Spirit Squad

Become A Part of UW Spirit

The primary purpose of The University of Wyoming Spirit Program is to support the UW Athletic Department and all Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletic Teams. Members of the Spirit Program can be seen at all home football games, men's and women's basketball games, volleyball games, wrestling meets, and various other athletic contests. In addition to this support, members of the UW Spirit Program serve as public relations ambassadors for the University of Wyoming and are often seen as the face of UW Athletics. As public relations ambassadors, the Cheerleaders and Pistol Pete make numerous appearances at University activities and community events.

SPIRIT PROGRAM ORGANIZATION
The UW Spirit Program consists of two cheer teams and a mascot team. The cheerleaders and mascots work hard to get the crowd involved, lead cheers, and entertain fans at UW athletic events. It is our belief that by leading our fans in a positive manner, we can help lead the Cowgirls and Cowboys to victory.

The All-Girl Cheer Team cheers at all home football games, all home wrestling meets, approximately ½ of the home volleyball games, and approximately ½ of the home men's and women's basketball games.

The Co-Ed Cheer Team cheers at all home football games, approximately ½ of the home volleyball games, and approximately ½ of the home men's and women's basketball games.

The mascot, Pistol Pete, appears at all home football games, all home volleyball games, all home wrestling meets, all home soccer games, all home men's and women's basketball games and approximately one to two home events for every other UW sport.

BECOMING A PART OF UW SPIRIT

1) Recruit (Cheer Team Only)
a. Receive an offer to join the team based on current skills and performance
b. Can begin the summer before a prospective team member's senior year in high school
c. Offers can be made between January and May
d. 2013-14 Recruiting Packet

2) Walk-On Tryout (Cheer & Mascot Teams)
a. An on-the job tryout with walk-ons taking part in practices while coach's assess skills to determine if a placement on the team will be made
b. ONLY takes place if there are still positions available on a team
c. Can occur anytime from pre-season practices through the school-year
d. Similar to alternates, walk-ons do not receive scholarships

SKILL EXPECTATIONS
Co-Ed Stunts
Step in to chair, hands or extension
Toss to chair, hands and extension
Single-leg extended stunts
Cradle, single twist or double twist dismounts
Basket Tosses

All-Girl Stunts
Liberty, heel stretch, arabesque or scorpion (flyers must perform all)
Full-up to extension
Single based extension or liberty (3-man stunt)
Release stunts (tick tock, tuck ups, etc.)
Cradle, single twist and double twist dismounts
Basket Tosses

Standing Tumbling
Back handspring
Back handspring series
Back tuck
Back handspring, back tuck
Toe Touch back handspring or back tuck

Running Tumbling
Round-off, back handspring
Round-off, back handspring series
Round-off, back tuck
Round-off, back handspring, back tuck and layout
Any twisting running tumbling

Don't let these lists scare you! We certainly don't expect everyone to have ALL of these stunting & tumbling skills. In fact, we encourage you to show up even if you don't know what something is. We are also looking for potential!

BENEFITS
• Cheer Team - $1,000/year scholarship* (captains receive additional $500); Mascot Team - $500/year scholarship
• $250 GPA bonus for all team members with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of the year
• Two tickets to each home football game, basketball game, volleyball game and wrestling meet
• Uniforms, warm-ups & practice clothes provided by UW Athletics
• Per diems or meals during travel to away games
• Yearly athletic awards including letter jackets and senior rings
• Academic support through the Athletic Department's Office of Academic Support
• A sports medicine trainer assigned specifically to the Spirit Program
• Full time access to the complete athletic training staff including a nutritionist and a full team of specialty doctors
• Sport specific workouts with the Spirit Program's personal strength and conditioning coach

While the benefits of cheering at UW are pretty great, we are seeking candidates that enjoy cheering and are excited about using their own talents and skills to build others up and cheer them on.

*Non-scholarship members, walk-ons and apprentices do not receive scholarships.

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