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Tryout Tips, Score Sheet, & Constitutions

   
     Here are a lot of tips you should always do everyday of the try-outs. The most important thing is just to have fun though. That's the point of being on the squad. Have a great time while you're there, and hope you're asked to come back and make it last through the year.

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-Dress neatly. Nothing baggy. Don't wear anything with holes in it. And try to dress in the school colors the day you try-out.
-Be sure to pull your hair back. If you have short hair pull the front back at least.
-Go for the natural look in make-up. Wear foundation to cover uneven areas and mascara. No lipstick and if you have to pale eye shadow. 
-Don't swear. Ever! No one wants to hear it, or be around it. This is supposed to be a positive environment and you're responsible for keeping it that way.
-Take notes on any info you may need for the try-outs.
-Don't be afraid to ask questions. But make sure to ask the coach not someone else.
-If the coach doesn't give out constitutions ask for a copy of one. Know what you're getting into.
-If you have a problem with any of it talk to the coach. You want to do this before you make the squad not after. It shows you're coach you're responsible and that you really read it thru. If it's something you can't agree on you should leave immediately. You're taking a spot on the squad that could go to someone who could better fulfill the obligations of the squad.
-Ask for how the coach will be judging you. How many points for what? This will let you know what the coach finds most important to be on the squad.
-Pick up all the routines as fast as you can. Practice by yourself off to the side, or while sitting down with your friends.
-Go over and over the words in your head. This will help the day of try-outs when you are nervous.
-When imagining the routine in your head imagine you're doing it in front of the judges at the real try-outs. This will make you better prepared to do the real thing when it happens.
- Be sure to ask your coach of who will be judging your tryouts. Some schools are judged by the coach alone, teachers, and some even run judging in front of your entire school!
-Smile, smile, and then smile some more. At the try-out practices, while doing it alone, even in your head. This will help you more than you know. While really at the try-outs it's more important but practicing doing it will make it second nature to you. Just make sure you look sincere and are having fun doing it.
-No matter what you do keep going. Just get right back into it and don't miss a beat if you can. When you mess up, your hair falls out, your partner messes up, you fall, ANYTHING. Keep going no matter what. And keep smiling while you're at it. These are crucial at all times no matter what is going on around you. It shows you're professional and already know what to do if it happens later in the year.
-Practice the routine until you feel you know it enough to show it off in front of the entire school, or worse yet, in front of a panel of judges. 
-Practice all the jumps until you have the basics of them down, and then practice the height on them. It's better to have a girl who needs to work on height rather than to learn the technique of the jump. Remember to point your toes and to smile while jumping.
-Remember to keep your moves sharp and clean looking. Put your muscles into them.
-Do whatever tumbling you can do. A cartwheel, or round off are fine. Don't try a back handspring if you've never done one. It's better to do no tumbling than to fall on your tumbling.
-Look at the judges as a group and individually. Especially when yelling things a crowd should be yelling back at you. Be prepared for them not to yell back at you. Don't let it get you down. They're not supposed to.
-Never look at the ground or down.
-Yell using your diaphragm and abdominal muscles. Never strain to use your throat. Be sure to inhale deeply, and open your mouth wide to yell.
-Keep your chin and head up. Your back and shoulders straight. This opens your windpipe and diaphragm.
-Be sure to enunciate each word you say. Never sing the words you're saying. Keep them loud and clearly spoken.
-Drink lots of water before any yelling. It'll help keep your throat from getting so dry and so you don't lose your voice.
-When yelling actually yell words. Not "Woo Hoo." Judges take points off for this. Anything is better. "Try Go Team." " Beat Those Cats." " Go Fight Win."
-When coming in to take the court for your try-outs rush it and yell phrases like " Go Big Blue," and  "Go Indians." Tumble if you can or want to.
-Be sure to have facials. Look excited at parts of your cheer, confident at others, tough at some. Use head nods and tilts to accentuate parts even further. Use a mirror beforehand to make sure you have them down.
-And last above least look happy to be there. If you're not really then why are you there in the first place?       
                                      

             Sample Score Sheets
 
                      Cheer Team
 

          Group Cheer              20 pts.

          Jumps

             Toe Touch             10 pts.

             Herkie                10 pts.

             Hurdler               10 pts.

          Splits

      Right/Left Splits      5 pts

      Middle Splits         10 pts.

   Tumbling

      Cartwheel              5 pts.

      Round-off              5 pts.

      Back handspring       10 pts.

      Round-off handspring  15 pts.

      Handspring Tuck       15 pts.

      Standing Tuck         20 pts.

   Motions                  10 pts.

   Appearance/Costume       10 pts

   Facial Expressions       10 pts.

   Cheering In/Out          10 pts.

   Teacher recommendations (each) 5 pts.

 

               Dance Team

 

   Group Dance              20 pts.

   Jumps

      Toe Touch             10 pts.

   Turn

      Right Turn            10 pts.

      Left Turn             10 pts.

    Leaps

      Split Leap            10 pts.

      Side Leap             10 pts.

   Splits

      Right/Left Splits      5 pts

      Middle Splits         10 pts.

   Motions                  10 pts.

   Appearance/Costume       10 pts

   Facial Expressions       10 pts.

   Cheering In/Out           5 pts.

   Teacher recommendations (each) 5 pts.

 
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