Is Cheerleading A Sport?

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Be Aggressive Why is it that most americans believe that cheerleading isn 't a sport? Could it be because cheerleaders don’t compete against other cheerleaders on specific “game days”? Cheerleading is different from most sports because they usually compete with how loud they are, and their facial expressions. In order for an activity to be considered a sport it has involve physical activities. Cheerleading is a sport because people train and compete for it, the cheerleaders also have to be physically fit. A sport is an activity that has specific rules and has a winner. The main goal of a sport is to win. The characteristics of a sport is that there must be competition against yourself or someone else. There has to be a possibility that…show more content…
People usually see cheerleaders at football and basketball games. They see them shake their pom-poms and yell chants to get the team and crowd excited and involved. But there is much more to cheerleading than that. Many people are also not aware of the fact that there are two different types of cheerleading. One type is called sideline cheerleading. “According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, a primary purpose of sideline spirit groups (dance, pom, drill or cheer) is to serve as support groups for the interscholastic athletic programs within the school” (National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research). Another form of cheerleading is competitive cheer. This is when a mixture of school and All-Star squads compete against each other with a 2 and a half minute routine. In these routines, the cheerleaders do different tricks and stunting including tumbling, mounting, and tossing others for higher scores. The routines also include dancing and movements that helps the team stand out to a panel of judges that will score the routine. The team in each division that has the highest average score wins the competition. In competitive cheerleading, cheerleaders are not standing on the sideline cheering for others, but they are actually cheering for themselves. These athletic competitions are often viewed on ESPN and FOX sports. This also proves that the standards of cheerleading have changed from long ago. In the 1990s,

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