Should cheerleaders’ skirts be shorter than school standard?

A principal in San Jose, Calif., is cracking down on her school’s cheerleading squad for their skirts being too short and not in line with the school’s rules.

Skirts and shorts at the school are supposed to be lower than mid-thigh, which is the pretty common standard. (You usually hear it has to reach the tip of the middle finger.)

From Yahoo Rivals:

“As first reported by the San Jose Mercury News, the move to make cheerleaders wear sweats under their uniforms was enforced so they could fall in line with a dress code that requires all skirts or shorts to stretch lower than mid-thigh. As you can see in the photo at right, the Piedmont cheerleaders’ custom-tailored uniforms come relatively close to achieving that benchmark, but (Principal Traci) Williams declared that they didn’t quite hit it, leading to the necessary adjustments.”

“Administrators feel that they have a valid reason for stepping up enforcement of the miniskirt ban. While standards in teen clothing in school can vary widely from state to state, Williams described the attire worn by many of the students at Piedmont as ranging from slightly inappropriate to nearly lewd….”

“This is really unfair to us,” Piedmont senior cheerleader Antonia Bavilacqua told the Mercury News. The skirts are still OK for games, just not during school. “We’re just sad and hurt. It’s our school colors and spirit. And they’re making us feel like outcasts.”

The cheerleaders’ custom-made uniforms cost about $300. Plus the cheerleader’s say it’s 95 degrees outside and the sweatpants under the skirts look dorky.

I think there are other more fashion-forward ways the principal could rectify this situation without the girls having to wear sweatpants. First off, don’t cheerleaders wear little “panties” that cover their bottoms so their underwear aren’t hanging out? Also there are plenty of short versions of bike short or mid-thigh bike shorts at Target that could bring them into compliance and not make the girls hot. That is of course assuming you think the cheerleaders need to brought into compliance with the school rule.

Should the cheerleaders’ skirts have to be as long as the other students’ skirts? It that a reasonable standard for a traditional uniform that has generally been a shorter skirt? How would you rectify the situation with the girls?

Has your school had trouble with the length of cheerleaders’ skirts? How short are they?

71 comments Add your comment

JJ

September 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

Really? This is “topic worthy?”

See ya’ll Monday…..

shaggy

September 14th, 2011
12:29 pm

Haven’t cheerleader’s uniforms been short, since there were cheerleaders? Why is it suddenly an issue?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 14th, 2011
12:36 pm

Exactly shaggy — they have always been short. so why challenge it now??? has dressing deteriorated so much that they can’t allow any exceptions? Does this one principal have a bee in her bonnet unrelated? Is she new to the job? why now?

Gtmom

September 14th, 2011
12:41 pm

Oh gosh.. this brings back memories. I moved from one high school (city school) to another (rural county school). The first Friday, I went out to see the football game which was a HUGE deal in a rural county school. The cheerleaders show up. In skirts down to 2 inches above their knees. The girls started their show and their cheers. Not once did I see a girl do a cartwheel or a leg kick. They couldn’t do pyrmaids either. They couldn’t show their bloomers. I felt like I was back in the 50s (it was 1990). 2 years later, the principal resigned. New principal and shorter skirts and gymnastics. I don’t see the issue with the short skirts.. to their stunts – leotard would be easier and more revealing. The skirts hide more than that.

I LOVE...

September 14th, 2011
12:41 pm

i have always felt that cheerleading uniforms were too revealing. volleyball shorts are too small as well!!

but i am not sure why this is JUST becoming a topic of conversation amongst administrators. isn’t it a bit too late to make a change?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

good call on the volleyball shorts — what’s up with that!!

Jeff

September 14th, 2011
12:49 pm

I’m with shaggy. Why start now? If that’s the biggest issue in her school, then either she has the graetest school ever, is delusional, or is trying to distract from something important.

shaggy

September 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

Look…you can put a cute young girl in a feed sack, and boys will gravitate to them like flies to sheeyat. Another additional young male trait is that their raging hormones make them calculate just how hard it would be to remove the feed sack and often visualize what might lie underneath the feed sack covered cute girl.
With the exception of gays, this is how it has always been and will be forever.

