Blinn College Cheerleaders

Blinn Cheer Team 2014 NCA National Champions

Upcoming Recruit Clinics

Oct. 11: noon - 3 p.m. (Participants may also cheer on the sideline during the football game at 6 p.m.)

Location: Brenham Campus

Cost $25/person (includes clinic and entry into the football game for participant and family)

To register submit the recruit form at the bottom of the page

 

Nov. 15: noon - 3 p.m.

Location: Brenham Campus

Cost $25/person 

To register submit the recruit form at the bottom of the page (first-time participants only)

 

Coach Michael Brewster

Michael Brewster is in his first year as the head cheer coach and third season with the Blinn Spirit Program.  Brewster has been involved in cheerleading for more than 10 years as a participant, coach and choreographer. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in business management, Brewster was a part of three NCA Collegiate National Championships during his time there, including the captain of the 2006 team.

During his time with the Blinn Cheer Team, the cheerleaders finished fourth at the NCA Championships and in 2012 and second place in 2013. The 2012-13 squad made school history by posting the top score in its division before deductions.

A native of Tampa, Fla., Brewster grew up doing everything but cheerleading as he won national titles in both roller speed skating and roller hockey. He attended Charleston Southern University on a football scholarship before having his career cut short by a knee injury during his freshman year.

Coach Sarah Barland

Sarah Barland is in her fourth year here as Blinn College spirit coordinator and head dance coach.   The Blinn College Dance Team is the three-time ADTS Collegiate Champions and for the past two years it has received second place at NDA College Nationals.   

Barland is a former member of the Blinn College Treasures Dance Team and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University -- now Texas State University -- in San Marcos with a degree in exercise sports science and minor in political science. She also just earned her masters in physical education from Prairie View A&M University. Barland then started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for 2 years at Berry Middle school. She then went on to Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD to become the director of the award-winning RL Turner Lionettes. She was the director of the Lionettes for seven years before coming back to Blinn as the coach of the Blinn College Treasures Dance and Cheer Teams. Sarah is also a 10-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School. She has been the ADTS Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator now for the past six years. Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, which is the halftime production company of the amazing Capital One Football game.

The move to Brenham is a great one that puts her closer to her family. Her sister, Alice Henrichsen, with husband Eric and nephew Brady are all in the Houston area and parents Mary Sue Carter and Ken Barland still live in the Golden Triangle. Sarah is a graduate of Orangefield High School, member and three-year officer of the Orangefield High School dance team, and All-American Dance team member her senior year. Her hobbies include taking dance classes, triathlons, reading and watching college football.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Cheer Team members does Blinn have?

Blinn will have between 28 and 36 cheer team members.

What athletic events does the cheer team cheer at?

The Blinn College cheer team performs at all home football games, select away football games, men’s and women’s basketball home games and women’s volleyball home matches.

How often does the cheer team practice?

Practices and weight training / cardio conditioning sessions are held three to five days a week.

How is the Blinn Cheer Team selected?

Cheerleaders are selected based on their ability to represent Blinn College as well as their ability to perform recommended skills for performances and competition.

What are recommended skills?

Females

  • Jumps connected with back tuck

  • Jumps connected with BHS tuck

  • Round off BHS layout or better

  • Flyers - Front and side body positions with double downs from both

Males

  • Standing full

  • Jumps connected with BHS(s) full

  • Round off BHS full or specialty pass

  • Unassisted extended stunts

Is there a weight or height limit?

There is not a weight or height limit, but all potential members must maintain the appropriate physique to execute the required skills.

Do Blinn cheer team members receive scholarships?

Top 28 members receive between full tuition and fees, housing, full meal plan or the use of books.

 

MAKING THE TEAM

The Tryouts…

The Blinn College Cheer Program will host a number of tryout clinics each Fall and Spring to assess the skills, character and potential of interested and qualified candidates for the cheer squad.

Recruit clinics are conducted in a practice-like environment during which the level of each candidate’s skills and talents, and their ability to work with current and prospective team members, will be evaluated. A short interview with the candidate may be conducted at anytime during the sessions.

We will have one mandatory tryout clinic and a closed final try-out with two sessions. The clinic and final tryout sessions are mandatory unless arranged with the coaching staff ahead of time. The final try-out will be by invitation only. Final team selections will be made at the conclusion of the final try-out. Try-outs will be held in the Heineke Gym on the Brenham campus (map).

To schedule dates to attend, e-mail: michaelj.brewster@blinn.edu.

 

Attire

Candidates should wear black shorts and t-shirt for males and black spanx and supportive any color sports bra for females.

Recommended skills…

Males:

Standing full

jumps connected with BHS(s) to full

Round off BHS full or specialty pass

Unassisted extended stunts

Females:

Jumps connected to back tuck

Jumps connected to BHS tuck

Round off BHS layout or better

Front and side body position flexibility and double downs (flyers only)

 

Getting Started …

Incoming freshmen must have already applied to Blinn College for the Fall 2014 semester to try-out. Students cannot be admitted on any type of probation.

Blinn College students must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and be in good standing with the College. Students cannot be on any form of academic and/or disciplinary probation.

Completed medical forms and information sheet.

One head-to-toe color photo and one head shot of recruit. Do not have special pictures taken for packet, a snap shot is fine. Pictures will not be returned.

Two letters of recommendation.

Copies of all high school transcripts from incoming freshman and college transcripts from transfer or current Blinn students.

$30 processing fee. Only checks or money orders made out to Blinn College will be accepted.

 

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