Cheerleading Doesn't Count as Sport for Gender Equality
A federal judge ruled that competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet title IX gender-equity requirements, reports the Associated Press. Volleyball players and their coach filed the lawsuit against Quinnipiac University when the school announced that it would be cutting the team for budget reasons. They wanted to replace the volleyball team with a competitive cheer squad.
“Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport under Title IX,” Judge Stefan Underhill wrote. “Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.” Eight schools, including Quinnipiac, recently formed a governing body in hopes that cheer can qualify for title IX, but it is as of yet still too disorganized.
Quinnipiac has about two months to come up with a plan to keep the volleyball team through the upcoming season and meet the gender rules. However, the university said it will be starting women’s rugby team instead, but would not any questions regarding other either the volleyball team or the cheerleading squad.
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