NCA Staff

Applications are OPEN!

Our Summer Camp Instructors are hand-selected from leading colleges and universities across the country. At camp, NCA Instructors are alongside cheer teams every step of the way to provide individual and team growth opportunities. Along with being great role models, NCA Staff complete background checks and are USA Cheer Safety Certified.

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NCA Staff Application

NCA Instructor Application:
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NCA Mascot Instructor Application:
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NCA Leadership Staff Application

NCA Leadership Staff is an option for applicants from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. NCA Leadership Staff have the opportunity to instruct at NCA Leadership Camps and NCA Christian Camps, offering in-depth training on individual and team leadership skills while building faith relationships. All applicants will go through a personal interview, no video tryouts will be accepted.

NCA Leadership Staff Application:
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NCA Leadership Mascot Staff Application:
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Video Tryouts

Accepting applications beginning November 1, 2022 and all applications must be submitted by January 31, 2023.

Please note that you must turn 18 years of age by May in order to apply for Staff this summer. If you do not meet this requirement, please be sure to apply next year!

To apply, please submit the following:
  1. NCA Instructor Application
  2. Video Segment on a private internet link
  3. Recent full body photo
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation – may be written by a sponsor, teacher, dance instructor, coach, employer, etc.
What to include in your INSTRUCTOR tryout:
  • An introduction including your name, where you currently cheer, and why you would like to be an NCA Instructor.
  • 3 different jumps – connected series is preferred
  • 1 cheer showing a variety of motions with proper technique
  • 1-2 running tumbling skills
  • 1-2 standing tumbling skills
  • 2 group stunts (mandatory)
  • 2 partner stunts (optional)

Only skills performed on an approved surface will be scored. Tumbling may not utilize a spring floor. The video will become the property of NCA. Applicants must label your video with name, city, and state.

What to include in your MASCOT INSTRUCTOR tryout:
  • An out of character introduction including name, where you mascot, and why you want to be an NCA Instructor.
  • 2 skits demonstrating crowd interaction and engagement
Video Tryout Tips:
  • Start early, it can be stressful to put together a quality video at the last minute.
  • Think of your video as a job interview, let us get to know YOU!
  • Review your video before sending it in to be sure you have all requirements.
  • Please do not wear warm-ups, t-shirts, wraps or any other over-sized clothing.
  • Only include the best of your abilities in each segment of the video.
  • Submit your video via jump drive or private link.
  • Be sure to look your best in every way, including: hair, make-up, etc.
  • Technique is the key, there is no substitute for solid, well-rounded technique.
  • Showmanship, personality and speaking skills throughout the video can really set your video application apart from the rest!

Live Tryouts

Please note that you must turn 18 years of age by May in order to apply for Staff this summer. If you do not meet this requirement, please be sure to apply next year!

What to Bring:
  • Release and Waiver Form
  • NCA Instructor Application
  • Recent full body photo
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation – may be written by a sponsor, teacher, dance instructor, coach, employer, etc.
  • License and Social Security Card (must have two pieces of ID unless you can provide a valid US Passport)
NCA Northeast Live Tryout
NCA Southwest Live Tryout
NCA Central Live Tryout

About the NCA Staff

NCA Staff Credentialing

NCA is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development, and promoting an environment free from abuse and misconduct.

All of our NCA Instructors complete the following certifications:

  • Background Check
  • NFHS/CDC Heads Up Concussion Training
  • USA Cheer Safety Certification
  • Athlete Safety and Wellness Program, understanding mandatory reporting requirements
  • Good Moral Character Affidavit
  • Comprehensive Staff Training Program
  • Fingerprinting – as required by state law and camp requirements
  • COVID-19 Safety & Preparedness Training – educated on specific local guidelines prior to every camp

NCA Staff Roles

NCA Staff is an exciting opportunity for cheerleaders to develop professionally in a field they love! Our instructors are some of the most talented and personable cheerleaders in the nation.  The NCA Staff takes great pride in being part of an amazing family of instructors that spans the country and positively affects the lives of thousands of cheerleaders every year.

As a member of NCA Staff, our instructors have the opportunity to wear many different “hats” both during and after camp. As the industry progresses and changes, so does their job. Each year that our staff are invited back, the job will bring more responsibilities and opportunities that teach life skills and open up new doors professionally. Below are some expectations, responsibilities, and benefits that is the standard for all NCA Staff.

