2015-2016 UMass Cheerleading
2015-2016 UMass Cheerleading



University of Massachusetts Athletics

Katie LaPlante, Head Cheerleading Coach

284 Boyden, 131 Commonwealth Ave 

Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: (413) 364-2873

Email: umasscheerleadingcoach@gmail.com


The UMass Cheerleaders are an All-Girl Division 1A cheerleading program that supports UMass Athletics, including Football, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball.  Home football games take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA.  Home basketball games take place at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA.  In addition to home games, the team will travel to any post season games.


During the 2013 - 2014 season, the team supported Men's Basketball at the Coach's vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off in Boston, MA, the Atlantic 10 Championships in Brooklyn, NY, and the NCAA tournament in Raleigh, NC.  They also travelled for Women's Basketball to Richmond, VA for the Women's Atlantic 10 Championships.


The team represents the University at many community events throughout the year.  In 2013 and 2014 the team participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk at Six Flags New England.   On March 29, 2015 the team will participate in the "Out of the Darkness Campus Walk." 


In addition to supporting UMass Athletics and the University, the team attends UCA College Cheerleading Camp at Scranton University in Scranton, PA in August and UCA College Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, FL in January.  The team competes in the Division 1A All-Girl Cheerleading Division. 



2015 - 2016 SEASON TRYOUTS

When                          Day 1 - Saturday, April 11th   9:30am to 5:00pm

Day 2 - Sunday, April 12th     9:30am to 5:00pm


Location:                    UMass Campus, Amherst, MA

Curry Hicks Cage (Parking - Lot 71, Massachusetts Ave.)


Attire:                        Day 1 - Black Shorts, Black Top, White Bow, White Crew Socks

                                    Day 2 - Maroon Shorts, White Top, White Bow, White Crew Socks


Presentation:            Each participant should arrive for tryouts "Game Ready" with their hair neatly pulled half up (not on top of head and no bang poofs) with natural makeup and a light red or pink lip shade. 


Accommodations:     Each participant will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations and/or any travel fees incurred. 


Cost:                           $40 (cash only, bring with you on Day 1)


Registration:             The below materials should be forwarded to Coach Katie by April 3, 2015

1.     2015 Tryout Application

2.     Recommendation Letter

3.     Liability Release & Consent to Treat Minor Patient

4.     Fall 2015 UMass Acceptance Letter (incoming / transfer students)

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·      Strong commitment and dedication to UMass Athletics

·      Prior cheerleading and/or gymnastics experience

·      Outstanding crowd leading ability

·      Tumbling

-       Strong Standing Back Handspring (minimum requirement)

-       Standing Back Tuck and Standing Back Handspring Back Tuck

-       Round Off Back Handspring Tuck, Layout, or Full Twisting Layout

·      Excellent motion technique and jumps

·      Ability to execute advanced and elite level stunts

·      Attend UCA College Camp in August at Scranton University

·      Attend the UCA College Cheerleading National Championships in January*

·      Acceptance into UMass Amherst / Full Time Student Status

·      In addition to regular season practice, attend Summer and Winter Break practices


*Participants trying out for the squad are expected to commit to attending UCA College Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, Florida to be held yearly in January.  We cannot guarantee that every team member will compete.   For more information on the competition, you can visit their website www.varsity.com.


Anyone interested in trying out should contact Coach Katie LaPlante

via email at umasscheerleadingcoach@gmail.com


Throughout the season, there will be fundraising events to assist with team expenses.  There may also be fundraising opportunities to assist with individual team members cheerleading expenses.  Varsity uniforms, Adidas practice attire, warm ups and backpacks will be provided.  We do not offer tuition scholarships.


Estimated Personal Costs for the Season (additional costs may be added):


Camp:                         $350


Practice Wear:             $150



The UMass Cheerleaders are available for private clinics with your Pop Warner, Middle School, or High School team.  Please complete the Private Clinic Request Form and forward it to Coach LaPlante for more information to see how we can assist your squad with their personal needs to improve their season!


Interested in having the UMass Cheerleaders appear at your event?  Contact Katie LaPlante for more information at umasscheerleadingcoach@gmail.com.



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