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You have all heard the opinion that cheerleading is not not a Sport,well... The fact that we don't tackle our opponents to the ground for a ball does NOT mean that we are not athletes. We work just as hard as "real athletes" work. Our practices are just as intense, 2-3 hours of repetitive running, jumping, tumbling, and lifting. Our competitions are even more intense. Cheerleaders have 2 1/2 minutes to show a judge what we have worked on for weeks. We only get one chance! There is no half time, turnovers, timeouts, or officials to give you a second chance. Our defense is against ourselves. Our points are given as a unit and taken away as a unit not as an individual making goal, making a touchdown, or homerun. This is teamwork to another level, a "second level" such as a flyer. She depends on those below her, the bases depend on her balance and mindset and skill. What is it that qualifies an activity to be a sport? Is it the ball? No, wrestling and track are known sports that do not require a ball. Is is the sweat? Can't be the sweat, cheerleaders sweat just as much (but we hide it well!) Is it the practice? Nope, they are all long and hard. Could it be the opponents or audience? No way! Try 6000 opponents at nationals and two auditoriums packed with parents, peers, and fans. Nervous? You bet! And it makes us work harder. A cheerleader has dedication. We fly through the air with grace and sometimes add full rotation to that. We catch our teammates and make it look so easy. We defeat gravity and do what a high diver does only right from the ground. We do whatever it takes to hold that stunt a few more seconds. The level of cooperation is more than most teams. Endurance, bring it on! Cheerleading has become a competitive sport today. It is only a matter of time before we are recognized for what we are and what we do. Be proud, stay proud of whom you are. Cheerleaders are no longer chosen student body for their personality or cuteness. There are criteria and a skill level that is needed to be an "Athletic Cheerleader". We want the best; we do our best, for this SPORT. Simply because we do not run across goal lines, slam dunk basketballs, or hit home runs, doesn't mean we can't change the score. ~Author Unknown If cheerleading got any easier, it would be called football. Yay for cheerleading!!! It totally is a sport!!!!!!!!
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