Virtual Tryout Guide

LegacyBrands

At Varsity Spirit, our top priority is the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends. We are diligently monitoring the impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus, and have a dedicated team working on solutions to support you and your athletes as the situation evolves.

Varsity Spirit wants to help support you with some suggestions on ways to conduct a virtual tryout, keep student engagement and navigate your athletes through these uncertain times. As a coach, it is important to adhere to the school district guidelines of social distancing while still maintaining the welfare of your spirit program. Be sure to obey the directives of your respective State Associations, district, and administration and utilize the resources provided IF permitted/as needed/and when appropriate.


 

Tryout BAND Group
BAND, the official team communication app of Varsity Spirit, is the best way to organize your virtual tryout. Simply create a BAND and invite everyone who is interested in trying out. Within the BAND, you are able to post all of your tryout paperwork, host a virtual meeting, and share all the materials needed for your athletes to practice in the safety of their own homes. For step by step details on creating your BAND group and for information regarding the safety measures BAND takes for school groups, click here. 

Tryout Kits

Due to these unprecedented circumstances, all Varsity Spirit legacy brands are releasing their Tryout Kits for FREE, making them available to all coaches. Each includes tryout routine videos, music, document samples, tips and more. All materials can be accessed online so you can easily prepare at home. Here are the direct links below:
Virtual Audition

If you are unable to host a live tryout, put together a virtual audition.  Ask students to provide a video submission with clear outlined requirements by a designated date. You could use Youtube, Skype, BAND or another method to allow students to audition live. For a simple way to submit videos and a step by step on how to host your virtual tryout, click here.

It is our hope that these solutions above will give you some piece of mind during these unsettling times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Varsity Spirit State Director if you have additional questions.

"'We used virtual services for our online auditions this year and it's no cost to the teams. Their judges were amazing and efficient!'" Christy HolecekSt Agnes Academy
"'As Capital High School navigates returning to school in September we feel that trying to help things feel normal will be important. We are excited that our Spirit teams will be moving forward with virtual tryouts and they will be ready this fall as they play a very important role as leaders in our school and community'" Steve TaylorAthletic Director at Capital High School
"'I had an amazing team of judges that we're able to choose a team based on what I was looking for in MY new team. The material provided for tryouts was great and the girls had enough resources online and using the BAND app to keep them informed on the whole process !! Definitely something I would do again in the future. Thank you, UDA!'" Jamie SmithEunice High School Dance Team
"'I wanted to thank you guys SO MUCH for an amazing tryout process! We truly appreciate everything that you guys did for us! In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we would love to continue to do our tryouts virtually for years to come.'" Laura BullsLake Belton High School
"'I prefer doing the virtual than our old traditional way. Can you believe that! I was nervous but it all worked out perfectly! Thank you in every way in helping me out throughout the process.'" Shannon TregreRiverside Academy
"'Virtual tryouts were our only choice this season and Varsity made it so easy for us to accomplish. The head judge, Katie, did a fantastic job working with us and accommodating all of our needs. Our tryouts were a huge success and we owe it all to Varsity Spirit.'" Nicole MelanconCecilia High School Dance Team
"'I was so appreciative of the virtual tryout materials! They were easy to use and made submissions for dancers easy. My virtual judge coordinator was so helpful and communicative, and the judges provided valuable feedback. Thank you again for helping us all in this challenging time.'" Kimberly PaytonLouisburg High School Dance Team
"'Working with Varsity for our virtual tryout this year was critical to the overall success we experienced. Kelsey Scheffer, our State Director, has led us with calm, collected communication and I couldn’t be more thankful. From being super flexible in creating a form that worked exactly how we needed it to, to the tryout choreography videos. Varsity gets an A+ yet again from us for helping us through this difficult time. Thank you, Varsity!'" Tara YantisSaint Thomas Aquinas High School
"'The idea of starting a virtual tryout from scratch was so overwhelming, but Varsity came through for us! The tryout kits provided all the materials we needed, and the tryout form and scoresheets are customized to fit your individual needs. This was seriously pain-free and I highly recommend to anyone trying to navigate this virtual process!'" Cara ChampagneIncarnate Word Academy
"'I just have to tell you what a joy it was working with Garrett Gieszler last week when I had virtual cheer tryouts. Everything from technology to quick responses, he was professional and helpful! He made the entire process seamless! Thank You Varsity I hope you all stay well and have a great year,'" Tanya BestBayside Academy