SMHS Cheer Team Tryouts

Dear SMHS Cheer Candidate,

Welcome to our 23-24 SMHS Cheer Tryouts. Thank you for your interest in becoming a 2023-2024 competitive cheerleader at San Marcos High School. SMHS Cheer is a team sport that requires athletes to attend each practice and events. SMHS Cheer is a major commitment. All members are required to practice every Monday-Thursday and some Saturdays throughout the year. Other practices may be scheduled as necessary.

First day of tryouts please bring:
SMHS Blue Book

We encourage all athletes to be responsible for their own SMHS Cheer Tryouts. This means if there is any communication that needs to be addressed. Athletes may email the cheer Coach/Advisor, or wait after the cheer clinic to address their situation.

1. SMHS Cheerleaders are expected to complete a full term, which includes ALL scheduled events, and practices.
2. SMHS Cheerleaders may not hold a position within or outside the school that would be in conflict with duties and time requirements of a cheerleader.
3. SMHS Cheerleaders must read and understand the SMHS Athletic Handbook and SMHS student handbook (Both Handbooks are located on the SMHS website)
4. The rules and regulations of the Knights Accountability Act and the decisions of the advisor, coaches, AP of Cheer, and/or the administration.
5. SMHS Cheerleaders must remember that they are directly representing SMHS and not just themselves. While a Cheer team member, they must have proper conduct, attitude and attire to show class because they are a direct reflection of our school, student body and cheer team.

Below you will find information about the tryout process, and individual teams.

TRYOUT PROCESS: Potential squad members will be judged on the knowledge of the material taught, physical ability to do the routines, stunt technique, flexibility, energy, enthusiasm, attitude, teamwork and determination. Coaches will be involved in the selection process. Prior members behavior and attendance will be taken in consideration.





Tryout Dress Code:
* White shirt
* Black shorts {Nike pro or black biker shorts}
* Hair in high pony with cheer bow
* Game day ready
* Athletic shoes or cheer shoes


The Varsity, JV and Freshman are advanced cheer teams that are 100% committed to their program. They are leaders on and off campus. Varsity, JV and Freshman members cheer, perform advanced stunts, dance and tumble at all scheduled competitions. They execute advanced stunts which include liberty variations. (liberty, heel stretch, arabesque, scale and scorpion) Athletes always cheer with loud voices, smile, and show extreme spirit at all times.

Required skills:

Educated, or experienced in competitive and sideline cheer.
Athletes have cheered before and pick up cheer material quickly.
Athletes can execute advanced jumps (front hurdler, toe touch, toe touch/back handspring, toe touch back handspring, 3 consecutive jumps)
Athletes can execute advanced extended stunts, transitional stunts & pyramids
Athletes can execute stunt techniques that can perform one leg variation
Athletes can execute dismounts which include cradle, full down cradle
Always confident in front of a crowd
Athletes who can perform at least a standing back handspring and round back handspring are a plus.

Thank you again for your patience and flexibility during this time!! We are extremely excited to see your school spirit.

Always grateful,
Coach VanDeusen

[email protected]

Also, please follow our Instagram account @smhscheerteam for tryout tips in our highlights. Material that is covered:
Motion technique, jump technique, tumbling technique, and stunting technique