The UCA Staff have an incredible opportunity to travel throughout the entire country teaching summer camps and training cheerleaders of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, you are surrounded by others who share your same love and passion for cheerleading: teaching new skills, instilling leadership qualities in others and creating memorable experiences for young people. With opportunities to work clinics, spirit days, regional events, special events, championships and more – UCA Staff is so much more than a summer job. Being a part of our family is truly something special.
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UCA Staff Instructors have the opportunity to travel throughout their region and possibly the entire country to train cheerleaders of all ages and skill levels, surrounded by other instructors who share the same passion. Throughout the year, there are opportunities to work regional competitions and our championship events at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, there are special events opportunities such as Spirit Days, Special Holiday events, International trips and more.
There are 6 official training sessions for the UCA Staff at the beginning of every summer. Instructors from across the country gather at their region’s summer training to learn the fundamentals of being a UCA Instructor. The training sessions are held in various locations across the country: Alabama, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
More than 1200 instructors make up the UCA Summer Camp Staff. The staff is selected based on skills, personality and their ability to teach. At their summer training, they perfect cheers, dances and sidelines, learn the most efficient way to private coach and master the UCA stunt technique and progressions. “It’s important for us to have the material down perfectly, so when we go out and teach, we can concentrate helping the cheerleaders be the best they can be.” says UCA Instructor, Madeline Bassett.
The teaching staff at summer training, known as the “Core Staff,” provide leadership and training to instructors. One major focus throughout their week together is learning how to private coach cheers, sidelines and the Rally Routine. At some summer training sessions, new staff have the opportunity to develop their private coaching confidence with local teams.
Jeff Webb, the founder of UCA, attends all of the summer trainings to teach the instructors the history and philosophy of UCA and the impact they can have on campers’ lives. Tennessee State Director Ryan Jackson says, “Jeff’s presence always has a huge impact on our staff. Having Jeff at our summer training is great because he interacts with and helps train the staff. They really learn what the company is all about and what it stands for.”
An the application card is an invite to try out for the best cheerleading company in the world, Universal Cheerleaders Association. You were selected because of your talent, charisma and leadership potential that stood out to the UCA Staff while you were at camp. You have learned from the UCA Staff, formed a special bond with these individuals and you looked up to the instructors as role models. And now you have been given the chance to become a member of the UCA Instructional Staff…What do you do now?
Before you get started with the application process, remember what kind of position you are applying for. Being a member of the UCA Staff is not just an honor, it’s a real job, and for some it may be your first job. It is a teaching position, with less emphasis on performing than you may have realized at camp. A good deal of hard work and commitment is required. But it’s also a great summer job that will give you the opportunity to make friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Go to the web address listed on your application card to get started and follow the directions from there. You’ll need to upload a recent head shot and a letter of recommendation on the online application.
So what should you do while you are waiting to find out about tryouts? Keep cheering! Practice teaching by helping new team members, and continue to sharpen your own skills at every practice, game and competition. Identify your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Focus on becoming more versatile as a cheerleader. If you’ve always been a top, give basing a try, and if your feet don’t usually leave the ground, get in the air!
Most of the tryouts will take place in early spring. The number of instructors chosen at a given tryout depends on the number of returning staff and the amount of camp enrollments, both with respect to your area in the country. Thousands of “Apps” are given out across the country but only 400-500 new instructors will be hired.
Applicants are evaluated in these areas:
The tryout process varies region to region. The judges (Regional Managers, State Directors & veteran staff) are watching for the technique with which you perform the material, jumps, stunts and tumbling.
Perform your skills as if you are already on staff. Project the qualities that embody a UCA instructor: confidence, capability, poise & energy. You’ve been selected to tryout because you’ve got the skills, now focus on how you execute them!
What are the judges looking for during the interview? Well, that’s hard to nail down. The judges are looking for a certain special unnameable quality, so the best advice is to just be yourself. Here are some more interview tips:
Good luck and remember that individuals are chosen based on their ability to continue a legacy of greatness. UCA is successful because of its teaching staff. Being chosen means that you have the potential to fulfill a tradition of excellence!
Unfortunately, not everyone gets noticed. So just because you may not get an invite for the UCA application process at camp, does not mean you cannot receive an application. If you are 18 or over, a senior in high school or have graduated from high school, please connect with the appropriate contact below for your location.
Please find your state and contact your Staffing Director!
