Is cheerleading a sport?

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This is a question that lots of people ask, and when they ask this question the most common answer is no. Cheerleading is one of the toughest, most time consuming, and dangerous sports that one can take part in. I have been cheering since I was 14 years old and I never regretted the decision to make sacrifices for this game and my team.

In competitive cheerleading there are lots of components. Stunting, Tosses, Tumbling, Jumps, and Dance sections are some of the most significant parts which make up a routine. All these sections are scored by technique, quantity, difficulty, and imagination. Most folks will ask,”How do we maximize our score in a routine?” Simply enough, there are normally charts online that tell you how many people you need to take part in each section to max out your teams score.

Stunting is when one individual (usually referred to as a flier or top woman ) gets held in the air by typically 3 or less other people (known as bases), when stunting the foundations must find a creative way to get the girl into the atmosphere and then only catch their feet. Normally this means that the flier is going to have to spin or flip from the ground to get to the peak of the stunt with the help of her foundations tossing her up. This can be the most dangerous part of cheerleading if the bases and flier are not trained correctly. The flier has to know how to control her body and the bases must have the ability to catch the flier as she flips and spins on the way down or up from a stunt.

As we reach the tumbling section a lot of individuals will need to comprehend the mental and physical strength which has to do with this particular part of cheerleading. Tumbling is what you see on the Olympics when the gymnasts are turning all over the place in their floor routines. While the cheerleaders and gymnasts make this look easy, it requires a whole lot of time to get each these important skills for the team you’re on. A fantastic example of a group that maximizes their higher-level tumbling skills is Top Gun: TGLC.

Tosses are almost like stunting except the objective of a toss is to throw the flier as high in the air as your can then catcher her on the way down. While the woman is about 10 to 15 feet in the air she must then kick, twist, or reverse depending on what level the team she’s on competes. The bases must focus on the girl that is in the air the whole time as she does her spins, kicks, and flips while there are bright lights that are shining on the stage beaming in their eyes. All of them must be certain that they perform their jobs because when the flier messes up then she kicks a foundation and doesn’t get caught, if the bases look away or get diverted then the flier hits the floor and can become seriously hurt.

For the 2017-2018 cheerleading season at least 75 percent of the athletes on the team must perform 2 connected jumps with one extra jump or 3 connected jumps to maximize their score. Jumps need the cheerleader to jump of the ground and reach a position with their legs. Jumps are my biggest struggle because they take a lot of time and hip flexor power for them to an appropriate height. Based on what degree the group is some of those athletes even need to bring a tumbling pass connected to a jump.

This is usually at the end of a routine and just lasts about 15 seconds. Coaches will go step-by-step and section-by-section to be certain that each and every motion and every movement is made at the exact time it is supposed to. Most teams will incorporate hip or other styles of dance to give the conclusion of the regular some flair and sass.

Most people don’t realize how much work is put to a cheerleading routine. For the entire 2 minutes and 30 seconds these athletes are focused and committed to this routine. The same as soccer or baseball they spend hours and hours in the gym working to perfect those skills to succeed. Cheerleading is a sport and the kids are most defiantly athletes.

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