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    CHEERLEADING


    BACKGROUND

    One of the most versatile sports on campus, cheerleading has many opportunities for its members. Our season lasts from August to the end of April, and includes multiple practices over the summer break as well as participation in a summer cheerleading camp.

    We ask a lot of our members physically, mentally, and in time commitment.

    Anyone selected to our program is expected to be a leader in the U of I student body. Involvement in our program makes that individual a highly visible University of Illinois representative. He or she may be called upon to speak to thousands of alumni and friends during a pep rally or at a game. We are seeking talented people wanting to continue their cheer experience, who are healthy and fit, and who are committed to obtaining a college education.

    TEAM STRUCTURE

    Cheerleading at the University of Illinois holds many responsibilities that are divided among members. The team cosists of 12-14 co-ed couples. A candidate trying out will either be selected to the Orange Squad or the Blue Squad. Throughout football season both squad's will work together to develop and enhance the skills and abilities of all members. The squads will be combined for mounts, baskets, stunting and game performance to ensure that all members have a chance to learn and develop together. Throughout the basketball season the squads' will have the chance to work exclusively with their selected teammates to prepare for games and develop as a cohesive squad.

    Orange Squad
    Responsibilities:

  • All home football games
  • Travel to all away football games
  • All home Men's basketball games
  • United Center and Mizzou Basketball games
  • Travel to Men's Big Ten and post season tournaments
  • Instructional Clinics (See Services for descriptions)
  • Minimum of 3 hours to team selected philanthropy events
  • Summer camp and pre camp (lasts 2-4 days each)

    Requirements (Girls):

  • Standing back handspring, standing back tuck, and standing back handspring back tuck
  • Pass consisting of a minimum of three tricks (round off back handspring back tuck)
  • Stretch with a full cradle
    *Candidates that do not possess one or more of these skills may still be considered for this squad given that they acquire these skills before beginning the season. If they do not acquire the skills needed over the summer they will be placed on a 30 day probationary period.

    Requirements (Guys):

  • Standing back tuck
  • Stretch with a full cradle
    *Guys that have advanced stunting ability that do not have a back tuck may be considered for this squad but must be willing to work on their tumbling throughout the year.

    Blue Squad
    Responsibilities:

  • All home football games
  • All home Women's basketball games
  • Select home Men's basketball games (1-2 couples from this squad will rotate into every home men's game to participate on the sidelines)
  • Travel to Women's Big Ten and post season tournaments
  • Instructional Clincis (See Services for descriptions)
  • Miniumum of 3 hours to team selected philanthropy events
  • Summer Camp and pre camp (lasts 2-4 days each)

    Requirements (Girls):

  • Standing back handspring
  • Pass consisting of a minimum of three tricks (round off back handspring back tuck)
  • Liberty
    *Candidates that do not possess one or more of these skills may still be considered for this squad given that they will be required to acquire these skills before beginning the season. If they do not acquire the skills needed over the summer they will be placed on a 30 day probationary period.

    Requirements (Guys):

  • Toss Shoulders
  • Hands Extension

    A typical week for all members of the UI cheerleading squad include:

  • Two 3-hour practices (one additional night for tumbling may be added)
  • Two weightlifting sessions
  • Cheering at specified athletic events
  • Occasional appearances at special events

    Elite Squad Each year a Elite Squad will be selected from all members of the Illinois Cheerleading Team. An internal try out for this squad will be held during the first few weeks of the academic year. This group may be any combination of Blue and Orange members. All practices for this squad will be held on a seperate night from regular team practices. Depending on when the competition/performances are this squad may be required to practice over winter or spring break in order to prepare fully.

    Responsibilities:

  • Bull's Halftime (along with the Illini Dance Team)
  • Midnight Madness
  • One men's and one women's basketball halftimes
  • Exhibition in at least one high school competition (preferably at the regional or state level)
  • UCA College Nationals (This will be at the coaches discretion based on team ability and competitive level. If the team does not compete they will exhibition at more than one high school competition.)

    TRYOUTS

    Tryouts for the 2007-2008 Cheerleading Team will be held on April 14-15, 2007.PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COINCIDES WITH MOM'S WEEKEND, MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS EARLY!!

    ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLINICS IS MANDATORY. Video entries are not permitted.

    Saturday, April 14th Events will be held at Kenney Gym, Room 312, 1402 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

    CLINIC AND FIRST CUT - Saturday, April 14th, 9 am - 12 p.m.

    Girls: Tumbling skills and a cheer and fight song taught during the clinic will be evaluated. Tumbling skills are not taught at the clinics.

    Guys: Basic stunt clinic and instructional clinic on cheer and fight song

    CLINIC AND SECOND CUT - Saturday, April 14th, 1-4 p.m. Female applicants only, no new male candidates will attend this session. Basic stunts such as a walk-in torch, chair, extension, liberty, & stretch are taught during clinics.

    CLINIC AND THIRD CUT- Saturday, April 14th, 6-9 p.m. Stunt clinic for all trying out, interviews for new candidates will be conducted

    Sunday, April 15th Events will be held at Huff Hall, 1206 S Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820

    FINAL CLINIC - Sunday, April 15th, 9-11 a.m. Mandatory review for all remaining tryout candidates

    TRYOUTS - Sunday, April 15th, Warm ups 12:30 p.m.; Tryouts 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COINCIDES WITH MOM'S WEEKEND, MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS EARLY!!

