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Competitive cheerleading recognized as a sport in New York

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Competitive cheerleading is now an official interscholastic sport in public schools across New York State.

The State Board of Regents voted to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport on Tuesday. The classification will ensure that coaches are properly trained and schools would be required to follow universal safety standards.

The designation will apply mostly to cheerleading squads that wish to compete against each other at organized events and competitions. Schools would have the option to organize less formal cheer squads for sidelines of other sporting events. Those quads would be barred from higher-level cheerleading events and from performing more complicated stunts.

Two-thirds of the serious injuries sustained by female high school athletes happen to cheerleaders.

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia classify cheerleading as a sport. It is not an official sport in Connecticut or New Jersey.


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