These adult administrators probably couldn’t purty up a feed sack if they tried and are dead set on making the cute ones pay for the administrators being slighted way back when.

FCM

September 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

“orn with the sweater was a very modest ankle-length wool skirt, often a darker color than the sweater. Some early cheerleading squads chose plaid fabrics for skirts, often these squads were from religious schools and universities, as plaid was the main fabric of their classroom uniforms. Early cheerleading squads wore saddle shoes or flat canvas sneakers with high dress socks with their uniforms. This style of uniform continued through the 1950s and 1960s and is often depicted in movies and photos from that time period. ”

Apparently in the 60s when the Mod Mini came into fashion, the short skirts with cheerleader uniforms did too…..SO while to most of us the skirt has “always” been short…it really hasn’t “always”

then again Dominique Wilkins shorts for Basketball are a far cry from what Michael Jordan wore. If their shorts got longer why not skirts?

Just don’t change the football uniform!!! As a friend of mine likes to say, they call them Tight Ends for a reason.

:)

jarvis

September 14th, 2011
1:05 pm

I agree. They are not more revealing now than at anytime since the 1950’s.

jarvis

September 14th, 2011
1:06 pm

@JJ, Really? That was “response” worthy?”

Georgia Girl

September 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

“The skirts are still okay for games, just not for school.”

Personally, I think if you’re going to have a dress-code, it should be enforced for everyone. Teachers, student athletes, coaches…everyone. I don’t really see how you can justify that otherwise.

And yes, Theresa, cheerleaders wear bloomers under their skirts but does that mean it’s okay for another student to wear a code-violating miniskirt with full-coverage panties ’cause it covers their butt? That’s a silly argument.

Techmom

September 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

I actually didn’t like having to wear the short skirts to class – ever sit in a cold, hard plastic chair with nothing covering your legs?

My son went to a private Baptist school when he was younger- the skirts for the cheerleaders and shorts on the volleyball players cracked me up. They were knee-length, as in when they kneeled on the floor, the skirts/short had to touch. Quite funny.

The skirts that annoy me now days have nothing to do with length; it’s the straight skirts that are popular now (no more pleats). After the girls do a flip or kick, they have to pull their skirt down since it’s flipped up and all you see are bloomers. At least with the pleats, they were so tight so they would come down naturally.

Cheer Parent

September 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

The real outrage should be that fact that cheerleader uniforms cost $300!

Reality Check

September 14th, 2011
1:33 pm

They should be very short. Because it’s hot.

sophyb

September 14th, 2011
1:33 pm

My daughter was a cheerleader in high school and they had to wear sweatpants under the skirts when they wore them on Spirit Days & game days. It was hot when school started and I always thought it would have been better if they could have worn mid-thigh bike shorts instead. They did have issues on game nights with some guys flipping their skirts up, so I can definitely see where it would be an issue in school.

Theresa, I was always under the impression that it was the bare legs in addition to the possibility of a bottom flash that was the issue. Some of the taller girls definitely show a lot of leg in those skirts. And it’s always better if dress codes are fair across the board – the girls always got enough flak from their peers for being ‘favored’ by the school hierarchy without getting special permission for short skirts.

James Hamilton

September 14th, 2011
1:35 pm

Why is ”revealing” bad? The revealing is part of the fun. It is too bad that blue-nosed administrators have forgotten the role that sex plays in all our lives. Maybe their hormones have expired.

Alex Hawke

September 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

I think Bush is to blame

jarvis

September 14th, 2011
1:39 pm

@Georgia Girl, dress-codes are generall not unilaterally applicable in most places.

At work people in some blue collar areas of otherwise white collar offices are exempt from the dresscode. Why wouldn’t this be true in schools?

Not allowing a cheerleader, coach or athlete to wear activity-appropriate clothing is ignorant and lazy. Good judgement should be required to be in a position of authority. The no exceptions dress code you present fall in line with the type of zero-tolerance policies that lead to first graders being suspended for making shooting gestures with their hands on the playground.

Jennifer

September 14th, 2011
1:42 pm

If you read the article, it has nothing to do with the cheerleading uniforms – for cheering. It has to do with wearing them to school, they are not asking them to cover up at the games. I don’t think you’d want a swimmer walking around in a bathing suit on at school the friday before a meet. Dress codes are dress codes, moving on.

