General Info/FAQs

General Information about the University of Michigan Cheer Team

The University of Michigan Cheer Team cheers at all home Football, and Men's and Women's Basketball games.  The Michigan Cheer Team travels to all away Big Ten Football games and bowl games such as the Alamo®, Capital One®, Fiesta®, Hall of Fame®, Holiday®, Orange®,  Outback® and Rose® Bowl Games.  The Michigan Cheer Team also cheers at Big Ten® Conference Basketball Tournaments, NCAA® and NIT® Tournaments.  Occasionally, the Michigan Cheer Team supports home Volleyball and Wrestling events.

In addition to games, Michigan Cheer Team athletes make appearances on behalf of the Department of Athletics and The University of Michigan. Many Michigan Cheer Team athletes also volunteer with local charitable organizations, especially Mott Children's Hospital and Michigan From the Heart.

The Michigan Cheer Team is a co-ed squad, with approximately 20 female and 20 male athletes. This year the Michigan Cheer Team will begin practice on August 19 and continue until the completion of Basketball season.  Practices are held 2-3 times per week.  Cheer athletes must also participate in strength training at the Natatorium Weight Room which is exclusive to University of Michigan student athletes.  Practices are not scheduled during study days or exams.

There are no out of pocket expenses for Cheer Team athletes.  All practice gear, uniforms, per diem and travel expenses are covered by the University of Michigan Athletic Department.  Cheer Team athletes receive $400 per term for book expenses.  There are scholarships available through the Newt Loken Scholarship.

The Michigan Cheer Team will compete in the NCA National Cheerleading Championship held at Dayton Beach, Florida in early April 2014.

What is the time commitment to be on the Michigan Cheer Team?

Team practices for Fall 2013 are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Strength and Conditioning workouts are required twice weekly at the Natatorium varsity weight room. Strength and Conditioning can be scheduled around each student's classes.

With training and games, Fall semester is approximately 14 hours per week, Winter semester is approximately 10 hours per week.

What are the out of pocket expenses to be on the Michigan Cheer Team?

There are no out of pocket expenses. All practice gear, uniforms, warm-ups, shoes etc. are paid for by the Michigan Athletic Department.

All travel expenses: transportation, meals are paid for by the Michigan Athletic Department.

Per Diem is given for preseason training from August 19 to August 30, and for games cheered over breaks.

Can I participate in Spring Tryouts if I have not yet been admitted for Fall 2013?

Occasionally on the date of Spring Tryouts there are high school seniors who have been wait listed or have not yet received a reply regarding their application for enrollment in the Fall. You may still tryout, providing you have all of the required documentation.

However, if you make the team, that will have NO IMPACT on your application for admission to the University of Michigan. Neither the Coaching Staff nor the Athletic Department will make any contact with Admissions in regards to your pending application.

It is possible that you could be selected for the team during April, then shortly afterwards find out that you have been denied admission to the University of Michigan. In that event you would be removed from the team roster.

Contact Us

For further information about the University of Michigan Cheer Team, please email Coach St John at