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Is Cheerleading a Sport?

Learn if cheerleading is a sport from UCA instructor Ashley Cowan of in this Howcast video.


It's the age old debate. Is cheerleading a sport? Well, here's the official answer. Cheerleaders compete, so by general definition, yes; cheerleading is a sport. But for school teams, it's a bit more complicated than that.

The Office of Civil Rights determines what's a sport, and cheerleading meets all of their physical and competitive requirements, except for one thing. The primary purpose of a sport must be competition. By this definition, cheerleading isn't a sport, simply because the primary purpose of school cheerleading isn't competition. It's to support your school athletics. Competition is a bonus, and that's the reason why cheerleading isn't a sport, not because of any physical definition.

A new sport has been created; stunt. Derived from traditional cheerleading, stunt's primary purpose is competition and stunt teams perform and compete against each other, in a four quarter format, head to head. You can find out more information about stunt on

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