• 2022-2023 Spiritline Tryout Information Listed below  - Paperwork turn-in deadline August 19th and Tryouts will be August 20th.

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    Hello Spiritline Candidates,

    Thank you for your interest in trying out for our Spiritline. The Hillcrest Spiritline has placed multiple times in the State Cheer and Pom competition and our DVUSD regional competition. We are the only certified Generation Spirit team in the state of Arizona.  Generation Spirit is a national organization that works to integrate students who have high special needs onto cheer teams.

    Spiritline at Hillcrest is a cut sport and tryouts are required.  All of the students who make the team cheer for Wrestling Matches and Basketball games and are considered part of Spiritline.   In addition, the students who make Spirtline are required to participate in at least one of our competition teams (Cheer, Pom, or Both).  Students who exhibit good cheer and dance skills are selected for two competition teams. The competition team a Spiritline member is selected for is determined by the coach based on feedback from the tryout judges.  Girls who make compeition cheer will be placed on the Regional Competition or State competition team based on their score.  Girls who are selected for the state team also compete in Regionals.  

    Our competition teams are Cheer and Pom.  Competition cheer consists of routines that include tumbling and stunting.  Our competition Pom team is a dance team.

    Students tryout in groups of two or three in front of an independent judging panel.  Judges do not work at Hillcrest middle school and are selected to judge only if they have a background in cheer or dance.  

    The information below is the tryout material for the 2021/2022 school year.

    Material to be judged during try-outs:

    1 Performance Cheer, 1 Sideline Dance, Jumps (toe jump, herkie, pike jump) (See links below)

    Gymnastics (Back Handspring, Back Tuck, Back Walkover), A La Seconde Turns, Ariel (front or side), Stretchs - Scale,  Heal Stretch (both sides)

    *note – Back handspring and back tuck can be running or standing.

     Girls can make the team if they do not have all of the skills judged at tryouts but are encouraged to continue to work to develop or acquire these skills to better position them to make cheer or pom in high school.  Girls are also encourage to stay in their tumbling or dance classes outside of school to continue to develop. 

    Jumps

    Toe Touch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIDVsb5pXsA

    Pike Jump - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKj-HLcOnZw

    Herkie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScbO3HMqGSc&feature=fvwrel

     

    Words to the Cheer

    Ready (clap) 

    Here – We – Go (Here we go)

    Falcons (clap) Let’s hear you yell Falcons (clap)

    Let’s hear it Falcons (clap)      

    Let’s hear you yell Falcons (clap)

    Let’s hear it

    Now fans on this side yell out Red (you yell) Red

    Now fans on this side yell out Black (yell it) Black

    Now put it all together Red- And- Black (yell with us)

    Red – And- Black (let’s hear it) Red – And- Black (last time)

    Red – And Black

    Falcons                                                                                                                                  

     

    Cheer-  Front View -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGo4xkOwLXA

    Cheer - Back View - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfDhUkq9_-g

     

    Dance – Front View - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQVA8yC__hY

    Dance – Back View - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_x6wiyIulY

    Dance – Instruction without music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HINmTGt8S9k

     

    A La Seconde Turns (up to four will be judged)

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H9tMzSHqFs&feature=youtu.be

     

    Stretches (Scale and Heal Stretch) - https://youtu.be/dpVhuOhuZY0

     

    This is the tryout rubric the judges will be using to evaluate your audition. 

    Here is a link to the tryout packet with additional information.