2017-18 Gardner-Webb Cheerleading Tryouts

2017-18 Gardner-Webb Cheerleading Tryouts

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.- The Gardner-Webb cheerleading team will conduct tryouts for the 2017-18 school year, on April 22-23 in Paul Porter Arena, on the campus of Gardner-Webb University. 

Dates: April 22-23, 2017

Location: Paul Porter Arena

Times: Start at 9:00 am Saturday and will finish no later than 5:00 pm Sunday. 

Contact: Coach Lenea Walker at lwalker6@gardner-webb.edu 

Click here to download Tryout Packet

About the Program

The Gardner-Webb cheerleading squad supports ALL of GWU's athletic teams while cheering at football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball events. The team strives to wrap up the season in Daytona Beach, Florida at NCA Nationals in April.  The team has had the unbelievable opportunity to cheer against some of the top Division I programs in the region during football season over the years such as N.C. State, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech.

GWU currently competes in the Intermediate All-Girl Division I. At NCA Nationals, GWU has been ranked as high as second in prelims and finished several times in the top-10 in the nation. 


Being able to perform standing two back handsprings is required to be eligible to make the squad but a standing tuck is a great bonus.

A round off two back handsprings is also required but round off tuck or round off back handspring tuck is definitely a plus and encouraged to be working towards.

If you do not have the required tumbling you can still tryout, but you will have to demonstrate that you have potential to gain those skills during the summer break and sell the coaches on the idea that you could be a great addition to the squad.


The more versatility you have the better.  The coaches like knowing that when unfortunate accidents occur that some people can be moved around to make things work.  Being open minded when coming into tryouts will help you a ton, especially if you are switched out of your comfort zone just to see what your full potential is.

Flyers- Need to be able to pull a lib, stretch, arabesque, scorpion, scale, and we strongly encourage bow-n-arrow.  Also, the flyer will need to be able to perform a heel stretch full down (double down is a bonus) and be open to at least attempting to full down from other body positions as well.

Bases - Need to be flexible in the positions they can base and be able to base all basic stunts and full downs.  They also need to have the ability to work well others in mastering elite stunts like 360 to the top, switch up, Rewinds, etc.

Coed – Men need to be able to hit toss hands – extension.  Base multiple pyramids and any single leg stunts are appreciated.


All cheerleaders need to have a desire and passion to support ALL school teams and cheer their hearts out at football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball games. You must be positive and completely open to changes because we don't live in a perfect world, so things don't always go expected.  The coaches will expect you to continually push yourself to not only be better for yourself but for your team as well.


Gardner-Webb is happy to let you know that cheerleading scholarships are offered.  GWU offers a $1500 base scholarship and your amount will increase by $500 each year you cheer, plus there is an additional $1000 scholarship if you make the competition team.  If you maintain at least a 3.0 or higher then you will also be rewarded with extra scholarship during the spring semester.


There is a fee that all cheerleaders must pay to be a part of the team. It covers camp, practice wear, shoes, bows, and many other goodies that you will receive throughout the year.

Video Entry

It is STRONGLY encouraged that everyone attend the tryout weekend April 22-23 BUT if you can't make it because of other obligations or location, you need to let the Gardner-Webb Cheerleading coaches know prior to tryouts.  The coaches would love to still be able to meet with you in person so please contact them so that a meeting can be arranged and have a small practice time set aside for you.  In order to still be considered for the squad though, you will need to fill out the tryout packet and email it back to Coach Lenea Brewton along with a photo of yourself.  Along with emailing the packet you will also need to send in a video of your tumbling and jumps (Toe Touch, Pike, Optional) on a dead floor, stunts that you are able to perform, 1 cheer, 2 chants, and a 4 eight-count dance.  The video and tryout packet will need to be submitted NO LATER than April 21.

Tryout Fees

$10 - Video Entry

$15 - Returners

$25 - New Participant not needing hotel

$45 - New Participant needing a hotel for Saturday night $45 

$65 - New Participant needing a hotel for Friday and Saturday night

This helps cover teacher and meals for tryouts.