Our NCA Staff are expected to be a:

  • Teacher: 95% of being on NCA Staff is providing excellent teaching – ensuring that cheerleaders who attend NCA Camp understand, comprehend, and retain the valuable information that is provided. Camp is about the campers and how well they learn and grow from their experience with the NCA Staff.
  • Mentor: Our instructors are expected to are teach values, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and determination.
  • Customer Service Representative: The key to success in customer service is to communicate, be proactive, attend to the attitudes and needs of the customer, and ALWAYS be positive.
  • Evaluator: NCA Staff are expected to give immediate and accurate feedback, verbal and written, on several performances throughout camp.
  • Performer: It is imperative for our instructors to exhibit technical ability and performance quality. By performing and demoing cheers, chants, stunts, and various skills in front of the camp – NCA Staff are expected to set the standard for skill and technique.
  • Competition Crew: Throughout the competition season, our staff is hand selected to help work and/or judge regional and national competitions for NCA and other local/state organizations.

NCA Staff Benefits

  • Instructor salary.
  • Per diem to cover meals and travel expenses.
  • Exposure to choreography opportunities.
  • Marketable professional skills such as public speaking, staff and team management, to name a few.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Learn and teach innovative NCA curriculum to athletes and facilitate team bonding.
  • Staff discount in the Varsity Store.
  • Special Event opportunities.
  • Sponsorship discounts.
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified if I am hired?

You will be notified by email on or before March 15th of your employment status. Staff is hired in each region based on the number of returning veteran staff and the number of camps projected for the summer. If you are selected as a New NCA Instructor, you will be sent a comprehensive packet of information that will contain paperwork and detailed information on all areas of instructing summer camps for NCA.

If hired, how will I be trained?

All NCA instructors attend a mandatory Staff Training Meeting that will take place in the months of May and June. There are multiple Staff Meetings set up across the country and you will be asked to attend the meeting located in your region. This extensive meeting will cover all aspects of your job as an instructor (policies, procedures, teaching methods, safety, etc.) NCA will help to coordinate transportation to and from the Staff Meeting, and all expenses are taken care of for the meeting.

If hired, how will I be staffed for camps?

Your availability during the summer will be the biggest factor in determining how many camps you will have on your initial schedule. We request that you be available for at least 5 full weeks during the summer (June through August.) The more flexible you are, the more camps you will receive throughout the summer. Camps that grow in enrollment and the addition of Home Camps will allow you to add camps continuously throughout the summer as your schedule permits.

If hired, how much will my uniforms cost?

NCA is able to offer significant discounts to our new staff for their uniforms. The average cost for a new instructor is about $85 and includes all attire that will be worn at camp, including shoes, as well as other needed materials.

How much will I get paid?

Your NCA hourly pay rate will be based on the state in which you are working and will be no less than the State Minimum Wage. Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NCA. On top of your base pay you will receive non-taxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report. If you are scheduled for a Day Camp or a Home Camp, you will be housed in a hotel and given more expense money since you will be on your own for more meals. You will be trained on all of these procedures at Staff Meeting.

How much travel is required?

You will be scheduled for camps within a 6 to 8 hour radius from your home address, and we will attempt to give you as much information as possible to set up travel with other instructors. Of course, we try to schedule you close to home, but that’s not always possible due to camp locations and enrollment. Travel is a required part of the NCA Instructor position, and you are ultimately responsible for getting yourself to and from camp.

Are travel and meals covered?

Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NCA. On top of your base pay you will receive nontaxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report.

Are there live NCA tryouts I can attend?

Yes, in many parts of the country we offer live tryouts. You can check our website for live tryout dates and locations, or you can contact an NCA Staffing Director in the NCA corporate office.

If I attend a live tryout, what materials do I need to bring? Will I still need to submit a skills video later?

If you attend a live tryout, you’ll need to turn in your Agreement of Compliance form, photo, letters of recommendation, and application there. The AOC form is mandatory, but if you’re unable to submit any of the other items at the tryout, you may mail any missing items to the office separately. You may need to submit a video of your skills to the office if you attend a live tryout. Reaching out to the Staffing Director for your region will provide you with the most accurate information for your state. It is acceptable to do both live and video tryouts.

How can I confirm my application and video were received?

A Staffing Director will contact you to let you know that we’ve received your application. However, if you haven’t heard from anyone, you can contact the NCA Staffing Director for your region or call the NCA office at 1-800-NCA-2WIN.

