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2007-08 Cheerleaders
Back Row (from left): Josh Meredith, Jon Kirk, Kris Horn, Kyle Sykes, Darren King, Brady Kingrey, Kris Elam, Landon Wray, Matt Napier, Donnell Kerr, Djuan Frye. Middle Row: Garic Salmonowicz, Heather Lawrence, Andrea Shackleford, Casey Mayo, Tiffany Fain, Courtney Adams, Nickki Diaz, Kourtney Soles, Clint Bushong. Bottom Row: Katy Biggers, Marly Johnson, Hayley Brown, Taylor Whitlow, Kelsey Willen, Katie Hindman, Jordan Grider. Not pictured: Lori Gossett, Jared Hall, Jessica Rodgers, Margaret Thornton, B.T. Webb.
2006-07 Nationals Team
Tryout Information
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Stacey Coy Memorial Scholarship
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  2006-07 Nationals Team
Courtney Adams
Michael Bieckert
Jessica Cummins
Taffany Fain
Djuan Frye
Brendan Hoover
Donnell Kerr
John Kirk
Heather Lawrence
Josh Meredith
Bryan Phillips
Garic Salmonowicz
Andrea Schackelford
Jessi Schackelford
Charlie Smith
Kourtney Soles
Kinsley Gregory (alternate)
Matt Napuer (alternate)

 
 
2008-09 Tryout Information
What: WKU Tryout Clinics
When: April 16-18
Where: E.A. Diddle Arena, Auxiliary Gym B
Time: 7–9:30 p.m.
Participants at the tryout clinics will learn the material in order to participate in tryouts.

What: WKU Cheerleading Tryouts
When: Saturday, April 19
Where: E.A. Diddle Arena, Main Floor
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Please contact Tom at 270-202-0425 with any questions concerning these events.  
 
 
Varsity competed in the UCA College Competition and received 2nd place in Division I in 2004 and 2006.

Large Co-ed: Cheer Football and Men’s Basketball
All-Girl Squad: Cheer Football and Women’s Basketball
 
 
 
Varsity:
Monday 7–9 p.m.
Wednesday 7–9 p.m.
Sunday 8:30–10 p.m.
 
 
 

Stacey R. Coy
December 27, 1974 - January 8, 1998


The Western Kentucky University Athletics Department has established a Memorial Scholarship Fund in the memory of Stacey Coy.

Stacey, a senior health care administration major, died in an automobile accident on January 8, 1998.

Stacey was a varsity cheerleader for football and men's basketball for three seasons, serving two years as co-captain. She fulfilled her dream of serving as "Big Red" during the 1997-98 season.

This scholarship fund has been established for WKU's cheerleading program.


Scholarship donations
can be sent to:

Stacey Coy
Memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o WKU Foundation
Western Kentucky University
1 Big Red Way
Bowling Green, Ky. 42101

 
 

ARTICLE I: QUALIFICATIONS.

SECTION A.
ENROLLMENT: To be eligible for selection, full-time enrollment at WKU is required. High school graduating seniors and college transfer students are eligible for selection after enrollment at Western Kentucky University.

SECTION B.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE: A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the time of tryouts. High school seniors or college transfer students must be able to meet the WKU admission requirements. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to maintain eligibility. Proper academic standing must be attained with the university. If proper standing is not acquired then probation for one semester may be allowed in which the student will be limited to cheerleading functions.

SECTION C.
PHYSICAL FITNESS: To be eligible, a student must be physically fit, due to the strenuous activity at practice sessions, sporting events, and other areas of the sport. Each squad must maintain a high degree of physical fitness in order to perform the required activities safely. Any member who fails to meet this requirement, as determined by the Cheerleading Coach, will be removed from the squad. A complete physical is required of each cheerleader before they may begin practice.

SECTION D.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Since the members of the squad have tremendous influence on the student body, it is necessary that they demonstrate good sportsmanship, exercise mature judgment, and direct the competitive spirit of the spectators with proper crowd involvement. Whether at an athletic event or in general public, each squad member is representing Western Kentucky University and the Athletic Department at all times. It is essential to demonstrate proper behavior especially on road trips while representing the university.

SECTION E.
DISCIPLINARY PROBATION: Any student on Disciplinary Probation is not eligible to try out for the team. Therefore, any member of the squad placed on disciplinary probation must forfeit their position immediately.

ARTICLE II: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

SECTION A.
PRACTICE SESSIONS: Cheerleaders must attend and participate in all practice sessions, which are scheduled by the coach. Organized practice sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the summer. The coach through the year determines the practice times during the school session. The practice schedule depends upon the basketball schedule and the readiness of the squad. In addition to the organized practices, conditioning practices at the Preston Center, at the convenience of the cheerleader, are recommended. Individuals must receive prior approval from the cheerleading coach in order to miss any practice session. The excuse must be written down on a piece of paper instead of verbally stating the excuse.

SECTION B.
SPORTING EVENTS: The cheerleaders are scheduled to cheer at home and away football and basketball games as chosen by the coach. The athletic advisor and the cheerleading advisor will determine travel to away games. Cheerleaders must return from breaks if there is a scheduled game or tournament. Failure to do so will lead to disciplinary action. Members of the Red or White squad may be inclined to cheer various sporting events.

SECTION C.
ABSENCE: If any member of the squad has more than one unexcused absence from a scheduled game or practice the individual must automatically forfeit their position for the remainder of the academic year. Being late to a practice or a game more than once may be treated as an unexcused absence. Excused absences consist of emergencies, sickness, or death in the immediate family. The coach must approve all absences prior to the occurrence. Excuses after the matter will not be accepted.

SECTION D.
VACANCIES: Once a cheerleader forfeits his/her position, for any reason, the individual may not resume the position for the remaining academic year.

