Spiritline is a year-round commitment that begins in August and continues through April (for JV) or through July (for Varsity). Several Saturday practices are required during the school year.
Spiritline consists of both Cheer and Pom teams. The Cheerleading team specializes in gymnastics-based acrobatic skills, like tumbling, stunting and pyramid building. The Pom team specializes in advanced dance skills like leaps, turns and kicks.
Both Cheer and Pom teams' goal is to encourage school spirit at school-sponsored events. They participate on the sidelines and during halftime of football and basketball games, attend promotional events for the school, perform at school assemblies and do volunteer work.
They also compete year-round: USA Qualifiers, AIA Qualifiers, AIA State Championship and (tentatively) a Varsity-brand regional competition in the spring (like JamFest), USA Nationals.
Minimum skill requirements for Varsity Cheer: Standing back handspring, round-off back tuck.
Minimum skill requirements for Varsity Pom: Triple pirouettes on both sides, pirouettes a' la seconde.
This year is the first year that JV will have a separate cheer and pom team. JV also performs throughout the football and basketball seasons and has the opportunity to compete.
Varsity tryouts are in the spring - usually during March or April. Spring tryouts are for currently enrolled Liberty students. Incoming freshmen (8th grader at the time of Varsity tryouts) may not tryout until the August tryouts. Varsity practices throughout the summer.
JV tryouts are during the first two weeks of school (August). Transfer students (those who could not try out in the spring due to enrollment) may be considered for Varsity during the August tryouts. Incoming freshmen also try out at this time.
**Note: As per AIA regulations, students on high school cheer teams MAY NOT participate in All-Star Cheer at the same time they participate in school cheer.