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2017 SPIRIT TEAM TRYOUT DATES AND REQUIREMENTS

TRYOUT DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

Tryout Fee: $25 Cash
SPIRIT TEAM APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 20TH, 2017
(PLEASE CONTACT COACH GIBSON  FOR SCHEDULING CONFLICTS  (443) 885-3453.)

NEW SPIRIT TEAM TRYOUT DATE IS


MAY 5TH-MAY 7TH, 2017


You must have proof of sickle cell testing the first day of tryouts. Please schedule your test NOW!

WE ARE IN NEED OF ENERGETIC CHEER BEARS THAT ARE NOT AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE TASK OF ENGAGING WITH THE CROWD AS WELL AS ENTERTAINING THE CROWD. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC AND CONFIDENT.

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All MSU Cheerleaders must learn cheers and dances for various reasons. Those not willing or able to pick up cheers and dances will experience difficulty being selected to the team or will be used minimally if this is found to occur after tryouts.

Jumps: Pointed toes, proper form, exceptional height.

REQUIRED Tumbling: Standing Back Handspring, Toe Touch Back Handspring, and Round-Off  Multiple Back Handsprings. Multiple back handsprings (more than two) and/or tuck passes are also expected.

Stunting: Main - Must be able to hold a major portion of a partner stunt Side - Must be able to support the main using proper technique and strength. Back - Must act as a brace for the flier while offering support to the main and side. Flier - must be able to balance in the air while utilizing proper technique (being tight and pulling her weight up) and showing above average flexibility. Tryouts will require the flier to demonstrate her skills in at least (3) single leg positions. Additionally, she must be able to double down from stunts. The flier will also be required to do a basket toss.

*** It is suggested that Larger/Taller fliers (over 120 lbs. or over 5'3) be prepared to stunt at an additional different position.

Dancing: Applicants should be prepared to pick up a fast paced choreographed dance quickly. Tight motions, confidence, appropriate facials, and mastering the moves will earn the highest points. Looking for a real show stopper!

Motions - A cheer and 3 chants will be taught. Tight motions, confidence, consistent eye contact, smiles, and mastering the motions will earn the highest points. Words need to be cheered versus spoken. Looking for showmanship!

Overall Cheerleader Image:

VISIBLE TATTOOS ARE STRONGLY FROWNED UPON!, Pep, Confidence, Athleticism, Smile, Fitness, Voice Projection.

*Be prepared for a brief interview. Your interview can be a deciding factor for team placement.

Acceptance to MSU at the time of tryouts is NOT required. An MSU admissions office application should be on record at the time of tryouts. An MSU Cheerleading Application is required prior to or on the day of tryouts.

All tryout applicants must submit proof of sickle cell testing prior to participating in Morgan State Cheerleading Tryouts! ADDITIONALLY, all applicants should have an MSU Student ID # for verification that you have officially applied to Morgan State University. (This number is given to you by the Admissions office once you have submitted an MSU application.)

You will also need a current copy of your insurance cards front and back or the actual card.


Tryout fee should be cash or money order made out to "The Morgan State Foundation". Cheerleading Tryout Fee should be written on the memo line. A libility waiver form should be completed by a parent if the applicant is under the age of 18.

THIS YEAR WE WILL PROVIDE THE MUSIC AND CHOREOGRAPHY FOR THE DANCE AND CHEER PORTION OF THE TRYOUT.


Required Tryout Attire:

DAY 1 - MAY 5th, 2017 - 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (approximately) 
Pack a meal/snack or be prepared to purchase something to eat.

Black or Gray Cheer Shorts and Black or Gray Tee Shirt/Sports Bra, No cut offs, jean shorts, sweat pants, or tights can be worn during tryouts. Clean White Cheerleading Sneakersc/Clean White Ankle Socks or Footies - NO KNEE SOCKS!!! Light Makeup/Cheer Hair.  Hair colors such as bright red, blue, green, pink, yellow, burgundy,orange, etc.....are not desirable for this program.


DAY 2 - MAY 6th, 2017 - 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
FIRST CUTS will be made.

Required Tryout Attire: Black or Gray Shorts Cheer Shorts and Black or Gray Sports Bra. No cut offs, jean shorts, sweat pants, or tights can be worn during tryouts. Clean White Cheerleading Sneakers. Clean White Ankle Socks or Footies - NO KNEE SOCKS!!!

DAY 3 - MAY 7th, 2017 - 10:00 - 4:00 (approximately)  

GAME DAY MAKEUP and HALF UP-HALF DOWN HAIR STYLES.  ALL REMAINING APPLICANTS MUST WEAR ORANGE and BLUE ONLY FOR FINAL CUTS. Failure to wear these colors or a sports bra will result in a deduction from your overall score. 

Sports Bra (Orange or Blue) clean, white sneakers and clean white socks or footies. No knee socks! Full game day makeup: eye shadow (no light blue), mascara, a shade of red lipstick complimentary to your complexion. No eye glitter (collegiate image is different than the All-Star look), NO FALSE EYE LASHES! We will prefer a more natural look for the 2017-2018 season. Neat, cheerleading appropriate hair style (half up/half down), ONCE ON THE TEAM, THIS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE HAIR STYLE FOR GAME DAY UNLESS YOU ARE TOLD OTHERWISE.  


No pierced jewelry and no SPACERS for piercings are acceptable at tryouts or during the season. Tattoos are frowned upon. Please refrain from adding to your collection now or once on the team, especially if you are interested in being on the Spirit Team. EXCESSIVE TATTOOS CAN EFFECT YOUR OVERALL TRYOUT SCORE!


We are looking for the total package. We need enthusiastic, hard working athletes with charism, courage, crowd appeal, and cooperative attitudes. Appearance (neatness, fitness, hair and make-up will be incorporated into the total points for overall cheerleader image. Pep, enthusiasm, confidence, and showmanship are extremely important to the overall points of each applicant.


No Bandaids can be used to cover piercings/tattoos.


Please do not be expect to receive a spot during the tumbling portion of the tryout. A spotter will only be provided at the discretion of the coaches. This means that if you do not have the required skill, please do not attempt to perform it.

YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM YOUR TUMBLING ON THE GYMNASIUM FLOOR AT THE TIME OF YOUR TRYOUT. ADVANCED TUMBLING (LAYOUTS, FULLS, OR STEP OUTS) CAN ALSO BE PERFORMED ON THE MAT DURING THE TRYOUT FOR EXTRA POINTS.

MORGAN STATE CHEERLEADERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT'S WEIGHT LIFTING AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM. YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH YOUR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK DURING THE SEASON. ON THE OFF SEASON, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THE CONDITIONING PROGRAM ON YOUR OWN.

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT!


Work Hard!