Two years ago when I first started competitive cheerleading, I was very nervous and shy. It was my first year cheering, and I knew no one on my team and had no clue how to do any of the skills we were being asked to do. It was tryouts and most of the kids in the gym had cheered before and knew what they were supposed to do. Meanwhile, I on the other hand, felt very lost and confused. The coach asked us to do a stunt and put me as backspot. There were lots of very experienced kids watching and I felt intimidated by them. I knew the general idea of what to do, but nothing beyond that. I was too afraid and shy to ask how to do the stunt, which was not a smart decision. Because I was too afraid to ask, I messed up the whole stunt, causing me to
Have you ever just thought and engaged on curiosity on how it feels like to stand and balance on hands of people? Being thrown high in the air with just trusting three people to catch you? Lifting people together while exhibiting strength and trusting that the stunt won’t completely fall? Lastly, having the guts to cheer, shout and to put on that cheerful smile despite all the pain and sacrifices you made just to complete the routine? These people are extraordinary athletes. These athletes just don’t perform difficult stunts but they also uniquely combine the factor of performing and getting the crowd’s attention through their routine. They are called Cheerleaders. Most of the people who aren’t familiar of the content of the sport would think that Cheerleading is just for the purpose of performing and cheering for their own team or school, but to Cheerleaders, it’s more than just those conditions. It’s just something more special than that. It’s a vision and of course, pure passion.
Well then, Basketball and football aren’t sports either if cheerleading is not a sport. There is no solid definition for a sport, but cheer meets all the given criteria for a sport. Just like any other sport, cheer is a danger with stunting, flips, tumbling - all without padding or anything protective besides a blue mat. Cheer is so much more than being smiley, happy, clappy, and cheery. Cheerleading is just as much a sport as any other sport, It is the most physically challenging, and best sport out there.
Since I was a young child, I dreamed of becoming a high school cheerleader. I would eat, sleep, and breathe cheer. I was five when I informed my mother that "I wanted to be like the big girls that give out ribbons every Friday morning." This was the point that my mom enrolled me in gymnastics and signed me up for cheerleading: I loved it instantly. My sixth-grade year, I knew tryouts were coming up and I was a basket case, but I made it. By my eighth-grade year I was taking private lessons at gymnastics to prepare for high school tryouts because, you were required to do a backhandspring. I finally got my standing backhandspring after numerous private lessons at $45 apiece. Then, around February of my eighth-grade year, cheer season was over, and Sydney Selman told me about auxiliary, and being part of the Montevallo
I am a competitive cheerleader and as well as all the 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), so the polls are already on my side. Cheerleading should be accepted as a sport and it is all up to the voters, depending on if the voters are into competitive cheerleading or non-competitive cheerleading.
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.
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
Competitive Cheer is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the United States. Cheerleading isn’t always considered a sport, but Competitive Cheer should be. Just like athletes in any other sport, members of Competitive Cheer squads clock many hours of intense training and often endure serious injuries. As a society, we often think of cheerleaders as nothing more than pretty girls on the sidelines, but the rise of Competitive Cheer demands that we reclassify cheerleading as a sport.
The disgusting, sticky, worn-out mats on the floor of the gym, the abundance of condensating water bottles leaving puddles on the tables, the loud chatter of young girls giggling, gossiping, glowing with happiness: all this takes me back to the most wonderful moments of my life. I’ve spent the past 13 years of my life divulged in the world of cheerleading, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. There are so many lessons that cheering has giving to me. With the sweat, the pain, the bruises, and the tears I had never been a happier person. Of course there were moments where I wish to everything holy that I could just give up and quit for good, but I loved it far too much to let it go. Cheerleading has taught me a lot about teamwork, friendship, and perseverance, but the best thing I got out of it was my love of teaching.
For about 8 years, I was a competitive cheerleader. I had to quit last year because my body couldn’t handle it anymore. I have chronic tendonitis all throughout the left side of my body. Cheer was a huge part of my life. It was my outlet. I had a second family there. My best friend Charlee got me into it when we were younger and out of the people 3 I would carpool with, I was the last person to quit. They all wanted to have separate lives from cheer, but cheer was all I wanted. I got to be very good at it too in most aspects. Tumbling was the worst part of cheer for me because of my injuries. I was a very good dancer though. I cheered for The Cheer and Dance Connection for about 7 years, Colorado Cheer Academy for a few months, and Rocky Mountain