Cheerleading Tryouts

2021-2022 FSU Cheer Tryout Timeline

2021-2022 FSU Cheerleading Tryouts

Dates: May 14-16 2021; May 23-26, 2021; August 13-14, 2021

Registration for tryouts is at the bottom of this page.

2020-2021 Tryouts Packet

2020-2021 Virtual Tryouts Waiver needs to be filled out and submitted electronically to [email protected] prior to the start of the virtual auditions.

Tryout Material

Videos of the fight song, cheer and chant that will be posted to the FSU Spirit page the evening of May 14th around 7:00 pm. Participants should learn material that following day submit their videos prior to 1:00 pm May 16th. It is imperative that you have knowledge of this material, as it will be reviewed by a panel of judges. We are looking for cheerleaders who have great memory, great crowd appeal with strong and sharp motions.

Tryout Attire

During the entirety of tryouts, attire for females is a black tank top or sports bra with black athletic shorts.  Males are a black t-shirt (plain is preferred or limited writing) and black athletic shorts.  Females should have hair pulled out of face (half up half down with a ribbon is preferred).  Males and females should be “gameday ready” during tryouts.  For examples, please refer to our social media accounts.


May 14, 2021

  • 5:00 pm — Registration for tryouts will close
  • 7:00 pm — Participants numbers emailed/material available online
    *if you do not receive a number via email by 7:00 pm, please email [email protected]

May 16, 2021

  • 11:59 pm — Videos must be submitted

May 19, 2021

  • 5:00 pm — Decisions of who advances to the second round will be announced via Social Media

May 23, 2021

  • 11:59 pm — Second round videos must be submitted

May 26, 2021

  • 5:00 pm — Decisions of who advances to the second round will be announced via Social Media

August 13-14, 2021 – In Person Final Round

Tryout First Round Instructions

  1. Must register online at by 5:00 pm on May 14th, NO EXCEPTIONS. You MUST be accepted for FALL 2020 at Florida State University as a full-time student. You will be required to enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours/semester) once selected.  The video must be uploaded and set as unlisted on a video-hosting site (i.e. YouTube). Clearly label the online video with full name and email address. Please set as “unlisted” and email link & head shot to Coach Staci Sutton at [email protected]. Videos will only be accepted this way or via google drive.  If you do not receive a response from your email link, it was NOT received. Please give Coaching Staff 24 hours to reach out, confirming submission.  The FSU physical packets will not be required for virtual tryouts but you will need to ensure that you complete the waiver and fill out the online questionnaire.  If you are selected for the on-campus portion of tryouts in July, the physicals will be needed then.
  1. Record yourself doing a short introduction stating your name, hometown, classification for the 21-22 school year (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) and why you want to be a member of the FSU Cheer Team.
  1. While recording the next session it CANNOT be edited. The video must be a raw video and in the following order.  Entire video MUST be filmed OUTSIDE ON GRASS. When filming running tumbling, please try to get from start to finish of the skill.  If you do not have the following skills you can just move onto the next thing listed.  PLEASE do not attempt a skill that you cannot do 5 out of 5 times, on your own, on grass.
      • Introduction
      • Roundoff back handspring back tuck
      • Roundoff back handspring layout
      • Round off back handspring full
      • Elite running pass – must end in full
      • Standing Tuck
      • Standing back handspring back tuck
      • Standing elite – must end in a full (ONLY IF YOU HAVE SKILL – no spotting accepted)
      • Cheer
      • Chant
      • Fight Song

First round decisions will be posted online, through our social media outlets Facebook: Florida State Cheerleading, Instagram: fsucheerleading, Twitter: @fsu_cheer and instructions on the next round will be emailed to the individuals that have made it to the in-person tryouts in July.

IMPORTANT: Medical clearance and Physical WILL NOT BE NEEDED FOR FIRST ROUND BUT must be received prior to second round of tryouts. Athletes trying out that are under the age of 18 must also fill out a minor’s medical consent for treatment form. Forms must be emailed to athletic trainer, AK Smith, [email protected]. Please try to email ALL forms and paperwork ONE time to prevent confusion. Subject line needs to have “Athlete’s Name – Cheer Tryout Packet”.

For any additional questions, please email Head Coach Staci Sutton: [email protected].

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