How young is too young for cheerleading?

United States
January 24, 2007 12:46pm CST
I just heard they start girls cheerleading in my daughters school at 3rd grade. I personally think that's too young but maybe I'm wrong. What do you think?
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I coach 2nd and 3 graders in both a midget league football squad and basketball team. They key here is to get the girls active. We aren't "into" stunting or extreme competitions at this level, but we do introduce the girls to what cheerleading is about. Many of my girls go on to become middle school cheerleaders after just one tryout. They have already been exposed, know the routines and cheers and have had some stunting experience. But as a parent, I would make sure the coach is certified, or has at least been a cheerleader in the past.
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• United States
5 Apr 07
I agree with that, as a parent you should check that out. It also is good to get girls active at a young age as long as it's not too extreme like you said. Thanks for responding.
• United States
26 Apr 07
Think about it this way... How young is too young for football, softball, basketball, etc? Cheerleading is just another sport, and the earlier your child gets started, the better she will be when she gets in high school. When I tried out, I really wished my mom had let me cheer before then. All the other girls had been doing it their whole life and I was so far behind.
@rawpoet (2048)
• United States
24 Jan 07
My daughter is in 7th grade and I think it's the perfect age. She's in with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I wouldn't go any younger than that, just because of the dangers that cheerleading can bring.
@KissThis (3006)
• United States
27 Apr 07
My daughter is in the second grade this year. She loves cheerleading so much that we signed her up for a cheerleading camp that was once a week for two months. It was awesome. The high school girls were teaching the children basic cheers with basic moves. I don't see anything wrong with children doing cheerleading in this way. I wouldn't allow my daughter however to do stunts this early.