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Cheerleading voted a sport in NYS

Albany, N.Y. -- In a unanimous vote, the New York State Board of Regents has officially classified high school competitive cheerleading as a sport, making New York the 35th state to do so.

Some had pushed to classify high school cheerleading as a sport in recent years with hopes of bringing standard safety regulations, schedules and requirements to cheerleading squads.

Livonia Central School District Athletic Director Mark Kress said the change in classification is long overdue.

"I think it's a good thing to increase the monitoring and regulation of the sport that has changed and evolved," he said, referring to the increasing complexity of routines. "The days of standing on the sideline are long gone; it's a physically demanding sport."

Kress added that the new classification is likely to make cheerleading less vulnerable to hypothetical budget cuts.

High school cheerleading will officially be classified as a sport during the 2014-15 winter cheering season.

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