Becoming A UCA Instructor
So you got an "App" card at camp this year... An the application card is simply an invite to try out for the best cheerleading company in the world, the Universal Cheerleaders Association. You were chosen because your talent, charisma, and leadership potential stood out to the staff while you were at camp. You have learned from the UCA staff, formed a special bond with these individuals, and you may have even looked up to the instructors as role models. And now you have been given the chance to become a member of the UCA Instructional Staff...What do you do now?
Before you get started with the application process, remember what kind of position you are applying for. Being a member of the UCA staff is not just an honor, it's a real job, and for some of you it may be your first job. It is a teaching position, with less emphasis on performing than you may have realized at camp. Your summer days will be filled with long hours, grueling practices, and lots of time on the road. A good deal of hard work and commitment are required. But it's also a great college summer job that will give you the opportunity to make friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Go to the web address listed on your app card to get started and follow the directions from there. You'll need to upload a recent headshot and a letter of recommendation on the online application.
Most of the tryouts will take place in early spring. The number of instructors chosen at a given tryout depends on the number of returning staff and the amount of camp enrollments, both with respect to your area in the country. Thousands of "Apps" are given out across the country but only 400-500 new instructors will be hired.
Applicants are evaluated in these areas:
The tryout process varies region to region. Generally, the tryout is relatively laid back. The judges (regional managers, state directors & veteran staff) are watching for the technique with which you perform the material, jumps, stunts, and tumbling.
Perform your skills as if you are already on staff. Project the qualities that embody a UCA instructor: confidence, capability, poise & energy. You've been selected to tryout because you've got the skills, now focus on how you execute them!
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:
If you have been chosen to fill a UCA summer camp instructor position, you will either be notified at your tryout or you will receive a letter within the month. You will have approximately one month to notify the UCA national office of your intent to work that summer.
Good luck and remember that individuals are chosen based on their ability to continue a legacy of greatness. UCA 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 get an invite for the UCA application process at camp, does not mean you cannot receive an application. If you are 18 or over, a senior in high school or have graduated from high school, call the State Director or Regional Manager in your area to request an application link.