More Than Leading Cheers

Mike Schratz, Writer

The never ending argument that cheer-leading is not a sport must finally come to an end because there is sufficient information that shows otherwise. Fans often categorize cheer-leaders as hyped up girls or boys in uniform attempting to excite the crowd and their team; the common person does not account for the various competitions they participate in.

The definition of a sport is most commonly “an athletic activity that requires physical prowess or skill and often a competitive nature.”

“If you practice to cheer for another sport how can you be considered to be participating in a sport” asks skeptic and FHS junior Devon Maloof. My answer to that is simply this: during football or basketball games, cheer-leading may not be a sport, but one cannot argue with the competitive nature when squads work against other schools for trophies.

First of all, cheer-leaders begin practice before school even starts up at the end of summer and work up to the winter. They endure through tough exercises testing their abilities to fling each other in the air and flip every which way, an activity that no doubt requires skill.

“We normally do a crossfire workout then consistently practice what needs to be perfected,” said varsity cheer-leader and FHS junior Casey Sabatini, “whether that be tumbling, jumping, or stunting.”

People often overlook the percision it takes to perform each stunt under high levels of pressure. “Its a lot harder than people give us credit for,” claims Sabatini, “we have to hit [the routine] right the first time or we lose.”

When judging cheer-leading, you must turn away from the sideline palm palms and pay attention to the competitions to realize it is truly a sport.

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