Do You Consider Cheerleading a Sport?

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    Sep 21, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    So there is a huge debate over cheer leading if it is a sport or not. Some colleges declare it as an activity or a club rather then a sport.

    I'm an all-star cheerleader my self so of course I think its a sport but cheering on the sidelines for a football game i wouldn't think of as a sport because there is no competitiveness involved. I figured as this is a website devoted to gay athletics that I would ask everyone what they thought.

    If you think it is explain why and if you don't than validate your side as well
  • Timbales

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    Sep 21, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    I think that it is something that can involve a great deal of training, athleticism, coordination and strength, but I don't think it's a sport.
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    Sep 22, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    Anything that requires skill or tests your physical abilities can be considered a sport really. There are cheer competitions, right?
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    Nov 21, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    I'd consider it a sport. It requires skill and fitness, and there are competitions.
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    Nov 21, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    As a former college cheerleader and a national partner stunt champion: ABSOLUTELY!
  • RSportsguy

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    Nov 21, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    I have to admit that I did not consider cheerleading a sport for a long time. My mind has been changed in recent years. I do believe it should be considered a sport.
  • SwimmingDoc

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    Nov 21, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
    YES it is a sport I am a cheerleader for my college now, we practice harder I think then any other team - and have more injuries as well...
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    Nov 21, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    You don't compete...
    Thus it is not a sport in my opinion.
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    Nov 21, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    Yes I do, I absolutely do
  • Glorfindel

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    Nov 21, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    I don't consider what the pro football cheerleaders do as a sport. They're just eye candy. Breast enhanced, spray tanned, teeth whitened eye candy. icon_smile.gif

    But if cheerleaders are doing those competitions like in "Bring It On" where they do a lot of gymnastics and acrobatics, then I would consider it some kind of sport.
  • SwimmingDoc

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    Nov 21, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    mnboy saidYou don't compete...
    Thus it is not a sport in my opinion.


    Yes we do compete UCA/NCA thoes are the two national college comps, plus there are tons of other comps that we do
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    Swimmerboy said
    mnboy saidYou don't compete...
    Thus it is not a sport in my opinion.


    Yes we do compete UCA/NCA thoes are the two national college comps, plus there are tons of other comps that we do


    Huh, you don't say. Well, I suppose if they compete they are a sport but how many of them compete?
    I don't think the purpose of most cheerleading [cheerleading's equivalent to a team] compete. I've never met a single one but then again I don't think the purpose of cheerleading is to compete icon_confused.gif 'cheer'-'leading'.. they lead the cheers. '
    This is confusing.
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:16 PM GMT
    I think it should be considered a sport. That takes a lot of physical conditioning and training. And it can be competitive.
  • rioriz

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    Nov 21, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    no
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
    More of a sport than golf- which only requires you to be 60 pounds over-weight.
    Timberoo saidI think that it is something that can involve a great deal of training, athleticism, coordination and strength, but I don't think it's a sport.
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    It has a very subjective scoring system, for the same reason I don't consider ice dancing, diving or gymnastics a true sport.

    Football, Cricket, Rugby, Basketball etc, have a clear set of rules and a clear scoring system, an external judge does not give the score.

    Boxing is an odd one, as it messes with my theory, a win by knock-out is sport, a win by points therefore isn't. Though ever since the 9th Marquess of Queensberry messed with the rules of boxing and did such things as introduce gloves (which made boxing so much more dangerous) it's lost some of it's original sporting appeal. The 9th Marquess of Queensberry was also a total c*nt, for his personal views, which affected Oscar Wilde most terribly.
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    No, it's not a sport in my opinion but it's better than kids going out and doing drugs so let them think what they will of it.
  • neosyllogy

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    Nov 22, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    While it does involve some gymnastics, I don't know that I'd think of it as a sport in the same way that I wouldn't think of musicals or dancing as a sport. That said, I don't have strong opinion on the matter. As long as the word is used consistently, who cares. To the extent that it's competitive I can see a strong argument for it.
    What difference does it make though? Is it a funding issue?
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    Nov 22, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    dashdashdash saidIt has a very subjective scoring system, for the same reason I don't consider ice dancing, diving or gymnastics a true sport.

