Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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Cheer-gate could
paralyze sports
Effective immediately, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators have recommended college conferences bar basket tosses and high pyramids without a mat. It took us a moment to get over the shock…that there is an American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators. The first question that came to mind was, what exactly does a Cheerleading Administrator do? But we digress.

The ban comes on the heels of Southern Illinois cheerleader Kristi Yamaoka’s dome dinging fall off a human pyramid last weekend during a nationally televised basketball game. The 18-year-old sophomore had a concussion and cracked vertebra in her neck, but she did what any decent cheerleader would do. She continued to cheer while strapped to a backboard.

"It'd be an unwise move for a coach or others to go against the committee," Jim Lord, the cheerleading group's executive director, said Wednesday.

The veiled threat just sounds ominous, doesn’t it? That didn’t stop SIU's cheerleading coach, Jennifer Graeff from sounding off (sound off!).

"Other coaches are angry, saying this is ridiculous," she said. "If a basketball player dunks and breaks an ankle, are they going to say you can't dunk?"

When was the last time a basketball player broke his neck dunking?


Blogger Chris said...

A Penn cheerleader did the same thing earlier this just wasn't on a national spectrum.

It's probably a good thing to do this.

12:07 PM  

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