Hillcrest Spiritline 2023-2024
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 2023/2024 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.
Toe Touch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIDVsb5pXsA
Pike Jump - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKj-HLcOnZw
Cheer- Back and Front - Video has both views - https://youtu.be/U95IlwCn-vs
Words to the Cheer
Here we go- here we go
Falcons attack Falcons attack
Let's hear you yell
Now falcon fans let’s hear you yell
Red (come on) Red
Now falcon fans let’s hear you yell
Black (come on) Black
Now put it all together now
Best in the west Falcons attack (yeah)
Tryout Dance Front
Tryout Dance Back
Tryout Dance Teach with Counts
A La Seconde Turns (up to four will be judged)
Stretches (Scale and Heal Stretch) - https://youtu.be/dpVhuOhuZY0
This is the tryout rubric the judges will be using to evaluate your audition.
Full tryout packet link -
School Fight Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCHVZrNQUhA
1st place State - Small Show Cheer 2023 - https://youtu.be/eymanRn0TZ4
School Assembly Spring 2023 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2DQNPZY2zY
2nd place State - Pom 2023 - https://youtu.be/3DpooR5fcKw
1st place State - Dance Solo - Amaya - 2023 - https://youtu.be/LtcV8iCiRUI
1st place Regionals - Large Show Cheer 2022 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtxkAfz-p-0
1st place State - Pom (Virtual) 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6iijx61w6g
1st place Regionals, 4th place State - Cheer 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utY2lHCyejw
1st place in State Competition Pom 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksqDElNIigo
3rd place in State Competition Cheer 2017 - https://youtu.be/JXX4OpMMCQ0
2nd place in State Competition Cheer 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-xVwFJA1wA&feature=youtu.be
2nd place in State Competition Pom 2016- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWWtdjjC99w
1st place in State Competition Pom 2013- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfclvMheqgY