Spirit Program Tryout Requirements

Would you like to become a member of our team? If you are a cheerleader, dancer or mascot, Oral Roberts University offers an excellent opportunity for you to continue your skills at the collegiate level. Oral Roberts University provides an excellent education, offering 63 majors. Golden Eagle athletes compete in eight NCAA Division I varsity sports. The university is distinctive in placing emphasis not only on academics but also on a student's personal growth with God. Our academically renowned faculty are Christian leaders has a heart for students, desiring to see that each student excels academically and personally.


Cheerleader, Dance and Mascot Tryouts

Tryouts for the 2014-2015 academic year have been scheduled for April 24-25, 2014 on the Oral Roberts University campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information on tryouts, please contact Coach Polk at apolk@oru.edu or 918.495.6490

Tentative schedule:

  • Preliminary tryouts will take place Thursday evening only, April 24, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED.
  • Final tryouts will take place Friday, April 25, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  This is a closed tryout, no observers are permitted.

Cheer Tryout Requirements/Procedures

All current and prospective ORU students trying out for cheerleading are required to attend the preliminary tryouts on Friday evening. Those selected from preliminary tryouts will proceed to final tryouts on Saturday. All those auditioning for the squad must present a completed Spirit Program application form and a $25.00 application fee at Friday's preliminary tryouts.

Females

All female cheerleaders will be judged on personality, floor presence and skills.  All females must be energetic, athletic, possess a good "stage presence" and advanced cheerleading skills. 

  • Tumbling Requirements
    Standing tumbling: Cheerleaders should be able to consistently execute some form of standing tumble. Back hand springs are acceptable; however, standing backs are preferred.
    Running Tumbling: preferred passes are round-off back, hand spring backs, lay outs or fulls.
  • Stunting Requirements
    All females must have an advanced knowledge of co-ed stunting skills including pyramids and basket tosses. Required stunts will be one toss stunt, stunt with a twisting dismount and one stunt sequence of choice.
  • Tryout Attire
    Participants should wear a plain white shirt and blue shorts and a white hair ribbon.

Males 

All males should be energetic, possessing basic cheerleading skills.  

  • Tumbling Requirements
    Standing Tumbling: Standing backs are preferred.
    Running Tumbling: Some form of running tumbling is preferred.
  • Stunting Requirements
    All males must have a knowledge of co-ed stunting skills. Required stunts will be one toss stunt and one stunt sequence of choice.
  • Tryout Attire
    Participants should wear a plain white shirt with blue shorts.

Dance Tryout Requirements/Procedures

ORU dance tryouts are held at the same time as Cheerleading and Mascot Tryouts.

All students trying out for the dance team are required to attend the preliminary tryouts on Friday evening. Those selected from preliminary tryouts will proceed to final tryouts on Saturday. All those auditioning for the dance team must present a completed Spirit Program application form and a $25.00 application fee at Friday's preliminary tryouts.

Past experience in dance is recommended. Dancers will be taught a short routine approximately one minute in length for tryouts. All dancers should have knowledge of the following:

  • Required elements: High kicks (left & right), Splits (left & right), Toe Touch and Leg Wrap
  • Leap combinations: Split, Center, Switch Center and Switch Leaps
  • Pirouette combinations: Double and Triple Turns (both left & right) Fouette Turns (both left & right), Turns in Second and Leg Wrap Turns

Dancers will be judged according to the following:

  • Ability to learn routines quickly
  • Accuracy, precision and versatility
  • Technique
  • Personality, floor presence and personal character

Tryout Attire:  Black dance pants, white shirt and jazz shoes are required for tryouts.


Mascot Tryout Requirements/Procedures                                                                              

Tryouts for ELI, the Golden Eagles' mascot, are held at the same time with the cheer and dance tryouts on the Oral Roberts University campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Those trying out should prepare a two-three minute routine set to music and be prepared to perform the routine wearing the ELI costume.  Judges will rate the applicant on how he/she entertains, whether he/she effectively portrays the mascot and on his/her ability to relate to and get a basketball crowd involved in a game.   Complete the Spirit Program Application form and bring it with the $25.00 application fee to tryouts.