The Arkansas Tech spirit squad will host tryouts on May 11-12 in Hull. There are 17 open spots for the cheer team and 15 open spots for the dance team.
Among other spirit squad members, sophomore Caroline Weaver will host tryouts. Weaver said that the students trying out for cheer must be able to do a running-back handspring tuck and a standing stuck. She said it is also preferred if students trying out are knowledgeable in pyramids and basic stunts.
Weaver said that for both dance and cheer, students must know the fight song and the dance to the fight song.
“You have to know the words because you sing it when you dance, and you don’t want to look like you have no clue what’s going on,” she said.
Weaver said that for dance tryouts, students must be able to do a triple turn on the right and left leg, right and left leg leap and right and left splits.
Practices for members are held four times a week with 6 a.m. workouts twice a week. Weaver said that time commitment is essential.
“Our teams are really close and almost like family, so we like to have good attitudes among us,” she said.
The spirit squad provides opportunity for students to get involved on campus. Sophomore Liz Weaver said that the squad has several student ambassadors and they are required to go to almost every campus event.
“It’s a great way to be a role model for younger kids and build your character in general,” Weaver said. “We are the face of Arkansas Tech.”
Dance member Kaylee Lawrence said that being on the spirit squad has shaped her in many ways.
“It has taught me patience, brought me friends that will last for a lifetime, communication and time management,” she said.
Lawrence said that she encourages any student who is looking to get involved to join the spirit squad.