Whether or not cheerleading is a sport has been a hotly debated topic for about as long as cheerleading has existed.
But whether it’s actually a sport or not, it’s not recognized by the NCAA or US Title IX regulations.
Is cheerleading a sport?
Cheerleading, even at the high school level, requires cheerleaders to be able to lunge, throw other cheerleaders in the air, and assume extremely flexible positions at the top of stunts.
According to TIME, “Cheerleading has had a higher injury rate over time than 23 of the 24 sports recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), excluding football.”
This may come as no surprise to anyone who’s watched the Cheer miniseries on Netflix, in which ankles are twisted, limbs are broken, and both the men and women on the team are under constant scrutiny.
However, in 2009, Quinnipiac University took the matter to court, where US District Court Judge Stefan Underhill ruled, “Competitive cheer may be qualified as a Title IX sport at some future time; Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine sporting opportunities for students.”
How Much Do Top Earning Cheerleaders Make?
Unfortunately, even when cheerleaders are included in the cheer squads of their local NFL or NBA teams, they are not considered “professional athletes.”
This is because they don’t compete against other squads and mostly come from a dance background.
That means most tumbling and stunts aren’t necessary to make a professional team as long as you have the dance aspect under your belt.
Professional cheerleaders are typically paid between $15 and $20 an hour.
How do you become a professional cheerleader?
If you want to become a professional cheerleader, you should review the educational requirements of your dream team.
While most only require a high school diploma or GED equivalent, some require you to have a college degree.
You should also consider the following classes:
- modern dance
- rhythmic dance
You should also be in shape when it comes to cardio, as well as mentally sharp on the team’s stats and the basics of how the sport works.
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