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According to a recent court ruling (pdf) cheerleading is not a competitive varsity sport on the same level as volleyball for purposes of Title IX obligations.
Despite its certainly being a physical activity, the court found that cheerleading lacked a similar level of organization to other varsity sports.

Cheerleading - Wikipedia

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Cheerleading /ˈtʃɪərlidɪŋ/ ranges from yelling to intense physical activity for sports team ... The presentation of cheerleading as a sport to a global audience was led...

Being a Cheerleader - Is Cheerleading a Sport? - Varsity.com

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Every cheerleader gets fired up when someone sparks the "Is cheerleading a ... and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared.

Cheer Debate: Is Cheerleading a Sport? - Varsity.com

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... goes on: Is cheerleading a sport? We sum up cheerleading and point out how it is an athletic activity and how school cheerleading cannot be considered a sport.

Cheerleading is a Sport | Teen Essay | Teen Ink

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Sideline cheerleaders' main goal is to entertain the crowd and lead them with team cheers, which should not be considered a sport. On the other hand, ...

Something to cheer about: Cheerleading recognized as a sport in ...

www.lohud.com/story/news/2014/04/29/cheerleading-interscholastic-sport-new-york/8496073/

Apr 29, 2014 ... And New York has caught up with 34 other states and the District of Columbia, which had already declared competitive cheerleading a sport.

Sorry, cheerleading is not a sport - ESPN.com

www.espn.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11128302/espnw-former-college-cheerleader-says-sorry-cheerleading-not-sport

Jul 7, 2014 ... The problem is that, by declaring cheerleading a sport, the AMA is taking a ... cheerleaders are, cheerleading should not be considered a sport.

ESPN.com: Page 2 : Athletes are cheerleaders, too

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So go ahead, tell Bangaoil that cheerleading isn't a sport. .... there are schools like UCLA, where cheerleading is classified as a school club considered closer to  ...

Should cheerleading be considered a sport? | Debate.org

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Dance is considered a sport in a way, and cheerleading is exactly the same. You have to learn routines, you have to be agile and certainly not everyone can do ...

Should cheerleading be considered a sport? | Fox News Video

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May 2, 2014 ... Rocky Point cheerleaders prove why they belong on the playing field.