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Cheerleaders have always been incorporated into American culture Back in the sixties cheerleaders were girls on the sidelines of football games in sweaters cheering on their team Ten years ago this description would have been accurate but recently cheerleading has changed dramatically Todays modern day cheerleaders are skilled dancers gymnast and acrobatics They toss fellow athletes tens of feet into the air and perform gymnastics As cheerleading changes into a rigorous sport we need to change the rules and guidelines that go along with the sport Safety regulations for high school cheerleaders are currently made by the AACCA American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators All-star cheerleading is the club level of the sport All-star cheerleading is twice as glamorous difficult and popular as high school cheerleading The glamours and extreme difficulty is what attracts young girls to the sport of all star cheerleading An organization known as the USASF United States All Star Federation has created a standard set of safety rules for all star cheerleaders and competitive cheerleading companies have adopted these rules Many have not though because there is no overhead body such as the government to enforce all companies that hold cheerleading competitions to abide by these rules In 2010 under Title IX competitive cheerleading was declared not to be an official sport because it was too undeveloped This ruling is unfair because the various cheerleading companies will never come together on their own in order to produce uniform safety guidelines because they are more concerned about making money than the safety of the sport Cheerleading can only become a fully developed sport until the United States Government forces the cheerleading industry to have a strict set of safety regulations Some terms commonly used by cheerleaders that the average person would not know are tumbling and stunting Tumbling is the act of doing gymnastics flips An acrobatic stunt occurs when cheerleaders pick up fellow teammates in order to create pyramids
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