DANIELLE

September 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

no i dont think that they do. its just who they aRE -_-

Gabrielle

September 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

I do not see the big issue of the principal asking them to wear sweat pants. When I was in high school a full two years ago, the cheerleaders were required to wear their “warm ups” under the skirt on Fridays where they wore the uniform to school. This was in order to meet the dress code. Oh, and their skirts were longer than the ones pictured. So the girls are freaking out. Just because you are a cheerleader doesn’t mean you are special.

Signed,
A band student

alex is funny

September 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

Good one Alex… I too think bush is to blame.

Mark

September 14th, 2011
1:50 pm

Zster

September 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

For those who think cheerleader uniforms have always been short: http://www.cheerleadinguniformsblog.com/the-evolution-of-cheerleading-uniforms/

If the cheer squad is to perform acrobatics, then the uniforms had better not pose a safety risk for such activites. Are they going to require tennis players to wear longer skirts or shorts as well? If not, does that same justification apply for the cheerleaders?

Mark Arum

September 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

When I cheered in high school the skirts were short but no one complained. Society needs to chill.

Jackets '10

September 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

Just wear jeans or shorts with the cheer top thingy then change into the skirt before the game. Problem solved.

Jennifer

September 14th, 2011
1:57 pm

Why can’t they just wear a cheerleading T shirt to school on game days, with whatever pants/skirt/shorts (dress code appropriate) they want to? Meets dress code and wouldn’t look so “dorky.”

Georgia Girl

September 14th, 2011
2:01 pm

@Jarvis-I have no issue with wearing activity-appropriate clothes *for the intended activity*. Jennifer points out that swim team members don’t walk around in their swimsuits on the days of meets. I don’t think cheerleading uniforms are appropriate for the school day.

And school is not an office. Although at my office, the guys that work in the field do have a specific dress code they are expected to conform to for their jobs, while those of us in professional roles in the office have a different dress code. Similar to most schools expecting teachers to wear slacks or skirts rather than jeans or sweats, while the students may wear those things.

I really think you’re making a bit of a leap comparing a evenly-enforced dress code to first-graders being suspended for going “bang-bang” with their fingers. Apples to oranges, in my opinion.

oneofeach4me

September 14th, 2011
2:03 pm

I agree with Jennifer and Jackets ‘10. This is in regards to during school hours, and they should follow the dress code during that time. I agree the skirts need to be a little shorter than the dress code calls for in order to do stunts, cartwheels, flips, what have you. However, I think during the school day they should be in class learning, not cheering.

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RxDawg

September 14th, 2011
2:06 pm

Mountains out of mole hills. It’s been like this for years.

We need less rules and regs people, not more.

GATA

September 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

Please post pics so I can better discern. tia

Army

September 14th, 2011
2:15 pm

Most of the comments i have read appear that they are coming in and being said out of ignorance. The dress code is being pushed on these girls from admisinstrations christian fundlementalist religious views. Is state and religion now be incorporated? The bigger issue here is houw the administrator insulted the girls. Is this the administrators job too? those who think cheerleaders are wanting to be on a special list, you obviously dont know what your talking about. and to the girl that just gradiated 2 years ago, you are still young and dont see the bigger picture. The cheer uniforms have never been an issue, not one complaint was ever made, no body has ever been distracted by the uniforms. This action that was taken by administration was in poor taste and very unprofessional.

pj

September 14th, 2011
2:18 pm

They have dress codes that dictate the length of the shorts, skirts, and dresses girls wear to school, so I don’t think it’s cool that the cheerleaders are allowed to/get away with something that barely covers their butts.

Hue Heffer

September 14th, 2011
2:19 pm

The more revealing the better –Remember that was only thing kept me awake in boring classes, hoping for a “flash”

Sunny

September 14th, 2011
2:22 pm

It seems that the issue is the girls wearing the uniforms to classes which is a clear violation of the dress code so I’m not understanding the problem. Simply ban them from wearing the uniforms during school hours; reserving them only for games. The cheerleaders can wear other “spirit” clothing during the school day or pep rallies. Problem solved.

