CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015-2016 FIGHTING ILLINI CHEERLEADING TEAM!
The Fighting Illini Cheerleading team has a mix of both co-ed and all-girl stunt groups. There are 21 girls and 6 guys on the 2014-2015 team.
TENTATIVE: Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Cheerleading Team will be held on April 17-19, 2015. 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.
Tryout location: Friday clinic location TBD. Saturday & Sunday clinics and tryouts will be held at Kenney Gym, Room 312, 1402 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.
TESTING CLINIC- Friday, April 17th As part of the tryout process for the Fighting Illini Cheerleading team, there is a physical testing session. The purpose of this is to ensure physical, movement, and mobility competency to limit injury risk and promote health and performance. This testing will involve bodyweight movements and mobility testing. The testing will be done at Huff Hall in the gymnasium on Friday night during a pre-scheduled time. Please wear comfortable athletic clothing and a pair of athletic shoes.
Candidates will receive an email from Randy Ballard, Associate Athletic Trainer or Coach Stephanie Record to schedule times for the testing. Those being tested on Friday evening between 6-10 pm will also be sized for uniforms and interviewed as part of the tryout process.
CLINIC AND FIRST CUT - Saturday, April 18th, 8:00 a.m. - 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 18th Co-ed Clinic from 11 a.m. - Noon
All-Girl Clinic from Noon - 1 p.m.
Basic stunts such as a walk-in torch, chair, extension, liberty, stretch, & arabesque are taught during clinics.
CLINIC AND THIRD CUT - Saturday, April 18th Co-ed Clinic from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. All-Girl Clinic from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Stunt clinic for all trying out
INTERVIEWS - Saturday, April 18th, 5:30 p.m.
TRYOUTS- Sunday, April 19th, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
TEAM MEETING - Sunday, April 19th, 3:30 p.m.
All candidates must supply the following by April 6, 2015:
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 2015-2016 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 Reeder at email@example.com.
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 2015-2016 Fighting Illini Cheerleading team, please email the required information to: