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Piper's avatar

Is there anything wrong with being a male cheerleader?

Asked by Piper (472points) August 6th, 2010

I’m a “cheerleader” I guess you could say. I usually like to say that I’m “on the cheer team”, sounds better that way I guess. :\ I’m the only boy on the team.

I’m going into high school next year and I’m wondering if I should try out for the cheer team. It seemed like it wasn’t as big of a deal in middle school, but the high school team is a big deal. I guess I’m asking, do you think it’s a bad thing to do? Have you known any boy cheerleaders in high school and were they treated badly? Should I quit while I’m ahead?

I really like doing it and that’s why I want to try out for the high school team, but I don’t want to get beaten up for it or anything. I wish I wasn’t so embarrassed about it, but I can’t help it.

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Winters's avatar

Not necessarily, if you’re comfortable with it, its perfectly fine. If your sensitive to insult and thats to much for you to bear, well either get used to it or quit.

marinelife's avatar

Do you remember Rob Weller? He was a cheerleader at the University of Washington and is credited with inventing the wave. It certainly is not bad to be a male cheerleader.

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rpm_pseud0name's avatar

“Is there anything wrong with being a male cheerleader?”
NO.

My uncle was the only male cheerleader when he was high school(back in the 80’s), but he was also on the football team & did track/field, so he was able to fend for himself. So I would say try out for the cheer team & if you get in, start working out to build up some muscles & learn how to throw a nice hard right hook for if the moment calls for it. But you should never let fear prevent you from doing something you want to do.

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Seaminglysew's avatar

Absolutely not. Do it, be good at it, and enjoy!

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.

Afos22's avatar

*revised b/c first answer was (flame-bait)? Most men view male cheerleaders as homosexuals, and so they may make fun.

truecomedian's avatar

Samuel L Jackson was a male cheerleader. A good friend of mine was also. Go for it, its fun, extra curricular, and you get to hang out with pretty girls.

gailcalled's avatar

@Afos22: See the movie “Billy Elliot”: or the play.

Do you feel completely comfortable speaking for “most men”? That’s a lot of men.

Piper's avatar

I’m not gay, by the way. I just like cheerleading and dancing and gymnastics. It’s more than just pom poms and yelling. XD

Thanks everybody. I guess I just wish I knew another male cheerleader. At least you guys know some. :)

@gailcalled Billy Elliot was great! :D

filmfann's avatar

George W. Bush was a cheerleader, as well.
Note to the electorate: Cheerleaders are not Quarterbacks.

gravity's avatar

Do what you enjoy and life will be enjoyable. Just do it! Who doesn’t want an enjoyable life?

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perspicacious's avatar

What could be wrong with it? Go for it and have fun!!

aprilsimnel's avatar

No. It’s rather athletic to be a cheerleader, male or female.

mollydrew's avatar

No, it is considered a sport it is physically challenging and competitive also from 1920 to about 1950 cheerleaders were male. 1950’s females began to dominate the sport.

Mana's avatar

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a male cheerleader. If you want to be a cheerleader, then go for it no matter what anyone says! If anyone has a problem with it, then just brush their comments aside and keep on doing what you love to do!

NaturallyMe's avatar

There’s certainly nothing wrong with it. And it’s sad that society should have to make you feel embarressed about doing something that you love doing. We don’t really have cheerleading like you guys have whereever you’re from (US?), so i can’t say what it’s like over here regarding men doing cheerleading.

Buttonstc's avatar

It’s a great sport and if you are really good at it you may even have school(s) offering you scholarships.

Plus you get first dibs on all the cute girls. What’s not to love?

Let the football players be the ones to mess up their brains with all the concussions. Your sport is strenuous and takes skill, but rarely dangerous.

You get to spend your time tossing pretty girls in the air and catching them

Football guys just get to knock down other guys and bash in their skulls.

You get to keep your brains intact and participate in a sport you enjoy. Where’s the downside?

If there are any morons trying to make fun of you just look at them pityingly like dimwits. Don’t show that it bothers you and they will get bored and move on to other targets.

Meanwhile, you can steal the cutest girls away right under their noses and they’re too dimwitted to realize it before it’s too late.

And if necessary, take martial arts training. Your cheer skills will put you in shape for it.

So if some moron won’t let you alone, just deck him :)

truecomedian's avatar

Just keeping it real but you know we kind of chuckle at the spunky male cheerleader and then get jealous of all the great views he gets working with the ladies. Male cheeleaders must have it a little rough, might help to get in cool with the team he is representing in spirit. The football team should appreciate him by proxy. I can’t help it, even though one of my best friends was a male cheerleader I can’t encourage it without thinking Im sending someone to their doom. I was never that outgoing.

Piper's avatar

You guys are so helpful. :) I posted this question on another site and half the answers were just people making fun of me.

