A Cheer for Your Tryout Routine

Looking for a classic winning cheer for your tryout routine? Here you go. This is technically a chant, if they are asking for you to have a cheer AND a chant.

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Take it from a 7 year Cheer Veteran. Here are some of my all-time favorite cheers for tryouts!

Spell Out Your School Name and Mascot

The way to make this cheer awesome is to put great arm movements to it. Here is an idea. Do the movements in order. One movement per letter of your school name and mascot.



For the letter, “H”—Left arm with hand flat, palm down. Tuck your elbow into your hip andtouch the thumb of your flat hand to your right shoulder. Right arm down in a low-V with hand in a spade as well.

Letter “A”— Keep all arms the same, just snap your right arm down to right side.

“Y”—-Arms the same, Bring your left elbow out like you’re putting it on a table. Bring your right hand (still in a spade) to your left elbow. (You should look like a genie, kind of.

“W”— Snap both arms down to your sides. Keeping your hands flat (in spades)

“O”– High V with regular high V fists.

“O”— Still in a High V, Bend your elbows so that your fists are at your shoulders.

“D”—Snap your elbows down ( called daggers). Fists are still at your shoulders, your elbows are down.

“K”— Straighten arms down, fists down paralell to your thighs.

“N”– Do a little jump and so a High V

“I” Arms still straight, clasp/clap your hands above your head

“G” Hands still in a clasp, sring down just under your chin (elbows should be in an upside down v, elbows should not be touching)

“H”— Hands still in a clasp,  straighten arms down in front of your body. (don’t bend over)

“T”—- Clasp/clap under your chin (like normal)

“S” Little jump while doing a high V and jump out your legs to the sides. (You’ll look like an “X”)

When you’re done spelling, you can leave your legs out where they are. To a relaxed clap underneath your chin, 4 times in an even rhythm. And then slap the sides of your legs 4 times in an even rhythm….then start spelling all over again with the same movements. Do 3 times (Standard is 3 times and then “cheering to the crowd” or “hitting the crowd” when you’re done. say “Yeah! Go Knights! Go Big Blue!” Whatever, using toe-touches, spirt arms, back handspring, standing back tuck and smiles. Show your stuff, whatever you can do!

Modify this cheer to suit your needs whether it be shortening or lengthening the cheer if your school name doesn’t fit into this cheer. You can choose to repeat movements or take some out. Make it yours!

Get prepared for your tryouts with these other recent articles,  “Parts of A Cheerleading Squad” and “How To Dress for Cheerleading Tryouts”

Good luck!

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  1. Posted March 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I think that instead of writing the cheer down and expecting people to to apply it to thereselves, you should make into a video. This way it would be much better to actually do the cheer!

    ~ Just a little word of advice!

  2. Posted March 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    That’s great advice, Jada, thanks. I did think of putting this into a video except a) I don’t have a video camera or webcam and b) I am trying to catch up with all of you techno-geniuses, I can’t even work an iPod =)

  3. Posted April 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    i think the cheer was really good and it is very easy for someone to learn.

  4. ,,,,,upset
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    -I’ve wanted to become a cheerleader since i was in the 6th grade but none of the schools i attended had a squad and now that i am a 9th grader in high school i’ve been searching for a small routine to do for tryouts and so far i’ve been very unsuccessful in my attempts to find one no website actually give step by step dances moves and cheers for a routine. im very disappointed

    Posted March 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm


    ] THANX(:

  6. liz
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    does anyone want to help me with a cheer for my tryouts?
    my school mascot is a spartan
    plz help i need it

  7. Rachel
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Ive been a cheerleader my whole life but this year im trying out for a real team and this is gonna help me make the squad.

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