Mini Unit Cheer

Mini Unit Cheer - Stone Kyra Stone October 1, 2011 English...

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Stone Kyra Stone October 1, 2011 English 102, Scott The Evolution of Cheerleading Some argue that cheerleading isn’t a sport; some even argue that it doesn’t require anything near athletic abilities. It has been fought over for years now to establish whether or not cheerleading should or should not be considered a sport. In an attempt to finally make cheerleading an official NCAA sanctioned sport, USA (United Spirit Association) Cheer released a new competition sport designed to be considered for NCAA Emerging Sport Status. Contrary to popular belief, cheerleading no longer only consists of yelling and jumping around in butt- hugging skirts. It has evolved into something much larger where advanced acrobatic skills, incredible strength as well as flexibility, and stunting skills are all required in order to even be a competitive athlete. Since its invention in 1898, cheerleading has continuously failed to be considered a sport. Sideline cheerleading was originally started by Princeton graduate Thomas Peebles who introduced the idea of leading crowds in organized cheers at the football games at the University of Minnesota. Soon after the birth of cheer on November 2, 1898, the University of Minnesota organized a “yell leader” squad of six male students. It wasn’t even until 1923 that women were even introduced to the idea of cheerleading; this was originally due to the lack of men cheerleaders due to the fact that they were recruited to fight in World War II. This was when tumbling as well as megaphones were incorporated into sideline cheers which are both are still used in sideline cheer today. From that point on, cheerleading became a primarily female activity and soon evolved into an all-girl activity. (“History”).
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Stone However, as I proposed earlier, cheerleading is no longer about yelling, jumping around, and looking cute in a mini skirt (although all of these factors still play a minute role in today’s cheerleading). A new derivation of cheerleading - competitive cheerleading - has swept across the nation recently in the past decade taking America (and even exotic parts of the world) by storm. Every two minute and thirty second routine is judged on gymnastics, stunts, jumps, technique, and even overall energy throughout the routine. There are multiple divisions in which one team can compete including co-ed, all girl, large, and small which are then further divided into smaller divisions depending on age range and skill level from one to six (Delp). Each team strives to grab the judges’ attention by sporting a unique uniform, wearing outrageous makeup, or even finding ways to come up with new mind-blowing stunts that comply with the rules of the competition. Competitive cheerleading has also become viral other parts of the world such as Norway
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