Welcome to the home of the University of West Alabama Cheerleading and Mascot programs! Squad members promote spirit and support UWA Athletics including cheering on the sidelines of every home football game in Tiger Stadium as well as home basketball games inside Pruitt Hall. UWA Cheerleaders also travel to cheer at selective away football games, GSC basketball tournaments and NCAA tournaments.  

UWA Cheerleaders are committed to representing the University of West Alabama and are active in appearances for the university and the Livingston community. These events include pre-game pep rallies, half-time and sideline routines at football and basketball games and more!  

Cheer Tryout Information 

If you are interested in trying out for the 2024-2025 UWA Cheerleading squad, information will be available soon. 

LUie the Tiger

For over 50 years, LUie has roamed the sidelines at UWA athletic challenges! He can also be seen at numerous events across campus as a true ambassador of our UWA community. He loves cheering on the Tiger family both on and off the field. 

Request an appearance from Luie

Terms and Conditions 

The following terms and conditions apply to all LUie appearances: 

  1. LUie does not do private events (e.g., weddings, birthday parties) or any promotional events. All events must be sponsored by The University of West Alabama or approved through the Office of Student Life at UWA. 
  2. A minimum of two (2) weeks notice must be met for all requests for LUie to appear. 
  3. A private and lockable place for LUie to change must be provided if the appearance is outside of the Livingston area. 
  4. Requests are not guaranteed. A confirmation email will be sent to verify the request. 

For assistance, please email studentlife@uwa.edu or cheer@uwa.edu

UWA Cheerleading and Mascot Frequently Asked Questions 

How many cheerleading squads does UWA have?
UWA will have one small coed team.
How many cheerleaders are on the squad? 

The number of cheerleaders on the squad (16-20 members) is determined by the Head coach. 

Can high school seniors and/or transfer students try out?

Yes, but you must be accepted to UWA.

Are there specific forms that you need for tryouts?

Yes, all appropriate forms can be found in the tryouts section on the website.  There is a $20.00 non-refundable tryout fee.

Are tryouts open to the public?

No, tryouts will be closed to the public.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, but there are a limited number available. You can receive a scholarship per semester. Not all chosen to be on the team are awarded a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded at the discrepancy of the head coach.

Are there any academic requirements?

Everyone on the squad must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain on the team. To try out for the team, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and be accepted to UWA. If you are conditionally accepted, you can make the team but must be unconditionally accepted by the end of the summer to participate with the team.

Where are tryouts?

Tryouts are held on campus in Hughes Gym.

What skills are required?

Standing Skills

  • Back hand spring
  • Best standing pass (standing tuck) – preferred

Running Skills

  • Best running pass (BHS, tuck, layout, full) – preferred

Stunting

All-Girl Flyers:

  1. Quick toss platform
  2. 3 body positions on one leg
  3. Full down (cradle) from one leg
  4. Elite stunt with a release (switch up or Tic-toc) or a full up to the top

All Girl Bases:

  1. Quick toss platform
  2. Hold a one-leg stunt with a full down cradle
  3. Elite stunt with a release (switch up or Tic-toc) or a full up to the top
Is there a height or weight limit?

No, however appropriate appearance and build are important to the safety of the person.

How is the squad selected?

The squad is selected based on the requirements and ability to represent UWA. This is done by the head coach and athletic administration.

What are practice days and times?

Practice can be up to 3 days per week. Practice and times are determined by the coach.

Are there practices during the summer? 

Yes, there will be some mandatory practices in the months of May-July.

What expenses are involved?

The Cheerleading program is responsible for all travel and practice clothes.

  • Returner: $100.00 Cheer Fee.
  • Rookie: $100.00 Cheer Fee and $125.00 Uniform Fee for a total of $225.00.
Can I work and cheer?

Yes, but it must be a flexible employer as team commitment is a priority.

Can I be involved with a fraternity or sorority?

Yes, but team commitment is a priority.

Which sports do UWA cheerleaders cheer for?
  • Football
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Volleyball
Does the team travel?

Yes, there is a travel team that will cheer at selected away football games and the GSC men’s & women’s conference basketball tournament plus any post-season play.

Are there community events that UWA cheerleaders are involved in?

Yes, there are many appearances throughout the year that the cheerleaders are required to attend.

Is the UWA cheerleading program competitive?

Currently, we are only a Game Day program.

What rules apply to mascot tryouts?

All academic rules and tryout rules above apply to mascot tryouts. Tryout day: mascots will try out after cheerleader tryouts are complete. You must come with a 1-minute routine including props, music and anything else you may need. Mascot tryouts are performed in front of all cheerleading tryout participants. Height minimum applies.