The Future is Now: Cheer as a Sport

Cheerleading As an OHSAA Recognized Sport

January 14, 2011
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If you’re a cheerleading coach in Ohio, please check out the survey below and make your opinions known as cheerleading is considered for sport status in Ohio. A message from the Ohio Association of Cheerleading Coaches: Once again, cheerleaders are in the top 10 number of participants in high school sport/activities. Ironically, cheerleaders have seen […]

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USA Cheer announces a new sport called “Stunt”

September 8, 2010
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USA Cheer, a non-profit organization just announced a new sport called “stunt” — less than a week after the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association announced the news that their new sport, “acrobatics and tumbling,” would be sanctioned by USA Gymnastics.

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As “Acrobatics and Tumbling” emerges, can we leave the word “cheerleading” behind?

September 5, 2010

You may have heard that USA Gymnastics will now sanction competitive college cheerleading competitions. But, technically, they aren’t sanctioning cheerleading competitions — they’re sanctioning NCATA meets. What’s the difference, you ask? It’s true that the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (until recently called the National Stunts and Tumbling Association) is essentially an adaptation of […]

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Cheerleading Safety without the “Sport” Label

July 22, 2010

Over the past few days, we’ve talked about the possible consequences of cheerleading being named an official sport in college and high school by the various regulatory organizations that have a say in such decisions. Moving forward, how do we address complaints that sideline cheerleading coaches often fall short of the safety and experience requirements they should meet, and that other safety measures could be improved?

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Cheerleading as a Title IX Sport in High Schools: How it Could Happen

July 22, 2010

Yesterday, in light of the recent ruling against competitive cheer counting towards Title IX requirements at Quinnipiac University, Cheer Cincy clarified a few things about college cheerleading as a sport. But most cheerleaders in this country aren’t on the college level – they’re in high school or younger. And cheerleading as a sport in high schools would look a bit different than cheerleading as a sport in college. Get the facts here.

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Cheerleading as a Title IX College Sport: How It Could Happen

July 21, 2010

The Quinnipiac trial may hay have ruled that cheerleading doesn’t count toward Title IX requirements, but how much does that really matter? What would cheerleading look like as an official college sport, sanctioned by the NCAA? Let’s stop speculating and hear from the experts.

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Cheerleading as a Sport

July 2, 2010
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When people ask if cheerleading is a sport, what are they really getting at? One local coach suggests an unconventional approach when you answer this heated question.

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Varsity has yet to Clarify “Chess” Comparison

June 23, 2010
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Sometimes, cheerleading and chess can go great together, as the Spartan cheerleaders showed us. But as far as being similar? Um, no. Did Jeff Webb really say cheerleading is as much of a sport as chess?

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Varsity CEO says Cheerleading is like Chess

June 23, 2010
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“Jeff Webb, CEO of the cheeringleading organization Varsity Spirit […] said competitive cheerleading is as much a sport as chess.” Was this taken out of context?

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Cheerleading a Sport in Ohio?

June 7, 2010
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At the Ohio Association of Cheerleading Coaches conference in May, coaches and Ohio industry leaders gathered to discuss the possibility of cheerleading being named an official sport in the state of Ohio. Concerns varied widely, with most participants agreeing that coach training should be more regulated, regardless of whether cheerleading is officially considered a sport. […]

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