When are tryouts? Who are eligible to tryout?
Tryouts are typically end of April or the beginning of May each year for the upcoming season. Tryouts are two days.
Those eligible to tryout are:
What to expect at tryouts? Live versus video tryouts?
Visit www.CalPolyCheer.com/tryouts for tryout details.
Returning athletes are not guaranteed a position for the upcoming season so skills must be maintained through out the year. Returning members must tryout again at the live tryouts each year.
How many members are on the team?
The team typically has 24-36 members.
Does the team compete?
Yes, the team competes in all girl division each year locally and nationally at Universal Cheerleaders Associate Collegiate Nationals in Orlando, Florida and College STUNT. The competitive team is selected by skills and coach.
What is the time commitment?
Members will cheer for home football games, designated away football games, men’s and women's home basketball and post-season games. Members will also make campus and community appearances, along with participation with college cheer camp and annual youth clinic. The season is from August through May.
Practices will be held 2-3 times a week for two to three hours per practice; maybe additional practices if you are on the competition team. Games occur once to twice a week with related functions. Appearances as directed by the coach and advisor will arise throughout the year.
How are the Summer, Holiday, Winter, Spring break practices like?
Each year, practice dates and time vary due to the facility availability, college camp and competition schedules, football and basketball schedules.
Summer practices, depending on the camp and football schedule, are typically the last week of July through the first two weeks of August, a short break, and then return to campus for practice end of August/beginning of September until school starts.
Thanksgiving holiday, we typically have basketball games that you must attend over the holiday weekend.
Winter break practices and games typically run one to two weeks past finals week. Team members will usually receive approximately 7-14 days off for the winter holidays. There are double practices each day during this time.
Spring Break, if there is a competition scheduled for that year, team members may practice during that time.
Is housing provided during the non-academic school year?
Housing will be provided for new team members for practices by current/returning team members who live in the surrounding areas near campus during the holiday breaks.
How much does it cost to be on the team?
Participation costs are moderate, between $700-1000. Funding is provided from the University for travel costs to all NCAA sanctioned events for football and basketball. Member team fees cover the costs of uniforms, warm-ups, practice gear, shoes and team functions/equipment. Fundraising can be available.
Are scholarships offered?
Scholarships are currently not available for team members. However, team members will still be required to carry a 2.0 minimum GPA. Anyone not meeting the above criteria will need to speak with the coach and advisor prior to try-outs.