UC SAN DIEGO CHEERLEADING
The Triton Cheerleaders are currently an all-girl, game day squad. Males are encouraged to tryout. The number of males and females on the team varies from year to year. The cheerleaders show their support and showcase their routines at various athletic department and community events throughout the academic year.
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Cheer, Dance, and Mascot appearances are available upon request with a MINIMUM of 3 weeks’ notice. Due to the time demands on the students we cannot guarantee that each request will be fulfilled. Priority will be given to academic and athletic-related duties.
All requests for appearances will be left to the discretion of the UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics Department. The department reserves the right to refuse any appearance that conflicts with the best interests of the University and its students.
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Michelle Critzer, Head Coach
Michelle Critzer is a proud alumni of UC San Diego. She currently works for Universal Cheerleaders Association, the leading organization in providing educational training for college and high school cheerleaders. during the year, she is privileged to be sent coast to coast as well as internationally as a Judge or instructor. Her coaching philosophy is to train game day cheerleaders, create school spirit and an exciting atmosphere at games and appearances. She has a background in gymnastics, high school cheer, and competitive cheer at both a club team, as well as College. In addition, she is USASF and AACCA rules/safety certified. Safety is always a top priority. She was most recently coaching High School cheer, but is extremely excited to be switching gears into coaching the collegiate student athletes at UCSD. If you would like to get in contact with Coach Critzer please email her at email@example.com.
Abrina Wheatfall, Assistant Coach
Abrina Wheatfall is an alumni of the University of Oregon where she was an Oregon Duck cheerleader. Abrina choreographed dance routines for the Oregon cheerleaders for 7 years. She brings over 15 years of cheer and dance experience to the Triton cheer squad.
JOINING THE TEAM
We are looking for positive, enthusiastic, and committed students who will help create an energetic atmosphere on GAME DAY as well as university events. UC San Diego Cheer prides itself on teamwork and comradely. We want team players and hard workers to continue growing the Spirit Program.
Cheerleaders must attend all practices, conditioning sessions, assigned games, and appearances. Keep in mind that winter quarter is an extremely busy time due to basketball season. Please carefully consider your availability before trying out.
Tentative Practice Schedule:
Attending our clinic is a great way to prepare for tryouts. Attendees will learn collegiate style dances and cheers. Clinics are open to all enrolled high school and collegiate students. Cost is $20.00 per person. A signed waiver of liability must be turned in to participate. A parent signature is required for anyone under 18.
APRIL 30, 2017
11:00am – 2:00pm
$20.00 per person
Please read the tyrout information and application carefully. Tryouts are open to current full-time UCSD students and enrolled high school seniors and transfers admitted to UC San Diego. A $20.00 audition fee is required (covers both days). Only individuals with completed tryout applications will be permitted to tryout. IMPORTANT -Your required physical must be signed and stamped by a doctor with an M.D. or D.O. (no exceptions).
2017 - 2018 Tryout Information COMING SOON
2017- 2018 Cheer Application COMING SOON
MAY 6, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
MAY 7, 2017
11:00am – 2:00pm
STUNTING: We would like to see both coed and all-girl style stunting. Tryouts will be an open workshop style where you find partners and work on your tryout stunt.
TUMBLING: Standing back handspring for all candidates will be highly recommended. Please demonstrate any tumbling you have during tryouts.
JUMPS: We will ask to see your toe touch and one additional jump of your choice.
DANCE/CHEER: You will be asked to perform the UC San Diego fight song, a sideline dance, and cheer. Material should be executed in a collegiate manner, conducive to college athletics. Excessive facials, arm waving, and wide motions are not encouraged.
What to Bring:
Attire: We encourage all applicants to display an appropriate collegiate cheerleader image and show up to tryouts ‘performance ready’.
Unable to Attend Tryouts? Video submission will be accepted. Please email Coach Michelle Critzer at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Does UCSD offer cheer scholarships? No scholarships are presently offered. Adidas generously sponsors some apparel and footwear associated with cheering at UC San Diego.
What are the costs? We fundraise as much as possible to lower the costs. Uniforms are between $500 - $700, which includes a full shell, a long sleeve liner, sports bra, skirt, briefs, poms, team polo, shoes, warm-ups, and a backpack. There may be additional costs such as practice gear, but the majority of practice gear is covered. Please do not let cost discourage you from trying out, we will work with you on a payment plan if necessary.