Emily Olvera a student here at Costa Mesa says, “No. In a sport you actually run and exercise. In cheer you just shake your pom poms and yell for school spirit.”
Jessica Vazquez a former Cheerleader has a very strong, similar declaration. “No! All they do is practice routines. It only takes about five minutes. That isn’t a sport. All they do is yell, ‘Go Green!’ An example of a sport is football. That is sweat and tears! Bottom line: cheer isn’t a sport."
On the other hand, Aaron Long, grade eight, says, “Cheer involves stretching. You have to be athletic for that. Sports include practice to be good at them. You have to have passion. With no pain, there is no game. They have pain.”
Bianca Duarte and Serra Quick are middle school cheerleaders this year. They say that even though it doesn’t include a ball, cheer is still a sport. They claim that they actually work out, run, cheer, dance, and stunt.
Kori Johnson is one of high school and middle school’s cheer coaches. Her response to the same question was very different. “There are two aspects to Cheerleading: the spirit side that includes performing and sideline cheering — I consider that an activity. Then there is the competition side where we compete against other squads with a competition routine. And there is also the new sport which would be stunting.”
Cheerleading: sport or not a sport? You decide.