2016-2017 UMass Cheerleading
2016-2017 UMass Cheerleading




Mailing Address:      University of Massachusetts Athletics

284 Boyden, 181 Presidents Drive 

Amherst, MA 01003


Head Coach:              Katie LaPlante

Phone:                        (413) 364-2873

Email:                                    umasscheerleadingcoach@gmail.com


Assistant Coach:       Shara Vannucci

Email:                                    umasscheer.assistantcoach@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 are held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA. Home basketball games are held at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA. In addition to home games, the team will travel to post season and some specialty games.


In the 2014 - 2015 season, the team supported Men’s Basketball at the Coach’s vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off in Boston, MA and the Atlantic 10 Championships in Brooklyn, NY. 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, including our most recent volunteer efforts at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk at Six Flags New England and the 1st annual “Out of the Darkness Campus Walk” on the UMass Amherst campus. We also hold an annual College Prep Clinic in February to provide informative information on college cheerleading at UMass and teach proper college skills technique for tryouts in the Spring.


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 has the opportunity to attend the UCA College Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, FL in January. The team competes in the Division 1A All-Girl Cheerleading Division.





2016 - 2017 SEASON TRYOUTS


When                          Spring 2015 (date TBA)


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.




- Strong commitment and dedication to UMass Athletics
- Prior cheerleading and/or gymnastics experience
- Outstanding crowd leading ability
- Tumbling  Solid Standing Back Handspring (minimum)
- Solid 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
Acceptance into UMass Amherst / Full Time Student Status
In addition to regular season practice, attend Summer and Winter Break practices


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 (this does not include UCA Nationals):


Summer Fees:              $500


Tumbling:                    $100





The UMass Cheerleaders are available for private clinics with your Pop Warner, Middle School, or High School team.  Please contact 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 Coach LaPlante for more information or to schedule your future appearance request!





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