COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The six universities that currently sponsor competitive cheer as a varsity sport - Maryland, Oregon, Baylor, Morgan State and Fairmont State, in addition to Quinnipiac - gathered for a meeting on the campus of the University of Maryland last week to discuss the advancement of the sport. Competitive cheer is currently seeking NCAA Emerging Sport status. Additional institutions will possibly sponsor competitive cheer.
"It is an incredible privilege to be a part of the solidified commitment to recognize competitive cheer as an emerging sport," Quinnipiac competitive cheer head coach Mary Ann Powers said. "It is important to note that what has been typically a support activity is now being valued by many Universities whose primary objective is competition only and therefore, provides opportunities for the female student-athlete. We have a traditional but separate sideline team on campus. Their main focus is to support our sports programs. Competitive cheer is the highly skilled competitive team that operates like all our varsity programs on campus"
The forum touched on a variety of topics, including the growth of the sport on the scholastic level as reported by the National Federation of High School Associations. Quinnipiac University director of athletics Jack McDonald and head competitive cheer coach Mary Ann Powers attended the discussion, as did the respective senior administrators at the six other institutions.
"It is very impressive that Quinnipiac is now planning and soon to be competing with outstanding colleges like Maryland, Oregon, Baylor and soon many more," said McDonald. "Quinnipiac is very pleased to be part of this historic elevation of Competitive Cheer as a varsity sport and we look forward to working with and competing with these outstanding programs."Among the topics discussed were the scoring criteria to be used at meets, as well as practice and competition schedules. The summit also served as a point to discuss the development of educational materials for the new sport, to be distributed to other institutions.