Progress is being made in the cheer world. One day in the near future, Cheerleading may be accepted as and given, the title so many feel it deserves as a SPORT.
Earlier this month, the American Medical Association (AMA) made the decision to designate Cheerleading as a sport. While there was much debate regarding the subject, many made the push for change citing the high level of injury involved in the ever growing sport. This new designation will help to ensure proper safety training for coaches and athletes along with providing improved safety guidelines.
While this is a move in the right direction for Cheerleading as a sport, there is still a way to go. The debate is still going strong in Texas, but some tentative first steps have been made. The UIL or University Interscholastic League who responsible for overseeing educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests, made the decision today (June 11) to give Game Day Cheer a chance at joining their list of official activities. The board initially turned down a proposition to test a program in the 2014-2015 school year citing budgetary concerns but immediately turned around and approved a motion to try the pilot program in the following school year, 2015-2016
Many coaches, parents, and cheerleaders, have pushed for official recognition of Cheerleading and the athleticism involved. These initial steps will hopefully increase awareness and acceptance of these athletes as well as, provide oversight and important safety guidelines for the protection of future athletes to come in the SPORT of CHEERLEADING.
AMA Announcement: http://www.medpagetoday.com/SportsMedicine/EliteSports/46236
UIL Announcement: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/high-schools/headlines/20140610-texas-high-school-cheerleader-competition-may-get-uil-tryout.ece