***Currently looking for new members***
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Maastricht University Cheerleading team? Tryouts will take place at the beginning of the academic year in the beginning of September. In order to apply you should send your name, age, height, experience and motivation with your picture attached to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is the 31st of August 2020.
Even if you do not have cheerleading skills or experience with dance or gymnastics, you are encouraged to try out—we look for potential as well!
General Tryout Information
Maastricht University has two cheerleading teams. Angels (senior coed level 5/6), previously known as COED, is composed by male and females equally. Angels competes at Dutch nationals, ECU Europeans and overall competitive cheerleading. Heroes (senior coed level 4/5), previously known as SMOED, is composed of mostly females and up to four males. Heroes competes at university competitions such as Royals Cup but also at Varsity competitions such as the German All Level Championship.
Every year, tryouts are generally held in the first week of September. The main purpose of the tryout process is to select the best overall individuals for our teams. Slightly different criteria are used for each team. When selecting for Angels we are looking for individuals that demonstrate proper technical skills, ability to communicate, excellent athletic abilities and cheerleading experience. Generally, these are individuals who will be ready and prepared to contribute immediately. When selecting for Heroes, we are looking for incoming students with potential, but also skilled individuals that are able to contribute to the team. Note that is a university team composed by international students and our main communication language is English.
The tryout process includes a practice where you will be evaluated in several categories such as group stunt, partner stunt and tumbling. You should consider clothing that is appropriate and comfortable. Absolutely no jewellery. Additionally, applicants will be judged by enthusiasm and motivation.
To be eligible to try out and to become a member of the cheerleading team you must be a student. Moreover, if you are selected in one of the teams, you will need to get a “Sports” membership at UM Sports. The membership costs around 90€/academic year and can be purchased at the UM Sports front desk. Furthermore, if you would be selected, a semester fee of €35 needs to be paid to be part of the association.
Angels (senior coed level 5/6) trains on Monday at 21:00-23:00 and on Friday at 19:30-23:00. Heroes (senior coed level 4/5) team trains on Wednesday at 18:00-20:00 and every Friday from 19:30-22:00. All these trainings take place at UM Sports. Members are required to attend all trainings. Cheerleading is a collective sport, thus, the absence of a member really hinders the training. Additionally, weekend trainings are organised when we are approaching a competition. This allows the team to get as many hours of training time as possible. Your duty as a member is simply to be present and to give your best at all trainings, this is how we see progress!
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!