SECTION E.
FUND RAISING: Fundraising is an essential part of Western Kentucky University. Some opportunities are provided to enable the cheerleaders to raise funds. These finances are used for required apparel, defraying the cost of camp, and expense incurred with any competition. The coach or advisor relay further policies regarding the fund raising activities at the time of the event. Each member of the squad must attend the fund raising activities or social appearances as told to by the coach or advisor.

SECTION F.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
 

  • The cheerleaders' role is to build cohesiveness and excitement through cheers, chants, stunts, and competitive routines.

  • Common sense, mature judgment, respects for all people, and courageous decisions, even in the most difficult circumstances govern the conduct of WKU squad member.

  • Cheerleaders must concentrate on the game in order to lead timely cheers and control the crowd.

  • Conversations with friends and teammates should occur after the game, and never during the game.

  • Decisions are made in practice session, following the discussion of all alternatives and differences of opinion. Disagreements among teammates at athletic events are counterproductive and not acceptable.

  • It is essential that each member of the squad follow the directions of their elected leaders during organized functions to develop a well-coordinated squad.

SECTION G.
MISCONDUCT INCLUDES:
 

  • Any conduct which constitutes a danger to any person's health, safety, or personal well being, such as physical abuse or threat of abuse.

  • Any act of harassment of any player, coach, official, fan, band member, etc., by any member(s) of the squad.

  • Any individual or squad behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or individuals.

  • Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any athletics activity, or facility; including the following:

    • Any unauthorized occupancy of athletics controlled facility of blockage or access to or from such facility.

    • Interference with the right of any university member or other authorized person to gain access to any athletics controlled activity, or facility.

    • Any obstruction or delay of Safety, and Security office or official in the performance of their duty.

  • Any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious, or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property belonging to the University or any such act against a member of the University.

  • The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or drugs to or during practice, home or away athletic events, home or away pep rallies, and any other appearance by WKU cheerleaders

  • Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.

SECTION G.
PENALTY: The failure for misconduct is suspension from the squad.

ARTICLE III. SELECTION

SECTION A.
CHEELEADERS: During the spring semester individuals will be selected to serve as cheerleaders for either the red or white squad. During the fall semester tryouts will be reopen for individuals to tryout into the program. It is at the coach's discretion to remove individuals from one squad and then place them to the other. This decision is based on certain positions that are needed to be filled.

SECTION B.
SELECTION COMMITTEE: The skills tryout selection committee will consist of up to six judges. These judges will be comprised of cheerleader coaches/sponsors from area colleges and schools, cheerleading association representatives, alumni cheerleaders and/or others with expertise in cheerleading. In the event of a tie, the cheerleader advisor and/or cheerleading coach will break the tie.

ARTICLE IV. CO-CAPTAINS

SECTION A.
ELECTION: Purchasing the Uniforms: The members of the squad will have the opportunity for input in the selection of uniforms, however, the sponsor is the only person authorized to purchase uniforms. The University will provide all basic uniforms and equipment with the exception of the shoes, bags, sweat suits, and other personal accessories.

SECTION B.
MAINTAINING THE UNIFORMS: Each of the squad members is responsible for washing and mending their own uniform. The squad member must replace any garment, which is lost or damaged. All uniforms are to be turned in prior to spring tryouts.

SECTION C.
WEARING THE UNIFORM: The uniforms should be neat, clean, and pressed at all times. Hairstyles and make-up should be in good taste. Uniforms are only to be worn at recognized University events.

SECTION D.
RETURNING THE UNIFORM: The uniforms issued to each cheerleader should be turned in upon the conclusion of the season and/or upon request by the cheerleading coach/advisor. Failure to turn in the proper, full uniform may result in a financial hold by the University until proper remittance is made.

ARTICLE VI. AWARDS

SECTION A.
Each cheerleader receives a varsity letter certificate from the Varsity Club, known as the W-Club, upon successfully completing one year of cheerleading and approval of the coach. Each cheerleader receives a varsity letter jacket from the Varsity Club upon successfully completing of two years of cheerleading and approval of the coach. Team awards will be awarded at the end of each season. There will be a post-season awards banquet. At that time, all individual and group awards will be given.

ARTICLE VII. TRAVELING

SECTION A.
The red squad will be scheduled to travel to select away football games and one squad will be selected to travel to select away basketball games. This will be done on a rotating basis. The squad will travel together in an authorized University vehicle to and from all scheduled away games. Seat belts must be worn. An exception to traveling with the squad may be granted by the coach if a written request is received from the individual or by the individual's legal parent or guardian. The cheerleading coach determines individuals selected to travel to events.

ARTICLE IX. EXCEPTIONS

SECTION A.
The coach or advisor and the athletic director considering the University's interests and the welfare of the squad will decide any exceptions to the rulings of these policies and procedures.

ARTICLE X. COMPETITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

SECTION A.
All performances and competitive squads are hand chosen by the head coach and the events are considered as an extracurricular activity to the season. Routines will require certain positions with a particular skill that may be required such as tumblers and stunters. Individuals will be chosen on talent as well as considering the dedication to the program, cheering games, fund raising, and special appearances. First priority is to cheer games. Individuals maybe filled in by members on others squads in case of absence. Individuals may be asked to cheer various events throughout the season.

ARTICLE XI. BOOK SCHOLARSHIP

SECTION A.
Individuals that receive book scholarships must return all books within one week of finals. All individuals falling to do this will receive a block on grades and registration.

ARTICLE XII. POST SEASON PLAY

SECTION A.
Post-season travel will consist of 12 people that are chosen. Post-season travel is considered to be the Sunbelt Tournament and NCAA Tournaments.

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