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2024-2025 Butler Cheer Tryouts

Tryout Documents

Open Gyms

Open gyms are strongly recommended for those athletes looking to be a part of our JHS or Varsity Coed competition programs. All athletes must bring a completed waiver with them to the first open gym they attend in order to participate. Athletes can expect to stunt, tumble, and jump at open gyms. Open gyms are closed to the public. Only participants and coaches are permitted.

Open Gym Waiver

Open Gym Schedule:

March 18: 6-7:30 at CT Elementary (cafe side)

March 25: 6-7:30 at CT Elementary (cafe side)

April 1: 6-7:30 at CT Elementary (cafe side)

April 8: 6-7:30 at CT Elementary (cafe side)

The Flip Factory is holding Open Gyms every Wednesday in March/April from 4:30-5:30pm for $10 and Sundays from 7:30-8:30pm for $5.

Eligibility

Male and female athletes going into 7-12 grade for the 2024-2025 school year at Butler Area School District are eligible to tryout. Athletes going into 6th grade are not eligible as per eligibility requirements set by the PIAA. 

If previously a member of Butler Cheer, athletes must have paid all balances in full or they will not be eligible to try out.

All athletes must register in order to tryout. Registration includes: joining the 2024-2025 tryout band and completing the athlete interest form.

Click here to complete the athlete interest form.

Click here to join the Tryout Band (open to parents & athletes). 

Teams

  • 7th Grade Game Squad

    • athletes going into 7th grade​

  • 8th Grade Game Squad

    • athletes going into 8th grade​

  • Junior Varsity Game Squad

    • athletes going into 9th & 10th grade​

  • Varsity Game Squad

    • athletes going into 11th & 12 grade​

  • Junior High Competition

    • athletes going into grades 7-9 that make a game squad team are eligible to try out​

  • Varsity Competition

    • athletes going into grades 9-12 that make a game squad team are eligible to try out

*Athletes must make a game squad if they intend to tryout for a competition team.*

We are aware there are conflicts with our tryout schedule and various All Star cheerleading competitions. If this impacts you/your athlete, please email goldentornadocheer@gmail.com so we know you will need an alternative tryout.

Tryout Schedule

  • Parent Meetings

    • Pre-Tryout Meeting: April 15 at CT Elementary Cafe at 7:30pm​​​

      • athletes welcome​

    • Season Kickoff Meeting: May 1 at CT Elementary Cafe at 6:00pm

      • athletes not permitted​

  • Athlete Schedule

    • Monday, April 15 at CT Elementary Cafe

      • Varsity Competition Evaluations 5-6:15pm​

      • JHS Competition Evaluations 6:15-7:30pm

    • Wednesday, April 17 at CT Elementary Cafe

      • Varsity Competition Evaluations 5-6:15pm​

      • JHS Competition Evaluations 6:15-7:30pm

    • Monday, April 22 at CT Elementary Cafe

      • Varsity Competition Evaluations 5-6pm​

      • Tryout Material Practice (all grades) 6-7:30pm

      • JHS Competition Evaluations 7:30-8:30pm

    • Wednesday, April 24 at CT Elementary Cafe

      • Varsity Competition Evaluations 5-6pm​

      • Tryout Material Practice (all grades) 6-7:30pm

      • JHS Competition Evaluations 7:30-8:30pm

    • Thursday, April 25 at Senior High Gym

      • Tryout Material Practice (all grades) 6-7:30pm

    • Friday, April 26 at Senior High Gym

      • Game Squad Tryouts

        • Grades 11-12: 3:30pm​

        • Grades 9-10: 4pm

        • 8th Grade: 5:30pm

        • 7th Grade: 6pm

      • Athletes must remain on site until their grade level is dismissed in the event of call backs. Tryouts are closed to parents and friends.

    • Tuesday, April 30 at CT Elementary Cafe

      • Varsity Competition Tryouts 5-6pm​

      • JHS Competition Tryouts 6-7pm

      • Athletes must make a game squad in order to tryout for competition.

Additional Information

  • Athletes interested in being part of the Varsity Competition Squad should plan to be available for Cheer Camp June 12-15 and Choreography Camp August 19 & 20.  These activities are crucial to the success of the team's season and a full squad attendance is invaluable.

  • Junior High and JV Game Squad should plan to attend a one day home camp at CT Elementary in the summer. Date TBD.

  • We utilize the app, Band, to communicate with parents and athletes. It is a free app and has many features that benefit athlete-parent-coach communication. It helps keep all of the Butler Cheer information you'll ever need to know with you on the go! 

FAQ

Q: What kind of tumbling do I need to make game squad?

A: We recommend a solid standing backhandspring and round-off backhandspring. Additional skills are a plus!

 

Q: What will I be evaluated on?

A: Game Squad Tryouts: Female athletes will be evaluated on cheer, dance, jump, tumbling (standing & running), and overall impression. Male athletes will be scored on their cheer, coed & full group stunting, tumbling, and overall impression. Tumbling is not required for males. Competition Tryouts: The focus is on stunting & tumbling for all athletes.

Q: I am a male and have never cheered before but am interested. What do I need to do?

A: We are so excited that you are thinking about being a part of our program! Cheerleading is a great opportunity for males to showcase their athletic ability and strength. Trust the process and be willing to put in the work and you will be successful!

Q: What do I wear to tryouts / how should I look?

A: Athletes should be game ready at tryouts! They should wear a plain white t-shirt and dark shorts. The shirt should be tucked into the shorts. All jewelry must be removed - this includes smart watches. Female athletes should wear their hair in a clean ponytail - with a white bow if they have one. White cheer shoes are recommended if you have them. Do not buy cheer shoes for tryouts! Athletic shoes are just fine if you do not own cheer shoes.

Q: What if I am unable to attend the tryout dates?

A: Athletes will be permitted to tryout via video at the discretion of the coaching staff. Please contact a coach directly or email goldentornadocheer@gmail.com if you find yourself with a major scheduling conflict to see if you are eligible for a video tryout.

Questions regarding tryout results and/or placements may be sent to goldentornadocheer@gmail.com.

Please wait until at least 48 hours after tryouts have concluded to reach out. You should not expect a response prior to that time. No texts, calls, or other style of messaging will be answered.

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