The University of Wisconsin cheerleaders cheer for the Badgers on the field of men's football, and the court of men's and women's basketball. The squads attend every home football and basketball game, football away games, Bowl games and post-season basketball tournaments. The UW cheerleaders also represent Wisconsin by attending many Public Relation events. These events include various athletic-related and university functions, community events, parades, pep rallies, and other events. The Squad consists of two teams: the Red Squad cheers for football and men's basketball, while the White Squad cheers for women's basketball.
Members of the University of Wisconsin Cheerleading Squad are members of the UW Athletic Department. Like other athletes of this university, we abide by the rules set by the Big Ten and NCAA. We encourage your involvement in other activities; however, we ask that your commitment to your squad and sport come before any other extracurricular activities (i.e. sororities, fraternities, jobs, clubs and organizations). Please keep these in mind when trying out for the squad.
Filled with two sports seasons, football and basketball, the cheerleading season runs from approximately the first week in August through the conclusion of the basketball season in March. Be aware that there may be mandatory practices, games, and PR events scheduled while school is not in session. This means that you must be available for Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break due to the success of Badger sports in Bowl Games and Basketball Tournaments.
During the school year, the squad practices approximately three nights per week for three hours each. In addition to practice the team also lifts two days per week for approximately one hour. In the summer time, the squad typically has three practice weekends and attends UCA College Camp.
The team prepares for the football season during summer practice and early August, while the football season runs from late August though November, with the possibility of a Bowl Game during Winter Break. Each member proudly supports Badger Red in Camp Randall Stadium every game day. Starting off each game day with a Bucky Run and ending with the traditional 5th Quarter and "Varsity". The time commitment for a typical football game day is approximately six hours.
While the football season winds down the basketball season starts up. The Badger Basketball teams play from November through March. Post-season tournaments are attended by both the Red Squad and White Squad to cheer on the Badgers as far as they can go in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Basketball games can be any day of the week and the squad is there for approximately four hours.
A variety of PR events are scheduled year round. Some events are voluntary while others are mandatory. These events often include spreading the Badger spirit at parades, pep rallies, and various university functions. During Homecoming week, with Badger spirit at its best, there are approximately 3-5 mandatory events.
A group of eight cheerleaders travel with the football team to each away football game. There is a possibility of travel for post-season Bowl Games and basketball tournaments.
Each year the squad has the opportunity to compete at Nationals if the team decides that is a goal that season. If they choose to, an entry tape is submitted. If the team receives a bid, the competition squad puts in extra practice time and prepares for Nationals, which takes place during Winter Break.