For Patriots cheerleaders, boot camp is rough Team wants discipline, not just ‘smart’ and ‘pretty’ hopefuls ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Being a Patriots cheerleader might look glamorous, but the process of becoming one is not. In fact, it's an arduous path. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Cheerleaders go through extensive tryouts that include challenging runs to the top of Gillette Stadium. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Patriots cheerleading director Tracy Sormanti, right, demands discipline from the women she appoints to the squad. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Kristine Resendes was one of 43 finalists who participated in the team's boot camp in March. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Pilates instructor Nikki Kirsch helped Amanda Gaudette with her form during the boot camp. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Jennifer Guidry tried out to become one of the cheerleaders, who must retire after a maximum of three years. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff A Patriots cheerleader "can’t just be pretty," says Sormanti. "She can’t just be talented, can’t just be smart, but she has to be all of the above." Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Athena Lazo, a veteran attending her third boot camp, says the process can be grueling. “It’s way harder this year than I remember." Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Retired cheerleaders such as Kelsey Fournier attended the boot camp to help the new hopefuls. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Fellow retiree Amanda Riddle, foreground, led a drill during the camp. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff The hopefuls did jumping jacks on the bridge outside at Gillette Stadium during their tryouts. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Sormanti demands pushups at every level as the cheerleaders run up and down Gillette Stadium. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff The boot camp entails dance choreography, public speaking training, endurance videos, and about 200 high-leg kicks.