It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Federal court rules once and for all that cheerleading is not a real sport
Is cheerleading a sport? The question holds an eternal position in the pantheon of great sports debates, with advocates of both sides incredibly vocal about their beliefs.
Now there is an official response to that debate: Cheerleading is not a sport, at least in the opinion of the federal courts.
As reported by the Associated Press, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Hartford, ruled that Quinnipiac University's attempt to classify the school's cheerleading squad as a varsity team sport was not valid, because as of 2010 cheerleading did not reach "the level of a varsity sport."
Quinnipiac's drive to have cheerleading declared a varsity sport was an open attempt to remain in compliance with Title IX regulations while eliminating the school's women's volleyball program.
Now, because of the 2nd Circuit Court's ruling, the Bobcats may have to bring a volleyball program back on board, though it may do so while also gaining the wrath of other female athletes everywhere.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
Some point to the fact that cheerleaders are injured more than participants in any other sport except football as proof that it is a sport but, one has to wonder, why did the federal courts need to step in to settle this argument?
Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
Well. Duh. However that does not mean that it does not require athleticism and that it cant be competitive (when cheerleading squads compete against each other)...but cheerleading squads do not score goals and any such competition would have to be subjective.
Originally posted by GAOTU789
reply to post by FortAnthem
WTF is the government doing in the debate anyway?