2022–2023 Brutus Tryout Information


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.’ 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.”

Each student that has had the honor of representing Brutus Buckeye has adopted coach Hayes attitude to “pay it forward” to the Buckeye community that has given each of us so much. It takes tremendous effort, dedication, sacrifice, discipline, and devotion for you to continue the great tradition that is Brutus Buckeye. Being a part of this program is truly a once in a lifetime experience. This opportunity will transform your relationship with your alma mater for the rest of your life.

Are you ready to be a part of the Brutus Buckeye family?

Brutus Prerequisite Tryout Information

All candidates in the Spirit Program must embody the definition of a “student-athlete”. Becoming the character is secondary only to your family, and your academic pursuits at The Ohio State University. To be considered for Brutus, candidates must meet the tryout pre-requisite requirements listed below:

  • Currently enrolled student at The Ohio State University, Main Campus by the tryout completion date
  • At least freshman status during the semester of your tryout
  • In good academic standing dictated by the NCAA / Big Ten Standard
  • Can commit to at least 15 hours a week for team related commitments
  • Have a flexible schedule year round
  • Have a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher. (Once on the team, a student-athlete must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or higher in order to remain on the team. In addition, all student athletes must abide by the standards & requirements dictated by the Brutus Buckeye Code of Conduct)

This commitment will require you to assist in various athletic and non-athletic appearances. These include but are not limited to:

  • Football games (Home & Away)
  • Men’s & Women’s Basketball games (Home)
  • Men’s & Women’s Hockey games (Home)
  • Men’s & Women’s Volleyball games (Home)
  • Men’s & Women’s Soccer games (Home)
  • Swimming & Diving events (Home)
  • Community enhancement events (on & off campus)
  • Weddings & Celebrations
  • Commercial Shoots

There will be opportunities to travel for post season bowls, tournament games and other special events. Individuals will be committed to training for local and national competitions. This is a very dynamic program that requires a year – round time commitment along with a certain level of availability and flexibility in your schedule.

The mandatory commitments in which you MUST be available for is as follows:

Bruti are required to be available for events at least 1 month (May – August) to do events throughout the summer which include:

  • OSU Day at Cedar Point*: Late May 2022
  • State Tours*: June & July (Various)
  • 4th of July Celebration*: 7/1 -7/4
  • Big Ten Football Media Days*: 7/21 -7/22
  • Big Ten 10K*: 7/23 – 7/25
  • Brutus Summer Retreat: 7/28 – 7/31
  • Buckeye Kickoff*: 8/25

*Dates are tentative & subject to change

Once these events have been scheduled (typically a month ahead of the date) you will then be able to make arrangements for vacations, etc.


Fall Semester – Subject to Change
Practice – TBD (Two Days a Week) – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Weights – Mondays & Wednesdays – Early Mornings

Spring Semester
Practice – TBD (Two Days a Week) – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Weights – Mondays & Wednesdays – Early Mornings

Special Events/Appearances

  • Each Spirit Squad member is required to attend assigned Athletic Department appearances
  • When we are preparing for a National Competition, there will be additional practices that may overlap University breaks.

Pre-Tryout Documentation Requirements

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Pre-Tryout Information

Interested candidates will receive a high-level overview of being apart of the Brutus Buckeye program. The information shared will include:

  • Commitment requirements
  • Program Benefits and Opportunities
  • Tryout process
  • Q & A session

Candidates will also interface with the mascot coaching staff along with individuals who have recently been a member of the Brutus Buckeye program.

Information Session Date Time Location
1 1/29 11:00–12:00 p.m. Zoom – Email Sharp.255@osu.edu for the link
2 1/30 11:00–12:00 p.m. Zoom – Email Sharp.255@osu.edu for the link
3 2/5 11:00–12:00 p.m. Zoom – Email Sharp.255@osu.edu for the link
4 2/6 11:00–12:00 p.m. Zoom – Email Sharp.255@osu.edu for the link
5 2/26 11:00–12:00 p.m. Zoom – Email Sharp.255@osu.edu for the link
6 2/27 11:00–12:00 p.m. Zoom – Email Sharp.255@osu.edu for the link

This is an opportunity to get some time & experience in the costume while getting instruction on how to correctly portray the character of Brutus Buckeye. These are your best opportunities to get comfortable in the costume prior to the tryout process. Remember you must have all the pre tryout documentation turned in before participating in the costume times. You are also going to need to pre-register for the costume session by sending an email requesting attendance to coach Ray Sharp at sharp.255@osu.edu

Costume Time Session Date Time Location
1- Character Development 3/10 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Covelli Center
2 – Character Development 3/12 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Covelli Center
3 – Props & Improv. 1 3/24 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Covelli Center
4 – Situations & Improv. 2 3/26 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Covelli Center
5 – Situations & Improv. 3 3/29 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Covelli Center
6 – Situations & Improv. 4 3/30 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Covelli Center

Brutus Tryout Dates, Times, and Details

In order to register for tryouts you need to ensure you have:

  1. Completed the Pre-Tryout documentation (see “Pre-Tryout Documentation Requirements” drop-down above)
  2. Completed the registration form via the form below:
Provide us with some context on the skills you have indicated. i.e. “ Tumbling - I am able to confidently perform a back tuck”

This will be your final opportunity to get some time in the outfit & ask any last-minute questions that you may have.  It also will give you an opportunity to get any last-minute advice and recommendations.

Your interview time will be provided to you via Coach Ray prior to Tryouts. 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.

This is the evaluation of how well you portray Brutus’ character in the various situations he may experience on a daily basis.

Upon conclusion of tryouts, and after a deliberation period, the team will be announced.

If you have any further questions, concerns or points of clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to coach Ray Sharp through email. Good luck to you all, and GO BUCKS!

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