Is Cheerleading a Sport?

The controversy of whether or not high school cheerleading (and cheerleading in general) is a sport has been around for decades. Obviously cheerleaders would argue that it is a sport, but what does everyone else think? A sport is defined as, “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”. When cheerleaders compete with others it can be considered a sport but when they cheer at football and basketball games it cannot, since they are not competing. If cheerleaders were to focus solely on competitive cheerleading, rather than cheering at the football and basketball games, they would have more people viewing cheerleading as a sport.

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4 thoughts on “Is Cheerleading a Sport?”

  1. I agree with you in the sense of if we only had competition cheer people would see it as more of a sport, but I am a cheerleader so I know what you are talking about, but what about the people that are not familiar with the cheer world, they might not completely understand what you are talking about! But otherwise I agree 100% with you.

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  2. Just because the cheerleaders are not “competing” against each other at basketball and football games they are doing physical activity for a long amount of time, but everyone has their own opinion and you did a g0ood job displaying it in a nice way.

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  3. I understand exactly where you are coming from. Being in the band I don’t view it as a sport because they cheer for the football team but I can definitely tell it is a sport when it comes to competition.

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