J.L. Newbern Middle School

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NMS/VMS Cheer Tryouts Information



NMS & VMS Sideline Cheer  

 Fall Cheerleading (VIRTUAL) Tryouts 2020-21 

To cheer for Newbern Middle and Valdosta Middle it takes someone who is willing to work as a team. We are looking for dedicated, spirited, hardworking, and talented athletes. The Cheer Program is here to support their school’s athletic events, as well as, to promote school spirit. Working as a team, we hope to develop good character, citizenship, sportsmanship, cooperation, and leadership skills. The NMS and VMS cheer squads will consist of one squad from each school with 16 members in grades 6-8. They will cheer at all home football and basketball games. Cheerleaders must be willing to devote time after school and weekends. They are expected to attend all practices, games, camps, school functions, etc.  VCS cheerleaders are a representative of the school system, and therefore, are required to follow all school rules. Any instrument that is harmful to the cheerleader or reputation of the squad will result in automatic removal. To build any successful sports team, it takes the coaches, the athlete, and the parent(s). Throughout this season we need to work together as a team to achieve this goal! Sincerely, NMS and VMS Cheer Coaches 




Virtual Tryout Material Information

  • On Friday, August 14th we will upload the tryout material (videos/music/guidelines) onto our “NMS/VMS Cheer Tryout”  Google Classroom. It will be the same material for both teams. See below for links to join google classroom.

  • Join “NMS/VMS Cheer Tryouts” using the following code:

Google Classroom = jto2v73

Google Classroom Notes: o You must be enrolled at Newbern, Valdosta Middle, or VECA (zoned for either Newbern or VMS) to tryout for that school’s squad.

  o You must have a google account to be able to enroll in the google classroom.  

What to do BEFORE submitting your tryout video: 

  1. Sign up for tryouts using the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfT4xyIB0TNZiJ6tHrCOAu_MHdAyL0rdhbegMBsg_D8vRmTYg/viewform?usp=sf_link and receive an email with a tryout number. If you have your number, you are signed up. If you do not have a tryout number, please email Coach Dennis at kdennis@gocats.org ASAP to sign up. The last day to register for tryouts is Tuesday, August 18, at 9 PM. NO LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

  2. Complete a sports physical 

  • Find the packet @ https://www.ghsa.net/forms(under “medical forms” click the pdf “Preparticipation Physical History and Evaluation Form”) 

  • Be sure the form is complete (signed by a doctor) or you may end up not being cleared (and not able to try out) 

  1. Adding your sports physical to the google form: You must SCAN all pages and save as a single document. Upload it onto the google form in the section provided on the form. If you are having trouble, please email Coach Dennis.

  2. Received “cleared” email and tryout number after submitting all the above. This may take a couple of days.   

  3. Watch, learn & choreograph the required tryout videos/material

  4. Record your tryout material and get it ready for submission. ALL VIDEOS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 20,2020 BY 9 PM. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Tryout Video Submissions 

  • What to wear* on tryout video: *do not add extra “bling” or “flair” to clothes, hair, etc. Please be in a well lit area with no background noise or long pauses. Short pauses between each task is acceptable. 

o PLAIN White T-shirt with your tryout number written clearly on both sides of the shirt (Can be printed on paper and pinned to shirt)

▪ Tryout Numbers: Written or printed in large letters in the

following colors: BLACK

 o Black shorts 

O Athletic Shoes 

o Sports bra (females) 

o Hair up in a ponytail (or out of face if too short for a pony)...bangs back too!  

o No long nails, NO jewelry

  • Intro @ the beginning of the video: 

o Please state your first and last name, tryout number, & your grade level (in 2020-21) clearly and loudly.

  • Perform the tasks asked of you in the following order:

  1. Jumps- Toe touch first, second- a different jump of your preference (refer to the video of different jumps)

  2. Football Cheer

  3. Basketball Cheer

  4. Dance 

  • Submit a video to Google Classroom “NMS/VMS Cheer Tryouts” I will make an “assignment” with the name NMS 2020-21 cheer tryouts (for Newbern) and VMS 2020-21 cheer tryouts (for VMS) where you can post your tryout video. IF you cannot join the classroom for some reason, contact Coach Dennis IN ADVANCE to make other arrangements for sending your video. 

Submission Window: Tuesday, August 18th-  August 20th @ 9 pm. 

Do not wait till the last minute to try and upload your video. Give yourself plenty of time for uploading and figuring out any issues that might arise. I am willing to help with technical difficulties and come up with solutions...but not the last minute and not after the deadline. 



  • We will post who made each squad by Monday, August 24th 

  • We will post by tryout number (no names) 

  • You can find the posting on both the Google Classroom page and the VCS website.


 Flexibility, Strength & Conditioning 

Traditionally we would spend 30-40 minutes on stretching, running, and working out at each tryout day. YOU WILL BE JUMPING ON YOUR TRYOUT VIDEO! We have uploaded a video of different jumps that can be performed during your tryout to the Google Classroom. We suggest you start working out, stretching, and working on your jumps NOW. 

Important Contact Information: 

 NMS Cheer Coaches: Contina Smith- csmith@gocats.org, Jerica White- jmwhite@gocats.org

VMS Cheer Coaches:  Kelly Dennis- kdennis@gocats.org, Kaitlin Kirby- kaitlin.kirby@gocats.org 

Athletics Office: Reginald Mitchell (AD) - rmitchell@gocats.org