if Cheerleading was a sport then why arent football players dancing on the side cheering for the cheer leaders?
yea, they are there for Moral support thats when the word cheer comes in. they lead the Cheers.
Watch the Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode on Cheerleading.
Cheerleading is not technically a Sport but it fucking should be.
Competitive cheerleading involves coordination, physical exertion, practice and skill, and is graded or scored based on the performances of each team.
That's pretty much the definition of a sport.
Hell, even computer games can be considered a sport these days, I see no reason why cheerleading shouldn't be.
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"A sport is an organized, competitive, entertaining, and skillful activity requiring commitment, strategy, and fair play, in which a winner can be defined by objective means. Generally speaking, a sport is a game based in physical athleticism."
Under that definition a cheer leading competition would definitively qualify as a sport.
No. I would not allow it in the Olympics because there isn't a great way to determine winners and losers, same with figure skating.
its competitive yes. its physically taxing yes. as far as calling it a sport, i really don't know, my opinion is no, but i dare say thats my opinion.
i feel the same way about roller blading, trick bicycling? and skateboarding, yeah they're all competitive, but i just don't consider them a sport.
the stuff they do at most high schools? no.
the stuff they do at those competitions on espn and shit? yes.
Last edited by Fojos; 2011-05-09 at 03:10 AM.
What defines Cheerleading, as opposed to simple gymnastics, or even organized team gymnastics? Synchronized Swimming is considered a sport, and you could easily create a team gymnastics competition (I"ve never head of one.. if it already exists, then I just missed it and you can call me an idiot if you like :-P).
Cheerleading requires stamina, coordination, teamwork, strength... but that doesn't necessarily make it a sport. Gymnastics are a sport, so there's already precedent for activities that are displays of agility, acrobatics, flexibility, and even forms of dance being considered an olympic sport. What makes an activity cheerleading as opposed to gymnastics? And can that quality, whatever it is, be objectively judged? If yes, then I say it's a sport and have no issue with it being in the Olympics. If not... then I say no.
I do also think if things like ice skating can make the Olympics there is no reason cheerleading shouldn't. Just because there aren't points involved doesn't mean you can't decide on a winner and loser, there are plenty of maneuvers, coordination and techniques that can be scored.
I'm not going to even give the "it's not a real sport because it's giggly girly crap" something or others the dignity of a response.
is singing a sport? or jumping?
is sex is sport? should it be allowed at olympics ?
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- Is it compeditive? when in groups
- Does it require physical exertion? yes
- does it have an objective? yes.. well, most of the time..
it's a sport.