Competitive cheerleading has become one of the fastest growing activities in the country. There is competitive cheer and non-competitive, know as school cheer. Although there is a big difference that people don’t know about. While it’s true competitive cheer would seem like it’s not a strenuous activity, but competitive cheer should be considered a sport because it takes up time and hard work, it’s not what people actually think cheer is, and it takes a team effort. Competitive cheer takes up time and hard work like every other sport.
However, earning your position, being undeserving of playing time, and coaches trying to win in their respected program are all issues that need to be thought of before people begin fighting for equal playing time. High school coaches should not be required to give equal playing time to all players who make the team. Kids in society have been handed things their entire life. There has been little to no sense of accomplishment after earning a spot or position on a team. Spots should be earned by being the best at what someone does, not for pitty and for moral victories to make them feel good.
If you would've told my ten year- old self that today I would be a cheerleader and love every single minute of it, she would’ve laughed and then probably thrown herself off of a cliff. When I was younger I played basketball, volleyball, and goofed around with ballet. I didn’t really love these sports and only joined teams because my mom wanted to get me involved. However, it was obvious by
Alexandra Miles is not you average high school senior at Spencer High School. Alexandra is an expert at manipulating her peers in order to take what she wants, and this year it’s to be crowned Homecoming Queen. Throughout her life she competed in beauty pageants, and has never lost one. Though this year she is struggling to keep her head above water because of her father’s death and her mother’s lack of attention. This doesn’t make Alexandra soft, if anything, it makes her stronger.
Playing with her for 3 years was one of the best experiences for me because I was challenged by her hard work ethic every day in practice and got to guard her every single day. Being on the court with her for every practice made a huge impact on my game because she was such a phenomenal player to play against/with. I do not have a specific story with her, but just creating a relationship with her inside and outside of basketball helped me get to know an amazing person on a greater level.
All of my life she has played the role of worst enemy and best friend all at the same time. She has always been involved with gymnastics so ever since I was born I have been dragged to gymnastics meets and forced to watch the same four routines repeatedly. I used to be incredibly jealous of how much attention she got from my parents and how successful she was but I got over myself and moved on. If I ever have a problem or am looking for advice, I know that she will always have my back. I would say that each year we get a little bit closer and friendlier towards each other.
I especially enjoyed witnessing all the hardworking girls ,just like myself, strive for their dream. Every little gymnasts’ dream, including mine, was to go to the Olympics, to compete at the college level and achieve overall greatness in the sport of gymnastics. However, as I got older and progressed through the sport, that dream that every little girl dreams about started to slowly slip away. The reality was that by the time I had reached 8th grade I was no longer at my pinnacle. I had hit the dreaded growth spurt.
Millions of parents and athletes across the country have encountered the issue of playing time when it comes to high school sports. Each one of them is oblivious to the fact that playing time is decided by ability. Not by the coach. Innings, playing time, minutes, games- It is called many different things, however, they all mean the same thing- how hard the athlete is willing to work towards the sport and whether they show it. Therefor, high school coaches should not be required to give equal playing time to all of the players on the team because it is an unfair practice and stunts the growth of the more successful players.
Many nights of hard work and tears go into perfecting the routine. According to an ESPN article, Eileen Bangaoil, cheerleader at UCLA, tore her ACL, which is no small injury, at the begging of the season and continued to tough it out to help assure her team’s spot at her national competition. She gritted her teeth through countless games, public appearances, and practices before she decided to get her ACL fixed, just for the benefit of the team. While Bangaoil is one of the many reasons why cheerleading has the highest ranking of catastrophic injuries behind football, this also shows the strength and determination a competitive cheerleader has to participate in such a dangerous sport, and
In college those who've grown up receiving endless awards do the requisite work, but don't see the need to do it well . In the office,they still believe that attendance is all it takes to get a promotion.” Participation trophies don't just not motivate kids to work hard they also take away from kids who do work hard and deserve