People think cheerleading is not a sport, but it definitely is. If golf can be a sport, then so can cheerleading lol. It’s physically tough and there’s competitions and everything. I’ve been practicing with a group this summer. Just the other day we were in the hot 90 degree sun doing it. It’s exhausting… :P

Afos22's avatar

Not putting down the level of toughness that cheerleading requires, but I don’t think any sport should be based on how well judges like what you do. So, that is why I wouldn’t classify cheerleading as a sport per say.

mollydrew's avatar

Afos22 Cheerleading is definetly a sport, you are not judged by someone “liking” what you do, you are judged on skill, degree of difficulty, precision etc.

Afos22's avatar

Judged period, what other sports are judged, and the judges have direct affect on whether you win or lose.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

@Afos22 If you are asking which sports are judged to determine a winner – take a look at almost every Olympic (winter & summer) sport. From snowboarding, every gymnastics event (high bar, pommel horse, floor routine, uneven bars, rings, etc..), diving, synchronized swimming, figure skating & all it’s sub-categories, ski jumping, etc.. I can keep going, but you get the idea. There are many sports where judges determine the winner.

Afos22's avatar

Are you referring to the Olympic Games?

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

sport n. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

I’d love to see you tell Shaun White that what he does.. is not a sport.

Afos22's avatar

Does he race down hill? or is it just the half pipe thing?

Piper's avatar

Well, I still think it’s a sport. Cheerleading and gymnastics are all I do. I always tell people those are the sports I do. Maybe they’re not as physical as basketball or football or something, but I still think they’re sports.

Afos22's avatar

I’m not saying that a sport is based on physicality. Cheer leading definitely is more physical that some sports.

Buttonstc's avatar

But not every sport is determined by who gets to the finish first.

Boxing is a sport (altho I think its barbaric) and if there isn’t a knockout the winner is determined by the judge’s scoring.

All sports have a scoring system. Some involve points for getting a ball where it belongs and scoring. Others are scored by speed and who gets there first.

Those ice skaters practice strenuously 7 days a week multiple hours per day; gymnasts do the same. Their scores are determined by PRECISION moves. In some respects, a far greater degree of difficulty than running down a field carrying a ball or crashing head first into other guys to protect the ball carrier.

The primary requirement for guys other than the QB is simply brute force.

Brute force doesn’t require as much skill as carefully executed and physically draining precision jumps and other moves.

I’m not saying that the skillset required for footbal players are invalid to be considered. I’m just saying that they certainly aren’t as difficult to acquire as what skaters must spend the majority of their time from a very young age to acquire.

Their sport is just as physically demanding as football AND requires a greater degree of difficulty and training to learn.

Of course both are sports. They just have different scoring systems.

And the skaters and cheer guys don’t risk a lifetime of scrambled brains for breakfast for the remainder of their lives as many boxers and football players do.

One of the oldest of sports present in the ORIGINAL olympic games from Ancient Greece was wrestling. Guess how the winner is crowned? By judges, of course.

Do you propose that the originators of the original Olympic games were to stupid to know what a real sport was?

Who crowned you King?

truecomedian's avatar

Damn, does anyone else forget sometimes that there are fucking kids on this site?

Afos22's avatar

If you are so adamant that the activities you proposed are, in fact, as physically demanding as some sports, and require a greater degree of difficulty to learn, why argue to classify it as something that does not require as many skills and is not as difficult? If a sport is just something that only those with a certain set of skills can do, or depend upon a great deal of precision and difficulty, what else would you call a sport? Skydiving? Tightrope walking? Construction work? Plumbing?

Sports have a scoring system. Are video games sports? Video games have a scoring system. Not everyone can play them. They require sets of skills. You play against other players. No. It is not a sport. If you think of any real sport, you can see why.

Playing sports, you know who your opponents are. You need offensive and defensive strategy. Moves are made up on the spot, according to what the opponent is doing. The game-play always changes. The players do not know what is going to happen next. Nor do the “judges” or referees/officials/umpires/etc. It is not a practiced routine, that has nothing to do with the other team. The athletes play until there is a winner, or the time runs out.

Snowboarding, gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming, skating, and cheering are something other than Sports. You all know this b/c you were arguing that they were sports. What are the odds you would pick out so many non-sports, not knowing that they weren’t considered sports. They may be hard, physically demanding, require skills,etc. There is no need to convince anyone that they not. However, they are not classified as sports. If one believes that these for-mentioned activities are more difficult than sports, it is silly to bring them down to the level of sports, yes? Perhaps you could call them Specialized events.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

@Afos22 THIS IS FROM THE OFFICIAL OLYMPIC GUIDELINES, PLEASE READ IT COMPLETELY.

“How does a sport become Olympic?
To make it onto the Olympic programme, a sport first has to be recognised: it must be administered by an International Federation which ensures that the sport’s activities follow the Olympic Charter. If it is widely practised around the world and meets a number of criteria established by the IOC session, a recognized sport may be added to the Olympic programme on the recommendation of the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission.”

