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Tryout Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a member of our squad, read the tryout requirements below.  If you have additional questions, please email cheer@louisiana.edu For more information on Ragin' Cajun Cheerleading visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Ragin' Cajun Cheerleading Clinic

Tryouts for the 2016-17 April 8-10, 2016.

2016 TRYOUT APPLICATION

College Prep clinics are February 21, March 20 & April 3, 2016.  For more info and the registration form for these clinics visit ragincajuns.com

Tryout Process

Tryouts will be conducted in a clinic/judging format. Candidates will be evaluated on tumbling (running & standing), stunting, fight song & cheers, cheerleading & crowd leading ability & physical fitness/appearance. Judging will be done with the clinic atmosphere.  When finalizing the team, candidates who are easy to work with & can be used with different partners are what we look for in candidates. 

Also considered is if the candidate is coachable & can easily make corrections as well as gets along well with other members/candidates.  It is important to understand that this is not your old team and these are not your old coaches. Be COACHABLE & ADAPTABLE.  

Following is a list of requirements but does not guarantee a spot on the team:

Stunting:                                 

  • Lib
  • Heel stretch
  • Elite Stunt Sequence (your most elite)    
  • Game Day Stunt Sequence (with transitional stunts)

Tumbling:

  • standing back handspring
  • standing back tuck
  • running pass (should include tuck or layout; fulls preferred)
  • All females must have a minimum standing back handspring on court surface in order to tryout, however all of the females on our squad also have a standing back tuck

Tryout attire:

  • Females:  Wear form fitting athletic top/t-shirt and shorts.  We are looking for a neat, collegiate, clean cut appearance.  Wear hair & make up as you would on game day.  Hair should be half up & half down with a ribbon.  Make up should be worn and look natural, with color on your lips.  NO JEWELRY at all, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings or any other piercings (nose, lip, belly, eye brow, etc).  Our school colors are vermilion (red) & white, so please dress accordingly.  Refrain from wearing any other University, high school or all-star attire. Any tattoos you may have should not be visible.
  • Males:  Wear a UL T-shirt and shorts.  A neat, collegiate, clean cut appearance is expected so please be clean shaven. No facial hair and no piercings/jewelry allowed. Any tattoos you may have should not be visible.

Please be aware that your physical appearance & fitness is part of your score. Team members are weighed in at first meeting and are expected to maintain optimal fitness throughout the year. There is no height/weight restriction, however our girls range from 95 lbs - 120 lbs and guys vary in size.  This is a typical size range and height does fluctuate from year to year. This criteria is set as a safety guideline for our guys. As long as you are adaptable to stunt with several partners you will be considered. Coed stunt experience is essential.   

Ragin' Jazz Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Ragin’ Jazz dance team, email raginjazz@louisiana.edu.  For more information about the Ragin’ Jazz, visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Tryouts for the 2016-17 are April 16-17, 2016.
2016 TRYOUT APPLICATION

 

Spring college prep clinic dates are February 19, March 18 & April 8, 2016.  Visit ragincajuns.com for more info & registration form.

Candidates will be evaluated on dance skills & technique, fight song (pom), jazz combo, hip hop combo, crowd leading ability & physical fitness/appearance.  Finalists will go through interview process.  In addition, each candidate should come prepared with 4-5 counts of 8 of your own choreography, adaptable to any music and should showcase your strongest abilities. 

When finalizing our team, we are looking for candidates who are easy to work with, who possess a high
level of dance technique, who can easily make corrections, as well as candidates who will be the best ambassadors of Ragin’ Cajun Spirit.  A strong foundation of dance training is essential. 

The following is a list of requirements but does NOT guarantee a spot on the team.

Dance Skills:     
Pirouettes (triple & quad), fouette’ & A la seconde turns, chaine & pique turns, grande jete, leaps in
second, switch leap, turning disc, calypso, firebird, right & left splits, fan kick, battements, leg hold

Tumbling Skills:
(some of these may be included in jazz & hip hop combination)
Cartwheel, front/back roll, kip up, headspring, front/back walkover, aerial cartwheel, backbend

Once the first round evaluations are complete, there will be a cut made. Those who continue to the next round can expect to learn a routine  consisting of jazz and hip hop choreography. In addition, each candidate will have an interview with student leaders on campus and/or University staff.

In addition to the above criteria, physical appearance is also a part of the judging criteria. While there is no set height or weight requirements, candidates should be in top physical condition, with an athletically fit body type and a neat and collegiate appearance.

We would like to see your game day appearance.  We are looking for a neat, Collegiate appearance.
FEMALES:
Wear vermilion (red), white, black or gray sports bra or dance crop top and black hot shorts or leggings.  Bring jazz shoes and tennis shoes.  Hair should be styled and worn down as you would on game day.  Make up should be worn and natural, with color on your lips.  NO JEWELRY, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings or any other piercings.  Please refrain from wearing apparel from other schools or teams.  Any tattoos you may have should not be visible.

MALES:
Wear vermilion (red), white, black or gray t-shirt and athletic shorts.  Bring jazz shoes and tennis shoes.  A neat, well groomed collegiate appearance is expected so please be clean-shaven.  No facial hair, piercings or jewelry.  Any tattoos you have should not be visible.