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Iowa State Spirit Squad

The Iowa State Spirit Squad consists of the Cheerleading Squad, the Dance Team, and the Mascot Squad (Cy). The purpose of the ISU Spirit Squad is to promote school spirit through motivating, inspiring and entertaining Cyclone fans at various sporting events and appearances. Members of the Spirit Squad will be challenged to increase personal growth and skills through the personal management of athletic and academic responsibilities. All three components of the Spirit Squad compete among other major universities to represent Iowa State University on a national level.

  UPDATES
 

ISU Spirit Squad at NCA/NDA College Nationals
• Cheer - 8th place in All Girl 1A
• Cheer - 12th place in Co Ed Int. I
• Dance - 5th place in Team Perform. 1A
• CY - 9th place in Mascot

Cyclone Spirit Day Cheer Clinic
•Thank you to our Football Spirit Day participants! Information for Basketball Spirit Day coming soon!

College Cheerleading Prep Clinic
• Date TBD

Homecoming 2015
• Saturday, October 31 - SAVE THE DATE!

2014-2015 Spirit Squad Calendars on sale here!

Want Cy or the Spirit Squad to attend your event? Click here to complete the request form.

         
ALUMNI SPIRIT SQUAD   CONTACT US
If you were a past member of the Spirit Squad, please fill out our Alumni Questionnaire to put your contact information in our database and receive updates regarding Homecoming, Alumni Reunion events, and more! Information for Alumni Cheer and Dance to participate in the Homecoming games is also sent out through this database. LIKE our Iowa State Spirit Squad Alumni Facebook Page!  

Kelli Baker
Spirit Squad Coordinator & Head Cheer Coach
Jacobson Athletic Building | Ames, IA 50011
Office: 515-294-5674 | Fax: 515-294-0104 | Email: bakerkn@iastate.edu

       

Iowa State Cheer Squad

The Iowa State Cheer Squad consists of two to three teams depending on the need: Co Ed, Large All Girl, and Small All Girl. Both squads cheer for various Cyclone sporting events such as: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and gymnastics. Numbers on each squad vary each year and are at the discretion of the coaches. The Cheer Squad also competes at NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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  CLINICS
 

2014 College Prep Clinics - Dates TBD

2014 Basketball Cyclone Spirit Day Clinic - TBD

  CHEER SQUAD STAFF
 

Kelli Baker, Head Coach | bakerkn@iastate.edu
Darren Papka, Assistant Coach
Lindsey Good, Assistant Coach

  PROGRAM BENEFITS
 

• Scholarship opportunities up to $1,000
• Letter jacket qualification
• Paid uniforms & most accessories
• Travel opportunities to away games (all expenses paid)
• Paid travel expenses for competition
• Cheering in the Big 12 Conference
• Nationally competitive

         
CHEER SQUAD TRYOUT INFORMATION   CHEER SQUAD EXPECTATIONS

The 2014-2015 Cheer Squad is currently full and set, but if you would like more information, please email bakerkn@iastate.edu.

Tryouts for the 2015 Cheer Squad season are May 1-3, 2015 at Bergstrom Indoor Facility

Friday, May 1: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, May 2: 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, May 3: 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm

Note: lodging during tryouts will not be provided.

2014-2015 Cheerleading Tryout Packet - for reference
Athletic Examination form

We do accept video tryouts if a potential team member has a conflict with tryouts, but the reason and video tryout must be approved by the coach, Kelli Baker. We prefer to have all prospective cheerleaders at tryouts. Click here for the video tryout instructions.

Elements required for tryouts:
At tryouts you will perform the ISU Fight Song and a cheer during the Game Day portion on the last day. For the tumbling portion, you will be asked to show a jump to tumbling skill, a standing tumbling sequence, and a running tumbling pass. During the stunt portion of tryouts, each person will be required to show two stunts. You have the option of trying out for both Co Ed and All Girl; however, you would be placed on the squad that best fits our needs. You will be required to show certain elements in your first stunts. The second stunt that you show will be a choice stunt showing your highest difficulty. The required elements are:
• Heel Stretch or Arabesque with a full/double down dismount (All Girl)
• Shoulder Stand (Co Ed)
• Choice Stunt

 

All Cheer Squad members are expected to attended the following:
• Three practice weekends during June, July and August.
• NCA College Cheerleading Camp in August.
• All practices (three nights each week, 2-3 hours each).
• All workouts outside of practice.
• All home football games and assigned basketball games (Co Ed and Large All Girl).
• Assigned volleyball, basketball and gymnastics events (Small All Girl).
• Various games & practices during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.
• Required/requested appearances.

Academics:
Enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours at Iowa State University each semester.
• Maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA throughout time on squad.

Fundraising:
Participation in all fundraising efforts and events required of the Spirit Squads.

Other:
• Participation in cheer squad for entire year spans (trying out for partial year participation is not allowed).
• Compliance of all rules and regulations set forth by Athletic Department and Spirit Squad coaches.

       

Iowa State Dance Team

The Iowa State Dance Team consists of two squads, the Gold and Cardinal Squad. Both squads perform for football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball. Numbers on each squad vary each year and are at the discretion of the coaches. The Dance Team also competes at NDA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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  UPDATES
 

ISDTA State Competition | Dec. 4-5, Des Moines
• Pom Division 1A - 1st place
• Hip Hop Division 1A - 1st place
• Jazz Division 1A - 1st place

  DANCE TEAM STAFF
  Jill Petersen, Head Coach jpetersen@varsity.com
Sarah Miller, Assitant Coach
  PROGRAM BENEFITS
 

• Scholarship Opportunities up to $1,000
• Letter Jacket Qualification
• Paid Uniforms & Accessories
• Travel Opportunities to away games (all expenses paid)
• Paid Travel Expenses for Competition
• Performing in the Big 12 Conference
• State and Nationally Competitive

         
DANCE TEAM TRYOUT INFORMATION
  DANCE TEAM EXPECTATIONS

The 2014-2015 Dance Team is currently full and set, but if you would like more information, please email jpetersen@varsity.com.

