Cheerleading: sport or not?

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    Mar 19, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    I've always considered cheerleading to be a sport, but I've also been biased since I was a cheerleader for about 2 years and my older sister cheered throughout both high school and college. So what do you all think?
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 19, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
    My roommate does cheerleading like this:



    This is Queen's National Competition-winning routine. My roommate was at this competition but on a different team. I don't think anyone can deny that these cheerleaders are real athletes. But there's definitely a difference between what can be considered athletic cheerleading and the stuff that comes out of the majority of high schools and NFL teams...
  • RSportsguy

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    Mar 19, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    I had a roommate in college who was an amazing all around athlete. He was a gymnast (great body) icon_wink.gif. Many cheerleaders start out as gymnast, so I think it is at least athletic. BTW- he is straight icon_cry.gif

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    Mar 19, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    of course it is, current day high school really isnt. (at least mine) but when you get to like pro teams, and stuff where they are doing a lot of tucks, and flips etc. then yes it is
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    Mar 19, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    The amount of athleticism it takes to properly execute the sport is remarkable. You have tumbling (as in gymnastics) power lifting the bodyweight of females or other males (as in weight lifting). There is a type of cardio aspect that revolves around the routines, but above all it is a competition, and i consider any sort of athletic event that involves competition is a sport in my eyes. For example look at this routine- and WATCH it closely icon_biggrin.gif

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    Mar 20, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    Sure they are. It takes an enormous amount of strength, agility, flexibility, power. . . yeah, absolutely.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:08 AM GMT
    If our country considers NASCAR a sport.... cheerleading better be a sport!

    Sport = athletic component + competition
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    sunshine89 saidI've always considered cheerleading to be a sport, but I've also been biased since I was a cheerleader for about 2 years and my older sister cheered throughout both high school and college. So what do you all think?


    Cheer leading can be very athletic. I'd say it's a sport with a touch of the fine arts, sprinkled with fairy dust.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    Hmm...with the skill and athleticism involved, I have to think it's a sport....at least more so than baseball.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    chgometro saidHmm...with the skill and athleticism involved, I have to think it's a sport....at least more so than baseball.


    Yeah, baseball is about as exciting as watching grass grow. Sniff, scratch, spit, signal, wiggle, throw, fart, run.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    gimme a "Y"...gimme an "E"...gImme a "S"....why not? It takes as much dedication and skill as any other so called 'sport'.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidIf our country considers NASCAR a sport.... cheerleading better be a sport!

    Sport = athletic component + competition



    From your equation, then dancing should also be considered a sport.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    I have never considered cheerleading a "sport". I don't consider NASCAR a sport either though. NASCAR especially seems totally "non-sports". It's like a comptetion and a race, but a sport???? I don't get it at all.
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    Mar 22, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    NASCAR is interesting in its ability to draw fans. I personally don't take great interest in watching cars go in left turn circles for four hours in a bunch of noise, however, any NASCAR venue proves that some folks do.

    I have a friend who does business with NASCAR and has gotten us "fire passes" (100% access).

    Below, I'm at the Dicky's 500, in the pit, next to the O'reilly Pace Car, with nearly 275,000 fans in the background.

    Arguably, driving a race car at high speed for hours requires a high level of skill and endurance. That is sport, any which way you cut it.

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    Mar 22, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    PUDreamJock saidThe amount of athleticism it takes to properly execute the sport is remarkable. You have tumbling (as in gymnastics) power lifting the bodyweight of females or other males (as in weight lifting). There is a type of cardio aspect that revolves around the routines, but above all it is a competition, and i consider any sort of athletic event that involves competition is a sport in my eyes. For example look at this routine- and WATCH it closely


    Thats only cause you were one! ;)

    But no, it's an amazing thing to watch... the guys need to be strong (to lift and tumble) flexible (to jump and dance) and there does need to be a high level of fitness (because lets face it, they're running their asses and throwing girls up in the air and tumbling and dancing for a good 2 minutes)

    It's just like any other sport that you need to look good while you're doing it thought. It'll get no respect from real, "manly sports," because many people just don't get it, nor do they want to because its easier to scoff and make fun, than actually try to understand how much work goes into one routine.
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    Mar 22, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    haha no.