SEATTLE, Wash. – The University of Washington is facing some backlash for an infographic it posted on Tuesday giving advice for those interested in their cheerleader tryouts.

In a story first reported by The Seattle Times, UW posted an infographic explaining what to do and what not to do when attempting to try out for their cheerleading team.

The graphic, which was pulled shortly after posting, faced immediate backlash from Facebook commenters, with some questioning the exclusionary vibe the graphic presented.

Similar infographics have been posted by cross-state rival, Washington State University and Louisiana State University.

University officials released a statement to the paper saying they removed the image after the department “determined that some of the details and descriptions provided were inconsistent with the values of the UW spirit program and department of athletics.”

Some of the things mentioned on the graphic are noted below.


Bronze, beachy glow

False lashes

Girl about town lipstick

Flattering eye shadow

Physically fit, athletic physique

Nude or no fingernail polish

Natural tan/Spray tan


Dark, smokey eyes

Nude lips

Too much makeup

Jewelry of any kind


High-waited shorts