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Original post made by Annoyed athlete, Jordan Middle School, on Jan 6, 2007

I just wanted to say that I am greatly annoyed at all the cheerleaders who think it is a sport. They complain about how expensive it is, and how everyone needs to give them donations. First of all, cheerleaders barley practice. A couple hours a week, where they talk, stand, and move there hands from side to side. I am a runner, and I run six days a week. I work hard every day, run miles a day, and at the end of each run I am breathing hard and tired. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE running. There is nothing I would rather do, but this is my point. When you run you work hard, you train, and work your muscles. That is an actual sport. Cross Country does not have enough money for everyone to get matching uniforms. While cheerleaders have 3 regular outfits, some "competition" outfit, and at a meeting, their coach complained because they don't have enough money to buy them matching pajamas! So all you cheerleaders stop complaining, and think of what you do and how many hours you spend, as while as how tired you get, to others.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2007 at 4:50 pm

I also ask the question of what is the point of cheerleading? To me a group of sexy girls flaunting their bodies in front of a group of boys doing sport to get the testosterone rising sounds more like something else to me. I have no idea if it can be called sport, but it is definitely something my daughters would not be allowed to do.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 7, 2007 at 5:58 pm


You sound like a prude. If you really have daughters, I feel sorry for them.

Cheerleaders have a good time, and it puts them in the mix of the battle. Some of them get interested in the players, like me.

Girl swimmers show their bodies to a much greater extent, compared to cheerleaders. So what?

Cheerleading is a healty and wholesome thing. I marrried the tight end on our high school football team, and our daughters are now cheerleaders. Our sons play football, basketball and baseball. Do you have a problem with that?

Girls like boys. They are sexy, because that is part of the teenage attraction scene. Is that your problem?

No, cheerleaders don't work as hard as the players, but they do work hard. Top cheerleading teams are very hard workers, both girls and boys.

Why is this thread attacking cheerleader? Get over it!!!

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Posted by Itsagirlieshow
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2007 at 9:07 pm

I stopped going to Stanford basketball games because I found the cheerleaders embarrassing. The shake their body parts and the whole thing looks like soft porn. Cheerleading is widely practiced but its purpose has nothing to do with sports.
The audience pretends there isn't a girlie show going on right there in front of them. Really bizarre.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 7, 2007 at 9:18 pm

You're missing some great games!

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 8, 2007 at 12:28 pm

I love cheerleaders! If the game gets boring, I can watch them!!

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Posted by Erik Krasner-Karpen
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 24, 2007 at 11:21 pm

It's an athletic activity. It's competitive. Therefore it's a sport. There is nothing special about being a "sport". Sports are just a kind of game, and if you think they're anything else you need to get over yourself.

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Jan 25, 2007 at 9:22 am

If cheerleading is a sport? Fine, then lets keep it as such. A competitive arena for girls showing off their rhythmic gymnastic skills, great. However, there is no place for them on the sidelines of a men's sporting competition. All they do there is flaunt their bodies and raise the testosterone levels of the audience. I do not need a skantily clad girl parading in front of me (or the camera) to help me cheer my team on. I can do that very nicely on my own, thank you very much.

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Posted by Itsagirlieshow
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2007 at 6:51 pm

Sounds like not everyone thinks cheerleading is "healthy and wholesome." Maybe Russell Crowe is a "prude" too.

Mercury News story today:
Russell Crowe boots rugby club's cheerleading squad

Russell Crowe says his Australian rugby league club's cheerleading squad is being cut because skimpily clad cheerleaders detract from the game and make spectators uncomfortable.

The Oscar-winning actor, who is part-owner in the South Sydney Rabbitohs club, said the club had become concerned that the cheerleaders -- whose uniform includes fishnet stockings and tasseled miniskirts in the white, green and red team colors -- were inappropriate entertainment.

``It makes women uncomfortable and it makes blokes who take their son to the football also uncomfortable,'' Crowe was quoted as saying in News Ltd. newspapers Friday.

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Posted by Cheerleader
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Mar 21, 2007 at 8:04 pm

i'm a cheerleader, and i think everyone who thinks cheerleading is not a sport should try coming to practice for a week. We work our butts off, stunting stretching and we do have to run every practice; half of a mile. i think it is ridiculous for you to say that it is a bunch of girls just being slutty when we are not at all. We provide team spirit, and if guys happen to like us that is not our problem is it?

