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Contact Information

Mailing Address: University of Massachusetts Athletics
  284 Boyden, 131 Commonwealth Dr.
  Amherst, MA 01003
Assistant Coach: Shara Vannucci
Email: umasscheer.assistantcoach@gmail.com


UMass chearleading is an All-Girl Division 1A program that supports the University of Massachusetts and UMass Athletics. In addition to attending all home games for football and men's and women's basketabll, the team will travel to post-season and specialty games.

The team represents the University at many community events throughout the year, including our most recent volunteer efforts at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk at Six Flags New England and the first "Out of the Darkness Campus Walk" on the UMass campus.

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

2016-17 Season Tryouts

When: Saturday, May 14 (9a-4p); Sunday, May 15 (11a-5p)
Location: UMass Campus, Amherst, MA
  Curry Hicks Cage (Parking - Lot 71, Massachusetts Ave.)
Accommodations: Each participant will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations and/or any travel fees incurred.
Fee: $40 (cash only, paid Saturday)

If for some reason you cannot physically attend tryouts, you must contact Coach Shara Vannucci no later than Monday, May 9. DVD/Video tryouts have to be approved and are only accepted on a case by case basis. Video applicants are still responsible for the tryout fee.

Team Requirements:

  • Strong commitment and dedication to UMass Athletics
  • Standing Tumbling: solid BHS on hard wood (minimum), solid standing tuck preferred
  • Running Tumbling: round off BHS tuck, layout, or full
  • Excellent/sharp motion technique
  • Crowd leading skills and collegiate gameday image

Costs and Fundraising

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 (this does not include UCA Nationals):
Summer Fees: $500
Tumbling: $100

Private Coaching/Clinics

The UMass Cheerleaders are available for private clinics with your Pop Warner, Middle School, or High School team. Please contact Coach Vannucci for more information to see how we can assist your squad!


Interested in having the UMass Cheerleaders appear at your event? Contact Coach Vannucci for more information or to schedule!


Interested in giving to the UMass Cheerleaders? Click here to make an online gift.

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