There's been an ongoing debate for years on whether cheerleading is a sport and finally, somebody has made a ruling to answer the question once and for all....for the time being.
A federal judge in Connecticut says competitive cheerleading is 'too underdeveloped' & that schools can't consider it a sport as they try to meet gender-equity requirements. The ruling comes after volleyball players at Quinnipac University sued the school after it was announced last year that the team would be eliminated for financial reasons and replaced with a competitive cheerleading squad.
An activity can be considered a sport under Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in sports, if it meets specific criteria. It must have coaches, practices, competitions during a defined season and a governing organization. The activity also must have competition as its primary goal — not merely the support of other athletic teams. The school had argued that the cheerleading squad was in compliance with that law, but the judge disagreed.... this time around
School officials responded to the ruling by saying they would start a women's rugby team, but they refused to answer any questions, discuss the future of other athletic teams or say whether they would continue offering scholarships to competitive cheerleaders.