All Girl Cheer - Tryouts and Workouts



Workdays are open events geared towards incoming recruits to give them a feel for what our program is like.  You will be able to tumble and stunt with current and prospective members alike.  Participants will not need to bring a partner for this workout and do not have to pay to attend.  Workdays are open for all participants showing proof of medical insurance and completing a waiver of liability form.  Friends and family are also welcome to watch the workday.

ALL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO REGISTER FOR EACH WORKDAY.  Male candidates do not need to register and are welcome to attend any workday.  Each workday is an OPEN process and NO INVITATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  However, we are capping the number of females at each workday so that we can better evaluate each candidate.  Female candidates may attend any 2 of the 3 workdays. 

Until the official online registration form is posted, we ask that you e-mail us at with "Workday Registration" in the subject line letting us know which date (up to two) you would like to register for.  Registration will be taken on a first come basis.  Once any workdate is full, we will indicate so online and will notify any persons who have registered after the session filled.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please e-mail us or call the Spirit Programs Office.

Our Spring 2015 Workdays:

January 24, 1-4 pm Co-ed & All-Girl

February 21, 1-4 pm Co-ed & All-Girl

March 21, 1-4 pm Co-ed & All-Girl


  • All female candidates can only register upto any 2 of the workday dates.
  • Attire for female attendees should be a sportsbra or fitted t-shirt with shorts.
  • All participants must show proof of current insurance.
  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability (available online or on site the day of workday).




May 1-3, 2015 *Must attend ALL days for placement on team*

  Approx. Times: 

Friday, May 1st: 5pm to approx. 10pm

Saturday, May 2nd:  8am to approx. 3pm

Sunday, May 3rd:  10am until finished


Academic Building 3, Room 102

1922 Avenue J

Huntsville, TX 77340



Try-outs are a three-day long process occurring at the beginning of May and consist of three phases each ending with a cut being made. Try-outs are held in the Academic Building 3 (ABIII). A list will be posted following the last day of try-outs indicating who made the squad.

All candidates trying out must have a completed application file. This file includes proof of enrollment to Sam Houston,  completed recruit questionnaire (available under the "forms" tab), $20 application fee (checks made out to SHSU), college/high school Transcript (can be unofficial), and a photo (will not be returned). Please have all paperwork turned into the spirit office prior to try-outs.

Attire for women should include a sports bra or fitting tank top and spandex or fitting shorts; men need to be in general work out clothing (no black-soled shoes). The coach and/or advisor have the authority to make the final decisions in the try-out process. The general try-out process is subject to change.

Try-Outs are open to all candidates!


The following is a guideline of the tryout process, however the judges/staff reserve the right to change the order, times, or content if desired.

Friday's Expected Schedule

5:00pm - 6:00pm


  • Turn in application, proof of enrollment, and $20 fee
  • Sign liability release form
  • Receive tryout number
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tumbling Warm Up

  • Candidates will be given time to warm up and prepare for the Tumbling Phase.
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Tumbling Phase

  • Candidates will demonstrate tumbling capabilities with one standing pass and one running pass. 
  • If needed, a brief "stunt around" time will be used to finalize the first cut.
- Tumbling Cut -

A cut will be made by the judges/staff at the end of the Tumbling Phase to determine which candidates will proceed to the next phase.  Those not cut will remain to prepare for the next round.

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Learn Try-Out Cheer

& Fight Song

  • Learn a traditional cheer and fight song which will be evaluated the next day.
  • Candidates will be given the opportunity to practice more advanced stunting skills while selecting a partner for the remaining try-out process.
  • Candidates will be asked to stunt with other potential squad members and may not bring their own stunt groups.
  • Candidates will then be released for the night.

Saturday's Expected Schedule

8:00am - 9:00am

Check Back In

& Warm Up

  • Warm up by 9:00am
  • Practice and prepare for Cheering Phase
9:00am - 11:00am

Cheer & Fight

Song Phase

  • Evaluated on the try-out material taught the night before in small groups of 4 to 5 candidates at a time.
- Cheering Phase Cut -

A cut will be made by the judges/staff at the end of the Cheering Phase to determine which candidates will proceed in the try-out.  The cheerleaders will then be given a lunch break, after which those not cut will return for the Stunting Phase. 

