Lizzy Benne Mrs.Ragusky 6th hour People think cheerleading isn't a sport, and girls and guys are just jumping around and screaming. There's more than that. There is tumbling, stunts, chants, and dances. Cheerleading takes time, training, and practice.
Although the set up of a cheerleading competition may seem a little difficult and unusual; the same concepts of other sports apply to cheerleading as well. The USASF Cheerleading World Championships is one of the most prestigious competitions competitive cheerleaders have to the opportunity to complete in. Teams travel from all over the world in order to get a chance to become the worlds greatest. The all time cheerleading brand, Varsity Spirit, is one of the top cheerleading associations that holds competitions that house thousands of athletes and spectators in one large arena. Even though meets every criteria of a sport, skeptics still continue to argue that cheerleading does not qualify as a sport.
Cheerleading’s stereotype is traditionally girls in tiny skirts, with bows in their hair, and lots of makeup. However, it started out as a male’s sport. For about the first forty years of cheerleading, women were not allowed to take part in the sport. Now, ninety-seven percent of all cheerleaders are female, according to Serendip Studios. This same website also showed that the male presence is still very prominent.
“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.
Should cheerleading be a sport? We’ve all seen cheerleaders at football and basketball games, flying in the air, doing 4 flips at a time, yelling at the top of their lungs, rooting for their team. But what you don’t know is that cheerleading and their shiny pom- pom’s are not an actual sport. You’d think it be a sport with all the competitions, and the number of accidents. Cheerleading has more accidents than gymnastics, and gymnastics is considered a sport.
Some of the fundamental qualities required to be a successful cheerleader counter the stereotypes constantly perpetuated in media. The mean-girl stereotype does not exactly fit this narrative of them working hard and supporting athletes to performing complexed stunting and tumbling, and the memorization of chants and routines. It is unfortunate that the majority of cheer-related representation does not reflect reality, and paints the athletes in an unfavorable light, because the millions of girls who cheer are unable to identify with positive role models or even multi-dimensional people. I feel that film and television should try to depict these characters in a more positive light. These characters should be more dynamic and we shouldn't generalize
In the beginning the cheerleaders stretch out before doing anything else. After stretching they do a couple of jumps that are in their routine to warm up their bodies. After practicing their jumps, they go over their cheer routine for basketball games. They went over this routine for about an hour and half until they perfected it. They had two water breaks and did the same thing for a day until it was the basketball game.
Cheerleading should be a sport because of the requirements, definitions, and the dangers. You could go from point flyer to having to communicate by blinking an eye. Cheerleading meets the Woman’s Sport Foundation Requirements. One requirement is it must be a Physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. Stunting, cheerleaders hold and throw other people into the air and push them up with their arms and legs.
In 1898, during a football game at the University of Minnesota, a young medical student by the name of Johnny Campbell armed only with a microphone was able to incite his classmates into joining him into a rowdy chorus in an effort to energize their team while demoralizing the opposing team. He went on to create a small team of “yell leaders” that would yell, sing, and dance to show appreciation to their favorite team. This act is attributed as the beginning of modern cheerleading which is now a part of every professional team, university, and high school in the country. The historical role of cheerleaders is to provide direction to crowds during sporting events leading in cheers, chants, and yells that serve to provide motivation to the athletes
Safe Activity 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 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.
Being a cheerleader you are a member of a group or squad that do organized cheering and chants in support of a sports team. I cheered from the time I was in the 5k until the end of my ninth grade year. Cheering was a big part of my life then I realized that it was not good for me to continue with the group. With cheer leading being a big part of my life there were reasons why it was very important to me, but why did I quit, and did I make the right choice? Being a little kid and always looking up at the older cheerleaders I wanted to be just like them.