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    Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    While cheerleading evokes images of pompoms and pleated skirts, it has relied on increasingly athletic feats of grace and strength in recent years. As participants have perfected their basket tosses and pyramids, and mounted ambitious floor routines, a complicated and emotional question has arisen: has cheerleading become a true sport?
    For many women, especially those who worked at the forefront of the push for equality in college sports, the answer for a long time was no. They feared that calling it a sport sent the wrong message to women — endorsing an embarrassing holdover from a time when girls in tight-fitting outfits were expected to do little more than yell support for boys. Those women were also skeptical of high schools and universities that counted female cheerleaders as athletes as a way to evade their obligation to provide opportunities for women in more traditional sports, like softball and soccer.
    But other women bristled at what felt like an insult. Why should cheerleading not be considered a sport when it required a complex set of technical skills, physical fitness and real guts?
    Now, in a development that may settle the debate, two groups are asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to recognize a new version of cheerleading as an “emerging sport” for women, a precursor to full status as a championship sport. If successful, dozens of athletic programs could begin to fully finance cheerleading teams, recruit scholarship athletes and send them to a national championship.
    The implications go beyond giving cheerleading a stamp of legitimacy. If this more athletic form of cheerleading — technically known as competitive cheer — evolves into a sport with rigorous competitions and standards, college athletics programs will be able to count the new teams for the purposes of complying with Title IX, the federal law banning gender discrimination in education.
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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    will there be weight classes like wrestling?


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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    I was just going to say this sounds like a nice cheap way to help shore up any kind of Title IX issues that might arise.


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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Wouldn't it technically be a co-ed sport? Is there another NCAA sanctioned co-ed sport? It would be interesting to see how they handled it w/ regards to Title IX.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Wouldn't it technically be a co-ed sport? Is there another NCAA sanctioned co-ed sport? It would be interesting to see how they handled it w/ regards to Title IX.

    And since Title IX is all about women having the same opportunities, I think the female cheerleaders should get to throw the male cheerleaders up and catch them after they fly through the air and flash their coochie at the crowd.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    If this happens, Marching Band damn well better be made a sport too.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alswelk View Post
    If this happens, Marching Band damn well better be made a sport too.
    Band is physically demanding for maybe the one week of band camp at the beginning of the season. Beyond that it's a big time and energy commitment, but it's not athletically demanding.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Band is physically demanding for maybe the one week of band camp at the beginning of the season. Beyond that it's a big time and energy commitment, but it's not athletically demanding.
    Agreed.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    If cheerleading becomes a sport, will there be cheerleaders for cheerleading!?!? Inquiring minds want to know!


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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Why don't we just make everything that is hard to do a sport. Cheer Leading is not a sport. It's leading cheers. Gymnastics is a sport. This new cheerleading sport thing seems like girls who are not good enough to make it in Gymnastics yet can do a few flips to make up for not sucking at everything. Is it hard. yep. Is it a sport? nope. if they want to do flips for a sport they need to get good at Gymnastics.


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    Cool Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    Why don't we just make everything that is hard to do a sport. Cheer Leading is not a sport. It's leading cheers. Gymnastics is a sport. This new cheerleading sport thing seems like girls who are not good enough to make it in Gymnastics yet can do a few flips to make up for not sucking at everything. Is it hard. yep. Is it a sport? nope. if they want to do flips for a sport they need to get good at Gymnastics.


    This is spot on! My daughter is a gymnasts and many of her friends have quit because they can't do the harder skills in the upper levels. Where did they all go??? Cheerleading!


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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Wouldn't it technically be a co-ed sport? Is there another NCAA sanctioned co-ed sport? It would be interesting to see how they handled it w/ regards to Title IX.
    I think Rifle is co-ed and it is a sanctioned sport. Yes, there actually is an NCAA Rifle championship.

    Penn and Teller did an episode of their Showtime show about making cheerleading a sport. One of the reasons mentioned for it is because it then falls under the medical and training requirements of other sports. There is a significant injury risk and I don't think they currently have any requirements for trainers or medical staff to be present.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Quote Originally Posted by cigaretteman View Post
    Can All-Star wrestling be sanctioned too? They are athletic.



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Golf is still a sport, right?

    Iowa State still allows trainers to be part of the letterman's club, right?



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    Re: Cheerleading to Become a Sport?

    Even if the ncaa calls it a sport, its still is not a sport



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