Cheerleading = Sport

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Cheerleading = Sport

Last year's cheer squad during half-time.

Last year's cheer squad during half-time.

Last year's cheer squad during half-time.

Last year's cheer squad during half-time.

Sarah Dwaileebe, Reporter

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Cheerleading is considered a sport in many different countries.

The New York times states that “cheer leading is the fastest growing sport”.

Being on a cheer squad is hard work physically and mentally.You have to be able to keep up with grades and come to all practices. During some practices they run stairs for warm up.

When the coaches pick people for the team they are looking for their spirit and athleticism . They like to see how well the girls/boys are at gymnastics and their dancing skills. Some cheers involve jumping into the splits and doing front kicks.

This year our school has a smaller team team, which includes, Jessa, Porshai, Marly, Payton, Jacquelyn, Kallie, Leslie, Mari, and Lorin. Many times the girls choose one team leader or captain to lead the team.

The captain is in charge of keeping up with the girls, conducting meetings, and making sure they are getting the moves. The captain/leader of cheers normally start out the cheers, pick the cheers and let the girls know when to start.

DaVinci’s cheer squad meets every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after school. They learn routines and cheers. Normally they preform at half time at the basketball games. They try to do a new routine for every game.

DaVinci’s coach, Bradi, is responsible to teach new cheers and dances for half time. Special DaVinci cheers help the team’s and the crowd’s spirit. Some cheerleaders say that the coach is harsh to their benefit.

Coaching a cheer team is similar to other sports in many ways. To be a cheer coach you have to be flexible, know how to do the jumps and be able to teach it to others.

Our cheerleaders cheer for volleyball and basketball. Some girls have had experience in gymnastics before they did cheer. Making sure that the cheerleaders have correct uniforms. There apparel consists of  having their hair pulled up wearing make up (mascara), buying a uniform that has the school logo, wearing a bow of school colors professional cheer leading shoes, and pom-poms.

People always enjoy watching the halftime shows during assemblies, but people don’t understand how difficult it is to be on the right count. Cheerleaders work just as hard as all of the other sports. They are always trying to keep up spirits and entertain, like most sports. “Cheer leading is just as much a sport as basketball is,” says Brie Wadsworth. Mrs. Wadsworth was a cheerleader with the Utah Jazz and worked at cheer for at least 20 hours a week.  Each game was five hours of cheer.

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