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What Do I Need to Be Able to Do for Cheerleading Tryouts?

By Barbie Carpenter, LiveStrong, 01/11/19, 12:00PM CST


You will be expected to perform a cheer during tryouts to showcase your cheerleading skills. Expect your cheerleading coach to teach you and other potential cheerleaders the same cheer to perform during tryouts. 

Before you backflip your way down the football field before the big game, you have to land that coveted spot on your high school's cheerleading team. Although every school's tryout expectations vary, there are some cheer and tumbling staples you can expect at any tryout. Understanding the tryout requirements can help you prepare for your best performance.


You should be able to perform a range of classic cheerleading jumps during your tryouts. Practicing these jumps weeks or even months ahead of time can perfect your moves for the tryout and help to earn you a spot on the squad. The jumps that most schools expect potential cheerleaders to perform include the toe touch, herkie, side hurdler, roundoff and front hurdler.