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Posted by john
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2007 at 12:59 pm

First of ive cheered for many years and belive me cheerleading is a sport i would like too see anyone go to a really good cheerleading practice and i would like for them to say that its no a sport come on you have to have strong arms and legs to lift stunts to jump to tumble especially its not like everyone can tumble so i think that their just hateing they probably didnt make the squad and just mad well thats to you who ever said thats its not a sport well laters

cheerleaders rock hey ps to all the cheerleader cheer your heart out and dont let talking get in the way of cheering lol

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Posted by Kay
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Apr 26, 2007 at 11:27 am

Newsflash. Cheerleaders are athletes like it or not. We are no longer your old highschool preps that date the quarterbacks. I don't deny there are a few bad seeds that may spred the reputation of being slutty and skanky, but EVERY sport has bad seeds. I have personal experience. I am a varsity soccer player - there are sluts on the team; I am a JV volleyball player - there are sluts on the team; I am a varsity track runner - there are sluts on the team. It is NOT being a cheerleader that makes you slutty or skanky. It is called being a young adult. And what exactly doesn't make cheerleaders athletes? We condition every single practice with pushups, crunches, and believe it or not.. we run! So don't give me that crap about being a cross country star. At least half my cheerleading squad run 6 out of the 7 days of the week. Honestly,

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Posted by Kendall
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Just to add what Kay, the person above me, just said. All these people have their own stereotypes for cheerleaders, ditsy airheads The truth is, we put as much practice into cheerleading as some people do for football, cross country, golf, or tennis. What exactly makes us not atletes? We still run, condition, and practice until we want to drop dead. There's much more to being a cheerleader than some people think. Just because we look better doing it doesn't mean that we are sluts. We just look good..sorry. I know people always say for the ones who don't believe that we're athletes to come and watch a practice, but they're right! So many people would actually be surprised at how much we accomplish at our practices. We honestly don't just stand around and gossip like our stereotype says we do. For instance, when we practice stunts, if we drop the flyer (the girl whose on top), we have to practice that same stunt until we get it perfect. Believe it or not, cheerleading is actually becoming more and more of a sport. It's not all about looking pretty and smiling until our face hurts. Throwing up girls fat butts all day proves this point. We sweat, hurt, and even get sore the next day just like the other sports do. So tell me again why you think we're not athletes? Thank you.

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Posted by Audrey
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Just because we don't keep score doesn't make us not a sport. In fact, it could possibly raise the stakes. Our success does not come from the points on the board but from our own personal dedication. If our jumps or tumbling aren't perfect, we don't lose points. We must perfect ourselves out of our own will. Its about cooperation, which all teams require, skill, and determination. Our tryouts are even more stressful than any other sports tryout. I've tried out for hundreds of teams and by far cheerleading is the hardest, most stressful, and most critical tryouts I've ever experienced. Based on a handful of judges and three minute time frame, you are chosen for a team. You get one shot, and one shot only. If that doesn't spell intensity I don't know what does. Cheerleading is based on gymnastics, so why is cheerleading not considered a sport and gymnastics is? And cheerleaders are sluts? Why are we more fully clothed than female swimmers? And if cheerleading isn't a sport, why do people get ATHLETIC scholarships on cheerleading? Oh, and to the origional blogger: if the cheerleaders are complaining, then they probably have a likely reason. Have you ever been to a practice? They might actually have a reason to complain. And honey, "I work hard every day, run miles a day, and at the end of each run I am breathing hard and tired. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE running." If I'm not mistaken, THATS COMPLAINING. Cheerleaders LOVE cheerleading too, or why else would they do it! You are being a complete hypocrite, so stop bagging on us and get a life! =)

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm

I have nothing against you cheerleaders as athletes and I know you work hard. Cheerleading competitions are fine, just like gymnastics and the like. I think what makes it hard for a lot of people is that going to a football game or basketball game to watch football or basketball and finding skimpily dressed young women dancing around in front of you is not very becoming for you, or for a lot of the young men who are watching.

Please keep on doing what you are doing, but keep it in the right forum. Keep the guys sports' for the guys and if they want to watch you, then they should go to one of your competitions.

By keeping the guys sports for the guys, I don't mean you can't watch as well as the rest of the spectators, just don't make spectacles of yourselves.

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Posted by gonna be a cheerleader
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Apr 30, 2007 at 5:20 pm

all the ppl that said cheerleading isn't a sport and attacked cheerleaders...ur pathetic.GET OVER YOURSELVES. don't ever say anything bad about it unless you've actually tried it and i bet more than half of u haven't. ur all just jealous cuz u can't do wut they do, u can't have a great body, and u just aren't good enough.

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Posted by brieanne
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2007 at 1:15 pm

i would like to first say, cheerleading is a sport. i've been a cheerleader since the age of 4, and i am getting annoyed with girls and guys claiming it is not a sport. how the heck don't we work our muscles? we lift PEOPLE and do jumps, and to do that you have to be flexible. and we don't practice just for a couple of hours, especially competitive cheerleading, thank you :)

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Posted by nun ya
a resident of Monroe Park
on Oct 12, 2007 at 8:45 am

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Posted by Lap dancing is a sport too
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2007 at 9:42 am

Cheerleading requires a lot of skill and energy. No doubt about that. But if it wants to be considered a sport, then it needs to host its own games and events. Instead, where do you see cheerleaders? At other sporting events. That makes about as much sense as holding a tennis match on the sidelines of a football game.

