2014-2015 UMass Cheerleading
2014-2015 UMass Cheerleading



CONTACT INFORMATION

University of Massachusetts Athletics

Katie LaPlante, Head Cheerleading Coach

284 Boyden, 181 Presidents Drive 

Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: (413) 364-2873

Email: umasscheerleadingcoach@gmail.com


UMASS ALL-GIRL DIVISION 1A CHEERLEADING TEAMS

Members of both UMass Cheerleading teams perform at football games, men's basketball games, and women's basketball games.  In addition, cheerleader's travel to any post season football games, the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament, and any NCAA/NIT basketball tournament games.  The teams will both represent UMass at many university and community events throughout the year. 

This past season, the UMass Cheerleaders travelled with the UMass Men's Basketball team to the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for the Coach's vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off, the Barclay's Center in Bronx, New York for the Atlantic 10 tournament, and the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina for the NCAA tournament. 

We currently have two All-Girl teams; however, male participants are encouraged to tryout. 

Both teams will attend the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading Camp in August 2014.  The White Squad will also compete at the UCA College Cheerleading National Championships in January 2015.  


WHITE SQUAD REQUIREMENTS:

1. Strong commitment and dedication to UMass Athletics

2. Prior cheerleading and/or gymnastics experience

3. Outstanding crowd leading ability

4. Tumbling (performed without a spot)

- Strong Standing Back Handspring and/or Standing Back Tuck

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

5. Excellent motion technique and jumps

6. Ability to execute advanced and elite level stunts

7. Attend UCA College Camp, August 8, 9, 10, and 11 at Scranton University*

8. Attend the UCA College Cheerleading National Championships, January 16, 17, and 18

9. Acceptance into UMass Amherst / Enrollment 9 credit hours (minimum)

10. In addition to regular season practice, attend summer and Winter Break practices

*Participants trying out for the White Squad are expected to commit to attending UCA College Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, Florida to be held in January 2015.  An explanation of expenses will be provided at the beginning of the Fall 2014 Semester.  We cannot guarantee that every team member will compete.   For more information on the competition, you can visit their website www.varsity.com.

 

CARDINAL SQUAD REQUIREMENTS:

1. Strong commitment and dedication to UMass Athletics

2. Prior cheerleading and/or gymnastics experience

3. Outstanding crowd leading ability

4. Tumbling (performed without a spot)

- Strong Standing Back Handspring and/or Standing Back Tuck

5. Excellent motion technique and jumps

6. Ability to execute advanced and elite level stunts

7. Attend UCA Home College Camp, August 16 and 17 at UMass Amherst

9. Acceptance into UMass Amherst / Enrollment 9 credit hours (minimum)

 

MANDATORY 1st WHITE AND CARDINAL TEAM MEETING & PRACTICE

Saturday, June 21st

Curry Hicks Cage Gymnasium

9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

*Camp payments will be collected at this time*

 

COSTS & 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.  Uniforms, Adidas Sneakers, 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:                         White Squad ($330)                        Cardinal Squad ($160)

Practice Wear:           $75

Bows:                          $15

Briefs:                         $20

 

2014 - 2015 SEASON TRYOUTS

Date:             Sunday, May 18, 2014

Time:             9:00am - 6:00pm (8:30am Registration)

                      Lunch 12:00pm

Location:       UMass Campus, Amherst, MA

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

Information:

Anyone interested in trying out should contact Coach Katie LaPlante by Sunday, May 4, 2014 via email at umasscheerleadingcoach@gmail.com

Registration will begin at 8:30am.  Lunch will be provided.  Tryouts will commence at 6pm and team announcements will be sent via email by Monday, May 19th

All participants will be expected to learn the UMass Fight Song and any cheers noted.  Videos will be forwarded to all participants that register within 2 weeks prior to tryouts.

Requirements:        

  • Tryout Questionnaire - emailed by May 11, 2014
  • Completed "Insurance Information" form - emailed by May 11, 2014
  • Copy of Insurance Card (front and back) - emailed by May 11, 2014
  • Freshman / Transfer Students: Copy of Acceptance Letter
  • Current UMass Students: Enrollment 9 credit hours (minimum)
  • $30 Tryout Fee.  Cash preferred. 

Attire:

All participants should wear black spandex shorts, a solid black athletic top, white bow, cheerleading sneakers, and hair in a neat ponytail. 

*DVD TRYOUT SUBMISSIONS: DVD tryout submissions will be accepted on a case by case basis.  Please contact Coach LaPlante no later than May 4, 2014 for DVD submission approval.  


PRIVATE COACHING / CLINICS

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!


APPEARANCES

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

 

UMASS CHEERLEADERS SOCIAL MEDIA

Keep up with the latest new about UMass Cheer by following them on Twitter and Instagram @umasscheer.  Updates and information on tryouts and clinics, as well as pictures from events will be posted regularly.