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AMA: Cheerleading is a sport

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by novelist_wannabe, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    They cite rigors and risks ...


    I'll acknowledge that there is a heavy "eye of the beholder" quotient in assessing whether cheerleading is a sport. My take: I'm not buying it. It's no more a sport than Cirque du Soleil. It is a performance art. Are they athletes? Sure. So are the kids on So You Think You Can Dance. Doesn't make dancing a sport.
  2. You do not want to fuck with the AMA.

    You'll end up on the list.


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  3. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    They even admit they have an ulterior motive for making the determination.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I defy you to find a competitive cheerleading team that doesn't have at least one kid on crutches at all times. Horrible sport, activity, pasttime, whatever you want to classify it.
  5. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure I'd call it an ulterior motive. They are simply judging on the criteria that you would expect from medical professionals -- the physical exertion and risk of injury.
  6. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    They were motivated by the premise that if you get governing bodies to consider it a sport, the result is better training of coaches and presumably fewer and/or less severe injuries. Nothing wrong at all with trying to protect cheerleaders' health. I'm not sure it's a valid way to classify an activity as a sport.
  7. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    The words "ulterior motive" have a bad connotation, but I do see what you were saying there.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    AMA can classify it whatever the hell it wants, but it still shouldn't be covered in the sports section.
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Cheerleading is not a sport. It is a challenging physical activity, but not a sport.

    All the concocted bullshit -- organized scheduled competitions, specific performance requirements, etc etc etc -- is an artificial framework made up after the fact and imposed on the activity to make a non-sport superficially appear like a sport (and thus get their fingers into the money pot).

    BOTTOM LINE: the function of cheerleading is for perky little cuties to shake their perky little booties to boost the egos of male football and basketball players. That's it.

    (Which of course leads us to the next dominos in the row: 'dance team' and 'pom-pom squad.' which at many schools are separate entities IN ADDITION to 'sideline cheer' and 'competitive cheer.')
  10. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    I don't consider it a sport but it deserves every bit of respect that gymnastics receives in an athletic department and at some schools, that's pretty significant
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Nope; Gymnastics is a legitimate, established sport.

    And the primary reason for its existence is not to for the participants to shake their booties for the boys' football team.

    (Ironically, gymnastics in many schools has been the particular sport which has suffered the most by the rise of cheerleading and the other junior-stripper-in-training variations to varsity-sport status.)
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Cheerleaders wrestling would be a sport, though.

    You could pack the stands every week.
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