• Desert Ridge Junior High School

    Parents and Guardians,

    Thank you for your support in the interest that your child has expressed toward becoming a Desert Ridge Junior High Cheerleader.  Attached is a packet of information you and your child will need to consider before making a decision about tryouts.

    All candidates trying out for cheerleading must have registered online at  Aktivate.com, formerly Register My Athlete. You MUST upload the 2023-24  AIA Physical Clearance Forms  and you keep the originals. When registering online, please be sure to state that you are interested in 2nd Quarter CHEER. If you have any questions, please contact our athletic secretary, Kimberly Weamer, at 480-635-2025, x1402. 

    There will be a three-day clinic before tryouts.  Attendance will be taken at the clinic.  It is highly encouraged that all students attend all three days.  Attendance points are included in the final evaluation of potential cheerleaders.  Tryouts will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 3:30pm.  Tryout results will be disclosed to your student that same evening.

    Enclosed are a Signature of Understanding and a Cheerleading Safety Acknowledgement.  Please read and complete the form and have your student bring this form on or before the first day of the clinic which is Monday, October 16, 2023. Give this form to Mrs. Waters.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Waters. or Ms. Van Dusen. Thank you for your support of the DRJHS Cheer Program,



    Mrs. Beth Waters

    Cheer Coach

    480.635.2025 ext. 1108



    Deb Van Dusen               (124)           Winter Wrestling Cheer



    **You must have physical and all paperwork completed and submitted by October 16, 2023 in order to participate in clinics and tryouts.


    Desert Ridge Jr. High 2nd Qtr. Cheer Tryouts Schedule


    Clinic Schedule: solid color shorts and shirts- NO LOGOS OR GRAPHICS, solid black preferred

    Monday, October 16th: 3:30-5:30pm

    Tuesday, October 17th: 3:30-5:30pm

    Wednesday October 18th: 2:30-4:30pm


    Cheer Tryouts: Wear solid black shirt and black shorts!!!  NO LOGOS OR GRAPHICS


    Thursday, October 19th 3:30– TBD (Tryout end times vary)


    Requirements for tryouts (will be taught in clinics):



    Band Dance

    Choreographed Dance


    Tumbling (optional)


    Clinic/Tryout Regulations:


    *For each clinic, students should dress out in the locker room  immediately after school and meet Mrs. Waters in the courtyard by 3:35.  Do not leave any belongings in the locker room!!


    1. Tryout clinic will begin promptly with attendance being taken at 3:35.  Athletes should be completely dressed and ready to stretch.
    2. Practice clothes must be appropriate.  They should consist of gym shorts, t-shirt or tank top, and athletic shoes or cheer shoes.  NO midriff or spaghetti straps are allowed.  Per district policy, NO club teams or sponsors logos are allowed to be worn.  Tryout clothing should be a solid color with no writing or logos.  Hair should be neat and pulled back, away from the face at all timesNO jewelry is allowed to be worn.  NO  lettering, etc. on the rear of shorts.  Appearance counts! 
    3. Gum chewing, eating, or wearing jewelry is NEVER allowed during clinic or tryouts.
    4. Report all injuries to the coach immediately!  To avoid sore muscles, warm up and cool down properly.  Do not overdo it on the first day of practice.
    5. Students must be present a full day of school and if they have P.E, they must participate in the class activity to participate in tryout clinics and tryouts.  
    6. Aktivate and parent permission form MUST be turned in to the coaches before you can participate in the clinic.  If you are not cleared for tryouts by Monday, October 16th at the start of the clinic, you WILL NOT be allowed to participate during that session.  You may sit and watch, but attendance points are withheld. 
    7. Any behavior problems during the clinics will result in a deduction of points at the time of tryouts 
    8. Teacher recommendations are not a part of the selection process.  However, your behavior in your classes is considered.  


    **Remember that all clinics are scheduled to help you. Please plan on attending all 3 clinics!   Cheerleading is time-consuming and demands hard work and dedication.**



Last Modified on October 17, 2023