Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders FAQ

Tryouts FAQs

BALTIMORE RAVENS CHEERLEADING 2020 TRYOUTS

2020 Tryouts will be held on March 7th & 8th at the Downtown Merritt Athletic Club. Registration for tryouts will open up in January.

The best way to prepare for tryouts is to attend our 2020 Prep Clinic in February. More information on the Prep Clinic and Tryouts will become available as the dates get closer. In the meantime, please refer to the FAQs below for information.

GENERAL TEAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there an age limit to try out for the squad?

To try out, you must be 18 by May 1, 2020. There is no maximum age limit.

What are the benefits of being a Ravens Cheerleader?

The ability to perform in front of 70,000 fans at Ravens home games.

Exposure through media, high profile events, and community relations.

Monetary compensation for all practices and games, as well as additional opportunities to generate compensation for public events and appearances.

Uniforms and apparel are provided for all squad members.

What is the time commitment if you make the team?

Being a member of the Ravens Cheerleading squad is a significant time commitment but is an experience you will never forget. You can expect the following as a Ravens Cheerleader:

Attending and performing at all 10 home games for the season. Cheerleaders arrive at the stadium approximately 5 hours before kickoff for each game.

Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday from April through January. Practices run from 6 – 9 pm.

Each Ravens Cheerleader should plan to attend approximately 20 appearances each season. There are a few mandatory appearances each year that the full squad is required to attend.

There is a mandatory Cheerleader Training Camp trip one weekend in the Spring, typically in April or May.

Where does the team practice?

Practices are split between the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland and a cheerleading gymnastics center in Hanover, Maryland.

Are Ravens Cheerleaders paid?

Yes, cheerleaders are paid for practices, games and appearances.

Who are the Ravens Playmakers? How are they different from the Cheerleaders?

The Playmakers are the Ravens' promotional team. They appear at restaurants throughout Maryland and attend all Ravens home games. They are different than Cheerleaders as they do not perform at football games. You can find out more about the Ravens Playmakers here.

PREP CLINIC FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where is the 2020 Prep Clinic?

The Prep Clinic will be held in February, and the exact date will be released at a later date. The Prep Clinic is held at the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center.

Do I have to attend the Prep Clinic to try out for the 2020 team?

Attending the Prep Clinic is not a requirement to make the team. The purpose of the clinic is to prepare you for tryouts so you know what to expect and can prepare accordingly for tryouts.

TRYOUT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When are 2020 Tryouts?

The first and second rounds of tryouts will be held Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th. First cuts are made on Saturday afternoon, and second cuts are made on Sunday. If you advance to the interview round, you will schedule an interview on a date the following week. Then there is a final round held at the Under Armour Performance Center mid-March.

Do I have to attend all of the tryouts?

Yes, to be considered for the 2020 squad you must attend every round of tryouts that you are invited to participate in.

What are the minimum qualifications to tryout?

You must be 18 by May 1, 2020 to tryout. You must also have a high school diploma or GED. You must also have either a part-time job, full-time job, be a full-time student, or have a family.

Are tryouts open to the public?

No, auditions are closed to a public and held in a private area of the Downtown Merritt Athletic Club. Family and friends are not permitted to watch tryouts.

What do I need for tryouts?

If you have not mailed in your application or submitted it online, bring a printed version completely filled out. The application includes: printed photos, your resume, signed waiver and publicity release.

It is also recommended that you bring a drink and snacks, a sweat towel, and anything else you need for a long day.

What should I wear for tryouts?

Females: You can wear a two-piece dance outfit, or a sports bra or crop top with short biker shorts. Please wear dance or jazz shoes or sneakers. You may also wear skin colored panty hose or dance tights if preferred. Hair and makeup should complement your features, and hair should be worn down.

The Ravens use and recommend The Lineup for dance costumes. You can access their choices by visiting www.thelineup.com

Males: Wear a plain white t-shirt and black shorts. You must be clean shaven and have a clean haircut.

How can I prepare myself for auditions?

We recommend you attend the Prep Clinic in order to be best prepared for 2020 tryouts.

You can prepare for the stunt team by taking one-on-one stunt lessons and gymnastic lessons.

You can prepare for the dance team by taking hip hop and jazz classes.

We recommend you be physically fit enough to run two to three miles.

Will all material be taught at auditions, or will I have to choreograph a few 8 counts?

All material will be taught at the audition process. If you are required to choreograph anything, you will be notified in advance.

What will the judges focus on and look for during tryouts?

Dance Technique

Performance

Showmanship & Personality

Dance Skills

Jump Skills

Tumbling Skills (stunt team only)

Stunting Skills (stunt team only)

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