USA Staff

What’s USA staff all about?

Selected for their technical skills and ability to effectively communicate with students of all ages, the USA prides itself on a staff that is professional and loves to teach. Each instructor is dedicated to supporting and helping our students be the very best they can be in a safe, positive and productive environment. United by this common sense of purpose, discipline and pride, the USA Staff is focused on taking our teams to the next level.

“A USA staff member is someone who is a technically trained athlete who has compassion for their students.  Someone who goes above and beyond to engage the athletes and to ensure that they leave USA camps with memories that last a life time.” Jesa Herman – USA Regional Program Director

Applying to be a USA Staff Member

Submitting an Application for USA Instructional Staff

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

General Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years of age (or older) by June 1, 2021 and must have graduated from high school by Summer 2021 in order to apply. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to audition/ interview in your region where you will be judged on everything from your skills and athleticism to your professionalism and character.

If you have any further questions regarding the USA Instructional staff or the application process, contact the appropriate Program Director.

Preparing for Auditions/Interview

What should you do while you are waiting to find out about auditions/interviews?  Keep cheering, dancing or doing whatever skills your activity requires!  Give it your all!  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 performer.  The more versatile you are, the better chances you have of making it on staff.

Cheer Staff Auditions/Interview

Cheer Staff Auditions will be held in March of 2021. The number of instructors hired every year is dependent on a variety of different criteria, such as the number of veteran instructors retiring, and specific program/curriculum needs. Every year, we receive a high volume of applications, and typically hire approximately 20-30 instructors per year. During the auditions you should expect to go through the below:

Please be prepared to learn a short dance and a USA sideline cheer as a group.  Applicants must be prepared to show jumps, stunts (group stunts, coed stunts, baskets & pyramid skills), tumbling and any other cheerleading specialties you may have.  In addition, you will be asked to showcase your teaching ability during the stunt portion where you will be asked to teach a stunt by explaining each position (top, back, base).

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

Please email our Cheer & Mascot Program Directors, Jesa Herman (jherman@varsity.com) and Conner Huber (chuber@varsity.com) with any additional questions.

Song/Pom Staff Auditions/Interview

Song/Pom Staff Auditions will be held in March of 2021. The number of instructors hired every year is dependent on a variety of different criteria, such as the number of veteran instructors retiring, and specific program/curriculum needs. During the auditions you should expect to go through the below:

  • Learn and perform a sideline cheer
  • Learn and perform a dance combination
  • Perform an original routine of your own choreography
  • Teaching skills
  • Interview

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

Please email our Song/Pom & Pep Flag Program Director, Carina Clendenin (cclendenin@varsity.com) with any additional questions.

Dance Staff Auditions/Interview

Dance Staff auditions will be in March 2021. The number of instructors that will be chosen depends on the number of staff we have returning and the number of camp enrollments we foresee for the upcoming summer, both with respect to the region/area in which you preside.

Dance applicants are evaluated in these general areas:

  • CHOREOGRAPHY: 3 original choreography combinations across 3 different styles.
  • INTERVIEW
  • TEACHING SKILLS

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

Please email our Dance Program Director, Melanie Krieger at mkrieger@varsity.com with any additional questions.

Drum Major Staff Auditions/Interview

Drum Major and Band Leadership Staff Auditions will be held in March of 2021. The number of instructors hired every year is dependent on a variety of different criteria, such as the number of veteran instructors retiring and specific program/curriculum needs. Every year, the USA Drum Major and Band Leadership program receive a high volume of applications, and only 1-3 instructors are hired per year. Applicants are evaluated based on the following areas during the audition process:

  1. I-Pattern Performance
  2. Conducting performance (less than 1:30 minutes)
  3. 1:1 Interview

Please note that applicants are strongly encouraged to perform both an I-pattern and conducting performance; however, applicants may choose to do one or the other if they’re not versed in both areas.

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

Please reach out to USA Drum Major & Band Leadership Program Director, Acey S. Blanco, at ABlanco@varsity.com should you have any further questions, comments, or concerns.

Pep Flag Staff Auditions/Interview

Pep Flag Staff Auditions will be held in March of 2021. The number of instructors hired every year is dependent on a variety of different criteria, such as the number of veteran instructors retiring, and specific program/curriculum needs. During the auditions you should expect to go through the below:

  • Learn and perform a sideline cheer
  • Learn and perform a pep/short flag combination
  • Perform an original routine of your own choreography
  • Teaching skills
  • Interview

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

Please email our Song/Pom & Pep Flag Program Director, Carina Clendenin (cclendenin@varsity.com) with any additional questions.

Mascot Staff Auditions/Interview

Mascot Staff Auditions will be held in March of 2021. The number of instructors hired every year is dependent on a variety of different criteria, such as the number of veteran instructors retiring, and specific program/curriculum needs. Every year we typically hire approximately 1-2 instructors per year. During the auditions you should expect to go through the below:

Please prepare one original pantomime or skit demonstrating your mascot skills.  Make sure to use and develop your mascot character.  In addition, bring an original novelty routine with music, incorporating mascot motions, character and comedy (routine should be approximately 4-6 eight counts). Please make the routine no longer than one minute in length and music must be on mp3 player and/or smart phone.  In addition, all applicants will be taught a short USA sideline cheer as a group.

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line staff application. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions/interviews, which will be held in-person March 26-29, 2021 in Nor Cal, So Cal, Utah and Arizona. More information will be provided upon submission of your Staff Application. 

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, auditions/interviews may be offered virtually through a video audition process. More information regarding video auditions as well as more detailed specifics for the in-person audition/interview process will be provided to those who receive audition invitations.

Please email our Cheer & Mascot Program Directors, Jesa Herman (jherman@varsity.com) and Conner Huber (chuber@varsity.com) with any additional questions.

Varsity Camp Administration

Varsity Camp Administration (VCA)

The Varsity Camp Administration staff is comprised of Camp Managers and First Aiders who work towards Elevating the Student Experience by providing a safe and secure environment for all participants and coaches in attendance, as well as to help ensure that all events run smoothly.  Some of the responsibilities of the VCA staff include but are not limited to:

 

  • General safety and security of all participant and coaches
  • Working with host site personnel to effectively use the resources provided at each camp location while complying with applicable policies and procedures
  • Completing an Emergency Action Plan based upon location and available resources
  • Confirming that the necessary registration information is completed by all coaches and athletes to safely participate in camps
  • Remaining on site and available 24 hours a day for the entire duration of assigned camps
  • Conducting nightly checks of all teams at summer camps
  • Assisting in the prevention of injuries by inspecting facilities and weather conditions to avoid potential hazards
  • Providing basic first aid assistance as needed when injuries do occur

Some of the perks of working as a member of the VCA family include:

  • Great opportunities to travel the country (with all costs covered)
  • Valuable hands on experience in first aid, event management, and athletic administration
  • Extensive network growth which can lead to full time job opportunities
  • Fun and exciting experiences working with young, talented staffs

For more information or to apply for the opportunity to work on the VCA team, please click the link below:

Click Here For More Information about VCA Staff

Staffing Directors

Jesa Herman, Cheer & Mascot Program Director – Staffing
JHerman@varsity.com
714.389.8684

Conner Huber, Cheer Program Director – Curriculum
CHuber@varsity.com
209.482.0343

Carina Clendenin, Song/Pom & Pep Flag Program Director
CClendenin@varsity.com
714.797.8659

Melanie Krieger, Dance Program Director
MKrieger@varsity.com
562.240.2038

Acey Blanco, Drum Major Program Manager
ABlanco@varsity.com
831.540.8353