• SPIRITLINE TRYOUTS - Clinic September 28th and Tryout September 29th!!!

    Tryout information packets can be picked up in the counseling office 


    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, has won regionals the past two years in a row and are the only certified Sparkle Effect team in the state of Arizona. The Sparkle Effect 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 girls who make the team cheer for Basketball games and are considered part of Spiritline.   In addition, the girls who make Spirtline are required to participate in at least one of our competition teams (Cheer, Pom, or Both).  Girls 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.

    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.

    Tryouts are held in early October each school year.  Girls 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.  


  • It is possible to make the squad if a candidate is not able to tumble but tumbling does help.  Our team consists of 16 girls for competition state cheer and an additional 4 girls who serve as alternates.  Alternates compete in Cheer Regionals but not state and particpate in all games and half time shows.  In addition our compeition Pom team is between 13-15 girls.  It is possible for some girls to make both Compeition squads so the overall number for Spritline can vary.  Who makes Hillcrest spirtline is decided by the top scores on the rubrics from the judges, teacher recommendation and passing grades.  Good grades and character are expected of all of the girls who tryout and make the team.

    Prior to tryouts the links to the required cheer and dance will be posted on this page.  

    It is recommended that girls on the Spiritline go to tumbling classes outside of school.  This will prepare girls for high school cheer. If a Spritline is interested in Pom at Hillcrest or high school, dance classes are recommended.  Jazz dance or a class specific to learning turns would be the best fit as flexibility and turns are very important in Pom.

    Deer Valley Unified School district also requires students in 7th and 8th grade to complete a sports physical prior to trying out for any sport.  Physicals are good for one school year and must be renewed annually. Those forms can be picked up in the main office or can be found on the district athletic page.       http://dvusd.schoolwires.net/Page/11426

    Tryout information for the 2018/2019 school year will be posted on this page early September so please keep checking back.  The Spiritline coach is available to answer any questions you may have and good luck in your journey to become a member of a winning squad.  Here are links to some of our performances.

    Renea Herold - Spritline Coach