Competitive Cheer, the Latest Sport in California

Anna Elliott, Staff Writer

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Competitive cheerleading is now a certified sport for the beginning of the 17-18 school year here in California by Governor Brown.

According to the C.I.F. (California Interscholastic Federation) website, a motion was signed into action legally sometime in 2015, but it didn’t come into action until this year. In hope that this works, the C.I.F. was trying to get more students to do what they enjoy without having to argue with people that it’s a real sport.

Now to find where you are and what team would be best fit for you, there are 5 levels, one being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Levels depend on your skills. The first level in the most basic tumbling group is level one, only a forward roll to a front walkover. Levels two, three, and four include multiple handsprings, forward or backward, standing and running tucks, once again forward and backwards, also jump tumbling. The hardest tumbling level is the 5th, and the most challenging with standing fulls and double twists.

Stunts are a whole new category. Stunts for the first level are basic half ups, if they do one legged stunts, someone is required to hold the flyers hand, as well as extensions. Second level stunts can go straight to extension and can do one legged without support of another holding the flyers hand. From there, 3 and 4 are almost the same, they can do one legged extensions, and cradles from there. To add to that they can do twists, and double twists out of a stunt. Level 5 can do everything listed, but they can do double twists out of one legged extensions, and their transitions are more complex.

Routines last 2 minutes and 30 seconds. In that time they have an intro, standing tumbling, running tumbling, pyramid, stunts, partner stunts, jumps, and an ending dance. The highest competitions you can get is D2 Summit, The Summit, and Worlds for the best of the best teams.

 

Now you know, cheer is a sport, and what it takes to be a cheerleading expert.

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