“I am my own cheerleader. I am the one who puts my goals, who pushes myself to get the next goal.” Cheerleading is a very difficult and intricate sport that allows athletic and flexible guys and girls to perform tumbling and stunting talent. Cheerleading was created at Princeton University in 1884. When the sport first started only men were allowed.
Cheerleading to be Considered a Sport? Cheerleading was at first created as a form of entertainment for crowds at football games in 1898; yet, over 100 years after the creation of the activity, cheerleading has not evolved very much. Cheerleaders tumble and perform stunts to entertain the fans and attract attention during half times and time outs. Yet many question if the activity is truly a sport?
The word sport is defined as "An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”. Cheerleading isnt a sport but people are working really hard for other people to accept it as a sport. Cheerleading is an activity where you make a routine and perform it for points, and even win awards at competitions. When you perform you are against many teams in your division. Cheerleaders take a lot of time to train and prepare for the competition, also cheerleading is more physically demanding than other sports, lastly cheerleading meets all the requirements to be a sport.
Cheer, what comes to mind when you think cheer. Most people would consider it not a sport, but I am here to tell you why I think it is. Not just because I’m a cheerleader, it’s my opinion and my firm belief cheer should be recognized as a sport. Many people get injured and you have vigorous training that in most cases could be harder than training for basketball, for example. Cheerleaders have to be able to throw people not just a ball.
To Cheer or Not to Cheer When most people think of sports, they imagine football, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc. Although competitive cheerleaders play against other teams and earn points, many cheer teams incorporate questionable dance moves, which takes away from the physical feeling of competitiveness. There is no referee, or contact with the other teams in competitive cheer. Sports teams exist to compete, not perform, as said in an article on ESPN. Sideline cheer lacks even more qualities that competitive cheer. Additionally, in cheer women are subjected to false expectations of society that they feel obligated to uphold, like wearing inappropriate clothes and heavy amounts of makeup, which is very stereotypical and degrading.
Football Cheer and Basketball Cheer The crowd is screaming, sweat is dripping, and the cheerleaders are cheering. All of which happen at both football and basketball games. The past four years I have been a cheerleader for both sports.
Cheerleading is more than an attitude sport or flirts in skirt. Cheerleading is better than dance for multiple reasons. Cheerleaders have to memorize dance routines, put up other girls in a stunt, and communicate without talking. People argue that cheer isn’t hard or that it 's not a sport. Some would even say that dance is harder and more of a sport then cheer but if you think about it cheerleaders have to have trust in each other, be loud, positive and encouraging.
Friday October 20, the West Sioux Football Cheerleaders held their annual little Falcon Cheer Camp during halftime of the football game. There were girls in kindergarten through middle school who were encouraged to participate in the camp. The girls met after school on Wednesday and Friday till 5:15 learning all different kinds of cheers. It was a great way for the campers to interact with the football cheerleaders, and to learn many of the cheers that are done every Friday night. Kindergarten and First grade had participants.
AS A CHILD, I grew up remembering that school would be exactly how the movies told me it would be like, Matilda told me that principals were evil. Mean Girls told me that popular girls hated everyone and were complete sluts. When I started year 7, with over worn stereotypes branded into my memory, I was trained to believe that every high school had impromptu food fights and a dumb jock who only answers to "Buzz." Well, five food-fight-free years later, it hit me like a book of cliches in the face: teenage comedies got it wrong. With teen "dramas" I followed throughout my childhood.
Victoria C. Acosta Dr. Jillian Wenburg Comp 252-4 February 27, 2017 Annotated Bibliography: Cheerleading vs. Health Aspects Ball, M. (2012). Sideline no more: The athletic and aesthetic qualities of cheer. Physical & health education journal, 77 (4), 30-32. https://fortlewis.idm.oclc.org /login?url
Cheerleading is a sport that often goes unacknowledged for its athletic demands and time commitment required from its athletes. There are two main types of cheerleading today: high school cheering and competitive cheering. The main difference between the two is the amount of athleticism each athlete needs to obtain. Another difference is the time requirement for each. With both comes different financial demands and travel obligations.