Tryouts for the 2015 Dance Team season are April 24-26, 2015 at Forker Gym 184

Friday, April 24: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, April 25: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, April 26: 8:00am-5:00pm

Note: lodging during tryouts will not be provided.

2014-2015 Dance Team Tryout Packet - for reference
Athletic Examination form

We do accept video tryouts if a potential team member has a conflict with tryouts, but the reason and video tryout must be approved by the coach, Jill Petersen. We prefer to have all prospective dancers at tryouts.

Elements required for tryouts:
Everyone will be taught a dance consisting of pom, jazz, and hip hop. Technical skills must be performed and will either be done in a choreographed sequence or individually. Technical skills required are:
• Fouette sequence consisting of 4+ turns and a double pirouette
• Toe Touch
• Turning Disc
• Switch Leap – right and left
• Center Leap
• Straight Leap – right and left
• Triple or Quad Pirouette
• Splits and/or Stretches

 

All Dance Team members are expected to attended the following:
• Summer practices
• NDA College Dance Camp in August.
• All practices (three nights each week, 2-3 hours each).
• All workouts outside of practice.
• All home football games and assigned basketball games.
• Various games/practices during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring break.
• All competitive events.
• Required/requested appearances.

Academics:
Enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours at Iowa State University each semester.
• Maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA throughout time on squad.

Fundraising:
Participation in all fundraising efforts and events required of the Spirit Squads.

Other:
Participation in cheer squad for entire year spans (trying out for partial year participation is not allowed).
• Compliance of all rules and regulations set forth by Athletic Department and Spirit Squad coaches.

       

Mascot Squad

Cy is the official mascot of Iowa State University and his duties are fulfilled by the members of the Mascot Squad. Cy makes appearances at various Cyclone sporting events such as football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, softball, and gymnastics. In addition to sporting events, Cy is often requested to make various appearances across the state of Iowa for a number of events. Cy also competes each year at the NCA College Mascot Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Cy Facebook Page Cy Twitter Page Cy Pinterest Page

  APPEARANCES BY CY
  Want Cy to attend your event?
Click here to complete the request form.
  MASCOT SQUAD STAFF
  Kelli Baker, Head Coach | bakerkn@iastate.edu
  PROGRAM BENEFITS
 

• Compensation for non-athletic events
• Letter Jacket Qualification
• Paid Uniforms & Accessories
• Travel Opportunities to away games (all expenses paid)
• Paid Travel Expenses for Competition
• Performing in the Big 12 Conference
• Nationally Competitive

         
THE BEGINNING OF CY
  THE EVOLUTION OF CY

The story of Cy the Cardinal goes back to the early 1950s when an Iowa State mascot was only a glint in the eye of Chev Adams, president of the former Collegiate Manufacturing Company of Ames, and Harry Burrell, Iowa State sports information director. The two struggled to think of a way to make a mascot costume that would remotely resemble a column of wind.

To solve the problem, two contests were held: the first, a student-run challenge to decide once and for all what form the new mascot would take; the other, a nationwide contest to find a fitting name for the character. The consensus among the students led by Pep Council president Chuck Duncan, confirmed that you “couldn’t stuff a Cyclone,” so they settled on a cardinal bird based on the school colors, cardinal & gold and on existing organizations, Cardinal Key and Cardinal Guild.

Collegiate Manufacturing designed the first cardinal costume – after receiving a green light from Alumni Association director W.E. “Red” Barron and Cyclone Club director Ray Donels at a cost of $200.

Seventeen people submitted the name “Cy” in the nationwide contest. The first to submit the name was Mrs. E.H. Ohlsen of Ames. “Cy the Cardinal” (his official name) debuted at the 1954 Homecoming game and has become the enduring symbol of Iowa State athletics.

Virgil Petty (’57 farm op, DVM ’64) was chosen out of pity by the athletic club to be the inaugural Cy after just being cut from the varsity basketball team.

 

Over the last half century, Cy has undergone several makeovers and redesigns. The first Cy was approximately 8 ½ feet tall with a bulging chest made mostly from chicken wire and aluminum. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a miniature “Baby Cy” made appearances at many athletic events. Several years after, the smaller Cy was discontinued and “Clone” debuted at Hilton Coliseum in January of 1989. The more agile mascot complemented the traditional Cy for several years.

In 1995, “Clone” was discontinued and a more menacing looking Cy was created. This was much different from the cartoon-like prototype that Petty wore. Cy was again transformed when ISU Athletics changed the school’s logo and color combinations. Today’s Cy has a wide grin that is friendly, yet a bit mischievous. He is able to move through crowds with ease and loves to pose for pictures with his adoring fans!

  BECOMING CY
 

WINTER TRYOUT: Saturday, January 24th 2:00pm-5:00pm at Bergstrom Indoor Facility. Click here for tryout packet and information!

Tryouts for the Mascot Squad are determined based on need of adding members. Because the Mascot Squad is a small group of people, tryouts are not held yearly. If you are interested in getting more information about joining the Mascot Squad, please email Kelli Baker, Head Cheer Coach at bakerkn@iastate.edu.