I was unable to send in my application/video by the January 31ST deadline, can I still apply for a position?

Applications that miss the deadline are taken on a case by case basis. In areas where more instructors are needed, it may be possible to apply late. Contact the NCA office and speak to the appropriate Staffing Director about your situation.

Is the NCA Instructor position year-round?

Although the summer has the heaviest volume of camps, NCA has much to offer throughout the entire year. Regional and National competitions are held all over the country, and staff members play a vital role in the success of these events. NCA also recommends staff members for judging and choreography throughout the year, which helps you to earn extra money.

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Meet the NCA Staffing Directors

Melissa Smith

Southwest Staffing Director

Melissa Smith

Southwest Staffing Director

States Managed: OK, TX

Hometown: Snellville, Georgia

Number of Years with NCA: 14

Cheer Experience:
• Cheered and graduated from Valdosta State University (2004-2010)
• NCA DII Collegiate National Champion 2009 & 2010
• 5 years of coaching experience: VSU Graduate Assistant Coach, HS Coach, All Star Coach
• 6 years as an NCA Instructor
• 3 years as an NCA Head Instructor
• 4 years as the NCA Southwest Staffing Director

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working for NCA because I'm able to make a positive impact on the lives of so many young people, starting with the young adults who work for me and rippling down to every camper and coach that they come in contact with. Seeing my instructors grow in their confidence, passion, abilities, professionalism, and life goals allows me to glimpse at and be reminded of the lasting career and personal impacts that this job can truly have on the young adults that work for NCA.

Outside of NCA:
My most favorite thing to do is to spend quality time with my friends, typically full of laughs. I enjoy working out and do so almost daily (it keeps me sane). Literally anything involving the sunshine and/or water makes my heart happy! I love shopping for and decorating my condo and seeing that vision come together. Oh and looking at pictures of my adorable niece!


Brian Cao

West Staffing Director & Director of Choreography

Brian Cao

West Staffing Director & Director of Choreography

States Managed: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Number of Years with NCA: 23

Cheer Experience:
• Aloha High School (3 Years - Captain)
• University of Oregon (3 Years - Captain)
• Churchill High School (2 Years - Head Coach)
• University of Oregon (2 Years - Assistant Coach & Competition Choreographer)
• NCA (23 Years - Head Instructor, Choreographer, State Director, Judge)
• Thunder Elite All-Star Cheerleading (2 Years - Team Coach)
• RC Club Cheer All-Star Cheerleading (1 Year - Team Coach)
• StyleShock Cheer & Dance (8 Years - Owner, Team Coach, Choreographer & Athlete)

Dance Experience:
• Urban Shock Hip Hop Company (2 Years)
• Portland Dance Project (2 Years)
• NBA Portland Trailblazers Jam Squad (3 Years)
• h2A Dance Company (1 Year)
• Connex7 Dance Company (1 Year)
• The Detail Dance Company (2 Years)
• LYFE Dance Company (2 Years)

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working for NCA because it gives me the opportunity to give back to so many impressionable and amazing young athletes; just in the same way that NCA Instructors did for me as a participant. Through NCA, I learned incredible lessons about self-worth, confidence, communication, perseverance, teamwork, and so much more. I found my voice and purpose in my early years on NCA Staff, which aided me immensely in the years that would follow. After leaving the instructional side of NCA to focus more on my all-star gym, there was no hesitation in returning when the opportunity became available 6 years later. I love working with like-minded individuals who put the participants and coaches at the forefront of our mission. If I can facilitate the journey of a kid feeling like they have the ability to do whatever they set their mind to, or a coach understanding the vital role they play in the life of their athletes, then my work has become that much more purposeful.

Outside of NCA:
In my free time, I love camping, hiking or pretty much anything outdoors, going to the movies, trying new restaurants, cooking at home, traveling the globe, experiencing new adventures, and most of all, spending time with my husband.


Frank Ems

Northeast Staffing Director

Frank Ems

Northeast Staffing Director

States Managed: CT, DE, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV

Hometown: East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Number of Years with NCA: 11

Cheer Experience:
• East Stroudsburg High School South
• NCA Instructor - 5 years
• NCA Head Instructor - 3 years
• Stroudsburg High School - 2 years Head Coach
• Pennsbury High School - 2 years Co-Head Coach
• Varsity Spirit Northeast State Director 2019-2022

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working for NCA because it has truly changed my life and for that I will forever be grateful. NCA has given me so many amazing opportunities and I want to be able to do that for everyone I meet through this company. I love having the opportunity to share my passion for cheerleading with all the amazing staffers, coaches and athletes across the country!