I took the liberty of highlighting some keywords. Now please stop complaining about the issue.

Afos22's avatar

I could just as easily find a website that says the opposite. How long do you think before cheerleading will “make it into the Olympic programme”? And i’m not “complaining” about the issue. I’m just arguing the facts that others have disputed.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

@Afos22 “could just as easily find a website that says the opposite”, agreed, but this is siting the official rules & regulations of sports as it is known by the IOC. ALL your arguments so far have been subjective & very opinionated. I am arguing with facts & definitions. So if you still have a problem with cheerleading & sports being used synomously, complain to the Oxford Dictionary company & the International Olympic Committee, because I have run out of ways to tell you this information. I am done with you.

Afos22's avatar

@rpmpseudonym I do not see how your response was relevant to my enquiry about cheerleading as an Olympic event.

Buttonstc's avatar

@Afos22

pssst…Just a little “word to the wise” here…

It’s “these aforementioned activities.”

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“for-mentioned activities”?

What’s up with that?

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www.dictionary.com

A greater familiarity with it might help you :)

…....just sayin’.........

Afos22's avatar

@Buttonstc Don’t be the person who corrects others’ typos.

gailcalled's avatar

@Afos22: Why not? She is not alone in enjoying clear error-free prose. It is one of the hallmarks of fluther.

Afos22's avatar

@gailcalled It is pretty annoying. I’m sure you would be annoyed if I corrected you.

gailcalled's avatar

@Afos22: Feel free. I would be delighted to learn some more about my language.

Afos22's avatar

@gailcalled I do not wish to drop to that level of maturity.

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gailcalled's avatar

@Afos22: I enjoy improving my writing style. What’s that got to do with maturity? Or immaturity?

Buttonstc's avatar

I’ll be happy enough to aspire to Gail’s level of maturity any day of the week.

Just couldn’t resist. I really shouldn’t but sometimes dueling with the unarmed can be so much fun.

Besides, if they don’t consider themselves unarmed, far be it from me to disagree.

:D

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Buttonstc's avatar

@Afos22

Well you just proved my point far better than I ever could :)

And from what lofty perch do you imagine you are to be “stooping” to Gail’s level?

Ha. You should be so lucky !

pssst.

The UNDERSTANDABLE way of what you’re valiantly trying to get across (while failing miserably) is the following:

“I refuse to stoop to that level of IMMATURITY”

Its really difficult to stoop to maturity. It doesn’t really make much sense, logically.

Think about if for a minute…..

Now that you’ve had a moment. Most people stoop to something below them. They aspire to something higher.

Difficult to imagine maturity being lower than immaturity, isn’t it ? From what exalted position does someone stoop to maturity?

Being godlike I would suppose. But difficult to know when dealing with the illogical.

BUT. To bring it back to the discussion of the original Q.

People are getting increasingly frustrated with your illogical definitions of sport based solely upon your own mind while ignoring clear definitions from authorities both current and several centuries old.

The Olympic claim the right to define sports based upon a clear historical lineage.

You apparently feel perfectly free to ignore that while insisting upon YOUR definition.
That’s illogical.

They aren’t just “any website”. They have centuries of tradition behind them. According to your illogical criteria, wrestling can’t be defined as a sport because the outcome is determined. By judging.

And yet it is one of the original Olympic sports from the very first Olympics. So your position fails the logical test.

Just like your grasp of the principles of standard language. I assume you are American?

Again pervasive lack of logic leaves me unconvinced that you know what you’re talking about.

Calling you %@#*¥ would be a personal attack.

Pointing out flaws in your logic is an observation based upon what you choose to publish in an open forum.

Get the difference?

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Piper's avatar

I don’t even know what’s going on anymore. :(

Afos22's avatar

@Piper lol, and good luck with the cheerleading thing.

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] Personal attacks are not permitted and have been removed. Let’s get back to the original topic, folks.

truecomedian's avatar

There is nothing wrong with being a male cheerleader, nothing at all. How could there be, it’s a positvie thing that makes people happy. What’s wrong is people having a problem with it. Like, what kind of person is going to have a problem with it. Scarey, sociopathic people with ingrained ideas of what’s acceptable. What I kick myself for to this day is finding out the cheerleader I liked, liked me too and I didn’t do anything about it. You got to be in good shape to be a male cheerleader, do you have the muscles, are there going to be more than one male cheerleader? Is there going to be a lot of tossing and human pyramids? Got to work out. You’ll be ok, just try and listen to a little rock and roll or punk rock, like the Exploited, help even things out, haha.

Piper's avatar

@truecomedian

Hmm I don’t know if there are going to be any other guys. I wish, but probably not. But actually, I’m not really that muscular; I’m kinda small. =\ I hope that doesn’t set me back too much. I’m still going to try out. When I first posted this question, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to bother trying out, but I’m definitely going to, no matter what. :)

mollydrew's avatar

truecomedian, small could be a plus but you must be strong, in shape, good luck

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