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 Pom Squad Coordinator Danielle Byrd 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.
TRY-OUTS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE FOR THE 2013 YEAR. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING FOR 2014, PLEASE CONTACT PAIGE DAVIS.
Candidacy for a position on the 2013-14 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 choreographer. 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 at the end of February or in early March.
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.
The Pom Squad Captain will be chosen by the Pom Squad from the previous year. For the 2013-2014 Pom Squad, the Captain is Melinda Marchiano.
For all Pom Squad inquiries, campus visits and donations, please contact:
Danielle Byrd, Marketing and Events Manager/Pom Squad Advisor
Melinda Marchiano, Captain