Campus Life

Cheerleading

Cheerleaders 2014

2017-2018 Cheerleading Tryouts

Saturday April 29th  10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 30th 2:00pm -- 5:00pm
Location: Chambers Gymnasium

Mars Hill Cheerleading consists of a Game Day Team which is made up of 24 – 32 members and a competition team whom are selected from the game day team members. The Game Day team is a co-ed style team that cheers for all home football and basketball games and a select amount of volleyball games. A selected group of 12 - 16 cheerleaders will travel to away football games, and football and basketball tournaments. The competition team will be selected members from the game day team based upon skill level. The number of individuals selected for competition is based on the overall skill level of the team. Being selected as a Mars Hill University cheerleader is a great honor and requires a huge time commitment. Cheerleaders practice 3 times per week, game days, weekly conditioning workouts, and attend study hall. The cheerleaders also participate in campus and community events, volunteer opportunities, alumni events, and fundraisers. Each cheerleader is required to participate in NCA/UCA summer cheerleading camp, and pre-season camp at MHU.

MHU Cheerleading Commitment:

Mars Hill University cheerleading is a large time commitment including game days, practices, appearances, work-outs, weekly study hall and campus/community events. If you are selected to compete as a MHU Cheerleader you are still expected to attend game day, and tumbling practices. Cheerleaders are expected to report early for cheerleading camp, and some fall / spring break weekends may require participants to attend games and competitions. Outside employment, social groups, and off campus activities are second to cheerleading with academics being most important. The coaching staff asks you to carefully consider this time commitment as we convey the requirements of our cheerleading program. When you are chosen to be a part of our program it is a yearlong commitment from August until May. Every cheerleader must maintain a professional, positive attitude and image in the classroom, in practice, on game days, and in social groups and networking sites. MHU cheerleaders are visible representatives of the University and must adhere to all policies and procedures set forth by the institution, cheerleading coaches, and administration.

Eligibility

Tryouts will be open to incoming freshman/transfers and current students in good academic standing. All incoming students must be accepted to Mars Hill University, and provide a copy of their acceptance letter. All students must have a cumulative high school or college GPA of a 2.0 or greater. Video and summer tryouts are available upon approval of the coach, it is however strongly suggested you attend the spring tryout. If you are interested in tryouts please complete the recruitment questionnaire here and email it to Assistant Coach Lauren Reneau.

**Please note we are not able to accommodate anyone staying overnight. Hotel/Food accommodations are on your own.

Recruitment for 2016-2017:

We have successfully built a very strong game day program here at Mars Hill University in which we take great pride in crowd participation, supporting our Lions Athletic teams, and promoting overall school spirit and enthusiasm for the institution. We will be recruiting to build our competition team in 2016-2017. We plan on attending summer camp to build our skills and tumbling techniques to attend 2 to 3 competitions in the spring with the long term goal in spring 2018 of attending UCA or NCA nationals. If you are interested in being a part of the growing program please contact Coach Lauren and she will be glad to talk with you about the opportunity to cheer and compete.

Scholarships:

Some scholarship money is available for high achieving cheerleaders at MHU. Cheerleading scholarships are awarded based upon the students cumulative GPA, cheerleading skill level and ability, years on the team, professionalism and are given at the coaches and administrations discretion. Note: Not every cheerleader will receive a cheerleading scholarship and amounts will vary each year. The coach and administration reserve the right to remove a cheerleading scholarship from any individual who does not comply with the rules and regulations set forth in the student handbook and cheerleading program.

Tryout Attire:

  • Royal Blue, Gold, or White top/t-shirt/sports bra
  • Royal Blue, Gold, or Black shorts/bottoms
  • Cheerleading shoes
  • Please have hair half up or in a pony tail, bows are permitted in Royal, gold, white, black
  • Make sure all makeup is Game day ready
  • Tattoos should be covered at all times
  • Absolutely NO JEWERLY and nails must be an appropriate length.

Skill Requirements: All participants are given equal opportunity to perform and learn the required skills before cuts are made. All skills will be executed on a non-spring floor. Do not perform skills you have not mastered without a spot.

Tryouts are fast paced and participants should have experience in the following areas and be able to execute the following:

Stunting- Participants must be able to perform the following stunts with a group.
Please note you may be asked to try different stunting positions by coaching staff

  • Extension with a express down dismount
  • Ground up Liberty, twisting dismount preferred
  • Heel Stretch, twisting or flipping dismount preferred
  • Transitional Skills including switch ups, full ups, rewinds

Game Day

  • Fight Song
  • 2 chants taught at tryouts
  • Jumps (toe, double toe, optional combo jump)
  • Crowd effectiveness
  • Overall Appearance
  • There will also be a stunting component for the game day section

Tumbling:

  • Each cheerleader is strongly encouraged to have a standing back handspring.
  • Standing Tucks are preferred.
  • Running tumbling skills preferred : Round off back-handspring series or greater skill (tuck,layout,full)

** Cheerleaders who do not possess standing or running tumbling skills are still encouraged to tryout for the game day team. Participants who do not possess tumbling skills may not be eligible to compete but are eligible for the game day team.

Additional Requirements/Reminders:

  • Athletic ability to run a mile and complete a fitness test
  • All participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability and social media release form
  • Short interviews will be required for each participant
  • Bring a copy of your insurance card
  • Each cheerleader must bring a copy of their current physical
  • If you are selected for the team, you will be required to stay after tryouts for a short team meeting and uniform fitting.

Fees:

  • Cheerleaders are expected to attend fundraiser throughout the year
  • Each cheerleader will be responsible for paying the $250 deposit paid in full before camp
  • Cheerleading shoes will be an extra $75 this is not covered in the deposit.
  • Payment arrangements can be made however the full balance must be paid before camp begins
  • Any equipment that is damaged or not returned will result in a replacement charge

Contact Assistant Cheerleading Coach Lauren Reneau by email to reserve your spot at tryouts or for any general questions regarding the cheerleading team here at Mars Hill University.

CosmoCosmo
 

You can see Cosmo the Lion roaming the stands and field at all home football and basketball games. Cosmo is the number one fan when it comes to Mars Hill and he is always ready to promote school spirit. We have several talented individuals in our mascot program, if you are interested in becoming involved with our mascot team please contact the Director of Cheerleading. When funds are available individuals may be asked to attend mascot camp during August.

* If you would like to request the Mars Hill Cheerleaders or Cosmo to attend your community event please contact Lauren Reneau, assistant cheerleading coach. A donation to the cheerleading program is appreciated to help cover travel costs.

Assistant Cheerleading Coach:
Lauren Reneau
Email: lreneau@mhu.edu