Cheerleading is not a sport, according to court ruling
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Sorry ladies, cheerleading still isn't a sport

8/8/12 in General Sports   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

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I've had this conversation enough times to know that some ladies are about to get really worked up about this.

That having been said, no offense should be taken. I love cheerleaders, I really do. They're great.

But cheerleading still isn't a sport. I didn't make the decision (although I agree with it), the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals did.

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Why does it matter so much that a major appellate court felt the need to weigh in on the topic?

Well, Title IX states that college sports programs have to provide equal opportunities to male and female athletes. When Quinnipiac  University tried to drop their women's volleyball program, they attempted to replace those lost opportunities with other options, including 30 positions on their new cheerleading team.

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Some folks rightfully questioned cheerleading's status as an actual sport. If it were an actual sport, there would be no problems. If not, then Quinnipiac basically just took away a ton of opportunities from female athletes and violated Title IX rules.

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The case made it all the way to a federal district judge back in 2010, where he ruled that cheerleading was indeed NOT a sport.

It was appealed, and now the appellate court has confirmed the previous ruling.

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Now I'm not saying that cheerleading isn't awesome, or that cheerleaders aren't awesome, or that you're not allowed to enjoy it, whether as an active participant or merely a spectator.

I'm just saying that it's not a sport. And the law is on my side.

p.s. The Quinnipiac volleyball team is still alive and well.
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2/15/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
well not taking exception here but come on... I haven't paid attention to "courts" and their "rulings" for years.  They are usually a bunch of old farts doling out opinions based on old fashioned concepts that are long gone like the dinosaurs.  That's just me.  I know people that are in the cheerleader competitions and they work their asses off and work out a lot and one person misses a move and someone could break their neck.  I'm not talking about the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders that are a bunch of hottie dancers I'm talking about competitive cheerleading.  It's kick ass... very much like drum and bugle corp.  Would be the same as not calling that music ... We can agree to disagree and in my opinion the court if full of crap-o!  lol

peace out

exactly right!  you got it.

8/10/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

Pat wrote:
I've had this conversation too many times to rehash it all. But the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says cheerleading is not a sport. I'll take their word for it. Unfortunately, they haven't ruled on the others that you mentioned, and I don't care enough about most of them to make a case one way or the other, so I'll just leave it at that.

Again... it's nothing against cheerleading, and I'm not saying people aren't allowed to enjoy it, whether as participants or spectators. It just isn't a sport. Add it to the long list of great things that aren't sports.

well not taking exception here but come on... I haven't paid attention to "courts" and their "rulings" for years.  They are usually a bunch of old farts doling out opinions based on old fashioned concepts that are long gone like the dinosaurs.  That's just me.  I know people that are in the cheerleader competitions and they work their asses off and work out a lot and one person misses a move and someone could break their neck.  I'm not talking about the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders that are a bunch of hottie dancers I'm talking about competitive cheerleading.  It's kick ass... very much like drum and bugle corp.  Would be the same as not calling that music ... We can agree to disagree and in my opinion the court if full of crap-o!  lol

peace out

8/9/12   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
if it involves synchronized tumbling and jumping it's more of a sport than darts and running fast in a straight line.  hahaha.. some sport, run as fast as you can for 100 yards.  you are faster, wow.  In seriousness if it requires tumbling skills and gymnastic skills (which are sports) and synchronized movement (as in synchronized swimming) then it is a sport.  So is lifting a heavy object over your head a sport?  is ping pong more of a sport than golf?

I've had this conversation too many times to rehash it all. But the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says cheerleading is not a sport. I'll take their word for it. Unfortunately, they haven't ruled on the others that you mentioned, and I don't care enough about most of them to make a case one way or the other, so I'll just leave it at that.

Again... it's nothing against cheerleading, and I'm not saying people aren't allowed to enjoy it, whether as participants or spectators. It just isn't a sport. Add it to the long list of great things that aren't sports.

8/9/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

Pat wrote:
Tiger Woods probably can't do that... but then again, Usain Bolt probably can't do brain surgery. Does that mean neurosurgeons are athletes, all of a sudden?

One person's inability to perform a routine doesn't make it a sport.

though Tiger Woods would probably try to DO them! haha

8/9/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

Pat wrote:
Tiger Woods probably can't do that... but then again, Usain Bolt probably can't do brain surgery. Does that mean neurosurgeons are athletes, all of a sudden?

One person's inability to perform a routine doesn't make it a sport.

if it involves synchronized tumbling and jumping it's more of a sport than darts and running fast in a straight line.  hahaha.. some sport, run as fast as you can for 100 yards.  you are faster, wow.  In seriousness if it requires tumbling skills and gymnastic skills (which are sports) and synchronized movement (as in synchronized swimming) then it is a sport.  So is lifting a heavy object over your head a sport?  is ping pong more of a sport than golf?

8/9/12   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
lets see tiger woods do this... ha!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlcgWKLNWNg

Tiger Woods probably can't do that... but then again, Usain Bolt probably can't do brain surgery. Does that mean neurosurgeons are athletes, all of a sudden?

One person's inability to perform a routine doesn't make it a sport.

8/8/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

lets see tiger woods do this... ha!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlcgWKLNWNg

8/8/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

but i am willing to bet cheerleaders work out more than some fat golfers

8/8/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1600 respect

can we lump frisbee golf into NOT a sport? please!

8/8/12   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Yep, cheerleading is entertainment, not sports.