Staffing Director: Kristen Little – firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffing Director: Elizabeth Salsgiver – ESalsgiver@varsity.com
Staffing Director: Ashley Cormier – email@example.com
Staffing Director: Parker Jackson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffing Director: Kelly Stoffel – email@example.com
Staffing Director: Lisa Keys – firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Region - Kansas
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to work with some of my best friends as well as being able to be a role model to young cheerleaders.
Fun fact - I’m currently learning sign language
Central Region - Louisiana
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to travel around the country and share my love for cheerleading with others
Fun fact - I love to read in my free time
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to return each year and watching some of the campers grow up as years pass
Fun fact - I can do a running tumbling pass on my elbows
Central Region - Arkansas
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to meet new athletes and staff members
Fun fact - I never traveled outside of the country until the London All-American Tour
Central Region - Illinios
Favorite thing about staff - I love traveling to new places and working with the most amazing staffers. I also enjoy getting to know campers and just seeing how much they’ve progressed each year!
Fun fact - I can say the alphabet backwards!
Central Region - Nebraska
Favorite thing about staff -Seeing how much teams improve their skills over the few days at camp and celebrate their accomplishments with their teammates
Fun fact - I was one of five girls on my cheer team my senior year of high school
Northeast Region - Indiana
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Northeast Region - West Virginia
Favorite thing about staff - Meeting new people. I absolutely LOVE all of the life long friends staff has brought me. It truly is a family!
Fun fact - I have attended UCA All Star Nationals EVERY year since 2004. From athlete...to event staff...to coaching
Northeast Region - New York
Favorite thing about staff - Working along side the incredible UCA Instructor sand impeccable teams across the country. UCA Staff gives me an extraordinary opportunity to do what I love!
Fun fact - I have an adorable Dalmatian named Cooper
Northeast Region - Pennsylvania
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to make friends with so many people from all over the country while having the opportunity to share my love for cheerleading with so many athletes
Fun fact - I’ve danced or cheered in 4 NCAA Division 1 college football bowl games
Favorite thing about staff - Building relationships with teams all over the country
Fun fact - I love driving my boat on my summer off days
Northeast Region - Ohio
Favorite thing about staff - Meeting new people, seeing new places and getting to spread my love of cheerleading!
Fun fact - I’m an all-girl cheerleader at Morehead State
Northeast Region - Kentucky
Favorite thing about staff - I love being able to travel and meet new people! Seeing campers grow and hit a new skill is my absolute favorite!
Fun fact - I love vanilla ice cream.
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to meet new friends, traveling, and sharing my passion for cheer with others
Fun fact - I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 6
Northeast Region - Verginia
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to travel the country and work with the most amazing people! It has shaped me into who I am today and I love being able to make the same impact on young athletes!
Fun fact - I love to snowboard!
Southeast Region - North Carolina
Favorite thing about staff - I love getting to revisit teams each summer. Seeing their program grow and saying goodbye to seniors I’ve known since their freshman year is always the brightest moments of my summer.
Fun fact - I know every word to Disney’s The Lion King
Katie X. and Emily X.
Southeast Region - Florida
Favorite thing about staff - The amazing people we have meet along the way! From the different teams we have worked with, to the amazing staff that has turned into family, we couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of UCA staff.
Fun fact - When we aren’t cheering, we love running! Our personal favorite running route is around our football stadium!
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to travel the country and be reunited with some of my best friends summer after summer
Fun fact - I’ve made straight A’s throughout college thus far— only one semester to go!
Follow me on Instagram - @UCAmaddiem
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Southeast Region - South Carolina
Favorite thing about staff - They are my family! I absolutely love traveling from one camp to another and getting to see and work with the most hardworking, dedicated, and best people ever! We have so much fun and they truly do make my summers amazing! Also, I love getting to impact the younger generation of cheerleaders! The progression of teams from one year to the next or just in those 3-4 days at camp! It really is the best job ever!
Fun fact - I’ve been to Disney World in Florida, and both Disney Land and Disney Sea in Japan!
Southeast Region - Alabama
Favorite thing about staff - Becoming friends with people from all over the United States
Fun fact - I’ve been in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Southeast Region - Tennessee
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to teach what I love and make a positive impact
Fun fact - I can recite 60 digits of pi
Southeast Region - Georgia
Favorite thing about staff - I love being able to do what I love with the people I love! I love traveling and getting to meet new people each place I go.
Fun fact - I play the piano, guitar, and ukulele - I taught myself how to play all three.
