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The University of Iowa spirit squads consists of the Iowa cheerleaders, the Iowa dance team and the Herky the Hawk. The program is at the forefront of the University of Iowa , providing `Black and Gold' not only at a myriad of intercollegiate athletics and UI campus community events staged annually at the University of Iowa, but throughout the state and nationally. The Iowa spirit squads are under the supervision of the University of Iowa Athletics Department.

The Iowa spirit squads provide leadership and entertainment for the 70,000 fans who routinely fill Kinnick Stadium to capacity for the home games of the nationally-ranked UI football team and crowds of up to 15,500 who cheer Iowa's men's and women's basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams in events staged inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and as such competes for conference and national championships in 24 varsity sports.

The student-athletes that make up the Iowa spirit squads are full-time ambassadors for the University of Iowa. Not only do they perform at athletics events at the UI, but they also participate in public outreach events throughout the year, attend UCA/UDA camp in the summer, travel to postseason bowl games and men's and women's basketball tournaments, and compete nationally at UCA/UDA competitions.

And they do all of this while being full-time undergraduate students at the University of Iowa, one of the nation's premiere public research institutions.


The Iowa cheerleaders are a co-ed squad which leads the crowd and performs at Iowa football, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, wrestling and other athletics events deemed necessary by the Iowa Athletics Department. As a spirit squad member you are a representative not only of the athletic teams you support at this University, but also the entire State of Iowa. You are the most visible ambassadors we have and you are expected to conduct yourself accordingly on and off the playing field. The squad consists of 10-15 males and 10-15 females. Members of the Iowa cheerleading squad follow the NCAA-mandated AACCA guidelines while at games, events, and practice.

Iowa cheerleaders are student-athletes who devote 15-20 hours every week to practices, games, strength training, special appearances, camps and competitions. Like all student-athletes at the University of Iowa, Iowa cheerleaders must maintain high academic standards and carry a full credit load in order to participate.

Iowa cheerleaders come from a variety of backgrounds, including cheerleading, either in high school or at all-star gyms, gymnastics, football, track, wrestling and dance. Their academic majors and minors cover many subjects. As a co-ed squad, many of the male team members' first experience with cheerleading is once they enter our gym for tryouts and/or practice. All squad members are expected to be great crowd leaders, tumblers, stunters, base/top pyramids and be able to project the image of a collegiate athlete, while representing the University of Iowa. Because of these responsibilities, we are looking for skilled and talented athletes, as well as well-rounded students, who embrace the ability to be coached. The Iowa cheerleaders strive to compete at Nationals, understanding their main objective is to keep 70,000 fans in Kinnick Stadium and 15,000 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena up on their feet and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Tryouts will take place in April.

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students
Incoming freshmen and transfer students may tryout in the spring if they meet the following criteria:

  • A qualifying video by March 1
  • A completed Iowa cheerleading application by March 1
  • Proof of admission to the University of Iowa at tryouts in April (i.e. copy of acceptance letter)
  • A current physical (dated no EARLIER than 6 months before tryout - after December 1 prior to tryouts)
  • A letter of recommendation from school or all-star coach
  • A completed medical and release waiver to participate in the April tryout
  • A copy of your current health insurance card (front and back) at tryouts in April
  • An essay, "Why I want to be an Iowa Cheerleader"

    Current University of Iowa Students
    Tryout information meetings will take place at the start of spring semester, look for information on CamBus, and on your floors in the dorms. Or email us once returning to campus in the spring. The information meetings will answer questions and prepare you for tryouts in April.

    All current University of Iowa students must have the following in order try out:

  • A completed Iowa cheerleading application (Download PDF File)
  • Proof of enrollment at the University of Iowa (i.e. copy of your spring schedule or student id)
  • A current physical (dated no EARLIER than 6 months before tryout - after December 1 prior to tryouts)
  • Complete a medical and release waiver to participate in the April tryout
  • Have current health insurance and provide a copy font and back at tryouts in April

    Important Information
  • 2014-15 Cheerleading Application Get Acrobat Reader
  • 2014-15 Cheer Video Tryout Requirements Get Acrobat Reader

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