"Let's go Blue Devils!", "Fire it up big blue!", "We're number one!", "Let's goooo!” All of those sayings are extremely familiar to just about anyone. You instantly are taken back to high school and being under those Friday night lights. You remember the smell of the grass, the sound of the band, and cheering along with everyone else in the stands. Then you see it, or her. The cheer captain. The "most perfect girl in school". You are either one of two things at this age: the guy wanting to be her boyfriend or the girl wanting to be her.
Men and Women, boys and girls all can participate in this event, bloomers, bows, and megaphones are just a few things most think of when they hear the term cheerleading. Cheerleading as a lot of rich history when it comes to sporting events, cheerleading was easily found in most high schools by the 1960’s. It has played a side by side role along with football for numerous of years starting out for some schools as just a pep squad to forming a team. There are lots of different things that can be accomplished during cheerleading whether in their own competitive events or at a game, they can tumble, stunt, and even dance. But the true question is, is cheer.
I am a firm believer that strong leaders can either make or break an athlete’s career. Talented mentors have the rare ability to transform a stubborn and/or tired mind to one reborn with the hunger to continue. It is an amazing feat when thought about; how could one person make such a mammoth impact that he/she could completely change someone’s thoughts?
The world is always turning, around it’s own little center of gravity, but more importantly, around a center of gravity that brings all of the planets together as one. When I tried out for cheer I was hoping to add a new spin in my own life, but what I didn’t realize is that I would soon have to focus my orbit around a new center of gravity, the squad.
We stunted at almost every game, and cheered at every game all season. Without Ms. Traska pushing us to be the best we could we wouldn't have done as much. People were always impressed when they saw us perform. We practiced everyday and never gave up. This experience taught me that even when something gets tough, I can overcome it.
As a student in highschool, I contribute to numerous teams. I participate in cheerleading for varsity football and basketball. For cheerleading we all work together and create cheers and dances that we perform at games. We also are assigned to compose cheers by ourselves to teach the whole squad. I have been a cheerleader for three years now. To be on the cheerleading squad there is a required try out. For the tryout you perform a dance, cheer, and three chants within a small group. The other requirements are that you assemble a cheer and perform it by yourself along with three to four jumps. At my last tryouts I made varsity for football and basketball cheerleading. Another team that I participate in is volleyball. I have played volleyball for six years now. Our volleyball season can revenue three months longer. This past season I was on the junior varsity team. In the upcoming season I will be playing on the varsity team. These teams prepare myself for my future because they help me learn how to collaborate with others.
To a lot of people, mostly boys’ cheerleading isn’t considered a sport. But did you know that cheerleading was originally meant for boys? I bet you didn’t, the first cheerleader’s name was Johnny Campbell; he decided that one day that he wanted to lead chants at the University of Minnesota’s football game. He then created a whole team that would help him lead the crowd at different University of Minnesota sports games. Then, on November 2, 1898, Johnny Campbell was recognized to be the world’s first official cheerleader.
My pivotal leadership role as a Varsity captain for FPC’s Girls Lacrosse speaks volumes as to how my coaches and teammates view me. As a mentor to other players on my team I aid them on and off the field; offering a friendship they can confide in, and tips/tricks they can use to improve their skills. I work with my peers in various clubs to help better them in any way I can. I greatly understand the importance of bettering our school.
Although most might look at cheerleading or think of cheerleading being a dangerous sport, if taken seriously, cheerleading is taught to be one of the most safest activity performed, if performed serious and in correct motions. With an approximate number of 3.5 million members of cheerleading in the United States solitarily, cheer is one of the most mass favored athletic activities (Rosario, 2016). While cheerleadings persists to expands as a whole in popularity, the talk of safety becomes a huge stepping stone in everyone’s word of mouth. The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators is a profitless as well as an academic coalition for over 70,000 cheerleading athletic trainers, coaches as well as
“Cheerleading isn’t even a sport,” “cheerleading is easy,” and “cheerleading is stupid” are a few remarks cheerleaders hear often. Cheerleading consists of hard work, dedication, pain, injuries and team work. So why doesn’t society view cheerleading as a sport? A sport is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Sounds like cheerleading to me. The problem is that cheerleaders are not getting the credit they deserve because cheerleading isn’t socially viewed as a sport.
Cheerleading is considered an average American activity practiced in almost every community, representing team spirit on and off the field. The populous activity originally started in the 19th century as an all-male activity. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the men left to fight in World War II that females stepped into the vacant spots. As Alexa Ferrara mentions, “For most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it was assumed that cheerleading was the most appropriate way for girls to contribute to sports.” As a result, today cheerleading has expanded greatly around the country. In the United States, Dr. Bagnulo states that, “Cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport with participation increasing by approximately 18% per year.” In addition,
Each year, more colleges are offering college scholarships to guys who are good at cheering, providing them with a decent chance of landing a college scholarship and going off to college (Patrick). Many guys believe that cheering is a girls sport, but I’m here today to inform you about all-star competitive cheering and what is involved in putting together a competitive routine, and at the end I my speech I hope you will be able to see why many guys can benefit from cheerleading. I personally have cheered for 6 years and coached for 2 years when I was in high school, and I loved every seconded of it. Even though competitive cheerleading is seen as a sport that is solely focused on preforming and entertaining, it is also a physically exhausting
Cheerleading helps build your academic skills in school. In school girls and boys have to keep a 70 or higher in regular school. If you do not keep a that grade you will get “benched”, and will not be able to cheer for that time, until students are able to bring their grades back up.