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Is Cheerleading Really A Sport?

 
Posted April 29th, 2014 @ 1:08pm

The cheerleader on the left had a slight wardrobe malfunction during their routine at a Buffalo Bandits game.  Her natural skills took over and she didn't miss a beat!

Coincidentally, Buffalo is also ground zero for a lawsuit between the NFL and Buffalo Jills cheerleaders (as we talked about last week - click here).  And, today, the New York Board of Regents is expected to vote on a measure that would classify cheerleading as a high school sport in the state.

If classified as a "sport," coaches would be required to undergo proper training and follow common safety standards.  New York has debated the question of whether or not cheerleading is an interscholastic sport since 2009.  Currently, 34 states and the District of Columbia classify cheerleading as a sport.  "This is a great step for the progress of cheerleading and tomorrow's vote by the Board of Regents could be historical," said Robert Zayas, president of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which would implement coaching and safety standards.  Right now, there are no limits on the length of seasons, time between contests or required practice days.  "The athleticism of competitive cheerleading requires that coaches are property trained in stunt spotting and understanding the fundamentals of conditioning," the state Education Department's proposal to the Regents said.

What do you think, is cheerleading REALLY a "SPORT?"  
Listen to The Scott Show discuss today at 4:40 on iHeartRadio - Click here.  Call 419-240-1370 with your opinion, or leave a comment.  

sport
spôrt/
noun
 
  1. 1.
    an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
    "team sports such as baseball and soccer"
    synonyms: (competitive) game(s), physical recreation, physical activity, physical exercise, athleticsMore
     
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  2. 2.
    informal
    a person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation.
    "go on, be a sport!"
  3.  
verb
 
  1. 1.
    wear or display (a distinctive or noticeable item).
    "he was sporting a huge handlebar mustache"
    synonyms: wear, have on, dress in; More
     
  2. 2.
    amuse oneself or play in a lively, energetic way.
    "the children sported in the water"
     
     

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