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Cheerleading

Cheerleading is a group of physical routines performed by a team to elicit cheers from audiences in sporting events. Cheerleading evolved into a sport of its own, where competitive events are conducted to decide a winner from a number of participating teams. It originated in the United States, where it is still continues to be predominantly practiced, with some minor presence in a few other countries.

The sport of cheerleading, has two major distinctions based on a team's association, and have separate set of mutually exclusive competitions. The two types are

A cheerleading squad can have 6 to 36 members of one or both genders. During competitions, each team performs a 2 1/2 minute routine, which consists of several moves like tumbling, dancing, and jumping. Routines are judged based on execution, synchronization, difficulty of moves, creativity, and presentation, and are awarded points. Deductions are made for any mistakes made.

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Several school sponsored and all-star competitions are conducted every year. The most popular all-star competition is Cheerleading Worlds which is conducted annually.

Cheerleading gained worldwide exposure when the Hollywood movie "Bring it On" was released which featured the intense competitive nature of the sport.

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