Frequently Asked Questions

The UW Spirit Program will be comprised of a Cheer Squad (male/female members) and a Dance Team. Total make-up of the team will vary between 10-14 Cheer Squad couples (10-14 males/10-14 female members) and 8-12 Dance Team members.

When and where are tryouts?



What do I wear to clinics, open practices and tryouts?

The dress code for practices and clinics should include: t-shirts, shorts (within reasonable length for women), pants, cheer and/or dance shoes. Midriffs and sports bra are NOT allowed during practices or clinics as we have a strict athlete dress policy within the athletic department.

The dress code for tryouts should include: PLAIN black sports bra, PLAIN black shorts or pants and cheer and/or dance shoes.


How many people tryout?

Each year is different. Typically has between 75-100 people tryout.


Do I need cheerleading experience?

No, not necessarily. We do ask that you know the “basic” cheerleading motions and have the minimum tryout requirements for each team. Requirements can include tumbling elements, stunting elements and basic dance elements. Please note these skills can be mastered at open practices and clinics!


Do I need tumbling experience?

For the CHEER program, yes, there are tumbling requirements. For dance, no tumbling is required although you may showcase tumbling if you have it.


Is being able to dance important?

Yes! We traditionally have been a dance focused program. But technical dance training is not necessary. Just be able to learn basic cheer dance placement, feel the beat, and learn routines quickly!


How do I coordinate cheerleading or dance, school, Greek life and maybe work?

You must be registered as a full time student (12 credits or more) at the University of WA (Seattle Campus, Bothell Campus or Tacoma Campus) and in good academic standing with the University. We expect team members to be capable of handling the academic workload and cheerleading commitments simultaneously and successfully. Good time management skills are a must if you want to be a successful student and cheerleader. Based upon “our” priority scale, academics are #1, SPIRIT PROGRAM is #2, and so forth. Please note we DO NOT deter you from extra activities or work, but put emphasize the importance of School and the Spirit Program.

Do you offer scholarships or out of state tuition waivers?

Yes. Scholarships are given on an application basis provided by the Alumni Organization. Additionally, we offer our version of “scholarships” which include a basketball stipends and book stipends. Amounts are determined up fundraising efforts over the course of the season.


Who pays for any travel related to cheerleading?

The UW Athletic Department and Spirit Program pay for travel to away games. Travel is a privilege determined by coaching staff. If the opportunity arises, travel to a national competition comes from fundraising efforts by the spirit program.


When and where is Summer Camp?

Summer Camp will occur in August and is MANDATORY FOR ALL MEMBERS.


What is the time commitment?

Spring quarter and summer practices are TBD. Fall-Winter Quarter: 3-4 days a week, 10 to 15 hours: Three 2-hour practices a week, two 2-hour strength and conditioning workouts a week plus any games for the week. Practices will take place are Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Class schedules MUST be completed by 3:00pm. Strength and conditioning workouts will be determined by the strength and conditioning coaches and will occur 2 times a week. Each member MUST participate in cardio exercises 3 times a week. Spirit Program will participate in Football season, select Volleyball games and Men’s/Women’s Basketball. We will also cover Olympic sports on a request basis. Additionally, gigs, rallies, community service events, University events or fundraising may occur throughout the season.


Is there a height and weight requirement?

No. We do not maintain a height and weight requirement. We do require that all potential members maintain the appropriate physique in order to participate in the required movements. All members must also maintain the same physique that they had when making the squad at tryouts.


Do you accept VIDEO tape tryouts if I can’t attend the tryout in person?

Yes. Videos are required if you cannot attend tryouts. Videos will only be accepted by those who CAN NOT physically make it to tryouts. Please place footage on a DVD, Facebook page, or YouTube page accessible to the Spirit Program. It is recommended that you make every effort to attend tryouts. Video tryouts may be a disadvantage for you. Please consult with Spirit Coordinator at about videos and required skills for tryout. Those trying out by videotape only need to submit the Application and Head shot photo.


What are you looking for in a UW Spirit Member?

UW Spirit members are well-rounded athletes. We are part of a prestigious University, so we want our cheerleaders to graduate and achieve in the classroom. Our program is comprised of well-mannered, spirit-oriented cheerleaders who are disciplined and have good work ethic. Our priority is to spirit raise, crowd direct and represent the University of Washington.