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Stunting Phase

  • Candidates will perform group stunts for the judges/staff.
2:00pm - 3:00pm


  • Candidates will be interviewed by the judges/staff in an informal, small group interview.
- Stunting Phase Cut -

A cut will be made by the judges/staff at the end of the stunting phase and us typically the final cut before delcaring which candidates have made the team.  However, if the judges/staff feel they cannot yet select the final team the tryout will continue until the team is finalized.

Once the judges/staff have come to a decision, the final cut will be posted and those selected for the team will return the next day.

Sunday's Expected Schedule


First Team Practice

  • The candidates selected for the final team will return for their first practice together as Sam Houston State University's next All Girl Cheer Team! 


Tumbling as strength:

• Standing back tuck
• Back handspring back tuck
• R.O. flip-flop full
• Hands: liberty, stretch

Stunting as strength:

• Toss stunts: lib, stretch full-down, cupie (with full ups/rewinds and double downs preferred)
• Standing back tuck


• Hands or Toss: lib, & stretch full-down
• Standing back tuck
• Back handspring back tuck
• R.O. back handspring back tuck



The video try-out process is for all candidates unable to attend our regular try-outs held on campus. However, attendance to try-outs is strongly recommended.

NOTE: No official position will be offered to a video try-out candidate before he/she has attended a scheduled workday or practice. You may call the Spirit Programs Office at 936-294-4239 to schedule your visit.

Please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting a video:

• A completed video, recruit questionnaire, proof of admission, high school/college transcript and $20 application fee must be received by the Spirit Programs Office by the Thursday prior to the first day of try-outs.
• VHS or DVD formats accepted.
• Please send videos to one of the following:


Brian McColpin, SHSU Cheer Brian McColpin, SHSU Cheer
1802 Avenue I P.O. Box 2507
Lowman Student Center, Suite 328 Huntsville, TX 77341
Huntsville, TX 77340  


All video submissions must include these skills in the following order:


• One chant incorporating tumbling (choreographed by candidate)
• One cheer incorporating tumbling (choreographed by candidate)


• Standing Back Tuck
• Standing tumbling skills (ex. back handspring back tuck)
• Optional standing tumbling skills
• One running tumbling pass
• Optional running tumbling pass


• All stunts below may be performed from the hands level, as a toss, a full-up, or a rewind:
• Liberty
• Stretch full- down or double down
• Cupie
• Optional stunt to stunt sequence


Please answer the following questions on tape

- Why do you want to cheer for Sam Houston State?

- What do you believe the role of  a collegiate cheerleader should be?

- What are your goals after college?

- Would you like to be considered for the All-Girl Cheer team if you are not selected for the co-ed cheer team?


All candidates offered a scholarship or non-scholarship position will be posted on the SHSU Spirit Programs home page following completion of the try-out process. If any video candidtate has not attended a workout in person, he or she may be contacted to set-up an in person workout so that a final decision can be made.


Can I Try-out for both squads?

Yes. However, in the process of try-outs you may be moved from one group to the other at the discretion of the staff.

What do I need to wear?

All applicants need to be in Sports bra and spandex or fitting shorts and top.

What are the preferred skills?

Tumbling (required):
Back handspring
Running- Roundoff series back handspring

Tumbling (preferred):
Standing back tuck
Back handspring back tuck
Roundoff back handspring back tuck

Stretch full down

Ability to lead crowd
Sharpness and placement of motions

When do we find out who made the squad?

A final list will be posted upon conclusion of try-outs indicating which candidates made the team.



New students must be admitted to Sam Houston State University for the fall semester in order to try-out. Sam Houston State University students must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and be in good standing with the University. All students not accepted or accepted on probation to the university must first speak with the Advisor and Coach to determine eligibility for try-outs.

A completed application form, questionnaire, current transcript, picture, and proof of medical insurance must be turned in with a twenty-dollar application fee two days prior to try-outs. (Do not have pictures made especially for this application packet.)

Please contact the Spirit Programs office for questions regarding your try-out status at 936-294-4239.


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Spirit Programs Office:

Phone number:  (936) 294-4239

Fax number:  (936) 294-3652

Email address: (ATTN: Cheer)

Mailing Address:

Sam Houston State University
Spirit Programs
P.O. Box 2507
Huntsville , TX 77341-2507

Physical Address: 

Sam Houston State University
Spirit Programs
1802 Avenue I
Lowman Student Center , Suite 328
Huntsville , TX 77340

Thank you for your interest in the Sam Houston State University cheer programs!

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