LATHAM, N.Y. - Competitive cheerleading could soon be officially recognized as a sport by the state of New York for the first time ever. On Monday, representatives of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association attended the P-12 Committee meeting, a sub-committee of the Board of Regents, to be available to answer questions or concerns the committee had regarding competitive cheerleading.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the P-12 Committee unanimously approved the recommendation from the New York State Education Department to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport. The recommendation will go to the Board of Regents Tuesday morning for final approval. If the Board of Regents approves the recommendation, the NYSPHSAA will convene its cheerleading committee to review the approval and set up a strategy for implementation in New York State.
“This is a great step for the progress of cheerleading and tomorrow’s vote by the Board of Regents could be historical,” said Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director, who was one of two representatives attending the P-12 Committee meeting. “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.”
NYSPHSAA currently conducts an East and West Regional Invitational Tournament for competitive cheerleading in the winter season. Both events were conducted in 2013 and 2014 and NYSPHSAA intended to continue the events in 2015.