Tryout Information

Tryouts have concluded for this semester, but check back in the spring! In the meantime, make sure you are following all of the standards mentioned below while training to prepare yourself for a tryout.

Tryouts are held in the powerhouse (bottom floor) of the Nicholas Recreation Center

For tryouts, there will be three judges that will check each attempt for certain things on each lift. You will sign up for a specific time and that is when your attempts are to be done. You will have 30 minutes to complete at least one squat, bench, and deadlift. After 30 minutes you will not be able to make any more attempts. You will have three attempts at each discipline. Once you have attempted a weight, you can attempt the same weight or heavier, but you will not be able to lower the weight at all. If do not have at least one successful attempt from each discipline, you will not be ablt to receive a total, and will not make the team. Everyone who hits the qualifying total for their weight class (shown below) will be able to join the team.

Warm ups should be done prior to the time of your tryout.

  1. On squat, we will look for proper depth (hip crease below parallel with the top of the knee), and keeping your feet in the same position throughout the squat.

    • Commands

      • "Squat" command will be given after you have unracked the weight, gotten your feet set, and have your knees locked out. This is when you should start your rep.

      • "Rack" command will be given after you have completed the rep and have stabilized yourself. This is when you are able to rack the weight.

  2. On bench, we will be looking for a proper pause on your chest, as well as keeping your butt and head on the bench, and feet flat on the floor.

    • Commands

      • "Start" command will be given after you have unracked the weight, gotten your feet flat on the floor, butt and head are on the bench, and elbows are locked out. This is when you should start your rep.

      • "Press" command will be given after you have lowered the bar to your chest and there is no more movement. This is when you should press the bar off your chest.

      • "Rack" command will be given after you have completed the rep and have stabilized yourself. This is when you are able to rack the weight.

  3. On deadlift we will be making sure you do not hitch the bar on the way up.

    • Commands

      • "Down" command is given once you have the weight completely locked out at the top. This is when you are able to lower the weight to the ground. Be sure to keep your hands on the bar until it has stopped moving.