Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Must I be admitted to the University before trying out?

A. Yes. You must bring your acceptance letter to the tryout. Those who are not yet accepted to the school may not tryout.

Q. What if I can't stunt well or what if I can't tumble well?

A. First off we don't use the word can't here. Say you are unable to do something at this time because you can always learn what you don't have right now. We are looking for good, all-around cheerleaders who have a good attitude and are willing to work hard towards getting better.

Q. What is the attire for tryouts?

A. Ladies: all girls are to look "game ready." Natural make-up should be worn. Hair should be half-up, half-down with a bow (preferably white). All females will wear a full cut black tank top with black shorts (can be Soffe type or boy cut athletic tights) and white cheerleading shoes. Any apparel that says Purdue CHEER/CHEERLEADING should NOT be worn. Wearing just a sports bra is NOT allowed at tryouts. All tryout apparel worn should not have any other college or high school names and/or logos on it.

A. Gentlemen: clean cut and clean shaved (well kept mustaches and goatees are NOT allowed, so please shave). No member of the Purdue Cheerleading squad will ever be allowed to have facial hair during the season. Sideburns are allowed to the bottom of the ear and are to be well kept. All males will wear a black Purdue t-shirt with black shorts and tennis shoes. Any apparel that says Purdue CHEER/CHEERLEADING should NOT be worn.

Q. What is the attire for the personal interview?

A. Business causal or professional. No jeans or t-shirts.

Q. Can I send in a video tape for my tryout?

A. Yes, however in person tryout's are highly recommended and preferred. If you are not able to make it the live tryout, please contact head coach Steve Solberg immediately at ssolberg@purdue.edu to work out a video.

Q. Do I have to be invited in order to try out?

A. Yes. Anybody who wants to try out for the squad must be invited by Coach Solberg at one of our two college prep clinics. If you are unable to make one of our clinics, but would like to tryout, please contact Coach Solberg immediately at ssolberg@purdue.edu to work out a video.

Q. Is there any cost to try out?

A. No.

Q. Do I have to have a physical before I can tryout?

A. Yes, however for any incoming freshmen that competed in a sport in high school their senior year the physical from your high will work for tryouts. After which all new team members will need a Purdue issued physical before they can practice. We will have ever need this on file before you can come to pre-tryout clinics or tryouts so please bring a copy with you to your first clinic.