There is some debate over whether cheerleading is a sport or not. However, the people who are involved in it do claim that it is, hands down, one of the hardest sports around. The reason is simple. It takes grace, poise, and extreme strength. They must be able to lift their teammates and have the ability to jump high, stay balanced, and more. Ask any cheerleader if she is an athlete and she will tell you that she is. To prove it, here are just a few other reasons cheerleading is harder than it may seem to others.
During a football game, the cheerleader’s job is to encourage her team. As a person in the stands, you only get a glimpse of what they are able to do. Admittedly, you may still get to see them toss each other into the air, do splits, cartwheels and other activities, but you do not always see what they really do when they are the ones who are on the field or taking center stage.
A cheerleader may spend many months preparing for a competition. They have to practice their routines much the same as a football player must practice their play. However, with football or other sports, you have an entire game to make points and take home a win. In competition, a cheerleader has only 2 and a half minutes to prove that they are worthy of winning.
During that two-minute time frame, everyone on the team has to move together as one. When a cheerleader is supposed to be climbing the pyramid, she has to be in position before the pyramid is formed. She must be smiling, she must look great while she is climbing, and she must be light enough that her teammates can hold her up. Along with that, she must also know how to climb up in a way that she does not cause injury to her team or make the pyramid tumble prematurely.
When she jumps into the air, it may look like she is simply jumping to those who are watching. There is a style to it. Toes are pointed, knees are at the right angle, smiles are in place, and even if she happens to land wrong, she still must keep pushing herself to finish the routine without limping. If that doesn’t make it a hard sport, I am not sure what else you would call it.