The Virginia Tech spirit program is a highly visible and enthusiastic athletic group on campus. Our primary purpose is to support Intercollegiate Athletics and serve as ambassadors by appearing at university functions and community events.
Members must be full-time students at Virginia Tech pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. High School seniors are eligible to tryout in the spring of their senior year if they have been admitted to Virginia Tech. All members must maintain a 2.0 GPA while at Virginia Tech.
Spirit Squad members are considered student athletes and all expenses associated with being a member are covered by Intercollegiate Athletics. There is no fundraising involved as a member of the squad. All uniforms, practice gear, shoes, warm-ups, megaphones, poms, travel to away games, bowl games, ACC Tournaments, NCAA Tournaments, NCA/NDA Summer Camp and meals are provided by Virginia Tech.
We have an athletic trainer who is present at every practice and game. Our main training room is located in the Merryman Center & Cassell Coliseum, with a physical therapy room and space for immediate treatment. First-class care by top athletic trainers and doctors with state-of-the art equipment are available in the 10,000-square foot facility to all Spirit Squad members.
Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) supports students in balancing their academic and athletic demands by providing comprehensive academic support services such as tutoring, studying assistance, computing technology, and academic and individual skill development programs. An SAASS professional is assigned to each athletic team and is the lead person and contact for coordinating the academic support efforts for the team members. SAASS integrates its services with those of the University and facilitates and encourages appointments with appropriate offices such as the Registrar, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Dean's Offices, Career Services, Cook Counseling Center, Cranwell International Center, Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, and major academic advisors. The expectations of the Virginia Tech community are that each student-athlete will achieve his or her maximum academic and athletic potential. With the proper assistance, facilities, and encouragement, these potentials can and do become a reality.
Spirit Squad members are expected to make a serious commitment to the program. The season begins in early August and concludes in April with the NCA/NDA College Cheer & Dance Championships.