Join The Squad
Interested Candidates

Step #1: E-mail Coach Little to request a tryout application ( - NOTE that there are TWO L'S in the e-mail address).

Step #2: Complete the tryout application electronically and e-mail it back to Coach Little.

Step #3: Maryland is extremely competitive academically. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the University of Maryland Admissions before the Priority Application Deadline (November 1) for best consideration.

Step #4: Get a physical and obtain your sickle cell test results.

Step #5: Attend a college prep clinic (optional).

Step #6: Show up to tryouts scheduled for May 3-4, 2014 and bring your physical, sickle cell test results and signed waiver forms (see forms found on the events page).

*Video tryouts are available. Contact Coach Little before March 15 for details.

Tryout Preparation Tips

Tip #1: Skills (gymnastics, stunting, etc.) are very important to being a Maryland cheerleader, as with any college program; however, being a good cheer"leader" is also very important. We look for people that have the whole package. Therefore, tryout participants should make sure that their motions and presence are strong.

Tip #2: Be in exceptional physical shape (you should be running, weight training, etc. prior to tryouts).

Tip #3: Be prepared to throw your tumbling on a regular cheer mat. The Maryland cheerleaders cheer on grass and gym floor, in addition, the NCA College National Championship is on a regular cheer floor. Therefore, the skills that you can do on a spring floor are no longer relevant in college. Please be mentally prepared for that change.

All tryout participants MUST have the following documentation in order to try out.
  • Documentation, from a physician, of a physical examination within six (6) months prior to tryouts that clears the participant for participation in intercollegiate athletics, AND;
  • Documentation of sickle cell trait status. Tests are typically completed at birth (see pediatrician for results). You can also get the test from your current doctor or the University Health Center (keep in mind that results can take up to 10 days to obtain and you must have the results to tryout), AND;
  • Have proof of valid personal/primary health insurance that provides coverage for intercollegiate athletic participation.
Minimum Skill Requirements
Tryout participants are evaluated on all aspects of cheerleading to include cheer"leading" ability, physical fitness, gymnastics, stunt position, stunt ability, attitude, and performance ability. The minimum gymnastics requirements are as follows:

Female Football Cheerleaders & Female Men’s Basketball Cheerleaders
In order to be considered for cheering football and/or men’s basketball, a solid standing tuck is required on a basketball court surface for all females.

Female Women’s Basketball Cheerleaders / Olympic Sports Cheerleaders
A standing back-handspring is the minimum gymnastics requirement for all females interested in cheering for our nationally ranked women’s basketball program and other various University of Maryland sports.

Nationals / Competition Team
All cheerleaders at Maryland participate in sideline cheerleading; however, select game day cheerleaders are chosen to compete at the NCA Collegiate National Champions in Daytona Beach, FL. A minimum requirement to be considered for the nationals team is a round-off backhanding full twisting layout or above.

All Male Cheerleaders
No tumbling experience is required for males, but encouraged. We are willing to teach athletic guys who are willing to learn.

Tryout Eligibility
Tryouts are open to incoming and current University of Maryland undergraduate and graduate students. High school seniors who are not accepted until the spring semester of their freshman year are permitted to try out as long as they are planning to participate in the "Freshman Connection" program for the upcoming fall semester. You do not have to know your acceptance status in order to tryout.

Come To Tryouts
Tryout Date
May 3-4, 2014
Tryout Schedule
See below.

Tryout Location
Saturday Location:
University of Maryland
Health and Human Performance Building, School of Public Health
Sunday Location:
Comcast Center Pavilion Gym (located on the ground level)
Terrapin Trail
College Park, MD 20742

For directions to the Health and Human Performance Building, click here.

For directions to the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland, click here.
Comcast Center Main Floor Gym
It is recommended that tryout participants park in lot 4b as parking is free without a permit after on weekends. Enter the Comcast Center on the ground level and follow the signs to the main floor gym. If you get lost in the building, please call coach little at 202-438-0499.

Health and Human Performance Building, School of Public Health
Metered parking is available right outside of the entrance to the gym.

Tryout Attire/Appearance
Participants should look their best!

Female Participants
  • All female participants are expected to wear a sports bra and cheer shorts or fitted spandex shorts. Hair should be styled and worn all the way down or half-up, half-down.
  • Participants can feel free to pick a style (curly or straight) that best suits them.
  • Female participants should wear performance style make-up (foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, etc.) Avoid all-star style glitter and metallic make-up. Make-up should be natural colors applied heavily with red lipstick.
  • All tattoos should be fully covered.
  • All jewelry must be removed (covering piercings with tape is not acceptable).
  • All finger nails should be short and safe.
Male Participants
  • Male participants should be well groomed and wear a t-shirt and athletic shorts.
Tryout Schedule

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Tryout Day #1
HHP Building
12:45 pm–1:00 pm: Check-in (physical, sickle cell & waivers)
1:00 pm–1:15 pm: Warm-up and Stretch
1:15 pm–1:30 pm: Review jump sequence
1:30 pm–2:00pm: Learn fight song
2:00 pm–2:30 pm: Learn dance
2:30 pm–2:45 pm: Learn cheer
2:45 pm–3:45 pm: Stunts
3:45 pm–4:00 pm: Question and answer / tryout review
4:00 pm–5:00pm: Open tumbling (spring floor)

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - Tryout Day #2
Comcast Main Floor Gym
7:00 am–8:00am: Optional open gym (standard cheer mat open tumbling, stunts, etc.)
8:00 am: Official check-in/start time
8:00 am–8:30am: Warm-up
8:30 am–NOON: Formal tryouts in front of judges
3:00pm: Tryout results posted at
5:00pm: Mandatory meeting for participants who make the team