    Football, Cricket, Rugby, Basketball etc, have a clear set of rules and a clear scoring system, an external judge does not give the score.


    I'm sure glad that the Olympic committee doesn't have people like you on the board... almost all individual sports would be gone.

    Gymnastics, diving, ice skating, and every other sport that subjects an athlete's direct score by judging does have a clear set of rules...

    Though the scoring of sports like gymnastics and diving CAN be sketchy, so can the refereeing of football, basketball, and other sports who depend on a referee to catch mistakes. Referees in other sports are no different from judges in diving or gymnastics.
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    Nov 22, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    dashdashdash saidIt has a very subjective scoring system, for the same reason I don't consider ice dancing, diving or gymnastics a true sport.

    Football, Cricket, Rugby, Basketball etc, have a clear set of rules and a clear scoring system, an external judge does not give the score.

    Boxing is an odd one, as it messes with my theory, a win by knock-out is sport, a win by points therefore isn't. Though ever since the 9th Marquess of Queensberry messed with the rules of boxing and did such things as introduce gloves (which made boxing so much more dangerous) it's lost some of it's original sporting appeal. The 9th Marquess of Queensberry was also a total c*nt, for his personal views, which affected Oscar Wilde most terribly.


    eh.
    Wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, submission grappling, mma all have some pretty subjective components to scoring. Things like "aggressiveness", "stalling", "progress" are ill-defined terms that create a lot of (often legitimate) griping about judging in those sports.
    That said, I do see how one can feel that more "performance" oriented events may seem less sport-like (though, not sure what one would want to call them then). Objective physical criteria do give a competition a different feel.

    (ps: totally agree that gloves in competition kinda suck. Also, until now I always thought "marquess" was a female marquis. I just thought there was some woman who was really into boxing... icon_redface.gif )
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    Nov 22, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    From an Australian perspective, cheerleading is more a female "sport" than a male sport - I don't think I've ever seen any cheerleaders at any Australian sports that involve men.

    So for us it's more of a decorative(?) event than an actual sport.

    I'm sure in the US it is a much more serious "sport" than here.

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    Nov 22, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    Why not? If poker somehow managed to be considered a sport by TSN.....
  • dewer

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    Nov 22, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    I think it is a sport. As a former cheerleader on my colleges stunt and dance team. We had to train for hours everyday in the weight gym and in the gymnastic gym. I would even dare say that competitive cheer and stunting is more dangerous then football. I played High School Football and the injuries that I suffered in football were nothing to the ones I got while on the stunt team. It takes lots of training to lift someone above your head, move them around, hold them with one hand, toss in the air. Also tumbling is not easy at all, one wrong move and you can break your neck. I do not think that sideline cheering is a sports, but it is something that has to be done when your a cheerleader, the main sports is the NCAA cheer competition.
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    Nov 22, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    mnboy saidYou don't compete...
    Thus it is not a sport in my opinion.


    Actually they do. And it's grueling. My mom was a cheer coach for a number of years. It's like gymnastics on steroids.
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    Nov 22, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    dashdashdash saidIt has a very subjective scoring system, for the same reason I don't consider ice dancing, diving or gymnastics a true sport.

    Football, Cricket, Rugby, Basketball etc, have a clear set of rules and a clear scoring system, an external judge does not give the score.

    Boxing is an odd one, as it messes with my theory, a win by knock-out is sport, a win by points therefore isn't. Though ever since the 9th Marquess of Queensberry messed with the rules of boxing and did such things as introduce gloves (which made boxing so much more dangerous) it's lost some of it's original sporting appeal. The 9th Marquess of Queensberry was also a total c*nt, for his personal views, which affected Oscar Wilde most terribly.


    Scoring for bodybuilding is subjective. Do you guys not consider that a sport as well?