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Cheerleading tryouts set for 2013-14

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lipscomb Athletics has announced the tryout schedule for 2013-14 Cheerleaders, including an annual camp and retreat that have become end-of-tryout traditions. 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Informational Meeting / Hall of Fame Room / 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Open practice / Cheermoore Athletics / 8:00-9:30 p.m. (optional)
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 - Tryouts / Allen Arena / 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8 - Camp and Retreat for 2013-14 team

“I am so thrilled with the way our cheerleaders have improved over the last several years,” said Amy Benefield, who is beginning her 8th year as head coach of the team. “I am excited about a solid core of returning cheerleaders and a very strong group of incoming students who have shown interest in joining us.”

“We feel very strongly about how our team represents Lipscomb,” added Benefield. “Cheerleaders are high-profile ambassadors for this university. We represent graduates, faculty and staff members, fellow students, and 120 years of history on this campus. We recognize the responsibility to present Lipscomb in a positive light.”

Benefield also spoke about the value of commitment.

“We’ve enjoyed great success the past few years with teams that started and finished together despite long, tough schedules. We work hard, we have fun, and we know we can overcome any challenge together.”

LIPSCOMB CHEERLEADING FAQ:

  1. How many cheerleaders compose Lipscomb’s squad? The squad usually consists of 12-18 members. The numbers vary depending on the talent presented at tryouts. Female and male students are welcomed.
  2. How are tryouts conducted? Tryouts are conducted similar to a typical practice. There will be no material taught ahead of time -- participants will be instructed at tryouts. Female participants are required to wear purple shorts, a Lipscomb shirt, and a white bow. The informational meeting held before tryouts will cover all the paperwork that needs to be completed by the day of tryouts. There are no practices, meetings, or tryouts scheduled prior to August.
  3. What skills are required for tryouts? There are no minimum skills required to try out. Our squad performs standing back handsprings, a variety of running tumbling, as well as stunt skills at games.
  4. What does the season schedule look like? The squad cheers at every home basketball game as well as selected local games and postseason tournament games. We also participate in a number of events throughout the year to represent the university.
  5. How often does the squad practice? Because tryouts are held in the fall, we hit the ground running in September to prepare for games that start the first week of November. At the end of tryouts, there will be a camp and retreat which are both mandatory for all members of the squad. Practices are held two nights each week in September and October: Wednesday nights from 8-9:30 p.m. at Cheermoore Athletics as well as an additional evening practice on campus. Once the season starts, the team will practice only on Wednesday nights at Cheermoore.
  6. Does the squad compete? Although our squad is always extremely talented, we choose to not compete in any local or national competitions. We feel strongly that the first role of a Lipscomb cheerleader is to create a positive game-day experience for fans, students, and players. Outside of the game experience, our time will be spent serving the Nashville community as Lipscomb ambassadors.
  7. Do the Lipscomb Cheerleaders receive any compensation? Each cheerleader is awarded a partial scholarship toward tuition for the spring semester.

For more information or questions please contact head coach, Amy Benefield at amy.benefield@gmail.com