High School Cheerleaders get R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation to make competitive cheerleading an official high school sport in California.
The new law will kick in by the 2017-2018 school year. It will require the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to oversee competitive cheerleading as it does other high school sports. Competitive cheer, like those national competitions seen on TV, will have a season of sport just like football, basketball, soccer, and other sports.
Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says that the formal recognition will give the sport the respect and safety standards that athletes deserve. The CIF State office plans to work with the NCAA’s cheerleading leadership to develop and implement cheerleading safety regulations.