Competition Cheer as a CIF Sport?

Starting in 2017, competitive cheer will be considered a CIF sport

  On October 7, 2015, California governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 949, thus requiring competitive cheer to be a CIF sport. This will be in effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, as CIF is still working on the regulations they will impose on cheer.

  In general, cheer is a sport that requires high levels of strength and resilience. Cheer practice is just as rigorous as any other current CIF sport, so it makes sense that cheer would finally be incorporated into that league.

  Not all aspects of cheer will be incorporated into the CIF season; CIF is attempting to create a divide between sideline cheerleaders and competition cheerleaders. The competition cheerleaders will be the only ones of the two groups participating in the cheer season.

  While not all the aspects of what will be required of the teams has been decided, CIF has decided that stunting will the main focus. Competitors will be scored objectively, and compete head to head. It is still unclear as to how the judges and CIF will go about that.

  This change in cheer’s classification will surely impact the sport in innumerable ways. It should be exciting to see the change in the 2017-18 school year.

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