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									                             “Considering Cheerleading a Real Sport”

       There has been an everlasting debate on whether cheerleading is a sport or not. What

most people do not consider is that there are two types of cheerleading, side line cheer and

competitive cheer. Most of us are probably familiar with side line cheer because most high

schools provide it. On the other hand, competitive cheer is less familiar because it cost more to

provide. But the main focus is whether one, both, or neither of these extracurricular activities are

considered or should be considered a sport. In the magazine, The Sports Journal, the article

“Cheerleading in the context of Title IX and gendering in sport” wrote by journalist Rebecca

Boyce, goes in depth with explanation on cheerleading and its position in society. Side line

cheer is meant for support while competitive cheer is meant to earn a victory by defeating an

opponent or multiple opponents. In this case, competitive cheer is considered a sport and side

line cheer is referred to as a physical activity done for moral support.

       One fact that many most likely do not know is that cheerleading was not actually created

by women. In the article Title IX, the author stated “In 1898 one Johnny Campbell stood up

before fans at a university of Minnesota football game to organize their enthusiasm.” (Title IX 1)

“It took until the 1920’s for women to participate” (Title IX 1) and “In the 1940s, with men at

war, women moved into cheerleading in numbers” (1) as stated in Title IX. Side line cheer was

created to support an organization such as a professional NFL team or NBA team. It was not

created to see if they could out cheer another team, and had a scoring system to determine a

winner. Side line cheer controls the mood of the crowd which can also influence a particular

team to hopefully earn a victory. In fact, when an athletic team wins an event, the victory should

not just go to the individuals on the team. It should go to everyone that is part of that

organization, such as the crowd, coaches, the school, or really, anyone who supports that team.
That is why side line cheer is so special, because the cheerleaders dedicate themselves to side

line cheer and do not get any rewards from their activity. They continue to work to maintain the

crowd’s spirit by dangerous performances and stunts, but all of that is done out of pure love for

that particular school/team/community. Side line cheer is an up lifting and honorable position

that does nothing but influence the fans and players, making side line cheerleaders really


       Though side line cheer is so wonderful, it cannot be considered a sport for a few reasons.

Sidle cheerleading does not consist of competing against others cheer teams. “According to the

Women’s Sports Foundation (2000)” stated in the article Title IX, “a sport is (a) a “physical

activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass,”

(b) “a contest or competition against or with an opponent,” (c) “governed by rules which

explicitly define the time, space and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a

winner is declared,” and (d) intended primarily to “compare[e] … the relative skills of the

participants” (2) With the information provided, side line cheer does not qualify these

measurements. Side line cheer, in a way, is the beginning stage of competitive cheer. It is not

likely to see five years old children (often girls) throwing each other in the air, doing cartwheels,

practicing a complex routine, and then competing with another group/ team that has been

practicing their own. To get children interested in cheerleading, parents often sign their child up

for “youth side line cheer” or something around that matter. The statement “side line cheer is not

an actual sport” is rational because of its lack of seriousness. During a high school football game,

side line cheerleaders are often giggling and goofing off because most are focused on the game.

But these actions are alright because during athletic events, everyone should have fun and enjoy

the game. The fans and cheerleaders then will work together when the team needs a reminder
that they are supported. Now, at the higher levels such as the collegiate level, side line cheer is

more developed and complex, consisting of twirls, stunts, and extremely dangerous toss

compared to the younger levels. When we have many years of experience in a job or activity, we

tend to enhance our skills. And at the college level, there is a bigger stage, more attention, so

cheerleaders will go above and beyond to impress the fans. But unfortunately, there is no one to

perform against and no one to judge, so it cannot be a sport.

       Women have always been given the shorter end of the stick when it comes to their role

and capabilities in society. In “Title IX” it said “Title IX mandates that athletics funding for girls

must be on a scale with that for boys” (4). It is mind bottling how organizations in the past, and

still here today, secretly treat their men’s athletic teams with extra funding because of their

success. That is completely injustice for women. Not to mention, but those women that were not

given an equal chance, were cheated because we only have a short time to participate in such

events. The Title IX has required that women have just equal chance and acknowledgment,

which may enhance their performance ability.
Since the existence of mankind, men have always been looked at as the dominant one, and now

today, politicians, the federal government, media, etc. are stubborn to classify competitive

cheerleading as a real sport. This is ridiculous because it is unfair to those who cheer and for

their family members. Really, the whole debate is just bombastic, but government and political

control should really attempt to eliminate the problem. But there is more to this loophole.

“Recent decreases in the funding for athletics” (2) have really put institutions in a pickle, which

makes them hesitate when declaring competitive cheer a sport. It is unfortunate that a variety of

different groups is affected everyday by our economy, but certain groups are never affected such

as men’s football or basketball. Of course these are the two most popular sports in the nation, but

there must be something that can be done to create equality among college students in each

institution. As concluded many institutions “A sport like cheerleading, in order to gain federal

funds, must meet the same criteria traditional sports must meet for that sanction.” (3) This is

totally logical if institutions were going to refer competitive cheer as a collegiate sport. But the

ironic thing is , is that cheerleaders under the Title IX have

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