Swoop Troop

The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for energetic, reliable and hardworking Pelicans fans to audition for this season’s Swoop Troop Interactive Squad!

The Swoop Troop is made up of enthusiastic men and women, 18 years of age or older, who display the ultimate Pelicans spirit while getting the Smoothie King Center pumped up each game night! Members play an integral role in community events and the Pelicans game-night experience by leading the crowd in chants, hosting contests, throwing T-shirts and simply entertaining the best fans in the NBA!

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Ochsner Sports Performance Center

(5800 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003)
Registration: 1:30PM || Auditions: 2:00PM

Audition Requirements:
  • Must be 18 years of age as of 09/8/2018 (Valid government issued photo I.D. required)
  • Must be a high school graduate (verification required by providing a copy of your diploma or proof of college enrollment)
  • Must provide a copy of your Fall 2018 class schedule (applicable for college students only)
  • Must have housing in or around the New Orleans area
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be in excellent physical shape with high energy and movement ability
  • Must be able to arrive three and a half hours prior to tip-off (i.e. 3:30 PM for a normal 7:00 PM tip-off)
  • Must be able to work (30+) games which fall on weekdays, weekends, holidays, etc.
  • Must be able to attend a staff orientation as well as multiple training camps held throughout the season (beginning in October). Attendance at each of these events is mandatory.

Frequently asked questions:
What role does the Swoop Troop play at Pelicans games?
The Swoop Troop is a high-energy group of talented men and women who can be found entertaining fans outside the Smoothie King Center or leading the Pelicans players onto the court with the P E L I C A N S flags. The Swoop Troop can also be found on the court and in the stands assisting fans with multiple contests as well as leading them in various chants. In the community, the Swoop Troop can be found enhancing events with their high energy, their fun dance moves and their entertaining props.

Is being a member of the Swoop Troop a full-time job?
No, being a member of the Swoop Troop is a part-time, seasonal job opportunity that begins in September 2018 and ends in August of 2019. Aside from Pelicans home games, members will also have opportunities to work events in the community throughout the entire year.

How many games and appearances will I be required to work for the 2018-2019 Season?
It is mandatory that Swoop Troop members work a minimum of 30 home games during the season. Appearance requests for the Swoop Troop are made throughout the season and members must be willing to attend those appearances when assigned. In addition to games and appearances, members must attend an orientation and several training camps throughout the season. Attendance at these events is mandatory.

What is the game day arrival time for Swoop Troop members?
All Swoop Troop members are required to arrive three and a half hours prior to tip-off (i.e. 3:30 PM for a normal 7:00 PM tip-off.)

Do I need entertainment experience?
We are seeking team players who have the ultimate Pelicans spirit and can energize our crowd of 17,000+ screaming fans! Gymnastics, break dancing/street dancing, cheerleading (i.e. partner stunting,) tumbling, jump roping or acting experience is preferred.

What is the age requirement for auditions?
You must be 18 years of age by September 8, 2018.

What characteristics are most important to be a successful Swoop Troop member?
All members must be team players, extremely energetic, hardworking, prompt and reliable. Members must be able to entertain in a family-oriented environment. Of course, Swoop Troop members must also be HUGE Pelicans fans!

Do I have to pre-register for auditions?
Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. To pre-register, download the registration form and email it according to the instructions located on the bottom of the form.

What do I need to bring to auditions?
Please bring a government issued photo I.D., a copy of your High School diploma or proof of college enrollment, a copy of your Fall 2018 class schedule (if you are a college student), your printed application (if you have pre-registered,) and ENERGY! You will also be required to sign a release and publicity form prior to auditioning.

What should I wear to auditions?
Athletic attire and non-marking sneakers (i.e. no black soles.) Candidates are encouraged to show their style but must dress appropriately.

May I bring a friend, parent, child to tryouts?
Auditions are closed to the public. Please do not bring guests (including family and children) to any part of the tryouts. If you have a friend who you think will be good for the team, go ahead and bring him or her with you!

For more information on the Swoop Troop or this year’s auditions, please email your questions to entertainment@pelicans.com