Both teams have a fall and spring try-out. All try-outs are open to freshmen who have been accepted into Wake Forest. Both try-outs typically run over a two day period.
For dancers a try-out dance routine is taught and the coaching staff looks at how fast the dancers can pick up new material. If necessary, cuts are made and final try-outs will be held before cheer and dance coaches and choreographers on the final day. Girls will be judged on performance of a variety of leaps, turns, and other basic technical dance skills, as well as their performance of the learned routine. Interviews will be conducted by the head coach and will account for 10 percent of the final score.
Cheerleading try-outs also run over a 2 day period. Final try-outs are held before a panel of judges on the last day. Interviews will be conducted by the head coach and will account for at least 10 percent of the final score. Cheer girls have to have a standing back handspring, a standing back-tuck, and a running tumbling pass. Guys are required to perform a standing back-tuck and a back handspring. Toss to hands extension with a twist/full cradle is required by everyone and they will be asked to execute 2 other optional partner stunts of their choice. Girls and guys will learn a fight song and will be judged on motion placement and overall dance ability.
Both dance and cheer girls are required to wear crop tops or form fitting (lycra) tops for try-outs. Cheer girls should not wear slick shorts. Cotton shorts work best. Cheer girls also need to wear smooth bottomed shoes.
If you are an incoming freshman, on the first day you must bring a letter of acceptance from the University. You will be required to sign an injury waiver upon arrival.
All who make either squad will be required to be at Wake Forest the first week of August and sign a team rules and regulations contract. We will practice several days and then be attending UCA./UDA Summer Camp. Camp is mandatory.
All try-outs are held in Reynolds Gymnasium room 402 and are open for anyone to watch. If you have any further questions feel free to call the Spirit Office at (336) 758-4902.
Spring Try-out dates for 2003 are 3pm until 7pm on April 26 and 1pm until at least 6pm on April 27th. Call the spirit office to sign up.