Outside of NCA:
I like trying new restaurants and experiencing new adventures. I have a four year old Golden Retriever, Charlie that I love to spend all my free time with.


Holly Schaffner

Central Staffing Director

Holly Schaffner

Central Staffing Director

States Managed: AR, IA, IL, KS, LA, ND, NE, MN, MO, SD, WI

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Number of Years with NCA and Varsity Spirit : 30

Cheer Experience:
• Winnetonka HS Cheerleading – 2 years
• Northwest Missouri State University – 2 years
• College Cheer Coach – 10 years
• High School Cheer Coach – 4 years
• NCA Staff & Head Instructor 13 years
• CDT/Varsity Apparel Representative – 8 years
• NCA State Director – 9 years

Why do you love working for NCA?
Working for NCA as an instructor changed me as a person in such a good way. Beyond learning how to be a leader and a teacher it taught me confidence, resilience, independence and patience. I could ask nothing more of a “job” than to allow me to help others grow in those same areas and empower them to achieve success beyond the world of cheerleading.

Outside of NCA:
I love to travel, read, be anywhere warm and currently spend a lot of time watching my own two children compete in their sports of choice. My husband is a football coach so we also spend a lot of family time cheering for the Butler Grizzlies.


Tucker Hunter

Speed and College Staffing Director

Tucker Hunter

Speed and College Staffing Director

States Managed: AK, CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WV

Hometown: Canby, Oregon

Number of Years with NCA: 8

Cheer Experience:
• Athlete and Coach at Thunder Elite All Stars in Clackamas, OR – 4 Years
• Oklahoma State Large Coed – 4 Years
• Twist and Shout Obsession – 1 Year
• Twist & Shout Genesis – 3 Years
• USA Cheer Coed – 5 years
• Cheer Athletics Claw 6 – 1 year
• Cheer Athletics Wildcats – 3 years
• Cheer Athletics Plano All Star Staff – 1 year
• NCA traditional, SPEED, and College Staff. HI since 2014.

Why do you love working for NCA?
Working for NCA has truly enriched my life in more ways than I would have ever been able to predict. I have had so much fun over the years and truly still enjoy this job. I have been through a large variety of rolls within this company and have been able to grow as an athlete, teacher, and gain professional work place experience. I get to be around such amazing leaders in our industry and hope to help make the same impact they all have on me.

Outside of NCA:
I love being outdoors. Anything active and out in the sun. I have a 1 year old golden retriever that I love to take everywhere. I enjoy going to the movies.


Cenie Royal

NCA Leadership Director

Cenie Royal

NCA Leadership Director


Kip Winterowd

NCA Curriculum Director

Kip Winterowd

NCA Curriculum Director

Hometown: Salmon, Idaho

Number of Years with NCA: 24

Cheer Experience:
• Cheered for the University of Idaho 94-97
• Coached at the University of Idaho 96-98
• Coached at the University of Louisiana - Monroe 98-2000
• 10 years as the West Region Staffing Director
• 8 years as the Director of Curriculum for NCA

Why do you love working for NCA?
I love working a job and for a company where I feel I can have a profound impact on the next generation of leaders. It's rare to find a profession that allows you to step beyond the walls of the job description and help to shape the future and what it will look like.

Outside of NCA:
I'm heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a leader and spokes person. I love all things outdoors, such as, camping, hiking, swimming, biking, and rock climbing. One of my favorite things to do is travel and experience all this world has to offer. And finally my family is so important to me and spending time with them, no matter what we are doing, is key to my happiness.


Leroy McCullough

NCA & NDA Brand Manager

Leroy McCullough

NCA & NDA Brand Manager

From Fayetteville, North Carolina

Why do you love working for NCA?
``I love working for NCA because it means that I get to be a part of a team that is driven to be a source of growth for young people while striving to innovate the cheer community. These things have been synonymous with the Brand, and to be a part of such a dedicated group of people is inspiring.``

What do you love to do in your free time?
``In my free time I spend time with my family, play video games with my daughter, and am currently on a mission to learn to play the guitar.``


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