- Dec 14, 2009
I'm aware the winner is for six events I watched the whole competition on Sunday night, via ducktv. I guess I didn't mean to say they got in wrong. But I just understand the scoreing less than I thought it did. Routine should be worth more it's the baises of the sport.
I don't understand so many things about Oregon. First, I don't understand how they won. Second I don't understand how they stunt with gloves one. Lastly, I don't understand why they does baskets they way they do.
Its basically a gymnastics meet. To me its no longer cheer, NCATA has created a whole different sport all together. Which is fine and congratulations to them for that. I just don't like it being associated or compared to cheer. Because its the farthest thing from it. Once you take out choreography you've killed the connection.
The routine is worth more. 110 points. None of the other events come close in carrying that much weight- That's almost double what tumbling is worth at 60 points. Compulsories are 40, Stunts are 30, Pyramid is 30, and Tosses are 30.
Gloves are for both gripping stunts and the type of shoes that they wear tear up your hands (I think Quinnipiac and Azusa wear gloves for the same reason). No one is required to, but some teams like to - just like not all wide receivers wear gloves ... most choose to because why not use something that helps out your performance if it's allowed?
If you watch team acrobatics, you'll see that they toss from the standing position. It actually makes a lot of sense because it allows flyers to ride the toss, especially in front flipping tosses which carry high values in the NCATA format. If you don't start standing then your chest is down which causes the basket to travel forwards.
Do not be so afraid of change...change is a good thing. Acrobatics and Tumbling is no closer to gymnastics than it is "away from" cheer. It is just different. What is the same as cheer is the audience. In gymnastics, the arena is basically quiet during routines and loud when they are finished. In acro and tumbling, the crowd is active the entire time. What is drastically different is the universities that offer these teams have spent over 2 million dollars so far! They are committed to the female athlete.....we all should embrace and commend this.
Cheer, as defined by the Women's Sports Foundation and Office of Civil Rights have determined the current cheer model of just a 2.5 minute routine, is NOT a sport, it is considered 'entertainment'. Before it could be deemed a sport of any kind for any reason, it had to change, become much more than 2.5 minute 'performance'....it needed to have all of the parts of sport included.I agree. I give props to the teams that are part of NCATA for doing what they do but no matter how many times I watch it I will never understand why they had to create this format to get cheer recognized by the NCAA. Nowhere in the hearing did it say they need to create a format like this. It seems to me that the creators just wanted their own format to be called the "creators" of something. There was no need for this. And I will never get behind it until they add Coed into the mix because it isn't fair that it is all about girls getting scholarships. What about those fantastic male cheerleaders that can out stunt and tumble those girls???
I also want to add that I still enjoyed Maryland's routine, but I didn't even finish watching Oregon's because it lacked anything that would interest me.