Try Out Clinic- March 5th-7th
Students will learn a dance and a cheer that they will perform at the try out. Video of the dance and cheer are posted here so they may practice ahead of time. They will also learn jump technique and show any tumbling they wish to do in their try out. On Wednesday, they will draw numbers for the try-out and do a "run through" so they understand the process for the next day. Attendance is not mandatory but HIGHLY encouraged. Dress is athletic wear and tennis shoes or cheer shoes.
Try Outs- March 8th
Three outside judges with no affiliation to CTMS will be scoring the cheerleaders based on a rubric. One administrator and one coach will be present in the try-out for integrity purposes. Cheerleaders will have a "number" and will try out anonymously in groups of 3. Dress is a solid colored shirt and black shorts.
They will spirit into the middle of the floor and throw a tumbling pass (optional), then once they get to their "spot" they will do three jumps. The next two girls will do the same. Once all three have tumbled and jumped, they will do their cheer. Lastly, the present coach will play the music and they will perform the dance. When they are finished they are free to leave.
The judges will be given a rubric prior to the try out. This is to ensure each cheerleader is judged fairly and will eliminate any chance of bias or opinion. They will also have a uniform score sheet. The categories are Spirit (5 points), Jumps (9 points, 3 per jump), Cheer (10 points), Dance (10 points), and Tumbling (6 points). Attached are copies of the rubric and score sheet.
Cheerleaders must score 60/120 possible combined points from the 3 judges to make the squad and up to 18 cheerleaders from each grade will make each squad, regardless of how many try out. If more than 18 cheerleaders score over a 60, the top 18 scores will make each squad. The results will be posted on this page by 9pm on March 8th.
Here are videos of the cheer and the dance: