A Sport or Not a Sport?

Posted: July 29, 2010 by amyaubrey in Uncategorized

It’s been a on-going debate for years, but a recent ruling has declared that cheerleading is not a sport.  Not according to Title IX anyway.  U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled last Wednesday that Quinnipiac University in Connecticut could not replace its women’s volleyball team with a competitive cheering squad.  If you don’t know what Title IX is, it’s a ruling by the NCAA saying that schools must give equal athletic opportunities to men & women.    According to Dictionary.com, a sport is defined as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.”

Anyone who has ever been on a competitive cheerleading team or has been to a competition in person, knows that this ruling is complete BS.  If anything, cheerleading should be considered an extreme sport.  I’m not talking about girls who cheer on the side-lines at basketball games, I’m talking about competitive cheerleading.  I was formerly a cheerleader on a very competitive team.  Every school that I cheered for looked to our team as our one chance of winning state championships in one “sport”.  It was never a question where I am from whether or not cheerleading was a sport.  It is.  I have played basketball, softball, ran track & cheered.  Nothing whipped my ass into better shape then cheerleading & nothing required more athletic ability.

Why are activities such as bowling & archery categorized as sport & cheerleading is not?  We had two-a-day practices.  We ran, stretched, pushed-up, pulled-up, crunched & then had practice after all of that.  Lifting weights?  How about lifting a 110 pound girl above your head over & over.  We went to camp & I’ve never come home with more bruises in my life.  I can’t tell you how many girls broke bones, sprained ankles & pulled hamstrings but they kept going.  I’d like to see bowlers do that.  Better yet, I’d like to see bowlers do that while tumbling, jumping & dancing in sync with 25 other people all while wearing a skirt.  You judge for yourself, but you can tell where I stand.

  1. Angela says:

    Well said. Well said.

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