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.
The history of cheerleading is connected to the development of sports in the United States and crowd participation at athletic events. In 1869, the first American football college game took place at Rutgers University against Princeton University in Piscataway, New Jersey. This was where cheerleading initially began.
When I was about six or seven years old, I started cheerleading because my older sister, Tiffany, was a cheerleader (and what little girl doesn’t want to be just like their older sister?). Thanks to Tiffany, and, of course, my mom for signing me up and getting me where I need to be, I found a love and passion for something I would cherish for the rest of my life.
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
Cheerleading was one of my favorite activities to do. I have been a cheerleader since Kindergarden. I use to push myself again and again to make sure all of my routines and chants looked as good as they could look. Since I was younger I have always been hard on myself and failing/not making the team wasn't an option. From the minute I got home I practiced until my arms hurt from tightening them to get a perfect motion.
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.
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.
Cheerleading has changed a lot over the years and is no longer what people think it is. Cheerleading is no longer shaking pompoms around and yelling to the crowd (Tanner). It is becoming a physically athletic sport, with higher demands than most realize. Cheerleaders deserve the same credit as other athletes, but unfortunately don’t get that credit they deserve. What many americans think of cheerleading, is a stereotype. Cheerleading has become a sport, and not many people see how.
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.