Board considers making cheerleading a UIL activity

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The Stephenville ISD board of trustees discussed Tuesday the possibility of making cheerleading an official UIL activity.

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees discussed Tuesday the possibility of making cheerleading an official UIL activity for Stephenville High School’s 2017-18 school year.

As of now the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has approved a pilot program for Spirit that began this month, which means it is not currently designated as an athletic, music or fine arts program.

"The question to whether an activity is considered a sport is left to the discretion of the local school district,” reads the UIL Texas website.

A school must be a current UIL member in good standing, and a registration process will be required along with a contest fee; detailed information on both has yet to be released.

“There are a couple of board members who are very interested in this,” said Superintendent Matt Underwood. “In October we’ll bring it back up and look at the budget." 

There are many rules and regulations that go over participation, uniform and equipment, competition, safety procedures, coaching, performance criteria, game day routines and more.

One team would be allowed to have a maximum of 20 participants for a 4A school district. The game day routine competitions would consist of three categories - band dance, crowd leading and fight song.

“Teams will be evaluated on their ability to lead the crowd, proper skill incorporations and performance, motions, dance and overall routine,” the criteria states.