Mesquite News: Cheerleading debate focuses on classifications

Mesquite News published Cheerleading debate focuses on classifications.

“The subset of ‘cheerleading’ that includes all-star cheerleading and competition teams at schools like the one in the court case, do actually compete against each other under a specific format with set rules and guidelines,” he (Jody Melton) said. “If gymnastics, diving, ice skating, power tumbling and the majority of the events at the X Games are sports, then competition cheerleading should certainly be considered a sport as well.”

Melton said it’s easy to see why people are reluctant to see cheerleading as a sport, if they have only ever been exposed to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders or cheerleaders on the sidelines of football games.