According to the website Dictoinary.com, the word sport is defined as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature,” but to Marla Jo Fisher, staff writer for The Mom Blog and author of the article “Cheerleading is Not a Sport,” cheerleading does not meet the standards of a true “sport.” Her immature and unrealistic views, ridiculous morals, and over-protectiveness of her child try to convince us why cheerleading isn’t and shouldn’t be considered a sport. Yes, she is entitled to her own opinion, but I am also entitled to mine and I believe that cheerleading IS more of a sport than “digging in my garden” as Fisher puts it.
In Fisher’s article, she claims that “its (cheerleading is) a popularity contest,” and this may be true in high school, but not in a college setting. In high school and college cheerleading you have to tryout unlike little league squads, but high school’s judging usually isn’t based off of your skills, but more on your looks (take it from me; I went through these so-called “tryouts”). Each year on my high school squad, I was lucky enough to be picked for the team, but it was devastating to those girls who had the skills and the talent but weren’t “pretty enough” to make it onto the squad. The discrimination was outrageous and unacceptable, but that’s what you had to deal with if you wanted to be on the squad; you couldn’t worry about your friend not making it, just be glad that you did.
However, in college cheerleading, they take girls and guys based off of their skill, background, personality, and stamina. I have a question for you all: How many college and/or high school cheerleading competitions have you watched? Now, how many of these girls and guys do you see just standing there and yelling? The answer is none; they are constantly moving, doing motions, yelling, dancing, flipping, and doing dangerous stunts that require strength and many months of practice. How’s that for physical prowess?