The LZHS 2013-2014 Cheerleaders will be chosen by the coaching staff with the assistance of independent specialty consultants. The number of individuals on each team will be determined by the coaches. There is no minimum skill requirement to try-out for cheerleading, however cheerleaders are placed on a team based on the skills they bring to the position they are trying out for.
Visit us at: www.lzhscheerleading.org
for additional try-out information and mandatory try-out paperwork.
LZHS Cheerleading Try-outs
Thank you for your interest in LZHS Cheerleading! We have a strong cheerleading tradition here at Lake Zurich High School and are excited to see so many new people interested. Cheerleading is considered an IHSA sport; thus we follow the LZHS Athletic Code, and the IHSA and NFHS cheerleading rules. We currently have a Large Varsity and Jr. Varsity cheer team. If interest warrants, we may add a 3rd team.
This will be a two day, all-inclusive try-out. All spots are open. Existing team member must re-tryout. Athletes will be taught a side line cheer, a short dance, jumps & stunts. Try-out will include the side line cheer, dance, tumbling, stunts and jumps. Try-outs will be in an open gym format. Teacher/coach evaluations will be considered at try –outs. All potential cheerleaders will have an individual photo taken upon registration. This will be attached to their try-out application and evaluations and is used to assist the coaching staff with visual recognition during the selection process.
Information regarding the LZHS CHEERLEADING Program
Positions are based on all around skill, not just one skill.
You should be willing to learn any/all of these skills
There will be alternates on the varsity team for competition only
Everyone cheers games.
All practices are MANDATORY
Spirit Boosters hosts several fundraisers each year
All are mandatory
Helps offset expenses that the HS does not pay for. (team meals, gifts, social outings, travel expenses, choreography, music, etc.)
This is general information, and is subject to change. We hope this sheet has been helpful. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!
Head Cheer Coach
Coachpam65@sbcglobal.net Cassie Cleary
Asst. Varsity Coach
firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Philipp
JV Cheer Coach
TRY-OUT CHEAT SHEET If you are looking for what skills to be working on, here is a little help:
Tumbling is not required on JV, however it is encouraged. Standing back handsprings and Round-off back handsprings are highly recommended. Students can help their position with front and back walkovers, ariels, and back extension rolls
Tumbling is mandatory on Varsity. A standing back handspring is the minimum expected skill level. Students looking to put themselves in a better position for Varsity should look to show the following skills: Back handspring back tuck (running and standing), Cartwheel back tuck, standing tuck, layouts, Fulls
All tumbling skills must be executed on a cheer mat, not a spring floor.
Girls looking to fly at the JV level should be working towards solid single leg skills. Single leg skills are not necessary to try out, however it is what you should be working towards.
Girls looking to fly at the varsity level should be prepared to execute an overstretch (bow and arrow), scale and arabesque. Girls should also be prepared to Full-up or tic-tock up. Multi-skill baskets are encouraged.
Girls/Guys looking to base or back at the varsity level should be prepared to execute elite level basing skills…full-ups, single base skills, and multiple stunt reloads, tic tocks.
Everyone should be prepared to execute a single toe-touch, a double toe touch, a double 9, a pike and a front hurdler. Those looking to reach the varsity level should be working for inverted toe-touches, double 9’s and pikes that are level to the ground, and hurdlers that are at a 45 degree angle. Jump/tumble combinations are encouraged at the varsity level.
These are some of the skills that we will be looking at as we access each candidate. Each individual is unique and will bring a unique set of skills with them. One skill does not make or break a candidate. This is intended as a guide to help you better prepare for try-outs.
Lake Zurich High School Cheerleading Try-outs
Teacher/Coach Evaluation Form
(You must have a total of 3 evaluations in order to try out.) Student:
The above student is trying out for a position on the Lake Zurich High School Cheerleading Squad for next year. Please take a moment to evaluate him/her on these items. Please be honest. Please return these forms to the student,t or Fax them to the athletic office at Lake Zurich High School (847-540-4737). Thank you for your help. We couldn’t have great squads without your input!
Pam Bonnevier, Head Cheerleading Coach
Tiffany Minne’, Asst. Cheerleading Coach
Please score each item. 1. Poor 2. Below Average 3. Average 4. Above Average 5. Excellent