2018 – 2019 Brutus Tryout Information
You must turn in the following items at the beginning of tryouts to be able to participate. All forms but the sickle Cell Trait Test are available in the tryout information packet:
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The following is an excerpt from a commencement speech delivered by Woody Hayes on March 14th, 1986 to OSU graduates:
“I would like to start with something I have used in almost every speech, and this is, ‘paying forward.’ And that is the thing that you folks can do with your great education for the rest of your life. Try to take that attitude toward life – that you’re going to pay forward. So seldom can we pay back because those who helped most–your parents and other people–will be gone, but you’ll find that you do want to pay. Emerson had something to say about that: “You can pay back only seldom.” But he said, “You can always pay forward, and you must pay line for line, deed for deed, and cent for cent.” He said, “Beware of too much good accumulating in your palm or it will fast corrupt.” That was Emerson’s attitude, and no one put it better than he did.”
That was Woody’s attitude, and no one put it better than he did.
Each student that has had the honor of representing Brutus, especially the last couple of decades, has taken the approach that it is time to “pay it forward” to the University that has given each of us so much. Now it is your turn. It takes tremendous effort, dedication, and devotion for you to continue the great tradition of Brutus at The Ohio State University- but becoming the character is the great joy of each Brutus’ time as an undergraduate and indeed will transform your relationship with your alma mater for the rest of your life. Are you ready?
All candidates in the Spirit Program must truly embody the “student-athlete”, whereby representing the character of Brutus, is secondary only to your academic pursuits at The Ohio State University. To be considered for Brutus, candidates must meet the tryout pre-requisite requirements listed below:
The commitment will require you to be dedicated and very flexible with your time. You will be expected to assist in multiple Buckeye sporting events which will include all football games both home and away, home Men’s & Women’s Basketball games, Men’s & Women’s Hockey games and as many other sporting events as we possibly can be at. There will be opportunities to travel for post season tournament games, bowl games, and Big ten conference related events. The commitment will also require you to participate in non-sporting related appearances both on and off campus as well as preparing for national competitions. The mandatory commitments in which you MUST be available for is as follows:
Mandatory Commitments Schedule
All team members are required to be available on the following dates until individuals have been scheduled by the coaching staff
School Year Practice Schedule
** YOU MUST SCHEDULE CLASSES AROUND PRACTICES, WEIGHT TRAINING, AND GAMES. Schedule is subject to change
Fall & Spring Semester
Winter Break / Spring Break 2018-2019: You are not permitted to schedule an away trip for winter or spring break until all games and events have been scheduled by the coaching staff.
Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to attend at least one information session, & one in costume workshop. You must provide the mascot coach with the following information before you can participate in any costume related opportunities:
Orientation Session (Attendance strongly encouraged)
This is an informational session where interested candidates will learn about the Brutus Buckeye program. We will cover:
Brutus Buckeye Costume Times (Attendance strongly encouraged)
You will learn how to correctly portray the character, and participate in improv and skit exercises. You will need to make sure that your physical is submitted prior to getting in costume.
Brutus Tryouts Dates & Times
Interviews: March 30th – 5 p.m. at the Ohio Union
Your interview time will be determined via email address obtained from the registration form online. Make sure you have completed that prior to 9:00 PM 3/16/2018. Each candidate will meet with a committee comprised of a variety of Brutus Buckeye alumni, athletic department officials, and/or coaches. Please arrive 10 minutes early dressed in business professional attire.
Impromptu & Skit Round: March 31st – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at French Field House
This is the evaluation of how well you portray Brutus’ character in the various situations he may experience daily. You will also be tested on your ability to make a creative and entertaining skit built around a central theme.
General Skit Rules
Candidates have a maximum length of one minute for set-up, two minutes for skit material, and one minute to clean up after the skit ends.
Upon conclusion of tryouts, and after a deliberation period, the team will be announced.
Signing Up to Tryout
If you are interested in trying out for this once in a lifetime opportunity, please complete the registration form on the website by 3/16/2018 by 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
If you have any further questions, concerns or points of clarification, please donâ€™t hesitate to reach out to me through email. Good luck to you all & GO BUCKS!