Cheerleading Now A Sport

By Don Dudley

Published 04/29 2014 10:45PM

Updated 04/29 2014 10:46PM

Cheerleaders are cheering about a new ruling. Competitive cheerleading is now considered an official sport in New York state.


Cheering consumes most of Julie Holmes' free time. "we work two and a half hours every day. We practice seven, six days a week. We compete almost every weekend. And it's tough. It's not easy as everyone thinks it is," said Julie Holmes, a cheerleader.


"There's a lot of hard work that goes into it. You've got to work outside of practices. Ya know, tumbling and being conditioned and what not. And teamwork and really a lot of hard work and dedication that goes in to being a cheerleader," said Anya Thompson, a Rush-Henrietta cheerleader.


Joanne small has been coaching section five cheerleading for more than 30 years. She says it's time it's recognized on the same playing field as football, baseball or basketball.


"Cheerleaders are constantly being told, you're not a sport. And with the activity that it's been called, they have to prove themselves. They have to show how physical it is. And like I said, if you come to a section five competition, you'll see how vigorous. I mean they are working so hard to get to where they are," said Joanne Small, Co-Coordinator section five cheerleading.


It would require rules governing a range of issues from coaches' certification to safety protocols. Something Julie and the other cheerleaders applaud.


"it's really nice to be able to say, it is a sport. And we've worked so hard to become a sport," said Holmes.

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