High school cheerleaders who root for boys’ basketball and baseball games must rah rah for girls’ basketball and softball too, says the federal Office of Civil Rights. The ruling affects 20 school districts in New York state.
The superintendent of the Vestal Central School District … says from now on, cheerleaders will be required to perform at an equal number of girls’ and boys’ games.”
At Inkwell, ex-cheerleader Carrie Lukas says cheerleaders like to rouse crowds, which is why you don’t see a cheer squad for mens’ track or wrestling. Now that cheerleaders are competing against each other, they should be considered athletes by Title IX bean-counters, she argues.
Of course, the bottom line is that it makes no sense for bureaucrats to go through this ridiculous exercise of counting up athletes and making determinations such as, yes, golf counts as a sport but, no, cheerleading doesn’t, or trying to force cheerleaders to attend events where there are no spectators to encourage to cheer. It’s time to reform this antiquated quota system and let student athletes focus on whatever sport or activity they choose
My niece, who’s in second grade, competes on a non-school-affiliated cheerleading squad. They don’t cheer for a team. It’s basically a form of gymnastics, dance and yelling.