Are you interested in becoming a member of the Maastricht University Cheerleading team? Tryouts will take place at the beginning of the academic year between the 3rd and 7th of September. In order to apply you should send your CV and a motivational letter with your picture attached to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application process is open as of the 1st of August and the deadline is the 31st of August.
Even if you do not have cheerleading skills, you are encouraged to try out—we look for potential as well.
General Tryout Information
Maastricht University has two cheerleading teams. The COED team, which is composed by male and females equally. COED competes at Dutch nationals, ECU Europeans and overall competitive cheerleading. The SMOED team is composed of mostly females and up to four males. SMOED competes at university tournaments such as Royal’s Cup, Euromasters, or Champion’s Trophy. Both teams have a maximum of 25 members.
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 the COED team 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 the the SMOED team, 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 5 categories: group stunt, partner stunt, tumbling, jumps and dance (females only). Dance is particularly important for SMOED. A video with a dance routine will be sent to you prior to try-outs. 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.
Our COED team trains on Monday at 20:45-23:00 and on Friday at 19:30-23:00. Our SMOED team trains on Wednesday at 18:00-19:30 and every Friday from 19:30-21:00. 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!