The University of Redlands cheerleaders have been a staple to
Bulldog Athletics since their inception. However, the
expectation of today’s cheerleaders extends far past the
sidelines. The high-level stunting and tumbling abilities seen at
various athletic games can be attributed to multiple practices per
week coupled with intense strength training. Bulldog
cheerleaders are athletes and train as such on a daily basis.
As a result of the team’s high visibility on campus, the
cheerleaders strive to represent the phenomenal student-athletes
and coaches of the University of Redlands, both on and off the
Currently, there are three squads within the cheer team. The fall, winter/spring, and competition cheer teams all provide different yet equally important facets to Bulldog Athletics. The fall team is highly visible at many of the fall sports events. The members attend all of the football games, both home and away, and cheer at many other on-campus contests. Tryouts for the fall team are during April or May of the previous academic year. Only on-campus tryouts are accepted; current students and incoming freshmen from local schools may participate in these tryouts. Practice times during the fall season are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 a.m.
The winter/spring team is also an on-campus group that cheers for the winter/spring sports. This team is consistently seen on the sidelines of the home basketball games in Currier Gym and at many other winter/spring sports. Tryouts are held in October or November. Practice times during the season are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 a.m.
Finally, the competition team works to perfect its skills and routines for various cheer competitions. This team generally does not participate on campus with the exception of performing at one home basketball game. Tryouts for the competition cheer team are usually held in September, with differing practice schedules that depend on the amount of practice needed.
Due to the demanding schedule and commitment required to be on the cheer team, with early morning practices and many events to attend, the Bulldog cheer team creates a tight-knit group. Head Coach Summer DeVoré describes the team as “a family away from home.” Other benefits of being on the squad include gaining an incredible amount of strength, both physically and mentally. The cheer team’s stunts require extreme concentration, dedication, and mental focus, aside from the obvious muscular strength that is needed.
Whether it’s football, soccer, basketball or water polo, keep an eye out for the Bulldog cheer team as it strives to be everywhere on campus. With hard work and dedication, this spirited group has come to be well known throughout the University of Redlands community.