Tryout dates for the 2016-2017 athletic season
OPEN GYM (held at the West Plains Civic Center; open to anyone)
COST: Free to current MSU-West Plains students and incoming freshmen intending to tryout. $10 per session for all others.
Monday, March 14 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Monday, March 21 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Monday, March 28 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Monday, April 4 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
CLINICS (held at the MSU-West Plains Student Rec Center; open to individuals trying out and current team members):
Friday, April 15 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 16 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
TRYOUTS (held at the MSU-West Plains Student Rec Center; open to individuals trying out):
Saturday, April 16 2:00 pm
General squad information
The Missouri State University Grizzly Cheer Team supports Lady Grizzly Volleyball and Grizzly Basketball.
During volleyball we serve as partners with the Tri-Lambda Pep Club. This combined group really has a good time with the crowd and we do funny skits and cheers to generate some serious excitement!
During basketball we get the crowd fired up and really have a great time! We do floor cheers, stunting, skits, tumbling and dance routines! We have a great crowd that enjoys participating in our cheers and activities!
Do I need to register for tryouts?
It is not necessary, just show up at the open gym or clinic! You can contact Rachel Peterson at 417-255-7978 or Coach Keena Simpson is also available for questions 417-257-9465.
What are the GPA requirements for cheering?
The Grizzly Cheer Team has a required GPA of 2.0. Incoming freshman use high school GPA from their Senior Year.
Is there a scholarship for cheering?
Yes! As of now the scholarship per year is $500.00. Shoes are provided.
There are 3 parts to tryouts.
- Part 1: Clinic
During clinic you will be evaluated on ability to work well with others, attitude, appearance, and physical fitness. This will be worth 15 points of your total tryout score.
- Part 2: Interview
The coach will take time during clinic to informally discuss your goals, cheerleading experience, etc. This will be very relaxed and casual. This will be worth 15 points of your total tryout score.
- Part 3: Skills Tryout
We will have your skills tryout. It will be held at the West Plains Civic Center. The tryouts are closed. This will be worth 70 points.
What do I need to bring to tryouts?
Girls: White tank top, blue shorts or red shorts (no slick pants)
Boys: White t-shirt with no lettering; blue shorts or red shorts (no slick pants)
All: Tennis shoes or cheer shoes; proof of a 2.0 grade point average for graduating seniors.
At clinics prospective cheer team members will learn exactly what is required for tryouts and begin working toward trying out. Students are only required to attend one clinic date but attendance at both is preferred and strongly benefits the student.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Peterson at 417-255-7978 or Keena Simpson 417-257-9465.