Blinn Cheer Team 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 NCA National Champions
Blinn College Cheer Tryouts for the 2019-20 Season
Mandatory Tryout Clinic - April 20, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If there is a conflict, email head coach Michael Brewster to send a video or attend another clinic.
Final Tryouts - May 4, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The team announcement will be made after 8 p.m.
Official Practices begin on May 5, 2019
Practices run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Coach Michael Brewster
Michael Brewster is in his fourth year as the head cheer coach and sixth season with the Blinn Spirit Program.
Brewster has been involved in cheerleading for more than 11 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.
In 2018, Blinn cheer made history as the first team to win five national championships in Small Coed Division II after placing first at the NCA Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The cheerleaders finished fourth at the NCA Championships in 2012 and second place in 2013.
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 Flisowski
Sarah Barland Flisowski is in her ninth year here as Blinn College spirit coordinator and head dance coach. The Blinn College Dance Team has won numerous ADTS Collegiate Champions and has won 5 national titles at NDA College Nationals.
Barland Flisowski 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 master’s in physical education from Prairie View A&M University. Barland Flisowski then started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for 2 years at Berry Middle school. She 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 18-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School where she has been the ADTS Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator. Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, which is the halftime production company of the amazing Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 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. Sarah and her husband, Dax Flisowski, make their home here in Brenham with their daughter Kate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many Cheer Team members does Blinn have?
Blinn will have between 36 and 44 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?
- 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
- Standing tuck/full
- Jumps connected with BHS(s) tuck/full
- Round off BHS layout/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?
36 athletes will receive athletic scholarships each season.
MAKING THE TEAM
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 tryout attendance, e-mail: email@example.com.
Candidtates should wear athletic practice attire to all recruit clinics and tryouts.
Getting Started …
Incoming freshmen must have already applied to Blinn College for the Fall 2017 semester to tryout. 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 RELEASE FORM and send an email to coach Michael Brewster at MichaelJ.Brewster@blinn.edu answering the 14 questions listed at the bottom of the page.
If not coming to Blinn College directly from high school, students must fill out a BREAK IN ENROLLMENT FORM.
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.
Athletes that are interested in becoming a Blinn College cheerleader must email head coach Michael Brewster at MichaelJ.Brewster@blinn.edu and answer the following questions:
- Email address
- Permanent address
- High school graduation year
- Intended major
- Current grade point average
- Current cheer team
- Coach's name, email and phone number
- Your height and weight
- Are you a flyer or base?
- Shoe size
- T-shirt size
- Why do you want to cheer at Blinn College?
- What qualities make you a good cheerleader?