Cheerleading as a Sport | What Qualifies Cheerleading as a Sport?

Do you think cheerleading qualifies as a sport? At 5 a.m. a young teenage student is already out of bed, dressed, fed, and is now stretching for the intense workout that is about to come. The teenager first runs a couple of miles with the rest of the team and then starts to do several rounds of lunges, pushups, and then sit-ups. After this warm-up, the team starts where they left off from the previous day’s practice with drills and technique work. Then the team works on skills such as lifting people over their heads, flipping in the air, intense dancing, and all with poise and beautiful smiles. Are you tired yet, well they are and practice is still not over? There are tapes to watch and warm-downs and stretches left. Afterward, they shower and prepare for a long day at school. This isn’t football, soccer, softball or track it’s the sport of cheerleading.

Looking at Cheerleading as a Sport

Unfortunately, many people do not look at cheerleading as a sport. This has angered many cheerleaders and their fans because most people do not realize the enormous amount of work that goes into making a great squad. The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA) has become so discouraged that they wrote a position paper about the issue of cheerleading as a sport. They found in a recent position paper by the Women’s Sports Foundation that there were four commonly agreed upon elements that defined a sport:

  • A physical activity that involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass.
  • “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent.
  • Governed by the rules which explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared.
  • The acknowledged primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.
Band scratch cards

Band scratch card fundraisers offer a simple, easy to handle fundraising option that is perfect for bands. Most school bands depend on band fundraising for their very existence. Band scratch cards let each member keep in step with your money raising goals.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.
As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

 

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Heritage Fundraising Candles

Our $10 Heritage Fundraising Candles are the most affordable 55 hour burn time candle in the fundraising industry. Designed specifically to be sold as fundraising candles, these are some of the finest candles available today. They are hand-poured, highly fragrant, long burning, and affordably priced. Choose from 6 wonderful scents.

The 8oz Heritage Fundraising Candles offering is our newest no upfront cost fundraising option. With an attractive $10 price point, this product has broad appeal. Perfect for your friends and family to use themselves or to give as gifts,  the highly fragrant, long-lasting Heritage Candles are a fantastic candle fundraising option. Plus,  your groups can sell this product year after year!

What You Should Know

8oz Heritage Candle fundraiser is pre-sell or brochure sales. That means you sell the candles using free brochures and order forms we provide. We suggest a two-week selling period. At the end of your event,  tally together all the order forms and money, then place your order online or call us with your candle order. There is no minimum to order; however, there will be a $65 shipping fee for orders under 150 candles. Call us toll-free (866) 874-8383 if you have any questions.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Baseball Scratch Card

Baseball scratch cards are one of our most profitable baseball fundraisers.  With eye-catching graphics and a simple premise, this fundraiser serves up a money-making shut out.   We will imprint your team name at no additional cost and each card can make up to 90% profit.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

The lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. However,  the more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card, due to volume price breaks. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

Profit and Cost

 

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
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