TeenHelp
Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!


General For questions or discussions that do not fit elsewhere, post here. Please check all forum descriptions before posting here to be sure there is not a better location for your thread.

View Poll Results: Is cheerleading a sport?
Yes 30 78.95%
No 8 21.05%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
Jovial. Offline
Skittles Minion.

Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Jovial.'s Avatar
 
Name: Trish
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Location: On my own Journey

Posts: 925
Blog Entries: 64
Join Date: February 13th 2009

Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 12:42 PM

This is for an investigative essay for school!

Is cheerleading a sport?




I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are
LHO|PM|VM
  Send a message via Yahoo to Jovial.  
  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Katrina Offline
you only live once.
I can't get enough
*********
 
Katrina's Avatar
 
Name: Katrina
Gender: Female
Location: New York.

Posts: 3,114
Blog Entries: 4
Join Date: January 5th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 01:02 PM

Well, I voted yes. Cheerleading is hardcore, especially if you cheer competitively (ie: at an actual gym as opposed to just in middle school or high school or something). I mean, practice consists of tonssss of workouts/hours each week. Yeah, I just voted yes. Okay.



  Send a message via MSN to Katrina  
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
Penguin Queen Offline
Penguin queen!!
Experienced TeenHelper
******
 
Penguin Queen's Avatar
 
Name: Annie
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Location: UK

Posts: 509
Join Date: January 7th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 01:22 PM

no. Not to say that its not hard work, but it doesn't make it a sport. My brothers doing a sports degree and feels very strongly about it!




fait
h is a bluebird that you see from afar
it is real and as sure as the first evening star
can't touch it, or buy it, or lock it up tight
but its there just the same
making things turn out right



LE PE
NGUIN QUEEN


   
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
Aston Offline
Member
Average Joe
***
 
Aston's Avatar
 
Name: Aston
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Location: England

Posts: 158
Join Date: October 3rd 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 01:42 PM

I also voted yes. As Katrina has already said, it can mean having to practice for hours and doing loads of working out just to get into shape for a competition that may be coming up.
  Send a message via MSN to Aston  
  (#5 (permalink)) Old
MegaMadness Offline
Fight My Llama
Jeez, get a life!
***********
 
MegaMadness's Avatar
 
Name: Megan
Age: 24
Gender: Female
Location: Aussie Land

Posts: 5,564
Blog Entries: 16
Join Date: October 11th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 01:44 PM

I voted yes as well. Basically what Aston & Katrina said.


Come on boys, come on girls
In this crazy, crazy world
You’re the diamonds, you’re the pearls
Let’s make a new tomorrow
Come on girls, come on boys
It’s your future, it’s your choice
And your weapon is your voice
Let’s make a new tomorrow
Today
follow me please. I'll follow back. http://photographicjournal.tumblr.com/
   
  (#6 (permalink)) Old
losing touch. Offline
oh, really?..
Jeez, get a life!
***********
 
losing touch.'s Avatar
 
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Location: UK

Posts: 5,996
Blog Entries: 537
Join Date: January 8th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 02:40 PM

we don't have much cheerleading in the UK, and the cheerleading we do have is nothing like the cheerleading in the US. my sixth form has a cheerleading squad that competes against other sixth forms.. but it's literally them just dancing around and the most daring thing they do is lift one girl about a foot off the ground.
just from the youtube videos i've seen and the programmes i've watched [of proper competetive cheerleading] it definitely looks like a sport to me. i mean, these girls [and guys] are serious gymnasts and athletes.. so if gymnastics is a sport then cheerleading should be also?


..and our dreams will break the boundaries of our fears..



   
  (#7 (permalink)) Old
Lugez Offline
Asshole
Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Lugez's Avatar
 
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Location: New Jersey

Posts: 929
Blog Entries: 5
Join Date: January 8th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 02:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aston View Post
I also voted yes. As Katrina has already said, it can mean having to practice for hours and doing loads of working out just to get into shape for a competition that may be coming up.
People practice for hours for Counter Strike tournaments. Or Math competitions. Are those sports now?

Just because it requires hard work and has competition doesn't automatically label it a sport.

Cheerleading is more a form of dancing for me. And since dancing is a form of art, cheerleading would be art too.
   
  (#8 (permalink)) Old
Stay determined
Jeez, get a life!
***********
 
Gingerbread Latte's Avatar
 
Name: Cara
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Location: Scotland

Posts: 6,716
Blog Entries: 136
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 03:15 PM

Most of the cheerleading I've seen is like gymnastics like Elle said. Gymnastics is a sport so why not cheerleading?


   
  (#9 (permalink)) Old
Toast Offline
lostinaworldofhate
I've been here a while
********
 
Toast's Avatar
 
Name: Toast
Gender: Female
Location: Canada

Posts: 1,285
Join Date: January 9th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 15th 2009, 09:23 PM

It depends on what you define as a sport.

