Indiana State Sycamore Spirit Squad Tryouts
Indiana State Sycamore Spirit Squad is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.
To try-out for the Sycamore Spirit Squad all applicants must submit a COMPLETED application package containing ALL of the following items to be considered for the tryout process. This MUST be RECEIVED by Coach Shike by 4:00(est) pm on March 15, 2023.
You will EMAIL the COMPLETED application packet to Tamara.Shike@indstate.edu
· The Spirit Squad Application form
· A current photograph, taken within the last 6 months and has not been altered by software such as Photoshop or other similar programs
· Two (2) letters of recommendation:
o One of the letters must be from your most recent high school coach (not your all-star coach). If you are not a current high school senior, you may submit a recommendation from a teacher or professor with whom you have worked closely.
o The second letter may be from an adult who has worked with you in a supervisory capacity: This person will need to explain in the letter how they have supervised the applicant
· A current video demonstrating the applicant’s proficiency in basic skills: YOU NEED TO ONLY SUBMIT ONE VIDEO PACKAGE. CHOOSE EITHER TO CONCENTRATE ON CHEER OR DANCE. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT FROM BOTH CATAGORIES. YOU MAY SUBMIT FROM BOTH CATAGORIES IF YOU HAVE SKILLS IN BOTH.
o DANCE BACKGROUND; Submit a 45-60 second video of you PERFORMING a high energy, upbeat combination. You may include tricks, turns and skills you have at a high level of accomplishment. You may additionally include videos of your advanced skills in dance.
o CHEER BACKGROUND; Submit a 45-60 second video of you PERFORMING a high energy, upbeat Cheer Dance. You may include tumbling skills you have at a high level of accomplishment. You may additionally include videos of your advanced tumbling skills.
o ALL APPLICANTS; Jumps – DEMONSTRATE A MINIMUM OF THREE DIFFERENT JUMPS: Toe Touch with proper execution; Right and Left side Hurdler, Ring Jump, C Jump
o Submit videos by email WITH your application packet. You MUST include the name on your application in your email with your videos.
HARD DEADLINE FOR ALL OF THE APPLICATION PACKET: March 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm EST.
Submit your application packet by email to:
IF YOU ARE ASKED TO CONTINUE THE TRYOUT PROCESS, YOU WILL NEED TO BRING HARD COPIES OF YOUR APPLICATION AND PHOTO TO IN PERSON TRYOUTS.
Indiana State University
Department of Athletics
Attention: Tammy Shike, Spirit Squad Coach
401 North 4th Street, Arena 74B
Terre Haute, IN 47809
WE ARE IN THE UNIQUE POSITION OF HAVING A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF OPENINGS TO FILL FOR THIS TEAM. WE ARE SURE THE COMPETITION FOR SPOTS WILL BE TERRIFIC!
You will be notified by April 7, 2023 if you have been chosen to continue the tryout process with an ON CAMPUS tryout. Time and date TBA. YOU MUST ATTEND THE ON CAMPUS TRYOUT IN PERSON IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE TRYOUT PROCESS. FAILURE TO ATTEND WILL NECESITATE WITHDRAWL OF THE APPLICATION. On-campus tryouts will be held for those selected from the submitted applicants. All applicants will be notified if they are selected to attend the in-person, on-campus tryouts. Only those submitting complete and timely applications will be considered for on-campus tryouts.
If you are selected to continue the tryout process, you will be sent a video of a dance to learn. You will need to demonstrate that dance combination as well as all submitted skills at the in-person tryout. A cut will be made after those are evaluated. There will be an individual interview after the skills tryout for the students continuing in the process.