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

About Being a USA Staff Member

Applying for USA Spirit Staff (Cheer, Mascot, Song/Pom, Pep Flag)

Before you get started with the application process, remember what kind of position you are applying for.  Being a member of the USA Staff is not just an honor, it’s a real job.   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 are required.  But it’s also a great summer job that will give you an opportunity to make friends and create memories that you will never forget.

Each year we accept applications and hold selective auditions for our cheerleading, songleading, mascot, pep flag, dance, and band programs. The USA Instructional Staff teaches over 20,000 students each year at camps in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Arizona. In addition, the USA produces dozens of one day spirit, dance, and band competitions, clinics, and rallies. Each year we host special tour events and performance opportunities in California, Florida and Rome.

Submitting an Application for USA Staff

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line application. In addition to those asked to apply while at camp, others interested can also submit an application here. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions, which will be held between February through March 2020.

General Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years old or older by June 1, 2020 or over and must have graduated from high school by Summer 2020 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.

Thank you for your interest in the USA staff and we hope to receive your application in the near future! If you have any further questions regarding the USA Instructional staff or the application process, contact Lizbeth Rohrmoser at 800.886.4872 x2022 or by email at  lrohrmoser@varsity.com.

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Preparing for Tryouts

So what should you do while you are waiting to find out about tryouts?  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.  If you’ve always been a top in stunts, give basing a try, and if your feet don’t usually leave the ground, get in the air!  The same goes for all the programs that USA offers.  The more versatile and all-around you are the better chances you have of making it onto the USA Staff.

The Tryout

Most of the tryouts will take place in late winter/early spring.  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.  Hundreds of “Apps” are given out at camp each summer but only about 30-45 new instructors will be hired for the cheerleading program and 5-10 for each of our other programs.

Applicants are evaluated in these general areas:

CHEER   – Taught a cheer & dance at the tryout, Asked to bring an original sideline cheer to teach, Jumps, Tumbling (standing and running), Stunts (all girl and coed), Interview

SONG/POM – Teach a cheer and short dance combination at the tryout, Asked to bring an original routine to teach, Turns, Kicks, Leaps, Interview

The in-person tryout process varies from region to region.  The judges (Program Directors/Managers & veteran staff) will interact with applicants in a workshop setting.  They will be looking at the technique with which you perform the material  and/or skills required for the program that you are auditioning for (jumps, stunts, and tumbling for cheer) (turns, kicks, leaps for Song/Pom and Dance) (spinning, conducting and leadership skills for Drum Major).

Perform your skills as if you are already on staff.  Project the qualities that embody a USA instructor: confidence, capability, poise & energy.  You’ve been selected to try out because you’ve got the skills, now focus on how you execute them!

The Interview

What are the judges looking for during the interview?  Well, that’s hard to nail down.  The judges are looking for a certain special unnamable quality, so the best advice is to just be yourself.  Here are some more interview tips:

  • Portray the real you.  Don’t fake it!
  • Dress appropriately.  If you’ve been practicing all day, make sure to change into a clean shirt for the interview.  Make sure your hair is brushed, out of your face, and females should avoid excessive makeup.  Males should avoid wearing a hat, and make sure you are cleanly shaven.
  • Know yourself.  You should have a pretty good understanding of your major goals, interests, abilities, and your best attributes before the interview!
  • Be courteous when introduced to the judges and thank them for their time at the end of the interview.
  • Be confident and self-assured, but don’t be overconfident!
  • When answering questions, be brief and to the point.  Accentuate your strengths.

The Letter

If you have been selected and offered a USA  summer camp instructor position, you will receive a letter within a month after your tryout. You will then have approximately one month to notify the USA office of your intent to work next summer.

Good luck and remember that individuals are chosen based on their ability to continue a legacy of greatness.  The USA 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 have gotten an invite for the USA application process at camp, that does not mean that you cannot submit an application.   If you are 18 or over, a senior in high school or have graduated from high school, please complete the application by clicking the link below.

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Applying for USA Dance Staff

Submitting an Application for USA Staff

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line application. In addition to those asked to apply while at camp, others interested can also submit an application here. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions, which will be held between February through March 2020.

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

 

General Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years old or older by June 1, 2020 or over and must have graduated from high school by Summer 2020 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.

