The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders have been entertaining football fans around the world for over 27 years. As the squad has evolved, they have added more intricate dance routines and increasingly attractive uniforms.
Besides their sideline activities, the squad is also highly active in community work. They can be found at everything from charity events to offseason team functions. They have also traveled to Egypt, Asia, Canada and Germany to entertain U.S. troops stationed abroad.
Buccaneers Cheerleaders History
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first took the field on July 31st, 1976, the team�s cheerleaders were right beside them. Until 1999, the squad was known as the SwashBuclers. They would dance on the sidelines to music from the Buccaneers band. During this time, the uniforms matched the team�s original color scheme of orange, white and red (with feathered hats and white boots).
Malcolm Glazer purchased the team in 1995, and new team colors and logos were introduced in 1997. In 1998, the team moved to their new home at Raymond James Stadium. With all these changes, it was felt that the cheerleaders could also use some modification.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders – Uniforms
The uniforms changed in 1997, and they have continued to evolve every year since. While costumes can be modified for each game, the constants remain red tops, black boots and short pants and skirts. Puffy sleeves are also a popular element of the cheerleaders� outfit, as it hearkens back to the days of brigands and swashbucklers.
In recent years, short skirts have been given a jagged edge, and boots have added a heel. Other alternate looks include a halter top with an armband, as well as football jerseys and shorts.
The squad made its international debut in 1999, when one of the Bucs� cheerleaders was chosen to be part of a six-cheerleader squad headed for a 10-day stay in Tokyo, Japan. During their time there, the girls learned about the nation�s culture and held cheer and dance clinics for local cheerleaders.
Tampa Bay Bucs Cheerleaders – Community Service
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders are also heavily involved in community service. Each year, they make 300 appearances ranging from corporate events to charitable benefits.
Tampa Bay Cheerleaders Auditions
Each March, hundreds of hopeful cheerleaders audition for the Bucs� squad. Women currently on the team must also audition, which ensures that the team keeps a high level of freshness and enthusiasm.
The week before tryouts, pre-audition classes are held to help candidates learn as much about the process as possible. They learn basic choreography, and each participant receives a CD of the music which will be used at the audition. The commitment of being a Buccaneers cheerleader is also stressed. It is hoped that any girl who cannot commit the necessary time will drop out prior to the audition process.
During preliminary auditions, candidates are judged on splits, high kicks and dance ability. Two elimination rounds are held, and usually around 100 girls will move on to the semifinals.
The following day, 50 candidates will be selected to advance to training camp and a 30-minute interview. As the young women will be representing the team in the community, the interview process is considered just as important as the other facets of the audition.
The training camp lasts for four nights. After it is completed, the 36-girl Buccaneers� cheerleading squad is finally chosen.