The Pepperdine Pom Squad is the face of Pepperdine school spirit. Performing at all men's and women's home basketball games, making appearances and volunteering in the community, and traveling to the West Coast Conference Tournament each year in Las Vegas, Nevada, the pom squad supports the Waves as a competitive dance team and spirit squad.
The pom squad is a close-knit group, made up of dynamic members visible in all aspects of campus life, including Dance in Flight, Relay for Life and Greek life, among others. If you are interested in joining the Pepperdine Pom Squad, we invite you to review the information below. For specific questions, please feel free to contact Erica Bell, the Pepperdine Pom Squad advisor, at email@example.com. Roll Waves!
The mission of the Pepperdine Pom Squad is to uphold the tradition and character of Pepperdine University and its athletic department. It will strive to not only instill tradition, but abide by the University's mission of being committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, preparing squad members for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
The Pepperdine Pom Squad will consistently work hard, practice and perform with heart, be dedicated and develop teamwork. The pom squad will strive to create an exciting in-game atmosphere and increase crowd participation, while maintaining an environment of good sportsmanship and pride in the University among students, faculty, staff, alumni and patrons.
The Pepperdine Pom Squad will abide by all rules and regulations as set forth by the institution, governing conferences and the NCAA.
Since its creation in 2005, the Pepperdine Pom Squad (formerly the Pepperdine Dance Team) has historically consisted of anywhere between 12-17 members. These numbers fluctuate from year to year given the needs of the team. As technique and uniformity are important components to maintaining a successful team, members chosen should have a good foundation and understanding of technical dance terms to build from.
Pepperdine University Pom Squad auditions for the 2012-2013 season will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse. Auditions are open to any Pepperdine Student, including freshmen, transfer, returning, and graduate students.
All members of the 2012-2013 Pepperdine University Pom Squad will be required to attend a program meeting following auditions.
Please wear jazz shoes (bare feet or socks are allowed if you do not own jazz shoes) and form fitting clothing to show off arms and legs. Shorts, leggings, or tank tops recommended. We want to be able to see clean lines during jazz and technical portions of the audition. We are looking for a crisp collegiate image so please wear make-up and style your hair appropriately. You may bring sweat pants and tennis shoes for the hip hop portion of the audition.
We want all potential members to enjoy the audition process, ask questions, and most importantly, smile and perform to the best of their ability. We will teach at the pace the team is accustomed to, but will make sure candidates have a fair amount of time to practice all routines and ask questions before the formal auditions. It is the Pepperdine University Pom Squad's policy to give every candidate an opportunity to perform at his or her best.
Candidacy for a position on the 2012-13 Pepperdine Pom Squad is contingent upon remaining a full-time student in good academic standing, with an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 from the date of auditions and throughout the duration of the two semesters covering the athletics seasons.
Students who drop below the minimum hours required to be considered a full-time student or whose GPA falls below a 2.5 may be benched for the remainder of the semester.
The Pepperdine Pom Squad is a representation of the University and the Pepperdine Athletics Department. As such, members of the Pom Squad will not engage in smoking, drinking, or drugs. Any such activity will not be tolerated including off-campus activities. Failure to abide by these expectations will result in removal from the squad.
All members must show respect for the coach, advisor, captains, and other squad members at all times. A member may be pulled from a performance at any time if they are displaying a poor attitude toward choreography, captains, another member, or the coach. Once removed, a member must earn the right to return to the performance. Members must be of good character and remember that they represent the mission and values of Pepperdine.
While academic success is the first priority, the accomplishment of the squad depends on members attending all practices, games, and appearances. Squad members will receive class credit for attendance and participation at all practices and will be evaluated on a Pass/Fail grading system.
Practice and Games
The Pom Squad will have the opportunity to travel to the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. This typically takes place over spring break.
The coach will determine traveling squads. Positions on the team will be determined based on recruiting, skills, attitude, academic standing, and seniority. The size of the squad traveling will be determined based on budget restrictions and in accordance with the WCC, the NCAA, and the Pepperdine Athletic Department's rules and regulations.
The University has a predetermined budget that will serve as the primary financial source for the squad; however, there may be times when squad members are called on to fundraise or pay for certain items/events.
All squad members are required to participate in the Mini Waves Dance Clinic fundraiser.
All members of the Pepperdine University Pom Squad can be elected into one of the leadership positions for the squad. The Pom Squad has at least one Captain, Co-Captain and Public Relations Chair each year. Each member of the squad votes for a member in the specific officer positions, and the candidate with the most votes receives the position. Captains are responsible for representing the squad as the ideal member, assisting the coach in leading all rehearsals, maintaining a positive and spirited attitude at all times, serving as ambassadors to the Pom Squad at all University events, and leading the squad in all pom, sideline, timeout, and halftime routines.
The 2012-2013 Pom Squad Officers (from left to right):
Christiane Martin, Public Relations Chair
For all Pom Squad inquiries, campus visits and donations, please contact:
Alex Nicandros, Head Coach, Pom Squad
Erica Bell, Marketing and Promotions Manager/Pom Squad Advisor
Taylor Kalupa, Captain
Becca Porter, Co-Captain
Christiane Martin, Public Relations Chair
The roster for the 2012-2013 Pepperdine Pom Squad will be posted following auditions on August 29, 2012.