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Georgiaheartandsoul
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MasterDebater2
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Georgiaheartandsoul
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/19/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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Georgiaheartandsoul

Pro

Cheerleading IS a sport.
There ARE competitions for it. And also it requires a lot of strength and courage. It's also very dangerous. It's more dangerous than football. And whoever decides to debate this an says its NOT a sport is either talking about football cheer which isn't a much of a sport as competition cheer or they have never cheered before and don't understand what it takes. I'm a base and it takes a lot of strength to do it.
MasterDebater2

Con

If we go by the dictionary definition, then yes, cheerleading is a sport but I'm more interested in society's definition versus dictionary definition.
"An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment."

"There ARE competitions for it"
-There are Magic the Gathering competitions too. Which is, most definitely, not a sport.

"And also it requires a lot of strength and courage."
-So does oil rigging.

"It's also very dangerous"
-So is oil rigging.

"It's more dangerous than football."
-So is oil rigging.

"And whoever decides to debate this an says its NOT a sport is either talking about football cheer which isn't a much of a sport as competition cheer or they have never cheered before and don't understand what it takes. I'm a base and it takes a lot of strength to do it."
-This has nothing to do with anything.

Just because you can compare cheerleading to sports that are considered sports doesn't mean it's accepted as a sport.
Debate Round No. 1
Georgiaheartandsoul

Pro

Sport- an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
Cheerleading involves physical exertion
Teams compete against one another for cheerleading.
A sport would have to require athletic skills.(gymnastics, strength, coordination)
It takes cardiovascular effort , endurance, and skill. These are all athletic skills.

This is a link to a video of the varsity cheerleaders from my school doing a competition.
Notice the strength and coordination. If something had gone wrong, the flyer in the stint could have been hurt severely and they would have lost. It requires a lot of concentration.

"Just because you can compare cheerleading to sports that are accepted a sports doesn't mean it's accepted as a sport."
Well just so you know, comparing it to oil rigs doesn't help you either.
MasterDebater2

Con

MasterDebater2 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Georgiaheartandsoul

Pro

It seems my opponent was not willing to argue for the second round. In that case, I will proceed to prove that cheerleading is a sport.

Some people view cheerleaders as pretty little girls sitting on the sidelines with giant bows and lots of makeup that cheer for a football team. But cheerleaders actually do a lot more.
Like I said before, cheerleading takes a lot of strength, courage, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular effort.

A sport, according to the Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors, is a "physical activity [competition] against/with an opponent, governed by rules and conditions under which a winner is declared, and primary purpose of the competition is comparison of the relative skills of the participants." Because cheerleading follows these guidelines, it is a sport. - Teen Ink

According to the New York Times, cheerleading is the fastest growing girls (and some boys) sport in America. Most Americans fail to distinguish sideline cheerleaders (whose goal is to cheer for their football team) from competitive cheerleaders.
Like gymnasts (who are considered athletes) cheerleaders must learn to tumble. They preform standing back handsprings, round off back handsprings, layouts, and full layout twists as well as many others.
We also preform other things such as throws and lifts (stunts). Of course, you cannot have a stunt without a flyer. Flyers are tossed into the air and preform extreme stunts for which strength and coordination is required. All sports have rules and guidelines and so does competitive cheerleading. A whole routine must be preformed in a little more than three minutes and they are required to stay in averts in area (a.k.a. The mat). The cheerleaders are awarded points for difficulty, technique, sharpness and creativity. Cheerleaders visit the emergency room 5 times more than any other sport. They do not wear protective pads of any kind so in this case, coordination and being attentive is very important.
(References from teen ink)
The ultra intense cheer competitions are proof that cheerleading is a sport.
MasterDebater2

Con

MasterDebater2 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
4 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 4 records.
Posted by bossyburrito 2 years ago
bossyburrito
Waiting to define your terms until r2 is such a great idea.
Posted by debatability 2 years ago
debatability
lolololololololololol
Posted by Malacoda 2 years ago
Malacoda
Ah! That is such a terrible argument Con. You can do better.
Posted by Malacoda 2 years ago
Malacoda
I'm with you. Most arguments against it are pretty ridiculous and usually sexist. If no one accepts this, I could play devils advocate though, if you are interested.
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
bladerunner060
GeorgiaheartandsoulMasterDebater2Tied
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro gets conduct for Con's forfeits, and arguments for Con's failure to address the majority of Pro's case. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.