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The Universal Cheerleading Association  is the primary source of cheerleading throughout the country and around the world.

From competitions to summer camps, UCA offers everything a cheerleading team needs to be the best!

Since 1974, UCA has offered cheer camps, training, safety tips, uniforms, competitions  and everything cheer related. Founded by Jeff Webb, this association is still growing and allowing the sport of cheerleading to become more and more popular.

Taking elements of dance and gymnastics to create a foundation within the sport of cheerleading, UCA was the first to set the standard for the sport.

Competition is an important aspect to the raise of cheerleading. Whether the is a gameday team or all-star, the spirit of competition is connected to almost every aspect of cheerleading.

From UCA, NCA to USASF,  any cheerleader has the opportunity to put a routine together and a platform to perform and try to win a championship.

Though the most important job of a cheerleader is to cheer on her time the spirit of competition is something that gives every cheerleader a rush and something to work for.

Competition gives cheer teams a goal to accomplish throughout the season.

Based on which either association or federation the competition is sponsored by, there are different rules and regulations each team has to follow.

Competition allows cheerleaders to put down their pom poms and show everyone what they’re really made of!

This may be a more playful example, but cheerleading can be for very dangerous sport. It has been reported that most high school sport related injuries come from cheerleading.

With next month being Cheerleading Safety Month, organizations such as UCA are taking extra steps towards making cheerleading a safer sport for all-star teams, youth rec teams, high school teams and college teams nation wide.

The public image of cheerleading can easily lead one to believe that it is a “sport” of glitz and glamour. From CMT’s “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” and coverage of professional cheerleaders during sporting events like NFL games as well as NBA games, the image portrayed of a cheerleader is a perfect body and pretty smile.

                Though the actual sport of cheerleading has grown in difficulty and interest rapidly throughout the years, from the outside looking in cheerleading is still just girls in skirts, shaking pompoms to those who don’t participate or know much about the sport.

Cheerleading is unique in the fact that it takes aspects of different sports and combines them to create a crowd interactive and entertainment based sport. Though there are competitions and the sport can be very competitive based, the main goal of cheerleading is to interact with the crowd and get them to cheer on the team.

The cheerleaders most commonly known are referred to as “game day cheerleaders.” These are the cheerleaders who you see at football and basketball games with signs who cheer loud and support a school or team. The pompoms that cheer own your favorite team to victory. But when games are over the exact same cheerleaders tackle something more complicated than just “go team go”.

                These are competitive cheerleaders. From the middle school to college level and all-star level, cheerleaders put down their pompoms and work towards creating an innovation, technical and high-difficulty routine to compete against others teams within in their division for the number one spot.

Though the sport of cheerleading originated with game day cheerleaders and may not exist without it, the sport has expanded to a complex event of athleticism and competition. With more spotlight on this aspect of cheerleading it’s hard to ignore the intense of growing sport.