The 2009-2010 academic year marked the return of the PHSC cheer program after a long absence. The PHSC cheerleading team now holds two national titles and two state titles. Being a member of the Pasco-Hernando State College cheer team requires a great deal of commitment and dedication. The cheer team promotes school spirit on campus and at all home basketball games. All cheerleaders are PHSC students and must have at least three credit hours to cheer. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to be on the team.
The season begins every year with tryouts in May. The team is required to practice throughout the summer and attend a camp in early August. Cheerleaders are responsible for attending all practices and/or games that occur during that time period, including those that fall during College breaks/vacations and holidays. In general, the PHSC cheerleaders practice twice a week, with the frequency of practices increasing to at least five times per week, during competition season. In addition to evening practices all squad members are also required to attend study hall once a week.
The cheerleaders attend a number of events for the College. Cheerleaders are ambassadors for the school and are expected to carry themselves accordingly at all times. Each cheerleader is expected to volunteer for a variety of appearances throughout the course of the season.
Being a college cheerleader is an extremely rewarding experience, but is also quite time consuming. Cheerleaders are expected to put their academics first and cheerleading second. Anyone interested in trying out should make sure that they are fully aware of the time commitment required and be ready to dedicate themselves accordingly.
Cheerleaders interested in cheering at Pasco-Hernando State College should check the website often.