Office of Admissions
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5517 or 800-492-7900
The Missouri State Spirit Squads offer an extensive and varied program to challenge you to be one of the best! The performance opportunities as a Cheerleader, Sugar Bear or mascot are almost limitless. The following information gives an overview of both programs. For additional information or to obtain an application, contact Susan Brown, Missouri State Spirit Squads Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Spirit Squads website at www.missouristate.edu/spiritsquads.
The Missouri State Cheerleading Squad is a group of 12 men and 12 women who are selected from a tryout held the first weekend of May each year. The tryout consists of performing tumbling, back hand springs, stunting and chants. Individuals selected for appointment to the squad may receive a scholarship. The squad cheers for the football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball teams. In order to be at their best, the members of the squad practice four days a week, working on stunting, basket tosses and pyramids. Cheerleaders are required to follow a conditioning program consisting of lifting, running and other strength building activities.
Coached by J.R. Longstaff, the Missouri State Cheerleaders consistently rank in the top 10 cheer squads nationally. Most recently, the squad placed in the top five at the UCA College National Competition. Requirements for the squad, as well as pictures from recent competitions, can be found at: www.missouristate.edu/cheer.
Sixteen women comprise the Sugar Bears Dance Team and are selected from a tryout held each spring. The tryout participants are evaluated on many dance skills such as leaps, double and triple pirouettes and fouettes. They are also evaluated on technique, rhythm, and showmanship while performing routines in the styles of fight song, hip hop, jazz and lyrical. Those selected for the Sugar Bears receive a stipend each semester. The Sugar Bears compete at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida every January, and are continually ranked in the top six teams in the nation. The Sugar Bears were ranked #1 in November 2005 and 2006 going into UDA Nationals. Outside of competition, the Sugar Bears perform with the Pride Marching Band during pre-game and at half time for home football games and at men’s and women’s home basketball games. Squad members have the opportunity to travel for basketball games during the post season tournaments.
Coached by Susan Brown, the Sugar Bears prepare for each academic year’s performances by attending camp to learn new routines, work on dance technique and compete against other university dance teams. Collegiate dance teams from around the region travel to Missouri State University for this large event. The Sugar Bears have placed 1st in home routine 4 of the past 5 years, and have earned “Most Collegiate” honors.