Favorite thing about staff - Traveling with my friends and being able to work with teams from all areas of the country. It's so fun to learn from some of my favorite programs and teach the teams that have inspired me so much.
Fun fact - I ran track at The University of Alabama before cheering there
Favorite thing about staff - Building a relationship with the teams across my region! I get to watch them grow as a program and even watch individuals go from middle school to being the captain of their varsity cheer team.
Fun fact - I love eating olives as a snack
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to work along side other amazing instructors and being able to help talented cheer programs at UCA Summer Camps across the country!
Fun fact - I am working on my tandem sky diving certification!
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to help programs come together as a team to start their season off on a positive experience
Fun fact - I am graduating with my second masters from the University of Memphis this spring where I have won back-2-back national titles. A first in program history!
Gracee Mae W.
Favorite thing about staff - I love getting to make my dream a reality- I’ve always wanted to be on staff! Traveling, meeting new people, working with friends, and teaching dances are my favorite parts of UCA staff. It truly is the best job ever!
Fun fact - I want to be an attorney!
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to spend my summers doing what I love and working with some of my best friends
Fun fact - I’ve been cheering for almost 18 years
Southwest Region - New Mexico
Favorite thing about staff - I love to get to work with so many talented cheerleaders and the best UCA staff in the US. I also love that we have a family environment and genuinely care for all cheerleaders and staff members!
Fun fact - I love documentaries!
Southwest Region - Texas
Favorite thing about staff - Creating lifelong friendships with my UCA staff family and meeting athletes and coaches from all over the country
Fun fact - I have a pet mini pig named Willa
Favorite thing about staff - I love the automatic energy and connection staff has with each other when we meet. No matter where we are from or if we have never met we are able to come together and bond over our love of cheer and educating young cheerleaders
Fun fact - I have a twin sister!
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to meet so many amazing people and watching them progress throughout camps
Fun fact - I won the Dance Worlds on a co-ed hip hop team
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to work with a team throughout a camp and season and watch them progressively improve. It makes me so happy to see the pride the kids take in themselves when they win their first competition or hit a stunt they’ve never hit before.
Fun fact - I won the statewide UIL Spelling competition my senior year of high school
West Region - Colorado
Favorite thing about staff - Working with teams from all over the country and world!
Fun fact - Kait is engaged to another UCA Staff Instructor!
West Region - Utah
Favorite thing about staff - The first big camp of the year, seeing all my friends bringing so much energy in one place always makes me the most happy!
Fun fact - I can lick my nose.
West Region - Arizona
Favorite thing about staff - I love getting to travel and work with such amazing people throughout the summer. I also love teaching new skills, and seeing that light-bulb happen for campers when I teach them something new!
Fun fact - I love Pomeranians
West Region - Califonia
Favorite thing about staff - Making connections with teams across the country, and being able to keep up with their progress throughout the year
Fun fact - I was an extra in ‘Fired Up’ and ’Bring it on’
West Region - Washington
Favorite thing about staff - Getting to work with teams from all over the country and be a part of them achieving their goals
Fun fact - When I’m not teaching cheerleaders at summer camps, I teach 3rd graders!
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to inspire young athletes through encouragement and kindness. I love the atmosphere in which I am able to guide and teach athletes the correct technique and execution of stunts. I love being apart of UCA staff for the athletes but also because of amazing, talented, passionate friends I have met in the process. UCA is family!
Fun fact - I love playing the piano. I have played since I was in 2nd grade. I have such a passion for music and love sharing new music to inspire others.
West Region - California
Favorite thing about staff - :I love how when you are at camps, you are surrounded by positive energy. Whether it be from the staff, other teams or your own, everyone wants you to be the best version of yourself. Getting to see the progress this atmosphere makes from the beginning of camp to the end is truly amazing
Fun fact - I am a huge fan of the Disney Parks and could tell you any fun fact you would ever want to know about them
Favorite thing about staff - Traveling to new places and meeting with new people from all over the country.
Fun fact - I am the youngest of 8 kids.
West Region - Idaho
Favorite thing about staff - I have loved traveling the nation working with some of the best programs, having the opportunity to work beside so many talented instructors who are now some of my best friends, and having an impact on young athletes. Nothing compares to working for UCA!!
Fun fact - I was on Disney Channel
West Region - Oregon
Favorite thing about staff - Being able to work with the amazing staff that becomes family and working with team all over the country
Fun fact - I speak two languages
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