Thank you for your interest in Cistercian Varsity Cheer. We promote a positive environment with an emphasis on teamwork, good sportsmanship, and school spirit! While this experience will be a fun and memorable one, it carries responsibilities that your daughter must assume to qualify and remain part of the team. All Cistercian cheerleaders will be expected to act in accordance with the Cistercian Cheer Code of Conduct, the Cistercian Athletic Code of Conduct as well as the code of conduct of the school which they attend. All girls in 9th-12th grades (2020-2021 school year) that attend Ursuline Academy, The Hockaday School, or have a relative connection (alumni or current sibling) to Cistercian are eligible to tryout for the Cistercian Varsity Cheer Team. Candidates must complete all required paperwork by April 15.


Girls interested in trying out to be a member of the 2020-21 Cistercian Varsity Cheer team should attend the upcoming parent/athlete meeting, tryout clinic, and tryouts at Cistercian Preparatory School.

Parent/Athlete Meeting: April 20th                 5:30-6:30pm                     Cistercian Gym    MANDATORY

Tryout Clinic:                April 20th-23rd         4:30-6:30pm                      Cistercian Gym

                                        *Wednesday, 4/22 is an optional skills review due to UA's Sophomore Serviam ceremony at 6pm. 

Tryouts:                        April 24th                 4:30pm until conclusion    Cistercian Gym

Tryout Info: All candidates will be required to attend the tryout clinics to learn the material for tryouts. All clinics and tryouts will be closed to anyone that is not a candidate.  No parents, siblings, outside coaches, etc. allowed. Tryouts will be judged by independent NCA judges using the NCA school team scoring rubric. A sample score sheet is available online.  The score sheets will remain confidential and the property of Cistercian Cheer. The decision of the team roster will be final.

Tryout Paperwork: A checklist, links and information for all tryout paperwork can be found on the website All paperwork is due by April 15. 

What to Wear: All candidates should attend tryout clinics in clothing that will allow them to jump, tumble, cheer and dance without any distractions. All shirts must cover your stomach at all times. Shorts/spandex must have full coverage. Cheer shoes are highly recommended. No "Cistercian Cheer" wear or any team identification apparel is allowed. Hair should be pulled back each day. Jewelry is not allowed at any time during the clinic, at tryouts, at practices, or at camp.

Tryout Uniform: White fitted shirt (tank top or t-shirt), tucked in or fitted to ensure proper coverage, plain black spandex or shorts with built-in briefs. All hair should be pulled back in a secure ponytail. A white bow or ribbon is optional. White no-show ankle socks and white cheer shoes.

Time Commitment:          CHEER IS A YEAR-ROUND SPORT.

Spring Practices:            April 27th-May 12th            Mondays and Tuesdays                                4:15-6:30pm

Summer Practices:         June 1-25                            Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays                     4:00-6:00pm 

Pre-Camp Boot Camp:   July 27th-30th                     Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday       Afternoons. Time TBD.

Cheer Camp:                    August 2-5                          Sunday-Wednesday                                      AM Sunday-Noon Wednesday  

Fall Practices:                  August 10-October 27        Mondays and Tuesdays                                4:15-6:30pm

Football Team Dinners:  August 27-October 29        Thursdays                                                      5:00-5:45pm

Basketball Practices:      November-February          1x/week TBD

Cheerleaders cheer at all varsity football games (Fridays) and most home basketball games (Tuesdays or Fridays). Support at other Cistercian Athletic events may be scheduled throughout the year. See the calendar online for the most up-to-date schedule.

Financial Obligation: The uniform and camp/practice wear cost for returning cheerleaders is approximately $750 and for new cheerleaders is approximately $1500.  The cost varies depending on the optional cheer apparel purchased. The camp, meal and event fee is $675 for all cheerleaders. The first payment of $675 is due May 1; the remaining balance will be split into payments due June 1 and July 1.

Thank you for your interest in Cistercian Varsity Cheer; we have had much success as a team by encouraging each athlete to perform on the level of her own capability within the framework of the team and in pursuit of a common goal. Through this goal, the cheerleaders come to understand teamwork and sportsmanship. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Cistercian Cheer coaches.

Important Dates:

New Team Breakfast:                                         April 25 at 9:30am at TBA

New Team Pictures:                                           TBD. Week of July 27.

Spring Practices:                                                4/27, 4/28, 5/4, 5/5, 5/11, 5/12

Uniform Fittings:                                                 April 27 and May 4*  (*one parent must attend the April 27 uniform fitting)

Pre-Camp Practices:                                          July 27-30

NCA Camp @ Hilton Rockwall, TX:                    August 2-5

Pre-Season Skills Camp @ Cistercian:               August 10-11*  Extended Practice Time. Begins Early Afternoon.

Fall Practices:                                                     Begin Aug 17 (Mon) & Aug 18 (Tues) (and every Mon/Tues thereafter through early November)

Football Season:                                                 Mid-August- Early November

Basketball Season:                                             Late November-Mid-February

Please submit any calendar conflicts to the Coaches by April 18. 

Thank you!


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