Dictionary.com defines it as:
Quote:
sport

 /spɔrt, spoʊrt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [spawrt, spohrt] Show IPA Use sport in a Sentence

See web results for sport

See images of sport

–noun 1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc. 2. a particular form of this, esp. in the out of doors. 3. diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.
How does cheerleading not fit into that? It is an athletic activity, unlike math and Counter Strike as Lugez mentioned


Heaven is high and earth wide. If you ride three feet higher above the ground than other men, you will know what that means. ~Rudolf C. Binding
   
  (#10 (permalink)) Old
Ellie Offline
Oh mai.
I've been here a while
********
 
Ellie's Avatar
 
Gender: Female

Posts: 1,971
Blog Entries: 46
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 11:07 AM

Hell yes. I see cheerleading as being pretty similar to a mix of dancing and gymnastics - both of which are sports, therefore a mix of the two is definitely a sport in my eyes.
   
  (#11 (permalink)) Old
Blackwing Offline
I can't get enough
*********
 
Blackwing's Avatar
 
Name: Zack
Gender: Male
Location: Arizona(Usa)

Posts: 2,830
Blog Entries: 3
Join Date: January 7th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 11:17 AM

Yes........
  Send a message via AIM to Blackwing  
  (#12 (permalink)) Old
Babity Offline
Member
Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Babity's Avatar
 
Name: Kaila
Gender: Female
Location: Iowa

Posts: 920
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 02:18 PM

Cheerleading! Bah I'm a pom pon girl so I suppose I have to hate you guys lol just kidding
But you know how the rivalry is between our sports.

Anyway I totally think it's a sport unless you're just an exhibition team. If you're going to the competitions...it's a competition...therefore a sport. And cheerleading and poms works really hard and we do it basically all year. I'd like to see some of those track kids keep up with our work outs. lol

Good luck with your essay!


Compromise is not a sign of weakness. It is the strength to withstand caving to an ultimatum.
Living with one takes great strength



TH Buddy
VM me
PM me


Last time I cut myself
October 19th, 2012
   
  (#13 (permalink)) Old
alonealways Offline
^.^
Junior TeenHelper
****
 
alonealways's Avatar
 
Name: Jessica
Gender: Female
Location: Texas

Posts: 230
Blog Entries: 1
Join Date: August 19th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 02:29 PM

In my eyes even DANCING is a sport. It requires strength, muscle, it requires you to be in shape, know your body. It requires balance and determination; and hard, active, work. Cheerleading is the same if not MORE. Notice pretty much ALL the cheerleaders are super skinny and super muscular. This isn't by chance.. it's how hard they work. It's definitely a sport.



   
  (#14 (permalink)) Old
noodle Offline
:)
Welcome me, I'm new!
*
 
noodle's Avatar
 
Name: nicky
Age: 25
Gender: Female
Location: essex, england

Posts: 20
Blog Entries: 7
Join Date: July 8th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 02:46 PM

YES im in the UK and im in a proper cheerleading team! its such hard work and id like to see a bunch of footballers try and do it! It is deffinately a sport!
  Send a message via MSN to noodle  
  (#15 (permalink)) Old
Briana Offline
A strong fighter
I can't get enough
*********
 
Briana's Avatar
 
Name: Bri
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Location: Neverland, Ohio

Posts: 2,851
Blog Entries: 232
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 02:57 PM

I said yes. I use to cheerlead and from all the work we did everyday was intense. It is a sport. just like color guard and dancing. they all relate and all are sports.


"We accept the love we think we deserve."
"In that moment, I swear, we were Infinite."
"There's an I in Illness
and a We in Wellness."
   
  (#16 (permalink)) Old
tk338 Offline
Member
I've been here a while
********
 
tk338's Avatar
 
Gender: Male
Location: UK

Posts: 1,268
Blog Entries: 1
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 04:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lugez View Post
Cheerleading is more a form of dancing for me. And since dancing is a form of art, cheerleading would be art too.
Im thinking this... Although its a very sporty art

The problem with the definition of sport

Quote:
–noun 1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc. 2. a particular form of this, esp. in the out of doors. 3. diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.
Is lots of non sports fit into that too...



How can one love themselves, when they love absolutely nothing?
Do something that is interesting. If it is not interesting, find out why it is not interesting.
   
  (#17 (permalink)) Old
Pelios Offline
on Pursuit of Happiness
Outside, huh?
**********
 
Pelios's Avatar
 
Name: Andrea
Gender: Female
Location: México

Posts: 3,691
Blog Entries: 48
Join Date: January 17th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 04:19 PM

I would say no, but cheerleader can be considered athletes but I wouldn't say it is a sport. Cheerleading in my HS was a joke they seriously never did anything and in return wanted front steats to every home game. Basketball games were always full and they would get in late and expect the seats to be there for them. Untill one time we the basketball team got mad and rserved the front sits for your parents. And the drama they made, that was one good show.


Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it.
   
  (#18 (permalink)) Old
Marshki Offline
Its Shazzy time
Average Joe
***
 
Marshki's Avatar
 
Name: Shazzy
Gender: Female
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow

Posts: 167
Join Date: August 3rd 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 08:41 PM

yes, as you are using all the muscles in your body and burning calories, (physical movement) it can be also compeitive and learnt in PE LESSONS
   
  (#19 (permalink)) Old
Make Believe Offline
makes everything 20% cooler.
Jeez, get a life!
***********
 
Make Believe's Avatar
 
Name: Kayleigh
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Location: Wales, U.K.

Posts: 6,185
Blog Entries: 190
Join Date: August 31st 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 08:56 PM

Yes. I just see it as a form of gymnastics, and gymnastics is a sport.


"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
  Send a message via MSN to Make Believe  
  (#20 (permalink)) Old
justadream89 Offline
Member
Welcome me, I'm new!
*
 
justadream89's Avatar
 
Name: Holly
Age: 29
Gender: Female

Posts: 43
Blog Entries: 2
Join Date: August 4th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 09:06 PM

For those who don't think cheerleading is a sport, I'd like to see them getting tossed in the air and trusting others who aren't much bigger than yourself catching you before you hit the ground. Or to be given the responsibility and trust to catch that person flying through the air. I was a cheerleader and believe that it is a sport. There are numerous practices and it takes a lot of work. I know that the only SEEN competition is when there is an actually cheerleading competition, and unless it is a competing squad, there is usually only one of those a year. HOWEVER, it is almost a competition every time the squad goes and cheers for a game. It is about doing better than the other squad and getting the crowd involved. Isn't that what all sports are about? Doing better than the other team? Anyway, also it takes a lot of dance and gymnastic skills and most people consider dance and gymnastics as a sport...so cheerleading should be too. lol Sorry I feel strongly about this. A few years ago this girl wrote this report on how it wasn't a report and the whole time I wanted to say all of this. But unless someone has been a cheerleader or has seen how hard it actually is, I understand how that person could think it isn't one. Anyway, yea, I guess that's all I have to say about it.
   
  (#21 (permalink)) Old
Lugez Offline
Asshole
Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Lugez's Avatar
 
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Location: New Jersey

Posts: 929
Blog Entries: 5
Join Date: January 8th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 16th 2009, 09:25 PM

The only problem I have with these answers is that everyone seems to equate intense physical activity with automatically being a sport...I'm sure cheerleading/dancing is very tough and hard (I never said it wasn't, I know I can't do this stuff haha), but just because it's hard doesn't make it a sport.

Dancing = Art
Cheerleading = Dancing
Therefore, Cheerleading = Art

Gymnastics isn't cheerleading. It may share few similarities with cheerleading (only few, if you think about it), but in the end cheerleading is just another form of art because they dance to a certain beat, unlike gymnastics.

physical activity =/= sport
   
  (#22 (permalink)) Old
udontno Offline
</3?
I can't get enough
*********
 
udontno's Avatar
 
Name: Amanda Kate
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Location: VA, USA

Posts: 3,039
Blog Entries: 24
Join Date: January 5th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 02:17 AM

I feel that cheerleading is a sport. A lot of time, energy, and athletic training goes into the routines and workouts. I believe that it is a sport because of this.


--A
   
  (#23 (permalink)) Old
crazyheart12 Offline
Member
Welcome me, I'm new!
*
 
crazyheart12's Avatar
 
Name: Alex
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Location: CALIFORNIA

Posts: 36
Join Date: October 2nd 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 02:38 AM

yes it is cause i say it is!


" I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me and the cost is more than I can bare"
   
  (#24 (permalink)) Old
WashoutThePain Offline
=]
Outside, huh?
**********
 
WashoutThePain's Avatar
 
Name: Ask Away!
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Location: Nowhere to be found

Posts: 4,749
Blog Entries: 377
Join Date: January 5th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 02:52 PM

I voted yes... under the conditions that it is ACTUAL cheerleading and not just waving pom poms around. When cheerleading is done properly it takes a lot of physical strength and coordination, just like other sports such as football and soccer.


   
  (#25 (permalink)) Old
Babity Offline
Member
Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Babity's Avatar
 
Name: Kaila
Gender: Female
Location: Iowa

Posts: 920
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 05:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lugez View Post
The only problem I have with these answers is that everyone seems to equate intense physical activity with automatically being a sport...I'm sure cheerleading/dancing is very tough and hard (I never said it wasn't, I know I can't do this stuff haha), but just because it's hard doesn't make it a sport.

