The Baylor competition cheer team attended the Americheer International Championships in Orlando, Fla. in March and returned home as national champs.
At Baylor, varsity cheerleaders are boys and girls in the Upper School (grades 9-12).
A student can try out for the squad at the end of their eighth grade year.
BAYLOR'S 2019-20 CHEER SQUAD (ABOVE) WAS A CHAMPION AT THE TN EXTREME AND SMOKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL COMPETITIONS AND RUNNER-UP AT TWO MORE REGIONAL EVENTS. THE SQUAD EARNED FOUR DIFFERENT BIDS TO THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE ESPN SPORTS CENTER, WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT, WHERE THEY FINISHED FOURTH OUT OF 37 TEAMS.
- Program Principles - Cheerleading is fun, but it also requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Baylor cheerleaders attend camps each summer along with hours of practice before and during each season. Here is a list of skills that cheerleaders are asked to work on:
- Cheer (Motions, sharpness)
- Dance – Girls only (Rhythm, technique)
- Jumps (Toe Touch/ Jump of Choice – Height, form)
- Tumbling (Skills, timing, technique)
- Voice Projection (Loud, clear, natural)
- Facial Expressions/ Smile/ Enthusiasm
- Overall Appearance (Spirit, Ability)
- Stunting (Lifts, Pyramids, Formations)
- Safety Certification (Provided through UCA)
- Varsity Squads - both squads are by tryout only. A student can tryout for one or both teams. Members of either squad are eligible for All-American honors.
- Football Competition Cheer - Cheer at Baylor football games and in cheer competitions. UCA Camp and Game Day Competing begin in the summer months and extend through February.
- Basketball Cheer - Cheer on sidelines at Baylor basketball games. A UCA Camp, with UCA staff, will be held at Baylor
- Middle School Squads - both squads are by tryout only.
- Football Cheer - Cheer at all Middle School football games at home and in town. UCA Camp, at Baylor, is required. Members are eligible for All- American honors.
- Basketball Cheer - Cheer on sidelines at Baylor basketball games at home and in town.
As cheerleaders, we are SPIRIT leaders in the school and we believe each team member makes a difference!
For more information, contact Coach Mindy Kral at email@example.com.
Be proud to support Baylor EVERY day of the year!
Tryouts for Baylor 2021-22 Varsity Cheer Teams, football competition cheer and basketball sideline non-competition cheer, will be held on April 24, 2021. Rising 9th -12th graders are eligible.
Baylor senior Melanie Kral made Baylor cheer history, earning accolades as a member of the Tennessee Cheerleading Coaches Association (TCCA) All-State Team.
The Baylor competitive cheerleading squad is returning to the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) for the third consecutive year.
The Baylor cheerleading team has earned a third bid to attend the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando next February.
Clinic and tryouts for the 2019-20 Baylor basketball cheer squad will be coming up Sept. 23-24.
The 2020-21 Baylor cheerleading squad received three first place awards at Universal Cheerleaders camp in Gulf Shores, Ala. in June.
Here is important information for rising sixth through eighth grade students interested in trying out for the Middle School Football Cheer squad for the 2019-2020 school year.
Cheerleader Tryouts will be conducted April 3-6.
Clinic and tryouts for the 2018-19 Baylor basketball cheer squad will be coming up Sept. 17-19 for current 9th-12th grade students.
Coach Mindy Kral grew up in nearby Jasper, Tenn. and was a cheerleader at Marion County High School on a team that competed in the NCA nationals. She also cheered at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a degree in criminal justice.
Since taking the reins of the Baylor program in 2014, Kral has doubled the number of cheer squads with the competition squad taking multiple region titles and placing in the top four teams in the nation. Many dedicated Baylor cheerleaders have gone on to cheer at the college of their choice.
I enjoy being able to teach the sport I love while including lessons that help my athletes meet the expectations that they have for themselves," says Kral. "Those lessons can be translated into personal, academic and athletic success. I am proud to know I have touched lives and made strong connections and great memories."
"I encourage the athletes I coach to make good decisions, hold themselves accountable, strive for success in whatever they do, and to be a good person," continues Kral. "I always tell my teams to 'be better today than you were the day before.'"