USC Upstate Spirit Program



The mission of the USC Upstate spirit squad is to facilitate a fan experience that is representative of fun, pride and support for all USC Upstate athletic teams through engaging entertainment in the form of dancing, cheering and the building and maintaining of tradition. It is also the purpose of the USC Upstate Cheerleaders to develop students of character by providing them with an experience that will help them gain and refine their dance, cheer and leadership skills.

The USC Upstate Cheerleaders season begins in the fall and continues through the completion of basketball season in the spring until tryouts for the next season. All members are responsible for attending all practices and games that occur during that time period, including those that fall during University breaks/vacations and holidays. The USC Upstate cheerleaders participate in several appearances on behalf of the University and Athletic Department.

Being a college cheerleader is an extremely rewarding experience, but is also very time consuming. Cheerleaders are expected to put their academics first and cheerleading second. Anyone interested in trying out should make sure that they are fully aware of the time commitment required and be ready to dedicate themselves accordingly.

For more information please contact Katelyn Bender via email at:

In addition to cheerleading tryouts, TRYOUTS FOR SPARTY THE MASCOT will also take place. See below for all information on tryouts.

USC Upstate Cheerleading Tryouts

Tryouts:  September 8, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
               September 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Forms:  Tryout ApplicationTryout Waiver

Location:  G.B. Hodge Center

Tryout Requirements:

USC Upstate Cheerleaders cheer at all men’s and women’s home basketball games and post season basketball tournaments. We are also present at many campus and community events.

Practices are tentatively scheduled during the week between 6-9:30 pm. Practice times will be confirmed prior to the Fall semester’s start. If you are planning to tryout, your class schedule must not conflict with these times. Keep in mind that basketball games fall on various weeknights as well as weekends and holidays. If possible, all night classes should be avoided. You will be required to attend night games even if you have class.

Members are required to be full-time USC Upstate students and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Skill Requirements:

Tumbling is not required but is strongly preferred, tumbling will receive bonus points. Tumbling will be done on the basketball court but there will be a mat for you to warm up.

Jumps that will be required include:

  • Toe touch
  • Double toe
  • Pike
  • Right and left hurdler
  • Combination (three jumps of choice)

For stunting you will be put into groups. For bases and back spots we will look at your overall skill, strength, and technique. For flyers we will be looking at flexibility (Scorpion, Scale, Bow ‘n Arrow) and technique in single leg stunts.

**We are looking for well-rounded cheerleaders.

Tryout Music and Dance:

What to Wear:

Females:  Should wear spandex shorts and a fitted athletic tank top. Green, black, and white colors are not required but preferred. Females should wear cheerleading shoes. Please do not wear clothing with your high school or another college name (other than USC Upstate), logo, or mascot on it. Hair should be worn down and make-up should be game day ready. NO JEWELRY IS ALLOWED EXCEPT ONE PAIR OF STUD EARRINGS!!!!!!!!

Males:  Will need to wear athletic/basketball shorts, a presentable t-shirt and tennis shoes. Green, black, and white colors are not required but preferred. Please do not wear clothing with your high school or another college name (other than USC Upstate), logo, or mascot on it.

Attendance Requirements:
**All participants must be present for all days of the tryout process.**

Additional Information:

  • All returning cheerleaders must tryout again each year.
  • Each cheerleader will be required to pay a fee that will go toward items you will keep, including: shoes, warm-ups, bags, etc. The fee will be between $100-$200 depending on if you are new to the team or a returner.
  • **Important - If you make the team you will be required to start attending practices the following week.
  • It is important to note you will be required to attend games during holiday breaks, please plan for this when making your holiday plans. There may be cheerleading commitments Thanksgiving weekend, over Winter break, during Spring Break, and Easter weekend. You may also be required to travel to post season tournaments for basketball. Exact dates will be announced as soon as the coach is informed.

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