    If there are any changes in the tryout process (dates, times, location), we will let you know by email and we will post the changes on the website. Please include a current email address on your application! Details about the formal tryout process are outlined below.

    What to wear:

  • Guys: Navy blue shorts and an orange top. Avoid wearing baggy clothes. Please be clean shaven and have a conservative haircut. ABSOLUTELY NO JEWELRY!
  • Girls: Navy blue shorts and an orange top. Keep hair pulled back away from your face and wear a white bow. ABSOLUTELY NO JEWELRY! Do not use lotion prior to practice, as it makes stunting more difficult.

    All candidates must supply the following by April 6, 2007:

    1. Proof of acceptance to or enrollment in the University of Illinois
    2. A physical within the past year
    3. Photocopy of current insurance card
    4. Application
    5. Signed Code of Conduct and Expectations Agreement from the 2007-2008 University of Illinois Cheerleading Rules & Policies
    6. New applicants must also provide two letters of recommendation from current or former coaches and/or teachers. The letters should outline the applicant's most outstanding athletic and academic achievements (i.e. leadership, sportsmanship, commitment, work ethic, and responsibility). Letters should be submitted with the application in separate envelopes with the recommender's signature across the seal.

    Tryouts for Illinois Cheerleading consist of performing the following:

    1. Cheer
    2. Fight song
    3. 4 coed stunts:
      • Toss shoulders
      • Hands pump extension
        *Either the toss shoulders or hands pump extension must be performed with another candidate trying out. The other stunt and stretch may be performed with a veteran member who is also trying out.
      • Stretch with a full cradle.
      • Walk-in torch (new candidates), optional stunt (veteran members)
        *If you are unable to perform these stunts safely you can perform the most difficult stunt within your ability. These stunts will be judged and potential to improve will be considered.
    4. Tumbling
      • Standing back handspring
      • Standing back tuck
      • Standing back handspring back tuck
      • One tumbling pass
        *If you are unable to perform all of these skills safely you can perform the skills within your ability. These skills will be judged and potential to improve will be considered.
    5. Oral interview with the coaches

    We will teach you almost everything you need to know to try out. You do not need to know how to coed stunt before you come to tryouts, but everyone must be able and willing to learn (we do not have any girl bases). During the cheer and fight song we are looking for crowd appeal, projection, enthusiasm, and the ability to get others involved. During the final try outs all candidates will need to know the words to the fight song. The words and music will be provided before the final try out.

    Tumbling is not taught at tryouts. There will be people available for light spotting while you are warming up, but only on skills that you have experience with. We will not spot you on a skill you have never tried before. Also, when you perform your tumbling for the actual tryout, you cannot have a spot.

    If you are interested in trying out for the 2007-2008 U of I Cheerleading squad, PLEASE EMAIL COACH RECORD FOR AN UPDATED APPLICATION AND AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE 2007-2008 RULES & POLICIES, THE LINKS BELOW ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED.

    Illinois Cheerleading rules and policies in PDF Format

    The required information must be submitted by APRIL 6, 2007 to:

    Stephanie Record, Head Cheerleading Coach
    University of Illinois
    1700 S. Fourth St.
    Champaign, IL 61820

    For additional try out or program info or to schedule a visit to campus please e-mail Coach Stephanie Record.

    REQUIREMENTS

    First and foremost, each student must be making progress towards a degree, with the same load (12 hours or more) required of student-athletes. Remember, your main purpose for attending the University of Illinois is to obtain an education. We require each student to carry and maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

    Attendance at study tables (6 hours per week) is required for all first-year members and members with a semester GPA below 2.5 or cumulative GPA below 2.3.

    NATIONALS

    The University of Illinois cheerleaders may compete each year at the UCA College Nationals at the Wide World of Sports in DisneyWorld. During competition years this section will be dedicated to tracking their progress and results.

    SERVICES, CLINICS, AND APPEARANCES

    Tailgate Appearances:
    Spice up your tailgate by inviting the Illinois Cheerleaders! This fifteen minute pep rally by six cheerleaders will be packed with cheers, chants, stunts, and picture opportunities. To invite the cheerleaders to your next tailgate please send the following information to Coach Stephanie Record:

  • Contact name and phone number
  • Location of tailgate (please be specific)
  • Date of tailgate to appear
  • **A $50 donation to Illinois Cheerleading is requested for each appearance. Each request will be considered in the order received. Go Illini!!

    College Prep Clinic: Sunday December 3
    The Illinois Cheerleading Team will host a one day college prep clinic for all high school juniors and seniors who wish to try out at the collegiate level. The clinic will be open to all males and females. The camp will mainly teach co ed stunting but will also have small sections dedicated to motions and basic level mounts. This clinic is scheduled to give ample time for partipants to learn and work on skills before their college try outs. Please check under "Camps and Clinics" on the main sports page for registration information. The camp is limited to the first 25 to register. Secure your spot today!!

    Kid's Clinic
    The Illinois Cheerleading Team will host a clinic for youth in grades K-8 on February 25 at Ubben Basketball Facility prior to the Illinois Women's Basketball Game vs. Purdue. This will be a short clinic dedicatd to teaching basic cheers and dances. The kids will have a chance to perform their new routines at halftime of the game that same day. Details and registration forms can be downloaded from the Clinics & Camps link on the left side of this webpage.

    Cheerleaders are available to assist with judging tryouts and choreographing competition routines or game material. If you would like help in any of these areas, please e-mail Coach Stephanie Record.

  • Contact

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    1700 S. Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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