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 May 9.


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 Info:            Review Cistercian Cheer Program Overview PowerPoint      MANDATORY

Virtual Tryout Clinics:         Optional: To Receive Feedback prior to Video Submission Due Date         

                                         Mon./Tues., May 11th/12th         4:30-8:30pm via Zoom. Appointments via SignupGenius

Virtual Tryout Videos Due:   Wednesday, May 13th  by 8:00pm 

2020-21 Team Announced:  Friday, May 15th          by  5:00pm*    On the Homepage: HAWKSCHEERDALLAS.COM

* Team will be announced Earlier Friday if possible, but this allows for any technical difficulties for Judges scoring remotely. Parents and candidates will be notified via email if the list is posted earlier than 5pm. 

Tryout Info: All candidates will be required to learn online posted material for tryouts: cheer, chant, and dance.

Candidates will submit videos of the following:


  • Introduction: Video of student stating name, school attending for 2020-21, and 2020-21 grade level. (This video will not be shared with NCA judges. It will be used by the judges to verify candidate identities, tryout eligibility, and confirm tryout number assignments.)

VIDEO 2:    IN THIS ORDER.  This section should be performed outside in a safe area without obstacles. Do not perform on hard surfaces, and do not attempt skills you have not mastered. Parent supervision and permission is required. 

  • Spiriting Entrance with Running Tumbling:  If candidate does not have ANY RUNNING or STANDING TUMBLING, they should state so at the beginning of those sections. Candidates will still do a SPIRIT ENTRANCE if not performing running tumbling. 

  • Standing Tumbling:

  • 3 Advanced Cheer Jumps:  1 must be a Toe-Touch. Remaining 2 may be: Pike, Left Hurdler, or Right Hurdler. No repeat jumps. Order of jumps is up to the candidate. Using a whipped approach is not required, although recognized as more advanced.

VIDEO 3:                            MATERIAL WILL BE POSTED ON THIS SITE ON FRIDAY, MAY 8th.

  • Posted Performance Cheer:  The Performance Cheer will also include a jump. (Toe Touch)

  • Posted Chant:

  • Posted Dance:

Candidates will need to pause and catch their breath throughout the videos of the components. THIS IS EXPECTED. PLEASE DO NOT STOP YOUR VIDEO -- IT IS PREFERRED TO HAVE A MAX TOTAL OF 2 VIDEOS  FOR THE JUDGES.

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 

What to Wear: All candidates should wear 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. Jewelry is not allowed at any time during cheer -- at tryouts, at practices, at camp, or at games.

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 * Canceled due to school closures 

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

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

NCA Cheer Camp:           August 2-5                          Sun.-Wed. @Hilton Rockwall Resort             AM Sunday-Noon Wednesday  

Pre-Season Skills Camp:August 10-11                      Monday/Tuesday                                           9:00am-4pm

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

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

Spreading Good Cheer: November 14                      Saturday @ JPII                                             8:00am-Noon

Basketball Practices:      November-February           1x/week TBD

Cheerleaders cheer at all varsity football games (Fridays) and most home basketball games (Tuesdays, Wednesdays 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.

Cistercian Cheer will also occasionally support Ursuline Athletics by cheering for at least one Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer game. Ursuline also invites the team to perform at a fall pep rally and a spring pep rally. These performances are optional for the students who attend other schools.

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 approximately $700 for all cheerleaders. The first payment of $700 is due June 1; the remaining balance will be split into payments due July 1 and August 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 and Timeframes for the 2020-21 Cheer Season:


New Team Breakfast:                                     MAY 16 at 9:30am at TBA. SOCIALLY DISTANCED MEET AND GREET

Spring Practices:                                            CANCELED DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES.

                                                                            (Normally each M/Tu until the end of the school year.)

Uniform Fittings:                                             TBD- LATE MAY/EARLY JUNE, Dependent upon stay-at-home measures and social distancing guidelines.

                                                                                                       Measurements may need to be taken at home and submitted by parents. 


Summer Practices:                                 Scheduled for JUNE: Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4-6pm, June 8-June 26

                                                             No practices scheduled from June 27-July 26.

JULY / AUGUST CAMP PREP/CAMP/PRE-SEASON:                                            

On Your Own Workouts!:                               No team practices scheduled until the last week of July. 

New Team Pictures:                                        TBD. Tentatively the week of July 27. 

Pre-Camp Practices:                                      July 27-30 @ Cistercian. Plan for 9am-4pm, M-Th. Bring a sack lunch.

Camp Send-off Party:                             Tentatively Friday evening, July 31. Team, parents, and coaches.

NCA Camp @ Hilton Rockwall, TX:             August 2-5. Overnight/Full Days August 2-4. Camp dismisses August 5@noon.

Pre-Season Skills Camp @ Cistercian:       August 10-11 *** M-Tu, 9am-4pm. Bring a sack lunch.

                                                                            *** Extended Skills Camp to Develop & Review Football Season Sideline/Half-time Material



Football Season:                                    Southwest Preparatory Conference. Mid-August - 1st Week of November

Cistercian Booster Club Kick-off:               TBD (Mid-August weeknight). 6-8pm. Parents welcome to attend. Team will perform.

Fall Practices:                                                Begin August 17 (Mon) & August 18 (Tues). 4:30-6:30pm 

                                                             CHANT TEST - AUGUST 18. All Sideline Material Must Be Learned by 8/18.

                                                                            (Practices continue every Mon/Tues thereafter through early November).

Football Scrimmages:                              Likely August 14 and August 21

Football Season Begins:                                August 28

Pep Rallies                                                     Season Kick-off Pep Rally. Friday of 1st Home Game Cistercian, 2:45pm.

                                                                            Homecoming Pep Rally. Friday of Homecoming Week @ Cistercian, 2:45pm.

                                                              Ursuline Fall Pep Rally. Usually held a Friday morning in November. 10am.

Little Hawks and Jr. Hawks Camp:           4:30-6:30+Half-time, Friday Home Game. Likely late September/early Oct.

Homecoming Week:                                        Regular Practices will be held Monday/Tuesday, PLUS Wednesday.

Senior Night:                                          Final Home Football Game



Basketball Season:                                         Late November-Mid-February

Cheer Practices:                                              1x/week based on Cistercian and/or Ursuline gym availability

Please submit any calendar conflicts to Coach Limber by May 16.

Thank you!

Joyce Limber                  Jenna Roberts, UA '14        

Head Coach                    Assistant Coach


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