Thank you for your interest in the USA staff and we hope to receive your application in the near future! If you have any further questions regarding the USA Instructional staff or the application process, contact Lizbeth Rohrmoser at 800.886.4872 x2022 or by email at  lrohrmoser@varsity.com.

 

The Tryout

Most of the tryouts will take place in late winter/early spring.  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.  Hundreds of “Apps” are given out at camp each summer but only approximately 5-10 for the Dance program.

Dance applicants are evaluated in these general areas:

  • CHOREOGRAPHY –Asked to bring 3 original choreography combinations across 3 different styles.
  • INTERVIEW
  • TEACHING SKILLS

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Applying for USA Band Program Staff

Before you get started with the application process, remember what kind of position you are applying for.  Being a member of the USA Staff is not just an honor, it’s a real job.   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 are required.  But it’s also a great summer job that will give you an opportunity to make friends and create memories that you will never forget.

Each year we accept applications and hold selective auditions for our cheerleading, songleading, mascot, pep flag, dance, and band programs. The USA Instructional Staff teaches over 20,000 students each year at camps in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Arizona. In addition, the USA produces dozens of one day spirit, dance, and band competitions, clinics, and rallies. Each year we host special tour events and performance opportunities in California, Florida and Rome.

Submitting an Application for USA Staff

The tryout process begins with submitting an on-line application. In addition to those asked to apply while at camp, others interested can also submit an application here. We will review and consider each application for a possible invitation to attend regional auditions, which will be held between February through March 2020.

General Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years old or older by June 1, 2020 or over and must have graduated from high school by Summer 2020 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.

Thank you for your interest in the USA staff and we hope to receive your application in the near future! If you have any further questions regarding the USA Instructional staff or the application process, contact Lizbeth Rohrmoser at 800.886.4872 x2022 or by email at  lrohrmoser@varsity.com.

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Preparing for Tryouts

So what should you do while you are waiting to find out about tryouts?  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.  If you’ve always been a top in stunts, give basing a try, and if your feet don’t usually leave the ground, get in the air!  The same goes for all the programs that USA offers.  The more versatile and all-around you are the better chances you have of making it onto the USA Staff.

The Tryout

Most of the tryouts will take place in late winter/early spring.  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.  Hundreds of “Apps” are given out at camp each summer but only about 30-45 new instructors will be hired for the cheerleading program and 5-10 for each of our other programs.

Applicants are evaluated in these general areas:

DRUM  MAJOR -Demonstrate Drum Major Skills, Conducting/Spinning Skills, Interview

The in-person tryout process varies from region to region.  The judges (Program Directors/Managers & veteran staff) will interact with applicants in a workshop setting.  They will be looking at the technique with which you perform the material  and/or skills required for the program that you are auditioning for (jumps, stunts, and tumbling for cheer) (turns, kicks, leaps for Song/Pom and Dance) (spinning, conducting and leadership skills for Drum Major).

Perform your skills as if you are already on staff.  Project the qualities that embody a USA instructor: confidence, capability, poise & energy.  You’ve been selected to try out because you’ve got the skills, now focus on how you execute them!

The Interview

What are the judges looking for during the interview?  Well, that’s hard to nail down.  The judges are looking for a certain special unnamable quality, so the best advice is to just be yourself.  Here are some more interview tips:

  • Portray the real you.  Don’t fake it!
  • Dress appropriately.  If you’ve been practicing all day, make sure to change into a clean shirt for the interview.  Make sure your hair is brushed, out of your face, and females should avoid excessive makeup.  Males should avoid wearing a hat, and make sure you are cleanly shaven.
  • Know yourself.  You should have a pretty good understanding of your major goals, interests, abilities, and your best attributes before the interview!
  • Be courteous when introduced to the judges and thank them for their time at the end of the interview.
  • Be confident and self-assured, but don’t be overconfident!
  • When answering questions, be brief and to the point.  Accentuate your strengths.

The Letter

If you have been selected and offered a USA  summer camp instructor position, you will receive a letter within a month after your tryout. You will then have approximately one month to notify the USA office of your intent to work next summer.

Good luck and remember that individuals are chosen based on their ability to continue a legacy of greatness.  The USA 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 have gotten an invite for the USA application process at camp, that does not mean that you cannot submit an application.   If you are 18 or over, a senior in high school or have graduated from high school, please complete the application by clicking the link below.

Application Link: USA STAFF APPLICATION (Click to apply)

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

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