Ms. M. Lauritsen
Cheerleading is a Sport
Many people stereotype cheerleaders as the pretty, popular airheads who stand on the sideline to look good, but that is further from the truth. Cheering at football games may appear unchallenging, but it takes a lot to memorize over a dozen cheers with hand motion and footwork. A sideline cheerleader isnâ€™t the only kind of cheering that there is. Thereâ€™s also competition cheering, competition cheering requires dance, tumbling (gymnastics), jumps, stunting and of course cheer.
Cheerleading has evolved over the years from an extra-curricular activity with the purpose of motivating spectators to an intense, competitive activity. Not only is it extremely demanding physically, it is also time consuming and requires coordination of twenty or more girls and/or boys. Cheerleading is similar to many team sports. Each team ...view middle of the document...
In cheerleading competitions, scoring is based on the exactness of the routine and how well it is performed. Unbelievably some cheer parents do not quite understand how it all works. Spot on routines do not happen overnight. Regular and frequent practices are a must.
Cheerleading is rapidly becoming an emerging sport due to its popularity in high schools and colleges. The NCAA committee on Womenâ€™s Athletics (CWA) is responsible for making recommendations to the NCAA management councils with regard to selection, retention, and elimination of emerging sports. The committee considers a number of factors in determining if a sport has the potential to become an NCAA Championship sport. These include: 1. There must be twenty or more varsity teams and/or competitive club teams that currently exist on college campuses in that sport; 2. There is support for that sport from various organizations, groups, or associations; 3. There is an understanding that once identified as an emerging sport, all NCAA institutions wishing to sponsor the sport at the varsity level must abide by NCAA regulations. Cheerleading is a sport because they have competitions and opponents and practice and prepare for their competitions like any other sport. Cheerleading is also a very dangerous sport. When things are not done right in a stunt the top girl, or flyer, can fall and be fatally injured. Not only can the flyer be injured doing a stunt but also from thirty-foot basket tosses thatâ€™s included in routines. Cheering has the most injuries, more than football and basketball which are contact sports. Cheerleaders have to know what theyâ€™re doing and they have to be strong to lift people.
When people think about athletes and competitive sports football and basketball players come to mind, even swimmers and tennis players would be included. All these people have coaches that train and help build stronger skills. By these standards, cheerleading should be included amongst all sports. Cheerleaders perform for short bursts at a time, giving their performance all they have in less than two minutes with flare and grace. Cheerleaders are well deserving and should be recognized as a legitimate sport.