By Bob Katzen

This bill would designate and treat high school cheerleading as a legitimate sport and have it governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) which currently governs 19 other high school sports.

“I filed this bill to have cheerleading designated a sport at the high school level, governed by the MIAA so that it is supported like all other team-based athletic programs offered in high schools across the state,” said sponsor Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica). “I have filed it … for the town of Billerica, [because] our cheerleading program is one of the best in the state and just won their 8th state championship this past March.”

Supporters said that Bay State high school cheerleading is currently governed by the Massachusetts Schools Administrators’ Association (MSAA) which only supports Cheer/Game Day, Dance and eSports. They argued it would be more appropriate to have the MIAA run and support this highly athletic and competitive sport.

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