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Since I was 6 I wanted to be a cheerleader, but was not able to even tryout in middle school or high school. So I have no actual cheer experience. I have a killer high kick, extremely straight cartwheel, front handspring is pretty good and my round off is getting there. I am very strong and can lift. I am 19 and all the cheer gyms within 3 hours of me do not hold beginner classes for 18+. I have had friends spot me and I know I have what it takes. But without any true experience will a college even let me try out?
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This is a tough question to answer because it depends heavily on what college you're trying out for. Also, it depends whether or not it is an all girl or co-ed team. Co-ed teams take fewer girls, so the chances of actually making the squad are slimmer for everyone.

If it is a competitive squad, they will likely not do much kicking. So if the focus is on competition for this team, I wouldn't use your high kick as your big selling point. However, if they cheer at a lot of games they may do kick lines, in which case your high kick would of course be an asset.

You are lacking in tumbling as many cheerleaders have back tucks or even more advanced skills than that. That is the reason I never cheered in college. However, this depends on the college. My college required a standing back tuck which I never had a chance of having! And I had other avenues of cheerleading to pursue so it was not a problem.

Cheer gyms often do not advertise this, but if you call them you can usually set up private lessons. These are well-known for tumbling, but usually you can pay for privates in stunting, tumbling, or general cheer skills. Prices vary by area and gym, but if you call they will be more than happy to have you come to the gym I'm sure. Most gyms are very excited to get new people in the doors.

Another option for you might be to look into open teams at all-star gyms. Often times they do not have any skill or experience requirements. They will also spend a lot of time working on tumbling so you'll learn a lot in that area just from being on the team.

I don't think colleges actually ask about experience before you try out. I never tried out in college myself, and it probably varies by school, but I don't think they ask. So you could probably try out if you wanted to. But depending on the level of the squad I cannot speak to your chances of making it.

Hopefully this helped. I know it wasn't the specifics you were probably hoping for, but there are just so many different colleges and teams I don't know the answers for each school. I wish you the best of luck and hope you find a place to cheer.  

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I can answer questions on partner stunts, dismounts, basket tosses, choreography, pyramids, jumps, motions, chants, and formations. I can answer questions on tryouts, coaching, general cheerleading, etc. I cannot answer questions on co-ed stunts/pyramids or tumbling. Aside from these areas I can usually answer, or direct you to an answer, on any other topic.

Experience

I've been cheerleading for 10 years. My teams consistently competed at the national level, placing many times. I've coached for the past 5 years, and the team I coached most recently became National Champions. I've cheered at the Pop Warner, High School, and All-Star levels. I coach alongside my mother and sister who have coached at the all-star level as well. I've been watching cheerleading since I was 4, and I can create routines, give advice, and help teach kids how to deal with competitions. I have a knack for coaching and giving advice. I'm always the coach designated to give the pep talks to the kids before competitions.

Education/Credentials
I have been living with cheerleading coaches for 10+ years which teaches more than anyone can imagine. I was captain of my Varsity High School squad which came with the responsibility of picking music, writing a cheer, creating and teaching the routine, and making the formations. I have also coached nationally ranked teams for 5 years.

Awards and Honors
Two-time All-State Cheerleader nominee All-State Class M Cheerleader Varsity Cheer Captain

Past/Present Clients
The 32 young girls I just helped coach to a national championship! :) It wasn't easy, but they'll all say the work was worth it in the end.

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