Quinnipiac University

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Cheerleading Doesn’t Count as Sport for Gender Equality

cheer-dosent-meet-title-9A federal judge ruled that competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet title IX gender-equity requirements, reports the Associated Press. Volleyball players and their coach filed the lawsuit against Quinnipiac University when the school announced that it would be cutting the team for budget reasons. They wanted to replace the volleyball team with a competitive cheer squad.

“Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport under Title IX,” Judge Stefan Underhill wrote. “Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.” Eight schools, including Quinnipiac, recently formed a governing body in hopes that cheer can qualify for title IX, but it is as of yet still too disorganized.

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Cheerleading Not a Sport, According to Varsity Spirit Expert

According to Jeff Webb, CEO of the cheerleading organization Varsity Spirit, cheerleading should not be considered a competitive sport.cheerleader

His testimony comes in the middle of a case where students from Quinnipiac University sued the school when they eliminated the volleyball team in favor of a competitive cheer squad.

The “is cheerleading a sport?” debate has been going on for some time. In January of 2009, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that, not only was cheerleading a sport, it was a contact sport.

OK, so what’s my stance on this? It really comes down to defining what a “sport” is. There are lots of different things that go into that definition in my mind, including the need for some sort of high-level athletic activity in the sport, formal rules and regulations, and some form of formal competition ending with some kind of result, i.e. winning and losing. Read the rest of this entry »


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