The athletic department will take it seriously when they take dancing seriously as a sport; when HE double hockey sticks freezes over. The girls are extremely physically fit ( gee, doesn't that mean athletes?) Dancing is tough, the powers that be just don't see it as a sport; it is the same for a lot of girl's activities, gymnastics, diving, cheer leading, etc. As long as there is no objective victor, just a judge's decision, to most, it's not a sport, so the athletic department doesn't seem to care. Title 9 has done a lot for our girls though, so if you love it, hang in there. There is plenty of scholarship money out there. Best of luck. PS, no sour grapes on my part, my daughter just graduated suma cum laude from a D1 University, had a full ride for a "competitive sport"; she would tell you that her time as a MS cheerleader was the most physically grueling "activity" she ever participated in.
You can be an athletic person (physically fit) and still not compete in a sport. They are two separate definitions. Swimming, Diving, and gymnastics are all seen as sports from the athletic department. Cheerleading is a whole other entity since the STATE of New York does not yet consider it a sport.....or at least NYSPHSAA doesn't consider it a sport yet. That may change in the next year or so though.
Be careful what you wish for...............
You really want Section XI ruining this as they have done with so many other sports?
They will have modified cheerleading in the middle schools! then you will have a set season. ONly allowed to practice within that time frame. Can only cheer so many times a week. Can not travel to certain places, Be careful with the fundraising rules. They you will have to get a cheerleading booster club, then the parental, political BS starts. Your board members will be a bunch of drunks who's kids get the leg up on everyone else.
Sachem and Section XI sports at its finest.
All that but you will be considered a sport. Welcome!