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Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Make Cheerleading an Official School Sport

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Make Cheerleading an Official School Sport

High school competitive cheerleading could become an official school sport in California under legislation that passed the Assembly on Monday.

Assembly Bill 949, which passed on a 71-3 vote, would have the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) regulate competition cheer like other sports, which the bill’s author said would mean better safety and coaching training standards and potentially more resources for cheerleaders. The bill would not affect cheerleaders who root on football and basketball players in an activity official called sideline cheer.

“Cheerleaders are athletes, and it’s time the CIF recognizes competition cheer as an official sport,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, a former Stanford cheerleader, arguing that cheerleading is “the most dangerous sport for high-school athletes” and thus deserves better regulation.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez is also carrying a separate bill designating NFL cheerleaders as employees with broader job protections.

About The Author

Shane Womack

Shane Womack is the founder and owner of Cheer Media, the parent company of Cheer! magazine and CheerDaily.com. Shane was an all star and high school cheerleader before becoming a collegiate cheerleader with Louisiana State University where he earned his degree in Business Marketing. Shane is also an elected member of the USASF National Advisory Board.

1 Comment

  1. Beverly

    About dàmñ time!!

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