Cavalier Cheerleaders and Mascot

Cavalier Cheerleaders Group Shot

Bossier Parish Community College cheerleading is a full year commitment. The Cavalier Cheerleaders perform at all home basketball games and represent the College at various events on-campus and in the community throughout the year. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA in order to tryout. High school seniors and transfer students must provide a transcript or other documentation for GPA verification prior to tryouts. Applicants must also submit the following on the first day of clinic: cheer application, liability waiver, media release, copy of medical insurance card, and $25 tryout fee.

The BPCC Cavalier Cheerleaders are a Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) team. The team attends UCA Cheer Camp in Austin, TX during the summer and competes in the Game Day Category at UCA College Nationals in Orlando, FL in the winter. The BPCC Cheerleading program follows the safety guidelines set by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA) at all times. Applicants are also expected to follow these guidelines at all times during the clinic and selection process. Tuition waivers are available.

General Requirements

  • Must maintain a full-time status (12 hours or more)
  • Must maintain a 2.00 or higher grade point average
  • Must NOT have received prior tuition waivers totaling six semesters at BPCC
  • Must be in good academic standing at BPCC or previous school attended
  • Must be in good physical health and have no health or physical complications that would hamper the ability to perform as a cheerleader or would cause cheerleading to be a unsafe activity
  • Must attend all practices and events scheduled by the advisor
  • Must commit to 20 hours of community service per semester
  • Must remain dedicated to squad unity and to Bossier Parish Community College
  • Must be able to set aside personal desire in favor of squad excellence

Normal Practice Schedule

During the fall and spring semesters, practice is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. During the summer semester, practice is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Camp & Practice Info

The Cavalier Cheerleaders will attend UCA Cheer Camp July 9-12, 2020 in Austin, TX. To prepare for camp, summer practice will begin the first week of June. No practice will be held July 13 – August 1, 2020. The normal practice schedule for the fall semester will begin Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Mandatory Clinic

Clinic will be held in the BPCC Gym (Building I) on the dates listed below. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief meeting and the collection of required paperwork followed by weigh-ins and warm-up, and then tryout material will be taught. Clinic will consist of learning and practicing tryout material. Applicants must submit the following: cheer application, liability waiver, media release, GPA verification, copy of medical insurance card, and $25 tryout fee (cash or check payable to Cavalier Cheer).

                                                            Friday, April 24, 2020                                                               6 pm – 9 pm

                                                            Saturday, April 25, 2020                                                          9 am – 8 pm

Female participants can wear sports bras, spanks, and/or athletic shorts. Females are required to wear spanks, even if worn under shorts, and cheer shoes. Male participants can wear t-shirts, gym shorts, and tennis shoes. All clothing needs to allow for free movement and athleticism. No jewelry is to be worn.

Open Tryouts

This is primarily a full co-ed squad and anyone trying out is required to partner stunt. Tryouts will be held in the BPCC Gym (Building I) on the following date:

                                                            Sunday, April 26, 2020                                                             2:00 p.m.

The gym will open at 11:00 a.m. for optional practice time. In addition, an open practice for those interested in trying out will be held Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 6 – 8 pm Tryouts are open to spectators. A $3 admission will be taken at the door prior to entering the facility which is located at 6220 East Texas Street.

Female participants should wear a sports bra top that allows the judges to see the torso. The team attire shows this area of the body, so the judges need to see your body type and how physically fit you are. Females are required to wear spanks (Nike pros, volleyball shorts, etc.) and cheer shoes. Male participants should wear a t-shirt, athletic shorts, and tennis shoes. No other school logo/name on clothing is allowed.

Female Requirements

The following requirements must be met by all female participants:

  • Collegiate Image
  • Jumps (Toe touch, double toe, and optional jump)
  • Stunts: All stunts performed must be with a BPCC Cheerleader or a participant that is trying out.
    • Toss Chair (during chant)
    • Toss to hands Extension/ Toss Extension (Toss Extension preferred)
    • Toss to hands Liberty/ Toss Liberty (Toss Lib preferred)
    • Stretch Full-Down (Highly encouraged.)
    • Optional Stunt: This is required but is the participants’ choice. (Advanced stunt preferred)
  • Crowd Involvement Cheer
  • Chant with a male candidate (Toss Chair)
  • Fight Song
  • Tumbling
    • Standing Back Handspring AND/OR Standing Back Tuck
    • Running tumbling passes consisting of round-off back handspring back tuck or multiples

Male Requirements

Male participants do not have to have prior knowledge of cheerleading skills. You will learn and be pushed to your full potential on tryout weekend; however, we are looking for males with an athletic background!

  • Collegiate Image
  • Jumps (Toe touch and pike)
  • Stunts: All stunts performed must be with a BPCC Cheerleader or a participant that is trying out. We will work with new-comers on partner stunts.
    • Toss Chair (during chant)
    • Toss to hands Extension/ Toss Extension (Toss Extension preferred)
    • Toss to hands Liberty/ Toss Liberty (Toss Lib preferred)
    • Stretch Full-Down (Highly encouraged.)
    • Optional Stunt: This is required but is the participants’ choice. (Advanced stunt preferred)
  • Fight Song
  • Chant
  • Tumbling (If you have it, show us what you got!)

Material Descriptions

Collegiate Image: Collegiate Image is defined as the “All-American” look. Individuals are expected to be in excellent physical condition and be well groomed. A good collegiate image also includes an individual’s poise, confidence and charisma with respect to individuals encountered at any event. Visible piercings and/or tattoos are not allowed while in uniform or when representing the College at any function. Jewelry or suggestive attire will not be allowed at tryouts, during the selection process, or at any time during practice. Our school colors are maroon, gold, and white, so please dress accordingly. We want to see a neat, collegiate appearance; however, no other university shirts, all-star programs, or high school clothing will be permissible.

Cheer: The cheer will be taught at mandatory clinic. Judges are looking for the ability to connect and lead the crowd in a game situation. Judges are looking for genuine enthusiasm and energy as well as overall ability to communicate positively to the crowd. The judges will be looking for your comfort level both in the face, as well as, in your body. Eye contact and facial expressions will be evaluated in this section. We are looking for natural and NOT forced facial expressions. Motions will also be evaluated at this time, and they need to be sharp/clean.

Fight Song: Motions to the fight song will be taught at mandatory clinic. This is a portion that will demonstrate the participants’ ability to keep rhythm with the fight song.

Tumbling: Standing and running tumbling are required for females. All participants’ are asked to demonstrate a standing back handspring and a standing back tuck. Participants have the option of performing up to 2 running tumbling passes allowing a specialty pass. Tumbling is highly encouraged for males. Judges are looking at several elements in this section including approach, execution, and landing. In both back handsprings and back tucks, it is ideal for athletes to land on both feet without knees, hands, or elbows, etc. touching the ground during or after skill. Running tumbling will be evaluated with 1-2 tumbling passes. One pass must consist of nothing less than round off consecutive back handsprings. Scores of this section will be evaluated not solely on difficulty, but also on execution.

Estimated Expenses

Practice Uniforms – $150 | Uniform Deposit – $100 | Camp Fees – $150 | Shoes – $75

Tryout Forms

Those interested in trying out for the squad must contact Rachel Randolph for tryout forms.

Contact Information

Rachel Randolph, Advisor | Call: 318-678-6447 | Text: 318-393-4379 | | A-133