There are side-line cheerleaders and competitive cheerleaders. Side-line cheerleaders are there to entertain the crowd and lead them in chants. A competitive cheerleading team’s goal is to earn the most points while doing a complex routine with anywhere from twelve to twenty members that consists of precise formations, flips, tumbling passes, stunts, and tosses. I do not agree that side-line cheerleading is a sport; however, I do believe that competitive cheerleading is a sport. There is not one set definition of a sport, but a common understood definition of a sport is one from dictionary.com that defines a sport as “an athletic activity that requires physical prowess or skill and often a competitive nature.” I will take aspects of cheerleading and compare it to the definition given.
Cheerleading is A Sport If I was to say cheerleading is not a sport most people would agree with me but, if I was to say cheerleading was a sport, only cheerleaders and their supporters would agree with me. What really bothers me though is when they have no knowledge on cheerleading and they start to talk down about it and say it’s not a sport. The only knowledge they tend to know of is the sideline cheerleaders. There is a difference between sideline cheerleaders and competitive cheerleaders. So when you want to judge a cheerleader and say cheerleading is not a sport know the difference first then attack us.
Short skirts, pom-poms, and cheering are usually the first things that people think about when they hear the word cheerleader. What they do not know is that cheerleading is much more than that. As of 2010 cheerleading has not yet been considered a sport because a U.S. Judge thought that it was “too underdeveloped and disorganized” (Pom 1).What that judge does not know is that cheerleading has already earned its place as a sport but now needs to earn the title of being a sport. Cheerleading needs to be considered a sport so that cheerleaders will finally get what they deserve to have. To begin with, cheerleading is a sport is because it meets the Title IX standards.
She competed in Heptathlon, cross country, hurdles, and field events where she excelled. She started weight lifting at 14 to be more competitive in the hurdles and 400s, so she could compete against her male track mates since her female track mates weren’t competitive enough. Lifting was also a way to rebel against the other girls. She knew that they would look differently at her if her body looked differently. She started training in a small weight room at high school and began to seriously follow a strict training regime at 15.
This is a means of recognizing who belongs or does not belong to the community. The community I have chosen to examine is the Copiah Lincoln Junior College Cheerleaders, Co-Lin for short. The squad is governed by one sponsor, a captain and a co-captain. The cheer squad currently has 26 members total of which each one had to try out to make the squad. There are 10 girls and 10 guys whom stunt together as partners and then there are 6 girls who only stunt in the all girls group.
The music genre and loudness gave you a sense of the characters emotion, it expressed her mind-set. Later in the film when Diana went to see a professional boxing match, the feeling and music alters a bit. You actually see excitement in her face as the camera slowly approaches her and the music has an inspirational feeling. The vibrant colors heighten the primal thrill of two people fighting in the ring. The sense of exhilaration with the uplifting music; compared to the more pulsing music when you see her with a more down unhappy looking face, she frequently
Steroids are abused, often by athletes, to enhance athletic performance and to improve physical appearance” (“Steroids fast facts” 1). In sports, using any type of strength enhancer is illegal. But the controversy mainly encircles the steroid using athlete’s, and where they might stand in the Hall of Fame. If it is stated that using steroids in sports is unfair, then the reality of sports has not been seen. Generally stating, sports is unfair and it always has been.
I had a conversation with Pat Delaney, one of my friends that is a cheerleader here at MSU, about my view and his view on cheerleading. He stated that “Yes, college cheerleading is a sport so is competitive cheerleading.” The reason I believe that cheerleading is a sport is mainly because of the amount of time and practice cheerleaders have to do to get to where they want to be is the same or maybe even more than what a softball player would. Cheerleaders have to go through vigorous, intense training just to perform a single routine. They
While it may seem that cheerleaders are merely standing on the sidelines providing eye candy for sports predominately male eyes, they are much more. Cheerleading is a sport that requires extreme physical fitness, skills obtained through hours of practice, and fierce competition seen amongst rival squads. The extreme physical fitness that cheerleading entails is easily recognized in the amount of body movements, flexibility, and steady balance required to accomplish even the quickest routines. The simplest kick requires strength in agility and balance often beyond normal measures. A single “cheer” routine consists of numerous stretches, dance movements, kicks that reach above heads, flips, jumps several feet off of the ground and solid catching.
In the twentieth century one big contributor to cheerleading was Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer. By 1948 he had done a lot for the cheerleading community. Just some of his great achievements were developing the “Herkie” jump, the spirit stick, and the “pom-pon”. To this day cheerleaders still use all three of these items. Also, he introduced cheerleading training camps in Texas that same year.