Essay on Is Cheerleading Not A Sport?

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One, Two, Three, Four, I think cheer is a sport and nothing more! As a former cheerleader, I feel appalled when people claim cheerleading is not a sport. We are not just sassy girls with a skirt, nor do we “just shout and yell.” Cheerleading is mightily physical. Cheerleaders train for competitions, have coaches, and practice. So according to the NCAA and U.S Courts of Appeals under “Title IX”, why is cheerleading not a sport? The definition of a sport, according to the Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors, is a “physical activity [competition] against an opponent, governed by rules and conditions under which a winner is declared, and primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.” Because cheerleading follows these guidelines, it IS most definitely a sport. Most people claim cheerleaders just walk with pom poms and adorable little skirts cheering on their local sports teams in school. Well, most people are wrong. Cheerleaders train, and they train hard. You might as well say cheerleading is exceedingly harder than baseball, and probably even hockey. Cheer coaches make their team condition. Conditioning is exercising to be fit and healthy. Cheerleaders condition in the morning and in the evening. We workout twice daily to maintain our muscles and weight to make sure we can do our routine correctly and perfectly. Our conditioning workouts include some of the following exercises, squats, sprinting,…

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