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2018 Cheerleading Tryout Information - See Below

About Virginia Cheerleading

Welcome to the home of the University of Virginia Cheerleading program! We have both Coed and All-Girl cheerleading teams. Our Coed team is comprised of 7 to 9 couples who cheer home and away football, home men's basketball games, and travel for post-season ACC basketball play. Our All-Girl team has 20-24 athletes who cheer for home and away football, home women's basketball games, and post-season ACC basketball play. Team members practice 3 days per week and participate in University promotions and events throughout the academic year. 

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Coaching Staff

Leanne Higgins-All Girl coach

Leanne joined the staff in August of 2016.  She is AACCA certified and is a member of the USA Cheerleading Safety Council.  Leanne is a former cheerleader and team captain at Penn State University.  She is a former Head Coach at the University of Delaware.  Leanne teaches health and fitness classes at both the University and ACAC.


Matt Schray--Coed Coach

Matt has been on the staff for five years.  He is AACCA certified.  Matt is a former cheerleader and team captain at Virginia Tech.  Matt is a Resident Supervisor at Shenandoah Juvenile Center. 


Kelley Haney--Spirit Coordinator

Kelley has been the spirit coordinator at the University of Virginia since 1997.  She is AACCA certified.  Kelley was a cheerleader and team captain at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She was also the head coach at VCU for five years prior to coming to the University of Virginia.  Kelley is an Assistant Director of Athletics for the Virginia High School League.

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Summer Activities

For the 2018-19 year, the cheer teams will be required to report for pre-season practice in mid-August 2018. The athletes are also required to follow a prepared weight-training program, tumbling and cardiovascular schedule throughout the summer. 


Cheerleaders at the University of Virginia are required to participate in several fundraisers to offset the costs of uniforms, camp and travel.  Team members taught 10 cheerleading camps and clinics throughout the state of Virginia in 2017.  With the assistance of the UVA athletics media relations department, the cheerleaders create and market a team calendar each December as part of the fundraising effort.   Each winter, the cheerleaders host a youth cheerleading clinic in conjunction with a women's basketball game. 


The University of Virginia offers a stipend to all team members in April. The stipend increases with the number of years the athlete has been on the team. If you would like to donate to a scholarship fund specifically dedicated to the cheerleaders, please contact Kelley Haney (  All donations run through the Virginia Athletics Foundation and are tax deductible. 

2018 Cheerleading Tryout Information

Required Documents

The documents listed below may be downloaded by clicking here and must be completed for an individual to be eligible to tryout.

  • Medical Identification Form
  • Tryout Participation Waiver
  • Physician's Affirmation of Physical Fitness to Participate
  • A copy of the front and back of your insurance card.
  • GPA Tryout Requirement: 2.5 (current UVa students must bring proof of GPA to the first day of tryouts)

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Tryout Dates and Location

April 20-22, 2018

  • Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena (use student entrance adjacent to Massie Road)
  • Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - noon, 1-3 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena
  • Sunday, April 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena
  • Tryouts are closed to family and friends

Tryout Fee: $20 cash or check made payable to UVA Cheerleading

Please be sure to bring the paperwork and tryout fee to the first day of tryouts, April 20.

Tryout Requirements


  • Cheerleading for the University of Virginia is a high profile position and appearance is an important part of the selection process. Athletes should be "game ready" at all times of throughout the weekend. 
  • Ladies - we ask that you have game make up and hair. Please do not wear jewelry.
  • Gentlemen - you must be clean shaven and have trimmed hair. No earrings.

What to wear: Cotton shorts (ladies), gym shorts (gentlemen), athletic t-shirts, sport tops, sports bras, white socks and tennis shoes are acceptable. Please be tasteful in your selections. Wearing other university/college logos is NOT recommended; please wear orange, navy, gray or white.

  • Ladies- you will be asked to wear sport tops/sports bras during the stunting section of tryouts.
  • All athletic t-shirts must be tucked in for both males and females.
  • No hats are permitted. Shoes must be worn at all times throughout the try-out process.

Tumbling Requirements

  • Standing tumbling (both all girl and coed ladies): backhandspring required; standing back tuck preferred
  • Running tumbling: round-off tuck and tumbling passes that consist of at least 2 backhandsprings
Band Dance and Sideline
  • This material will be taught on Friday night, April 20. Material should be executed in a collegiate manner. Excessive facials are not encouraged. Sharp motions and excellent motion placement will be expected.


  • Coed Team:  Toss to shoulders and heel stretch
  • All Girl:  Stretch full down and full up extension pop down
  • Candidates will be placed in stunt groups by the coaching staff and evaluated the entire weekend. Demonstrating versatility with stunting is encouraged. You will be asked to work with more than one group or partner.

Tryout Q&A

Question: Can I bring my own partner for my personal try-out? Answer: No, we will use people that are part of the team.

Question: Will all stunts be spotted at the selection weekend even if I can do the stunt? Answer: YES. This is for safety purposes.

Question: I am a flyer, can I try out for both the co-ed and all-girl teams? Answer: Yes, you can also note which team you would prefer to be on.


If you are selected  for one of the two University of Virginia Cheer teams, you will be required to stay for a meeting (approximately 1 hour) after the teams are announced.  

The incoming students who are selected but have not been accepted to the University of Virginia will have until June 1, 2018 to be accepted.  Coaches and athletic department staff do not have any influence on your acceptance to the University of Virginia.

For questions regarding tryouts, contact Kelley Haney, Head Cheerleading Coach and Spirit Coordinator at or 434-996-8084

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