We Reread Cheerleaders: The First Evil and It Absolutely Holds Up

Welcome back to our Halloween YA throwback book club! Today we are tackling Cheerleaders: The First Evil, which follows "vibrant, blonde" sisters Bobbi and Corky Corcoran in their fight against a faceless menace stalking their squad. It remains amazing. » 10/28/14 4:00pm 10/28/14 4:00pm

The Raiderettes Will Finally Be Paid Minimum Wage

In January, some members of the Raiderettes sued the Oakland Raiders, alleging that they were paid less than $5 an hour, denied overtime, expected to practice several times a week for free and subjected to bizarre fines by the team. They also had to abide by this ridiculous fucking etiquette guide, which instructs one… » 7/02/14 6:45pm 7/02/14 6:45pm

​American Medical Association Officially Declares Cheerleading a Sport

Well it's about damn time. At their annual meeting in Chicago this weekend, the American Medical Association joined the American Academy of Pediatrics in deciding that cheerleading should be considered a sport due to it's "rigors and risks." According to research published in the Journal of Pediatrics, cheerleading… » 6/10/14 11:20am 6/10/14 11:20am

Another NFL Cheerleader Sues Team Over Pathetic Pay

A former NFL cheerleader has filed suit against the New York Jets, alleging that the team paid her and her fellow cheerleaders a criminally low amount of money. As it stands, cheerleaders from four NFL teams — the Jets, the Bengals, the Raiders, and the Bills — have filed suit against their respective teams, each… » 5/06/14 5:15pm 5/06/14 5:15pm

NFL Cheerleading Is A Scam: A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All

As a glimpse into the dark side of NFL cheerleading, the recent Raiderettes lawsuit was revelatory, but it didn't quite capture the soup-to-nuts seediness of the enterprise. Thanks to a tipster—a former cheerleader—we've gotten our hands on a copy of the many rules and many regulations the 2009 Baltimore Ravens cheer… » 1/28/14 3:21pm 1/28/14 3:21pm

NFL Cheerleaders Sue Oakland Raiders Over Crap Wages

On Wednesday, the cheerleading squad for the Raiders filed suit against the NFL team, alleging wage theft and unfair employment practices. And you thought the worse thing the Raiders had to worry about was their shitty football season. » 1/23/14 9:40am 1/23/14 9:40am

Cheerleader Does 44 Back Handsprings in 34 Seconds, Is Made of Magic

Cheerleader Mikayla Clark made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after doing 44 consecutive back handsprings in 34 seconds. And what have you done with your life. *Eats half a tub of Chocolate Cookie Butter.* » 10/23/13 8:30pm 10/23/13 8:30pm

Amputee Division 1 Cheerleader Is Kicking All Sorts of Ass

Patience Beard is a scholarship Division 1 Cheerleader at the University of Arkansas. She lost her leg as an infant and never known life without a prosthetic. Obviously, she's very talented and highly-skilled at her passion and this kinda makes me want to be a cheerleader — which is probably the highest compliment a… » 10/09/13 9:30am 10/09/13 9:30am

High School Cheerleader Could be Suspended from Squad for Taking SAT

Today, in "dumb adults take made-up activity too seriously and behave inappropriately as a result": a high school senior in Pflugerville, TX, faces suspension from her cheerleading squad because she has to miss a practice in order to take the SAT. » 10/04/13 6:00pm 10/04/13 6:00pm

Cheerleading Is the Most Hazardous Sport for Women

It turns out that competitive cheer really is hardcore. According to a new report, 66 percent of "catastrophic" sports-related injuries among women—the kind that cause permanent disability or medical conditions—are the result of bringing it on. » 9/16/13 11:20am 9/16/13 11:20am

CBS Wonders Whether Woman Is Too 'Chunky" to Be a Cheerleader

Earlier this week, CBS Houston posted an unbylined article asking whether an Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader was "too chunky" to wave those sacred pom-poms. The conclusion: unclear, although she definitely needs a boob job, pronto! » 4/24/13 2:25pm 4/24/13 2:25pm

Let's Shop For Cheerleading and Band Uniforms in the 1980s

Do you like big, harsh-looking sequins and synthetic fabrics? You're in luck! These images from vintage Colorifics catalogs selling cheerleading, band, drill team and choir uniforms are dazzling. With these get-ups, no one will ever doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion. Go team! » 4/15/13 2:00pm 4/15/13 2:00pm

Rah! Rah! Rah! 16-Year-Old Texas Cheerleader Sets the Back Handspring…

Miranda Ferguson, a 16-year-old high school junior from Dallas, Texas, broke the Guinness world record for the largest number of consecutive back handsprings last week when, during a football halftime show, she completed 35 back handsprings, beating the previous record of 32. This isn't the first time Ferguson has… » 10/09/12 12:10pm 10/09/12 12:10pm

Bible-Toting High School Cheerleaders Continue Futile Quest to Get God…

Cheerleaders at one Texas high school have fought tooth, nail, and poms to hold signs containing scripture verses at football games, despite a statewide ban on the practice. Yesterday, their prayers were answered when a judge granted them the right to literally tote the Bible around on the sidelines. B-E! R-E-G!… » 9/25/12 1:05pm 9/25/12 1:05pm

Cheerleading Coach Allegedly Hosted Teen Team Members for Sleepover…

Lovejoy High School in Clayton County, Georgia, is the home of the Wildcats. Cheering for the Wildcats are the Lovejoy High School cheerleaders, coached by a woman who recently hosted a team sleepover in her house. According to The Smoking Gun, the coach and the teens played a game called "Judge and Jury." The coach… » 8/23/12 4:00pm 8/23/12 4:00pm

Just Because Cheerleading Is Hard Doesn't Mean It's a Sport

Two, four, six, eight, to whom do we not allocate? Cheerleaders! At least, that's what the Second US Circuit Court has ruled in a case that pitted women's volleyball against competitive cheerleading. According to the ruling, although cheerleading is physically demanding, it doesn't qualify as a Title IX sport, and… » 8/08/12 11:30am 8/08/12 11:30am

Science Cheerleaders Invite Children to Admire Their Perky, Bouncy…

One of the challenges in convincing little girls to want to be smart is that they've been indoctrinated by society and princess culture into thinking that being smart is a thing that ugly mustachioed chicks do because no one wanted to marry them and they're too allergic to hoard cats. Enter the Science Cheerleaders… » 7/13/12 3:30pm 7/13/12 3:30pm

USASF Orders Male Cheerleaders To "Minimize Exaggerated or Theatrical…

This weekend is the world championships of competitive cheerleading in Orlando, and back in March this year's participants were faced with an addendum to the U.S. All Star Federation's set of guidelines—specifically, a new set of "image etiquette" best practices. They range from sounding harmless, albeit something the… » 4/28/12 5:30pm 4/28/12 5:30pm

Cheerleading's Manly Beginnings

You might be surprised to learn that at its inception in the mid-1800s cheerleading was an all-male sport. Characterized by gymnastics, stunts, and crowd leadership, cheerleading was considered equivalent in prestige to an American flagship of masculinity, football. As the editors of Nation saw it in 1911: » 3/21/12 7:15pm 3/21/12 7:15pm