But proponents argue that defining cheerleading as a sport would create better organization, regulations and, importantly, better training for coaches. More than 30 states now recognize cheerleading as a high school sport, most recently Texas last week.
ESPNW published Sorry, Cheerleading is Not a Sport, contributing to the is cheerleading a sport debate.
Sports teams exist to compete, not to perform and entertain or support another group that competes. In the cheer-as-sport conversation, this is the most important element to understand. One can be an athlete and not participate in a sport. And one can participate in a sport and not be very athletic. By definition, billiards and bowling are sports. Backcountry skiing, climbing, ballet and cheerleading are not. I’m fine with that.
The Monterey Herald published Cheerleading has Changed Through the Years, contributing to the Is Cheerleading a Sport? conversation.
Pretty girls with shapely legs and exuberant boys with megaphones (remember those?) have evolved into tight-knit teams, performing athletic maneuvers that require serious training and conditioning, exposing them to risks never dreamed of by the raccoon-cap-and-saddle-shoes crowd. Many believe today’s cheerleaders are not getting the respect they deserve.