The Fighting Illini Cheerleading team has a mix of both co-ed and all-girl stunt groups. There are 24 girls and 9 guys on the 2013-2014 team.
Tryouts for the 2014-2015 Cheerleading Team will be held on April 12-13, 2014. ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLINICS IS MANDATORY. Video entries are not permitted.
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. Avoid wearing baggy clothes. 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.
Due to multiple facility renovations taking place on campus this year, tryouts will be located at St. Matthew Catholic School, 1307 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61821. Enter the gym doors off of Mayfair Drive.
CLINIC AND FIRST CUT - Saturday, April 12th, 8:00 am - 10:00 a.m. Girls: Tumbling skills, sidelines and fight song will be evaluated. Tumbling skills are not taught at the clinics. Fight song (posted below) should be perfected before coming to tryouts. The first half will be evaluated during the tryout process.
Guys: Basic stunt clinic and instructional clinic on sidelines and fight song. Fight song (posted below) should be perfected before coming to tryouts. The first half will be evaluated during the tryout process.
CLINIC AND SECOND CUT - Saturday, April 12th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Basic stunts such as a walk-in torch, chair, extension, liberty, stretch, & arabesque are taught during clinics.
INTERVIEWS - Saturday, April 12th, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CLINIC AND THIRD CUT - Saturday, April 12th, 6-9 p.m.
Stunt clinic for all trying out
TRYOUTS- Sunday, April 13th, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
TEAM MEETING - Sunday, April 13th, 3:30 p.m.
All candidates must supply the following by March 31, 2014:
Proof of acceptance to or enrollment in the University of Illinois
A physical dated within the past six months (NOT NEGOTIABLE). Please download or use a similar form. | Download Medical Form
Photocopy of current insurance card
Signed Code of Conduct and Expectations Agreement from the 2014-2015 University of Illinois Cheerleading Rules & Policies
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 via email directly from the recommender to Assistant Coach Jessica Hettiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts for Illinois Cheerleading consist of performing the following:
Hands extension, liberty, stretch, or arabesque
Stretch with a full cradle
Walk-in extension or liberty
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.
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.
Oral interview with the coaches
You do not need to know how to stunt before you come to tryouts, but everyone must be able and willing to learn. During the sidelines and fight song we are looking for crowd appeal, projection, enthusiasm, and the ability to get others involved. During clinics and tryouts all candidates will need to know the words to the fight song. The words to Illinois Loyalty can be found HERE.
Tumbling is not taught at tryouts. When performing tumbling for the actual tryout, you cannot have a spot.
If you are interested in trying out for the 2014-2015 Fighting Illini Cheerleading team, please email the required information to: