with a potential member of the 2010-2011 University of New Mexico Cheerleaders attending the tryouts. For the All-Girl team, applicants can tryout for one stunting position of your choice (base, back or flyer). We are looking for strength, technique and body awareness in stunting technique and additions to the skills in the loads and dismounts of the skills. If a female applicant is trying out for All-Girl and Co-ed, she must tryout with both sets of preferred skills.
Female Co-ed Stunts: Liberty, Stretch and Optional
Female All-Girl Stunts: Extension, Stretch and Optional
Male Co-ed Stunts: Liberty, Stretch and Optional
CHEER SIDELINE & FIGHT SONG
Both the sideline and fight song will be taught at the clinic on Friday, April 30th. We will be looking for proper motion technique, rhythm, memorization, natural enthusiasm and crowd leading ability.
CHAPARRAL DANCE TEAM SKILLS
All applicants will be judged on a 2-minute jazz routine, 1-minute hip-hop routine, a 2-hour technique class and a sideline which incorporate the skills listed below.
LOBO LOUIE & LUCY MASCOTS
Each applicant will be asked to perform a 2 minute skit with music and props incorporated. Remember to develop the personality of the mascot and. Please bring your own music and props and each applicant will have time to work on the skit on Friday, April 30th. Mascots may only use other potential UNM Spirit Members for assistance in their performance.
Eligibility & University Acceptance
All UNM Spirit Program Applicants must bring a copy of UNM Spring Enrollment for current UNM students, a UNM Letter of Acceptance for incoming freshmen or a copy of High School transcripts if you have not yet received your letter from UNM. All applicants must have a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in order to tryout for a position on the UNM Spirit Program. If selected for any of the teams or mascot, UNM Spirit Program Members must enroll and earn 12 hours and maintain a 2.5 or better semester GPA.
Medical information requirements
All UNM Spirit Program Applicants must bring a copy of health insurance information/card and complete the Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form on the Tryout Application. Student insurance is not accepted. Returning 2010-2011 UNM Spirit Members will not need to complete this form, but will need to have a copy of their insurance card.
All newly selected UNM Spirit Program Members must attend the MANDATORY meeting on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 6:30pm in The Pit.
2011 SUMMER COMMITMENT
UCA/UDA College Summer Camp and Camp Practices are Mandatory for all Cheerleaders, Dancers & Mascots - Approximately July 11-19, 2011
Video Tryout Information
It is STRONGLY encouraged for every applicant to attend the tryout, but video tryouts will be accepted for out-of-state applicants only. All preferred skills must be shown on the video and all required information must be included in the packet and received by Monday, April 11, 2011. DVD and VHS format will be accepted. Please contact Tracy Denton at (505)925-5613 or NMSpirit@unm.edu for additional information
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