Cheerleaders in high schools from coast to coast are in danger of losing the privilege of wearing their uniforms to school on game days, as administrators crack down on dress-code violations.

In Lake County, Fla., cheerleaders with uniforms considered too skimpy are being asked to wear long shorts or pants under their miniskirts and a T-shirt under their sleeveless tops, according to the Orlando Sentinel. And principals at two of the county's eight high schools (Leesburg and Lake Minneola) aren't allowing the uniforms in school at all. The Florida High School Athletic Association bans cheerleaders from baring their midriffs, but no state rules address cheerleader miniskirts. Sheila Noone, a spokesperson for cheerleading uniform company Varsity Brands, told Sentinel reporter Erica Rodriguez that outfits haven't become more revealing over the last 10 years, adding that short skirts are necessary to help the girls jump and kick. "Cheerleading is athletic," she said. "There's a lot of jumping, so you won't want a knee-length skirt that might hamper a toe touch."

Most Lake County cheerleaders say they'll comply with school regulations, but not all of their parents are pleased. "They're now banning it like it's a something inappropriate or pornographic," Lisa Milligan, whose daughter cheers at Mount Dora High School, told the Sentinel. "If you're going to allow them to wear them to the game, then why not allow them to wear them to school?"

Meanwhile, in San Jose, Calif., cheerleaders at Piedmont Hills High were being forced last week by principal Traci Williams to cover up shorter new uniform skirts with sweatpants - in 95-degree temperatures. The school is overseeing a stricter dress code this year, one that yanks inappropriately dressed students out of class and sequesters them until parents can arrive with a change of clothes. "This is really unfair to us," senior cheerleader Antonia Bavilacqua, who is leading the vocal charge to change the principal's mind, told the San Jose Mercury News. She also shared a photo of cheerleading squad members in their uniforms with online media outlets. "We're just sad and hurt. It's our school colors and spirit. And they're making us feel like outcasts."

Williams defended her initial decision by stating that "cheeks are hanging out. We don't want [the cheerleaders] bending over." But the principal, after meeting with cheerleaders, ditched the sweats mandate and decided to allow the girls to wear their uniform tops with jeans. The San Jose Unified School District, notes Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold, allows cheerleaders to wear uniforms in class as long as they wear bike shorts or something similar underneath their skirts.

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There is a difference between wearing the outfits in an academic setting vs a sports setting. Perhaps they could wear their warm-ups in the school colors during thr academic day allowing for the school spirit to show while complying with the dress code.
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The obvious question is 'Why does the school purchase (or allow the purchase) of uniforms that they don't want the cheerleaders wearing?'
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When I was in high school 18 years ago, it was the same thing. Those outfits were way too out there to wear in class. I mean, it would be like if kids dressed in medieval theater clothes to go to math class. Kinda takes the mind away from math. In our school the cheerleaders had a less-showy outfit to wear during class that didn't turn everybody's eyes from the chalkboard.
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The skirt doesn't have to be 'knee-length' to cover her rear, and does NOT impede her 'kicks' even if it did reach that far! Sorry, mom, she doesn't need to wear it in school anyway. Requiring them to do so forces girls to comply and some actually dont WANT to wear them to school. Dance/Drill team girls often dont like their uniforms, but they are not allowed to modify them, and face the bench if they dont wear it.
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Jeff Manwaring-Director of PE Monday, 19 September 2011
If the uniforms are inappropriate to wear in school they should be inappropriate to wear at games. The dress code should apply to athletic uniforms as well as regular school wear!
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Cheerleading uniforms are all the same. They come short. It isn't the coaches fault if the uniforms provided for purchase are 'to short' These are what the market is providing for coaches to buy. I agree they don't need to be so short that you can see cheeks, however, they also don't need to be to long either. There is a happy median if you make the attempt to reach it.
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Because the school purchases a uniform does not mean they can wear it in classes. Volleyball and swimmers do not wear their uniforms to school......why cheerleaders? Theclassroom and the playing court/field are two different settings.
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What do you envision regarding 'clothing' when you heard or think, native, rain forest, jungle, savages, primative and uncivilized? Usually one thinks of scantly clad individuals. And when any of them are brought to a civilized setting the individual with be provided with modest clothing.

So the uniforms Maybe not pornographic but definitely savage and uncivilized. We don't need to teach girls to reveal their bodies to get attention. Nor do we need to teach them to reveal it for guys running around on grass playing football.

Cheerleading is no more athletic than football can hotdogs, popcorn, soda or beer athletic. Girls are not objects and should not be objectified. Now Florida seems to be the sex offender capital of the nation so we definitely don't want to put young girls in harms way. They should not be advertising their bodies by wearing revealing uniforms or revealing clothing. They are not asking to be violating any more than a man withdrawing money from an ATM at night in the rough part of town. But we would ask the mugged man why he would wait until dark to go alone to an ATM in the rough part of town. We should expect young females to use similar logic when it comes to what they wear in public.
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The cheerleading out fit is intended as a 'costum' that while revealing is related to a performance event. A dancers tights may also be revealing. I was in school when the mini skirt became popular and it was very distracting to a teenager in class. On the playing feild is a different matter. The costume is apporopriate for the performace area but not the class room.
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I think the one issue people are missing is that these uniforms are purchased by the school...not by individuals. Why not better regulate the coaches that purchase too-short uniforms. I've seen some cheer uniforms that I have to say can not be easier to move in than one a little longer, and pleated...the girls are constantly tugging them down.