Dancing = Art
Cheerleading = Dancing
Therefore, Cheerleading = Art

Gymnastics isn't cheerleading. It may share few similarities with cheerleading (only few, if you think about it), but in the end cheerleading is just another form of art because they dance to a certain beat, unlike gymnastics.

physical activity =/= sport

I guess your logic is right for cheerleaders who just perform and cheer at games. But there are also competitions. The cheerleaders form a team to earn points against other teams....I'd sorta say that's the epitome of what a sport is


Compromise is not a sign of weakness. It is the strength to withstand caving to an ultimatum.
Living with one takes great strength



TH Buddy
VM me
PM me


Last time I cut myself
October 19th, 2012
   
  (#26 (permalink)) Old
CherriesBlossom Offline
Member
I've been here a while
********
 
CherriesBlossom's Avatar
 
Name: Katie
Age: 29
Gender: Female

Posts: 1,054
Blog Entries: 1
Join Date: January 13th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 05:42 PM

No cheerleading is not a sport. A sport is competitive, one team against another.
Cheerleading you have to be jugded by someone else for you to win, it isn't point by point.
  Send a message via AIM to CherriesBlossom  
  (#27 (permalink)) Old
Toast Offline
lostinaworldofhate
I've been here a while
********
 
Toast's Avatar
 
Name: Toast
Gender: Female
Location: Canada

Posts: 1,285
Join Date: January 9th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 07:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lugez View Post
physical activity =/= sport
Then what do you define as a sport?


Heaven is high and earth wide. If you ride three feet higher above the ground than other men, you will know what that means. ~Rudolf C. Binding
   
  (#28 (permalink)) Old
Skeleton Offline
Member
Outside, huh?
**********
 
Skeleton's Avatar
 
Name: Charlie
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Location: UK.

Posts: 4,545
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 17th 2009, 07:53 PM

Yeah, I'd say it is a sport for the same reasons others have said. You put a ton of work into it, a lot of hours practice, you do it in a proper gym, compete against other schools/cheerleading teams etc. which is pretty much the same as you would for most of the other sports out there.
   
  (#29 (permalink)) Old
Lugez Offline
Asshole
Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Lugez's Avatar
 
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Location: New Jersey

Posts: 929
Blog Entries: 5
Join Date: January 8th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 19th 2009, 05:32 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Toast View Post
Then what do you define as a sport?
Competition, skill, physical activity (debateable), all that stuff cheerleading has...BUT, there are 2 problems with it.

1. Music. Cheerleading is a dance. Sports don't work with art or anything like that..

2. In order order to win, you need to be SUBJECTIVELY judged. A couple of assholes in the booth determine whether you win or lose. In a true sport, the winner isn't selected by judges, but rather by the events on the field.

There must be some rational basis on why the person/team won (whether its by points, or fastest time). Baseball, track, swimming, football, soccer are good examples of what I mean.
   
  (#30 (permalink)) Old
Pelios Offline
on Pursuit of Happiness
Outside, huh?
**********
 
Pelios's Avatar
 
Name: Andrea
Gender: Female
Location: México

Posts: 3,691
Blog Entries: 48
Join Date: January 17th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 19th 2009, 06:41 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lugez View Post
Competition, skill, physical activity (debateable), all that stuff cheerleading has...BUT, there are 2 problems with it.

1. Music. Cheerleading is a dance. Sports don't work with art or anything like that..

2. In order order to win, you need to be SUBJECTIVELY judged. A couple of assholes in the booth determine whether you win or lose. In a true sport, the winner isn't selected by judges, but rather by the events on the field.

There must be some rational basis on why the person/team won (whether its by points, or fastest time). Baseball, track, swimming, football, soccer are good examples of what I mean.
I agree. Cheerleading may be a competition and difficult, but not all things which are competitions are considered sports, hard or not.


Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it.
   
  (#31 (permalink)) Old
LucyLouWho Offline
In that order...
I've been here a while
********
 
LucyLouWho's Avatar
 
Name: Chelsey
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Location: West Virginia, US

Posts: 1,968
Join Date: January 5th 2009

Re: Cheerleading - October 19th 2009, 11:47 AM

I'm sick of hearing about this whether or not cheerleading is a sport stuff. Seriously, at the high school that I went to, girls would be ENRAGED with flaming red eyes and steam coming from their ears if any would ever even remotely insinuate that cheerleading is not a sport.

If they go somewhere to compete against other cheerleaders in actual competition, yes... If they just go to the games and do their cheering, no.


Previously Mommy.Wife.Student
   
Closed Thread

Bookmarks

Tags
cheerleading

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All material copyright ©1998-2019, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.