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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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!