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It's official: Cheerleading is a sport

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by beanpole, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    We can cover this instead of the pros ... ;D

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ High school cheerleading is a contact sport and therefore its participants cannot be sued for accidentally causing injuries, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a case being closely watched in the cheerleading world.

    The court ruled that a former high school cheerleader cannot sue a teammate who failed to stop her fall while she was practicing a stunt. The court also said the injured cheerleader cannot sue her school district.

    The National Cheer Safety Foundation said the decision is the first of its kind in the nation.
  2. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    No, it's not official.
  3. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has obviously never had to write a "gamer" on a cheerleading meet.

    Cheerleading IS NOT a sport. Therefore, the Wisconsin court is NOT SUPREME. 8)
  4. KP

    KP Active Member

    Hopefully this ruling leads to the ultimate downfall of this "sport".

    If cheerleading were truly a contact sport, you might be able to get me to go. Think about it, Suzie from Podunk takes a 30-yard run and crashes into the left corner of Shitsville Tech's pyramid base.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I think it's a good decision by the court. The cheerleader was suing a 16-year-old male cheerleader for not catching her when she fell.

    It seems to me -- at least in this area -- that as cheerleading becomes more and more for tiny gymnasts, that the high school and college dance teams are taking over the spotlight and edging out the cheerleaders.

    They are flipping themselves out of business.
  6. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Can she use a bo staff?
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Great decision by the court. A quarterback can't sue his left tackle for failing to pick up the corner blitz and preventing a concussion, either.
  8. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    Two words for why athletic activity associations want to represent cheerleading as a "sport."

    Title IX.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Not a sport before. Not a sport now. Not a sport ever.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I think the distinction here is "contact." They aren't trying to make newspapers cover cheerleaders.
  11. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I need locker room access now for interviews.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You are third on the waiting list for the peephole. Will you be needing to rent a video camera?
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