Line Officer Candidate Information
Section A - Officers
There is no set number of officers allowed. The director and the tryout judges will determine the final number of officers.
Section B - Qualifications
1. Must be a sophomore, junior or a senior girl on the drill team for the school year she is to serve as an officer.
2. Must not have been on demerit probation two times or demerit suspension, grade suspension or conduct suspension during the year served prior to tryouts.
3. Must have served as a Highstepper line member prior to officer tryouts.
Section C - Expectations
1. Officers are expected to serve out their entire term or forfeit their office. A full term for an officer is until banquet or a specified date given by the director.
2. Officers who lose their office or who choose to forfeit their office before banquet will not will not be recognized as an officer for that year.
3. Officers may lose their office and return to the line if the following situations occur:
a. If an officer is on grade suspension or conduct suspension.
b. If an officer is on demerit probation for the second time for the year or is on demerit suspension.
c. If the director deems it necessary for the officer to relinquish her position.
Section D – Description of Office Positions
a. Must have served as a HIGHSTEPPERS the full year prior to tryouts.
2. Co-captain (if necessary)
a. The officer tryout judges and director will determine whether a co-captain position is necessary. This decision may vary year to year.
b. Shall serve as second officer in command of the entire group.
c. May be a junior or a senior and must have served as a HIGHSTEPPERS the full year prior to tryouts.
a. The officer tryout judges and director will determine the number of lieutenants. This decision may vary year to year.
b. May be a sophomore, junior or a senior and must have served as a Highstepper the year prior to tryouts.
Section E - Selection of Officers
1. Officers shall be chosen by the outside judges scores. Officers shall be chosen on the basis of their present and past performance and participation in drill team, their leadership, and their dance ability. Drill Team member votes may be added as extra points.
2. Officer candidates must be in attendance the scheduled days of tryouts. Videotaped auditions will not be permitted.
3. There is no set number of officers allowed. The director and the tryout judges will determine the final number of officers.
Section F - Vacancy
In case of a vacancy in any office, the next highest qualified person may be chosen by the Director to fill the vacancy. If needed, tryout scores may be consulted. The Director may choose not to fill the vacancy.
There is no set number of line officers. Titles will vary from year to year.
The Selection process is as follows:
The candidates with the highest scores will become line officers. A break in scores will determine number of line officers. The highest scoring candidate will be captain. Other titles will be given at the director’s discretion.
Solo dance – 100 points (graded by judges)
Officer Strut – 50 points (graded by judges)
Interview – 100 points (graded by judges)
Teacher Recommendations – 50 points
Previous year’s demerits and attendance – 50 points
Total: 350 points
Highstepper Line Officers have more time and finances invested in this organization. Parents need to be aware of the extra time, extra practices, monthly meetings and expenses for line officer camp.
Line Officer Leadership Camp is May 29th - June 1st. The cost is approximately $500 (including hotel/meals).
Part I: Solo Dance
You must have a solo prepared to perform in front of the judges. Your solo may be any style of dance that you choose. Make sure that you highlight your abilities and choose the style and technique in your solo wisely. Your solo is to be no shorter than 45 seconds and is not to exceed 75 seconds.
You will not wear costumes for your solos, however you may use a prop if you would like. You will wear all black for all portions of the audition in front of the judges.
Part II. Officer Strut
The candidates will also learn officer strut during the week leading up to tryouts. They will perform officer strut as a group, or in their designated groups for the group dance.
Part III. Interview
The judge’s panel will interview each candidate immediately following their solo performance. Each judge will ask one question. Each judge will score the candidates responses to all questions. The judges will have a copy of each candidates resume during the interview process.
Part IV. Teacher Recommendations
Each candidate must turn in seven teacher recommendations. The candidate is to bring the following form to a teacher and request the recommendation. The teacher must complete the form and return it to Coach Jones/Gibson themselves. No recommendations will be accepted that are turned in by the candidate. Teachers may hand recommendations to Coach Jones/Gibson or place them in her box. It is the responsibility of the candidate to request the forms early enough for teachers to be able to complete and turn in. Forms can be found in the file folders outstide of Coach Gibson's office. You are welcome to pick them up at your convienence.