Blinn Cheer Team 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 NCA National Champions
Fall Cheer Clinics
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - noon to 3 p.m. - Heineke Gym
The clinic is open to ages 8 and older. Following the clinic, participants will receive a campus tour.
Coach Sarah Barland Flisowski
Sarah Barland Flisowski is in her 10th year here as Blinn College head dance and cheer coach. The Blinn College Dance Team has won numerous ADTS Collegiate Champions and has won 7 national titles at NDA College Nationals.
In 2019, Blinn's dance team made history by claiming two national titles in Dance Team Performance Open and Pom Division II for its seventh straight championship.
Barland Flisowski is a former member of the Blinn College Treasures Dance Team and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University -- now Texas State University -- in San Marcos with a degree in exercise sports science and minor in political science. She also earned her master’s in physical education from Prairie View A&M University. Barland Flisowski then started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for 2 years at Berry Middle school. She went on to Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD to become the director of the award-winning RL Turner Lionettes. She was the director of the Lionettes for seven years before coming back to Blinn as the coach of the Blinn College Treasures Dance and Cheer Teams. Sarah is also a 18-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School where she has been the ADTS Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator. Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, which is the halftime production company of the amazing Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game.
The move to Brenham is a great one that puts her closer to her family. Her sister, Alice Henrichsen, with husband Eric and nephew Brady are all in the Houston area and mother Mary Sue Carter still lives in the Golden Triangle. Sarah is a graduate of Orangefield High School, member and three-year officer of the Orangefield High School dance team, and All-American Dance team member her senior year. Her hobbies include taking dance classes, triathlons, reading and watching college football. Sarah and her husband, Dax Flisowski, make their home here in Brenham with their daughter Kate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many Cheer Team members does Blinn have?
Blinn will have between 36 and 44 cheer team members.
What athletic events does the cheer team cheer at?
The Blinn College cheer team performs at all home football games, select away football games, men’s and women’s basketball home games and women’s volleyball home matches.
How often does the cheer team practice?
Practices and weight training / cardio conditioning sessions are held three to five days a week.
How is the Blinn Cheer Team selected?
Cheerleaders are selected based on their ability to represent Blinn College as well as their ability to perform recommended skills for performances and competition.
What are recommended skills?
- Jumps connected with back tuck
- Jumps connected with BHS tuck
- Round off BHS layout or better
- Flyers - Front and side body positions with double downs from both
- Standing tuck/full
- Jumps connected with BHS(s) tuck/full
- Round off BHS layout/full or specialty pass
- Unassisted extended stunts
Is there a weight or height limit?
There is not a weight or height limit, but all potential members must maintain the appropriate physique to execute the required skills.
Do Blinn cheer team members receive scholarships?
36 athletes will receive athletic scholarships each season.
MAKING THE TEAM
Recruit clinics are conducted in a practice-like environment during which the level of each candidate’s skills and talents, and their ability to work with current and prospective team members, will be evaluated. A short interview with the candidate may be conducted at anytime during the sessions.
We will have one mandatory tryout clinic and a closed final try-out with two sessions. The clinic and final tryout sessions are mandatory unless arranged with the coaching staff ahead of time. The final try-out will be by invitation only. Final team selections will be made at the conclusion of the final try-out. Try-outs will be held in the Heineke Gym on the Brenham campus (map).
To schedule tryout attendance, e-mail: email@example.com.
Candidtates should wear athletic practice attire to all recruit clinics and tryouts.
Getting Started …
Incoming freshmen must have already applied to Blinn College for the Fall 2017 semester to tryout. Students cannot be admitted on any type of probation.
Blinn College students must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and be in good standing with the College. Students cannot be on any form of academic and/or disciplinary probation.
If not coming to Blinn College directly from high school, students must fill out a BREAK IN ENROLLMENT FORM.
One head-to-toe color photo and one head shot of recruit. Do not have special pictures taken for packet, a snap shot is fine. Pictures will not be returned.
Two letters of recommendation.
Copies of all high school transcripts from incoming freshman and college transcripts from transfer or current Blinn students.
$30 processing fee. Only checks or money orders made out to Blinn College will be accepted.
Athletes that are interested in becoming a Blinn College cheerleader must email head coach Sarah Barland Flisowski at firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the following questions:
- Email address
- Permanent address
- High school graduation year
- Intended major
- Current grade point average
- Current cheer team
- Coach's name, email and phone number
- Your height and weight
- Are you a flyer or base?
- Shoe size
- T-shirt size
- Why do you want to cheer at Blinn College?
- What qualities make you a good cheerleader?