There's many different types of cheerleading, here I will explain those types. Note: I am a cheerleader.
1) Sideline Cheerleading- a team of cheerleaders (often all female but can be coed) who cheer on a sports team. The sports team they often cheer for is basketball or football. This is where people refer to cheerleading as not a sport, but that doesn't mean its easy. Sideline cheerleading is not what you think, this is what you might be thinking it is "Oh yeah boys lets go team whoooooooo" NO. Sideline cheerleading involves jumps, stunts, and tumbling! Yes, gymnastics!

2) Competitive Cheerleading- a sport is a team that competes against others, therefore this makes COMPETITIVE cheerleading a SPORT. The competitions are very extreme and dangerous. Before you say that cheerleading is easy, try to go see a cheer gym's competition. Now I'm not talking about your local reciational gym. Anyways, schools at the middle, high & college level most often have competitive teams. They are very serious!
3) Allstar cheerleading- the best of the best. Go watch Califorina Allstars Smoed or Sting Ray Allstars orange, or Cheer Xtreme Senior Elite. Alllstar cheerleading ends their season with cheerleadig WORLDS. The worlds are the BEST allstar teams in the WORLD who go to disney world florida to compete. And this WORLDWIDE competition is on ESPN
Jake: Oh wow those cheerleaders really work hard!

Fletcher: Yeah I know man, you know that they beat us?
Jake: Beat us at what?
Fletcher: Didnt you hear, cheerleading is ranked the #1 most dangerous contact sport
Jake: oh wow man, where is football placed?
Fletcher: 2nd man.
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A sport that is a mixture of dance, trampoling and gymnastics.

Yes. I said "sport", even though I don't do it. And I'll tell you why.

I'm a 800 metre runner for my school. 800 metres takes me three minutes. How long does a routine take? Oh, wait, let's see. Three minutes. Those who say that it "doesn't last long enough to be considered a sport" shouldn't consider athletics one, either. But you do, don't you? So... well. That arguement doesn't work.

What about it's "not hard enough"? Well, weights is a sport, no? And cheerleading - proper, competitive cheerleading - includes weight-lifting, in the stunts, no?
You say "well, it's four people lifting one"... umm.. have you ever seen it? The weight is carried by two - the others are just for safety.
Also, my friend's coach and her do this stunt where it's just him holding up her. You can't say weights is a sport and cheerleading isn't.

How about when you say "it's just a bunch of girls screaming"... god, have you ever seen rounders? Whenever they score a rounder, they're all like, "AHH!! WELL DONEE!! OMG!!! AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!" and clap and everything.

Umm.. to the dudes saying "all they do is flip a little" - well, gymnastics is just that, correct?

I have heard even lamer arguements, such as "jumping around a little isn't a sport!". What about high jump, long jump, triple jump and trampoling?

Or even - laugh my ass off - "only things that are against another team are sports." What about COMPETIVE cheerleading? This is the one my friend does. You - guess what - COMPETE against - can you even believe it? - OTHER TEAMS to try and - oh my god - WIN. ¬.¬'
My friend is a cheerleader! =)
Yes. She likes cheerleading.
by agb2001 June 20, 2009
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cheerleading IS a sport .
no matter what people actually think , some of the things we do out there you wouldnt even be able to do.
yeah you think that lifting a girl above your head seems easy , well it isnt .. dont go around thinking that were lifting a 100 pound anorexic girl when we arnt , there are MANY tops who weight waay more then that and we still lift them, and yes .. we DO compete and the intention for that IS to win, we dont just go out there and think "oh lets show off our bodys to make our score higher" we go out there with our routine with we made to try and get the most points to beat other cheer teams , when we cheer on the side lines is just for fun. did you guys know that cheerleading is the SECOND most dangerous SPORT in high school? i kinda doubt that you knew that . and yes football maybe the first most dangerous but in cheerleading you could actually die if something bad happens , ive even heard dtorys from my own coach that someone on his cousins team had his finger RIPPED off when he was doing his basketoss, like seriously guys, cheerleading IS a sport .. theres no doubt about it .
in cheerleading you do many things that other sports do BY THE WAY .
by cheer lover 2010 August 19, 2010
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A sport. Well, the competitive type. For all who consider cheerleading not being a sport, you are wrong. Working as hard as any other sport is what cheerleaders do. "Cheerleaders are people who spend hours and hours a day all year round perfecting their craft in well-developed and highly organized team activities that culminate in a victory or defeat at well-developed and highly organized national championship competitions." -Fanhouse. Now isn't that the definition of a sport?
Cheerleading is a very competitive year-round sport.
by Lindsay P. September 2, 2010
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Cheerleading is an intense physical activity (sometimes a competitive sport) using organized routines, usually ranging from one to three minutes, such as tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games and matches. Most high school cheerleaders have to keep at least a 3.5 to cheer. Competitve cheerleaders use both gymnastics skills, and dance skills to perform. Many people use do not know this and therefore think that cheerleaders are rude, inconsiderate, and slutty. This for the most part is not true.
Girl 1: Cheerleading is retarded.
Girl 2: No it's not. It is a highly competitve sport and the girls are very talented and can do things you never will.
by toeturtle141 June 24, 2010
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IS A SPORT. im tired of people saying its not a sport, because technically it is. and by the way if your in "colorguard" all your doing is waving a stupid flag. so if you think cheerladings not a sport your wrong. cheerleaders do HARD WORK. such as gymnastics. can you do a back handspring? back tuck? nah...didnt think so. can you be thrown/throw someone up in the air and catch them with PERFECT techniqe? nah...didnt think so. can you remember multiple cheers chants and dance routines along with motions and ripples? and do them all loud, clear, and perfect along side of many others? nah...didnt think so. cheerleaders ARE athletes. were in great physical shape and are flexiable. everybody else is just jealous because guys LIKE cheerleaders. so they need to have a reality check, just because YOU cant do it doesnt mean its not a sport. and im SO tired of the dumb blonde cheerleader sterotype. YES i am blonde and YES i am an accomplished cheerleader but NO im not stupid. im taking ALL HONORS CLASSES okay? so get over the movies and books and look at whats real. cheerleading IS a sport!! and we look cute while doing it ;) we support the other teams AND go to competitons. just because we wear skirts doesnt makes us sluts. tennis players wear skirts for goodness sake. and cheerleading requires determination and will power! so stop hating and realize how stupid you look.
Guy 1: dude, cheerleaders are SO hot.
Guy 2: i know man, i know.

Girl 1: i wish i was a cheerleader.
Girl 2: haha yeah right, you aint got what it takes.

Cheerleader 1: i love cheerleading!
Cheerleader 2: omg me too! its the best SPORT ever!
by cheer_dance_life♥ August 30, 2010
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A cult.
Think about it:
They all where the EXACT same outfit
They all scream creepy chants at the same time (which you think would be very distracting to the football players )
They all follow one leader
They all look the exact same

Sure, it may be tiring and exhausting, but that doesnt make that a sport. If jumping and screaming is a sport then they need to add moshing to the olympics.
Blonde: Mom, can i join????
Mom: No.
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