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This paper argues that cheerleading should be seen as a competitive sport. The author contends that cheerleaders are serious athletes who work hard during practices to memorize cheers, chants, stunts and dance moves. Additionally, the author believes that having cheering as a competitive sport will allow more scholarships and a chance for cheerleaders to compete on a competitive level. The cheerleading team at the University of Maryland, College Park is used as an example of a competitive cheer squad.
From the Paper:"Cheerleading is rapidly becoming an emerging sport due to its popularity in high schools and colleges. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) is responsible for making recommendations to the NCAA Management Councils with regard to selection, retention and elimination of emerging sports. The committee considers a number of factors in determining if a sport has the potential to become an NCAA championship sport. These include: 1.There must be twenty or more varsity teams and/or competitive club teams that currently exist on college campuses in that sport; 2. There is support for that sport from various organizations, groups or associations; 3. There is an understanding that once identified as an emerging sport, all NCAA institutions wishing to sponsor the sport at the varsity level must abide by NCAA regulations."
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Cheerleading is a Competitive Sport (2006, December 10) Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/cheerleading-is-a-competitive-sport-75247/
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