Paola Cheerleading Tryouts are held in May. All tryout participants attend a cheer clinic prior to tryouts and learn one cheer, one chant, and jumps. Participants try out, in front of two non-biased judges, in groups of three. Paola Middle School has two separate cheer squads: Football Squad and Girls Basketball Squad. Participants may try out for one squad or both squads (prioritizing the order of their selection). Squads consist of eighteen members each, totaling thirty-six cheerleaders for the year.
Cheerleaders on both squads will only cheer at HOME games. We do not travel to away games.
Summer Camp is held in August. The cheerleaders learn EVERY cheer, chant, and dance that will be performed that school year; they also organize stunt groups. During camp, pep-assemblies and game captains will be assigned.
Cheerleaders live for the pep assemblies! There will be one pep rally put on by each squad. They work almost all season to perfect the assembly. They perform a dance, great stunts, and great cheers and chants. The choir, band, dance team and others work with the cheerleaders to create a great assembly.