Mascot Tryout Information

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University of Texas at Austin

Mascot Tryout Information


Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Selection Process
Section 3 - Contact Information
Section 4 - Tryout Packet Information
Section 5 - Frequently Asked Questions


I. Squad Tryout Information

Squad Definition
Texas Mascot members wear the "Hook'em" or "Air Horn" mascot costumes at all home and away athletic events and appear throughout the year with Texas Pom and Texas Cheerleader squad members at other University functions, on television, radio and non-University functions as determined by the coaches and Associate Athletic Director.


II. Member Selection Process

The try-out process will consist of 3 parts: an oral interview, 4-5 situational improv scenarios, and a short 20-30 second improv dance for which we will provide the music.

Required mastery of, or the potential to master:

  • Skits/dance
  • Improvisation
  • Athletic skills, strength, and abilities appropriate for required activities

Additional Criteria

  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Charismatic presence/personality
  • Confidence
  • Independence
  • Enthusiasm

The interview process will be conducted first, allowing everyone a chance to first interview before we start the other two parts of the try-out. Dress in whatever you would like, but keep in mind that after your interview you will be suiting up in costume, so bring the appropriate clothing. The try-out order will be randomly selected prior to the try-outs. The try-outs have been known to be lengthy in the past, so plan your morning and afternoon accordingly.

Try-out Dates: Individual auditions will be scheduled with each candidate
Place: Red McCombs Red Zone (North End of DKR Memorial Stadium)
(click here for a map of facility)

If you have any further questions regarding try-outs or the mascot program, feel free to contact Alyssa Durrett, Spirit Coordinator at (512) 232-2911.

Notification of Selection
The names of persons selected for the Texas Spirit Program will be posted on the Texas Spirit Program Website at after all tryout sessions have been completed.


III. Contact Information

Spirit Program Office
(512) 232 - 2911 Main Office Line
(512) 232 - 6183 Fax Line

(ie. overnight packages, UPS, Fed Ex, etc.):
Alyssa Durrett, Spirit Programs Director
Texas Cheer Program
2100 San Jacinto
STD 1.246
Austin, TX 78712

(ie. stamped envelope mail, priority mail, etc.):
Alyssa Durrett, Spirit Programs Director
Texas Cheer Program
P.O. Box 7399
Austin, TX 78713 - 7399

Web Address:

Online Form


IV. Tryout Packet Information

Packet Information
All candidates must submit a completed tryout packet to the Texas Cheer Program Office. No one will be allowed to participate in a tryout session unless Texas Cheer has received a completed tryout packet prior to the session an individual wishes to attend. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR THIS REQUIREMENT!

Tryout Packet and Video Due Dates
Cheer (Orange Squad)
In our office no later than: March 25th, 2013 @ 4pm
Cheer (White Squad)
In our office no later than: April 8th, 2013 @ 4pm
Pom Squad
In our office no later than: April 1st, 2013 @ 4pm
Mascot (Hook 'Em)
In our office no later than: April 15th, 2013 @ 4pm

Tryout Packet Content Checklist:

  • Completed medical forms (including Form B Physical Examination sheet) and Information sheet. (Click here to download these forms).
  • Cover Letter
  • One head to toe color photo of recruit, and one color head shot. (**Will not be returned) (Mascot candidates do not need to send photos, but can provide them should they choose.)
  • Resume of accomplishments (Individual cheer and non-cheer related activities).
  • One letter of recommendation sent from current or most recent cheer / dance advisor, or coach directly to Cheer and Pom Advisor. (**Do not send in packet, have advisor/coach send letter directly to Cheer and Pom office. Address letter to Alyssa Durrett.) (Mascot candidates do not need to send letters of rec, but can provide them should they choose.)
  • For incoming freshman only: one letter of recommendation from school official. (**Do not include the letter in the packet; have the school official send letter directly to Alyssa Durrett at the address listed above.) (Mascot candidates do not need letters of rec, but can provide them should they choose.)
  • Copies of all high school transcripts from incoming freshman, and college transcripts from transfer or current UT students.
  • $20 processing fee. (We will ONLY accept checks or money orders payable to UT Austin)
Tryout Packet Examples:

New! We have made available a few examples of completed tryout packets of current cheer squad members. Click the appropriate link below to download an example of what actual tryout packets have looked like.


V. Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer scholarships?
Fall and spring semester scholarships may be awarded to Texas Cheer members based upon need, academic performance, cheerleading activity, and conduct. Scholarships have historically have ranged from $100 to $250 a semester.

What do I wear to the recruiting session?
Athletic shorts, and any type of athletic shoe.
Attire pertains to all Videotape entries!

What time do I show up to the tryout session?
We recommend that everyone attending a tryout session show up 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Where can I get tryout session date information and the tryout packet?
Tryout information will be posted on our website:, or call the Texas Cheer Office to arrange a method to receive literature Fax, E-mail, or pick up in person.

If you have a questions that we did not answer in the FAQ or in the tryout material, please send your question to Thank you for your help.

Office phone number: (512) 232 - 2911
Program E-mail: