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State may approve cheerleading as HS sport


Competitive cheerleading will be recognized as a sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association if the Board of Regents approves a recommendation today.

The NYSPHSAA announced Monday that the P-12 Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Regents, unanimously approved a recommendation by the New York State Education Department to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport.

If the Board of Regents also approves, the NYSPHSAA will set up a strategy for implementation in the state, which could include a statewide tournament.

“This is a great step for the progress of cheerleading and (today’s) vote by the Board of Regents could be historical,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas. “the NYSPHSAA is excited to have cheer potentially recognized as a sport, and a favorable vote will finally allow our association to implement coaching and safety standards for cheer coaches as well as highlight and promote the incredible athletes who participate in the sport with a championship event.”

The state already conducts an East and West Regional Invitational Tournament for cheerleading during the winter season.

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