Destinee Chamblis and Competitive Cheer leading

2, 4, 6, 8, who do we NOT appreciate? Many students may not have an appreciation for cheerleaders, but Destinee Chamblis, and Janae Fuller offer a new perspective on an old cliche– “Cheerleading is not a sport.”

“Sports take a lot of skill,” Chamblis said. “But competitive cheer leading requires focus, flexibility, and memorization. ” Competitive cheerleading is completely different from school cheerleading. In order to make a competitive cheerleading squad, a cheerleader must be able to do a standing tumble, a running tumble, and must meet specific height requirements for jumps.

An average performance has to last two minutes and 30 seconds. During that time the cheerleaders have to be able to stunt, tumble, jump, and perform a choreographed dance all before the cut off. Not only that, but the performance is also a competition. “Depending what region the squad is in, they compete against various teams that have a lot of experience competing,” Fuller said. The higher the region, the better the teams are. This forces many competitive teams stay late practice and perfecting their performance. “We practice every other day. The average amount of hours per practice is about 5 hours. But before a competition it’s six to eight hours,” Fuller said.