We go to games to watch the games, not to watch another "sport." If you cheerleaders are offended that you're not being treated with the same respect as athletes in other sports, then don't try to wrest attention from those sports.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2007 at 10:03 am

I believe there are cheerleading tournaments in which teams compete at multiple levels - I've seem them on ESPN. Whether it is a sport or an activity - what difference does it make? Football is just an activity, same as chess club. Cheering is a valid activity and a popular one nationwide.

In terms of performing at games - it is traditional and the kids, by and large, enjoy it. Is there a boy/girl thing going on - of course. I read an article in the NYTimes a while back where some cheer squads were being required to cheer at girls sport events under Title IX (I believe the logic was that the girls sports weren't equally supported if they didn't get an allocation of cheer squads). Apparently both the cheerleaders and the girl players didn't like it much - cheering on your gender-mates just didn't feel as good for them. What do you know, teenagers have hormones ;-)

It does seem like the uniforms should be age and community appropriate. I was at the Gunn football game the other weekend, and thought both teams' (large) cheer squads were pretty modest in terms of dress and routines (based on my limited exposure to them). But I have seen cheer and dance squads that I thought were less appropriate and especially in the case of public schools, it seems like an appropriate topic for feedback to the principal and athletic director. It is a balancing act of course, since the kids themselves usually have quite different norms than the adults (as always). But it seems like there is likely a zone of agreement that would enable cheer squads to continue cheering.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2007 at 10:42 am

I will believe all this if the boys started routines with pompoms and baring their chests at girls sports. I think the girls would love it.

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Posted by Cheerleader
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2007 at 5:46 am

I'm a cheerleader and i don't see it's not a sport. We compete and it's a great form of exercise, how is that not a sport?
It's not just a chance to jump around in a mini skirt, the same could be said about gymnastics, they wear little clothing and jump around, but is that not a sport either?
It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to be a cheerleader, and people should respect our choice of SPORT and exercise.

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Posted by cheerleader
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2007 at 7:32 pm

i have been cheering for 6 years and cheerleading is a sport. And just to let you know we practice just as hard as every other sport out there. I am sorry that your cheerleaders maybe suck and dont practice but my team and a lot of other teams practice 3-5 days a week for 2-6 hours. so dont say that cheerleaders dont practice. And cheerleading is way expensive. ourfits and competitions ya they cost big money. The schools dont provide funds for cheerleading we have to raise all the money ourselves. Competitive cheerleading takes a lot of time and practice and hard work. "sport" in the dictionary is defined as an activity that invovling physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes. i believe cheerleading follow under that. cheerleaders are not slutty and dont fluant themselves to the crowd. Cheerleaders work hard to put together amazing routines that will entertain the crowd and get them motiviated for their team.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2007 at 9:58 am

Not in front of my boys please (at the moment they aren't interested and think girls in these costumes look silly).

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Posted by kayla
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 20, 2007 at 7:32 am

i am captin of my football basketball and competion squads for my high school and i spend at least 25 hours a week on just those practices andi also am on an all star cheerleading squad where i spend 10 hours a week so with all of your little false information crap about cheerleading mabey if your sport actually did good then you would get reconization to ok sweetie so run your little heart out and give the cheerleadaers some respect afterall were not the ones who run around in sports bras so go stan on the corner peace love an party oh yeah um i spend about 1500 dollars on cheerleading a year out of my own pocket my squad we raise money to get what i want. we work hard to do what we do and it is a sport soooooo mAbey if you put as much time and effoery that you put into complaining about your cheerleaders then maby you would win some meets so once again peace

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Posted by joseph
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

well i am a competitive cheerleader!!! and cheerleadinfg is a sport !!! it reaquires arobics and flexibility!!! and who cares if they complain some!! and does not require someone like you to judge them!!! you dont know what they do!!! in my cheerleading we run miles do workshops lift weights and tumble!!! so next time you think cheerleading is not a sport go loo again!!

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Posted by Darwin
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Hah nice troll, if that was your intention. Furthemore, some people probably don't consider running a "sport" either. Just glorified exercise.

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Posted by Middle schooler
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Aug 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

First of all, Cheerleading is a sport, they do stunts and they also work hard. If u go to cheer camp then u have to sit in the sun for 3 hours until u actually star exercises. I'm not in school yet but I'm going to sign up for cheerleading in middle school, and not all cheerleader complain, that's only if their spoiled brats! I think if ur daughter wants yo be a cheerleader than u should let her, it's fair.. Even if u don't want her to. I have a lot of friends that are cheerleaders and their funny and very nice, don't judge ppl in what they do as a sport. Also, this article is stupid. Thank u for taking the time in reading this. :)

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Posted by Roxanne
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I like to join and cheer for our school and make this my thing to do in the morning and afternoon that would keep me busy for the whole day if the cheerleaders would let me in thier program.

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