Starting this spring, the Anchorage (Alaska) School District is replacing its competitive cheerleading team with stunt cheer. This will be separate from sideline cheer.
With stunt cheer, student-athletes will focus on the technical and athletic aspects relating to cheerleading. Some examples of stunt cheer maneuvers include gymnastics, tumbling, and other stunts.
“This highly competitive sport requires discipline, perseverance, and strong team work—all traits we encourage our students to possess to be successful in life,” Dr. Deena Bishop, ASD superintendent, said in a statement reported by KTVA. “I’m excited this emerging sport will allow more of our students to showcase their skill and athleticism through offerings at school.”
Stunt cheer is sanctioned by USA Cheer and allows teams to compete for a grand champion title through head-to-head competitions. By removing the "crowd leading" aspect of traditional cheerleading, stunt cheer allows student-athletes to focus on technical skills.