•  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

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


    Cheer-  Back and Front - Video has both views - https://youtu.be/U95IlwCn-vs

    Words to the Cheer

    Ready? (clap) 

    Here we go- here we go 

    Falcons attack Falcons attack

    Let's hear you yell 

    Falcons attack

    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

    Red- black 

    Red- black 

    Red- black 

    Best in the west Falcons attack (yeah)


    Tryout Dance Front

    (98) tryout dance - front - YouTube

    Tryout Dance Back

    (98) tryout dance - back - YouTube

    Tryout Dance Teach with Counts

    (98) tryout dance - teach - YouTube


    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 -