Tryout Information

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:

For a printable version of this page CLICK HERE

If interested, please fill out the application below: (MANDATORY)


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 truly 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:

Mandatory Commitments Schedule


  • Spring Game: 4/13/2019
  • Brutus Summer Retreat: 4/20 – 4/21/2019

Bruti are required to be available for events at least 1 month May through August throughout the summer. These events include but are not limited to:

  • OSU Day at Cedar Point 5/9
  • President State Tours June & July (Various)
  • 4th of July Celebration 7/1-7/2
  • Big Ten Football Media Days 7/22 -7/23
  • Big 10k 8/10 – 8/11
  • Nationwide Bull run 8/17
  • Buckeye Kickoff 8/24

Once these events have been scheduled (typically a month ahead of the date) you will then be able to make other commitments.

The following dates are mandatory for ALL team members to be available and attend:

  • 2019 Season Kickoff 7/26 – 7/29
  • UCA Mascot Camp 7/31 – 8/4

If you make the team, we will work with you as best as we can to ensure you meet these mandatory requirements while also fulfilling any commitments you may have in the summer (Internships, family vacations, etc.)

School Year Practice Schedule
** YOU MUST SCHEDULE CLASSES AROUND PRACTICES, WEIGHT TRAINING, AND GAMES. As a student athlete you are provided the privilege of priority scheduling to ensure you can meet this requirement.

Fall Semester
– Practice | TBD (Two Days a Week)
– Lifting | TBD (Two Days a Week)

Spring Semester
– Practice | TBD (Two Days a Week)
– Lifting | TBD (Two Days a Week)

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. Same rules apply here as they do for mandatory commitments over the summer.


  • The team is given an allotment of money for tuition each semester
  • These scholarships are awarded at the end of each academic semester by the coaching staff

Pre-tryout Opportunities

Make sure you have completed the application at the top of the sign up page. This will be due by 4/3/2018

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to attend at least one information session, & one Brutus costume session. You must provide the mascot coach with the following information before you can participate in any costume related opportunities:

  • Next semester’s class schedule (Non – Incoming Freshman)
  • Letter of acceptance to Main Campus (Incoming Freshmen / Transfer students)
  • Pre-participation physical examination (available online at the Brutus Buckeye Tryout page)

Information Session (Attendance strongly encouraged)

This is an informational session where interested candidates will learn about being apart of the Brutus Buckeye program. We will cover:

  • Brief History of Brutus Buckeye
  • Summary of what Brutus does today
  • Benefits of being apart of the program
  • Tryout Process Explanation
  • Key Future Dates
  • Q & A session with the Coaching Staff and past team members

2/16/19  1:45 PM – 2:45 PM |  2:50 PM – 3:45 PM | 3:50 PM – 4:45 PM

2/17/19  1:45 PM – 2:45 PM |  2:50 PM – 3:45 PM | 3:50 PM – 4:45 PM

2/16/19  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

*Location for each time above: Ohio Union – Meet at Bronze Brutus

Brutus Costume Times (Attendance strongly encouraged)

This is an opportunity to get some time & experience in the costume. You will receive instruction from the mascot coach & other individuals who have recently been Brutus Buckeye on:

1. Brutus Character & Mannerisms

2. Costume walkthrough

3. Improvisation

4. Effective Prop Usage

These are your best opportunities to get comfortable in the costume prior the tryout

3/9 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Ohio Union – Meet at the Bronze Brutus
3/10 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ohio Union – Meet at the Bronze Brutus
3/23 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Ohio Union – Meet at the Bronze Brutus
3/24 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ohio Union – Meet at the Bronze Brutus
3/27 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM French Field House

Brutus Tryout Dates, Times, and Details

Day 1 – April 6th 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM in French Field House

Phase 1: In – Costume Character Evaluation Here you will be evaluated on how well you portray Brutus’ character in various situations he may experience on a daily basis. We will evaluate your abilities with respect to:

  • Character Portrayal
  • Performance to Songs (School & Non)
  • Improvisation
  • Prop Use

Phase 2: Team Prop Build Here you will be evaluated on your ability to work with a team to help create a quick gameday skit and props. Instructions will be provided on the day of the tryout along with a set of materials to use. You will not be in costume during this phase. Once skits & props have been completed by each team, we will then evaluate your abilities to improvise with the different props that have been created.

Phase 3: Skit Here you will be evaluated on your personal ability to perform a simple, easy to follow skit that showcases Brutus’ character in some creative manner. This will need to be created prior to the tryout following the rules below:

Skit Rules

1. 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.

2. There will be a maximum of two people allowed to assist the candidate with the skit. This includes prop set-up, skit participation, and clean up.

3. The two-minute skit allows for a maximum of 7 props. Using more than seven will result in a penalty during the evaluation

4. Costume pieces must be immediately placed on the ground if removed. If used in a skit, they count as props.

5. Each item thrown into the crowd will count as one prop, i.e. four t-shirts thrown into the crowd count as four props.

6. The use of pyrotechnics, fire extinguishers, extension cords, motors, glitter, powder, anything making a mess that requires a broom or extensive clean up, are prohibited.

7. Themes & content are to be family friendly & clean, no profanity, untasteful references, etc.

8. Music is to be provided to the head coach in an MP3 format by 5:00 PM 4/5/2019

Guidelines to creating a tryout skit

Creating a skit can seem like a daunting and resource consuming task. Especially when trying to compare it to a nationals level skit. We are not expecting, nor do we want to see you spend a ton of time and money to make nationals level props. We want to see your creativity, utilizing things you have readily available to you. We are looking to understand how well you can tell a story as Brutus Buckeye. With that said, please follow the guidelines below in creating your skit.

1. Identify a SIMPLE theme or story line to portray. It should be easy for anyone to follow. Examples include: o Brutus’ Day at Work o Brutus at the Gym o Brutus goes shopping etc.

2. Create a soundtrack that helps drive your skit message from start to finish. The soundtrack should be clear and easy to understand o Create voiceovers to help Brutus communicate o Utilize popular sound clips or songs

3. Create your props using easy to find, cheap material

  • Foam Core
  • Poster Board
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Duct Tape o Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors etc.

4. Make sure your props are easy to read to a crowd sitting 20 to 30 ft. back from you

5. Incorporate fun creative ways to involve the crowd using both your props, and soundtrack

6. HAVE FUN and remember that you are performing as Brutus Buckeye would so ALWAYS STAY IN CHARACTER

This portion of the tryout will be open to the public. We strongly encourage you to invite family members and friends to come watch and support you during this. If you have questions or concerns about this phase of the tryout, reach out to the coaching staff as we will help point you in the right direction.

Once day 1 evaluations are concluded the coaching staff and judges will deliberate to decide who will return for day 2. We will communicate to you later that day what your status is. Please note that we will ask you to complete a DISC Assessment before the interview portion so that we have an idea of your personality and how you work best in a team. You will be able to view the results of that assessment for personal use.

Day 2 – April 7th 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM in The Ohio Union

Phase 1: Interviews In this phase we will be evaluating your leadership ability, self awareness, and your commitment ability. Your interview time will be determined once you have been notified that you will be moving on to day 2. 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.

Team Selection

Upon conclusion of tryouts, and after a deliberation period, the team will be announced. Those announcements will be made the same day.

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