From an outsiders perspective one may see brainless and beautiful robots, which scream and perform neat tricks. This is not the case from the inside; cheerleading is so much more than that. Many people are under the impression that cheerleading is not a sport. I am the voice of reasoning that will let you in, and I will show you that cheerleading, in fact, is a sport. Cheerleading requires much physical demand from the body just as any other sport would. Cheerleading, in general, is a team effort. There are many sides to cheerleading, which make it a versatile sport. When it comes to cheerleading there’s more to it than what meets the eye.
It happens every day in high school classrooms that male athletes argue with female athletes that cheerleading isn’t a sport. Every cheerleader gets upset when someone tries to argue with them that cheerleading is not a sport.Cheerleading should be a sport because we compete; work just as hard as other athletes;we have rules. Cheerleading should be considered a sport because it meets all the requirements. The Women's Sports Foundation has narrowed it down to what should be a considered a sport. To be a sport it must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space. Cheerleaders stunt which involves throwing another cheerleader into the air.
Competitive Cheerleading is a sport; although, many believe it isn’t. First introduced to the world in the late 1800’s, cheerleading started out as a sport for men to cheer on sports groups. Comp. Cheerleading is used as a pastime and a hobby for people all over the world. Competitive Cheerleaders can range from 2 to 24 years old. Although, cheerleading differs from many sports it is still very similar. Just like how you would compete on the field in football you compete on a mat in cheerleading. “...you're going out there and competing against other teams not just one team.” Erin Lenze, Coach of the Oil City Oilers Competitive Cheerleading Squad, announced on why comp. cheerleading is a sport. There are many components in Competitive Cheerleading, and it takes many things to become a cheerleader. Author Leah, CA, USA says "Cheerleading is a rivalry, the competition makes you strong. Cheerleading is reaching out to comfort a sister who is sad, It is defending each other in good times and bad,” showing some of what you must put into comp. cheerleading. In comp. cheerleading you mus...
I am a competitive cheerleader and as well as all other cheerleaders in the world, I want to prove to the world that what I do best, love with all my heart, and can’t live without is most definitely a sport. Trying to clarify this long debate on how cheerleading is a sport and how it is not is my biggest intention in this paper. Polls say that 60% of the voters think cheerleading is a sport and 35% think it is not (Varnavas). Cheerleading should be accepted as a sport and it is all up to the voters, depending on if they know the facts of competitive cheerleading and non-competitive cheerleading.
Every cheerleader gets upset when someone tries to dismiss cheerleading as a sport. “I know I did”, although cheerleading fits the definition of a sport as stated in the Oxford dictionary. According to the Oxford dictionary, a sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or other for entertainment. Have you ever been to a cheerleading competition? Having you not noticed how physical each routine are? Does this not entertain you? If you can honestly answer yes to any of that question, I believe the truth is you understand some of the elements of cheerleading can qualify as a sport. Not to worry, I came up with some facts I feel will strengthen this argument for cheerleaders everywhere, because the elements of cheerleading posse some differences and similarities when compared to other sports.
Because some cheerleading squads don’t compete, society thinks of it merely as a physical activity. Even though cheerleaders’ main purpose is to support other athletic activities, cheer squads whom compete, follow all physical criteria to be considered a sport. Cheerleaders put forth an incredible amount of determination. They practice tirelessly to show off their skills, with little or no recognition for their efforts. Cheerleading is a sport because it requires physical fitness, skill, dedication, and stamina. Cheerleading should be considered a sport globally.
Cheerleading is something that I love to do. I started tumbling at a gym called Speed Athletics when I was in sixth grade. In 7th grade, I tried out for the middle school cheerleading team because one of my friends was trying out as well, but unfortunately did not make it. Even though I did not make the team, I still continued tumbling classes. In 8th grade I tried out for the team again, and after many private tumbling lessons and working on motions with my neighbor who was a high school cheerleader, I made the team. Ever since 8th grade, I have been in love with cheerleading. I cheered all throughout high school, cheering for my high school’s football team and cheering competitively. I devoted most of my time to cheering. During the week, I had cheerleading every day but Saturday, and sometimes even then I would go to tumbling classes or be at a competition. Cheerleading was my escape
The New York Times states that cheerleading is the fastest growing girls’ sport, yet more than half of Americans do not believe it is a sport. A sport is defined as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature” (dictionary.com). Cheerleading at a competitive level is physically demanding and requires team work to be the best. The misconception of cheerleaders being weak, nonathletic crowd entertainers makes people believe cheerleaders are not athletes and that cheerleading is just a hobby but cheerleaders that compete at a competitive level are in fact athletes because it meets the standards of what a sport is, which includes rules and regulations, and overcoming air resistance.
Cheerleading is fun! Of course we cheerlead because it’s fun! From cheer camp to laughing on the sidelines, cheerleading is always a good time, especially with your friends. The memories made my cheerleaders whether they be from practices, games, or spirit activities (like decorating for senior night or baking treats for football players) are memories that will be cherished for a cheerleaders lifetime. Cheering is such a positive and happy experience because we are always doing something fun or accomplishing something new, like learning our new pyramid or mastering our routine. I get to get dressed up in my uniform with my bow in my hair and my white, red-track stained cheer shoes and not only cheer on my favorite football team but run around and cheer and stunt with a team of fun-loving girls and bring my community
One should consider cheerleading as a sport because of its need that participants be in excellent physical shape and that they practice routines to become better at the sport. This is like any sport where there are requirements or expectations for being in shape and conditioned to perform. Cheerleaders almost outdo other athletes because the sport is nearly year-round while practices match or exceeds that of other athletic teams (Cassman 2010). Whereas many sports focus on certain muscle groups that enhance playing ability, cheerleading focuses on every muscle group because one needs all of their muscles groups so they are in good condition and can successfully perform stunts and other skills. Specifically, competition cheer is where many participants tra...