My favorite Title IX scam got blown out in U.S. District Court today, as a judge ruled that cheerleading is not a sport.
The sharpies at Quinnipiac College in Connecticut were hoping to eliminate volleyball and replace it with cheerleading, and then spend the money they saved on revenue-generating men’s sports.
Makes sense. Everybody wins except a tiny number of volleyball players and the blood relatives who attend their games.
But the ACLU, which apparently thinks female volleyball players have more rights to subsidized athletic endeavor than mostly female cheerleading squads, stepped in and saved the day for a tiny minority.
ACLU statement: “The women of the Quinnipiac volleyball team and their coach have done a great service for all women athletes. Their bravery and tenacity in pursuing this case has led to a milestone decision ensuring that academic institutions which receive federal financial assistance must uphold the spirit of Title IX.”
What’s amusing about Judge Stefan Underhill’s decision to block the move to replace volleyball with cheerleading was his flimsy conclusion that cheerleading was not a sport.
“Specifically I hold that the University’s competitive cheerleading team does not qualify as a varsity sport for the purposes of Title IX and, therefore, its members may not be counted as athletic participants under the statute.
“The activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation for students.”
That didn’t stop the Olympics from recently adopting the wacky winter sports that were essentially invented and made popular by ESPN’s X Games.
Under Title IX an activity is considered a sport if there are coaches, practices and competitions during a defined season, along with a governing organization.
So why did the judge ignore the fact that cheerleading does indeed fit that criteria - siding with the ACLU on the matter?
The real motivation of the judge in blocking the move was his claim that the school was manipulating sports teams rosters by underreporting male participants and overreporting female participants.
Thankfully, Quinnipiac may appeal the decision. Hopefully they’ll have the”bravery and tenacity” to defend the rights of not only cheerleaders, but those who would rather watch cheerleaders than small college women’s volleyball.
In other words, everyone.