Army

September 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

If administrators want to change this because of there fundementalist views, whats next; the football uniformcup is unappropriate as well, who want to see a buldge in the boy pants, and the swim team why not change those little skimpy swim shorts to long swim trunks. Volley ball girls have short shorts without a little skirt and there shorts are so tight and show every nook and cranny. My point is if they want to change the cheer uniforms now, whats next!!!

Aand on a related topic... ...

September 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

…did you see where the lady professional golfers chastised a rookie in her first tournament for wearing “revealing” clothing? Seems she wore some higher than normal golf shoes and a shirt/blouse that they considered “too reveraling”, even though when I looked (and looked and looked) I could not see any cleavage that would be offensive to anyone…she was just a new “hottie” on the tour, and the older, former “hottie ” (Paula Creamer) was jealous, best I could tell…

Hey, Amy...

September 14th, 2011
2:25 pm

…since when do football players wear a “cup”…that is for baseball – when I played (many, many years ago, even in college) we only wore a jock strap – what you may be looking may be the real deal…

Lori

September 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

This isn’t exactly a new issue. I graduated HS 20 years ago, and this was an issue then. Our cheerleaders had sweatpants/jacket outfits that matched their skirt uniforms. They wore the pants outfits to school on game days, and only wore the skirts during games and pep-rallies. I think that is appropriate. There is no reason at all that a cheerleader needs to wear the tiny skirt and bloomers all day at school!

Road Scholar

September 14th, 2011
2:33 pm

What is moe apalling are the female students dressing like hookers…er i men Rock Stars! If cheerleaders wear uniforms, then why not students? Khaki’s or blue jeans and a golf shirt?

Road Scholar

September 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

moe=more
men=mean

If I could only type!

childdevelopment teacher

September 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

For the past 11 years the high school I taught at did not allow cheerleaders to wear their uniform skirts during school. They either wore the top with school spirit jogging pants or a designated t-shirt with jeans. It followed dress code, the other students did not feel the cheerleaders were being given special privaledges and it allowed the cheerleaders to be considered as athletes and not sex symbols. If you don’t think cheerleading is a sport, I challenge you do do what they do without physical training. And no I was never a cheerleader- just taught many who were more than the stereotype. Also the football players had to follow dress code as well which meant tucking their jerseys in and yes they did.

GAPeach

September 14th, 2011
2:57 pm

@childdevelopment teacher: I can see why the schools are suffering if you were a “teacher.” Learn to spell correctly. Thank you.
From an English major.

Teach SS

September 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

Well, come on to school and watch how much SHORTER the skirts become when they pull them way above their waist. It is a huge issue in middle school, when these girls have a wide range of sizes – some are still tiny and cute and some look like 21-yr-olds. As a teacher, the rules are the rules: it doesn’t matter if it is a cheer skirt or mini-skirt, they have specific measurements per school they must adhere to.
And short skirts today mixed with their too-early-adult-culture equals kids that are not cute cheerleaders anymore; they are provacative girls wanting to look hot.
And parents also spend money on cheer sweats and tees, so they could wear this. The bloomers do not even begin to satisfy the requirement of not exposing anything. It is exposing the bloomers, which is not appropriate.

Subject2Change

September 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

Is it me or is it ironic that if this conversation were about “sagging” and how revealing that is, the blog comments would be different.

Katie

September 14th, 2011
3:16 pm

I could argue either side really. This is silly. The kids have short-short police because some idiots allow their children to show up in school with their pants hanging down to their knees. Voila – enter dress codes.
On the other hand, it isn’t fair that the ’school sanctioned’ uniforms are more revealing than the standard dress code allows and get away with it.

Point being, damn people – don’t we have bigger problems than this to discuss? The AJC will never let you comment on a real article because it might devolve into some politically incorrect speech. Our Country is being run into the ground and we are discussing the length of a dang cheerleader uniform. Priorities people!!!

dawggirl

September 14th, 2011
3:27 pm

I’m a middle school cheer coach and I refuse to allow my girls to come to school in their skirts. Period. I also don’t order the skirts nearly as short as many other schools we compete against. Yes, the girls have on bloomers under their skirts, but these simply cover the underwear, so really there is no difference. The skirts are short to enable to the girls to tumble, jump, and stunt more easily, but they are too short to be worn at school. The girls are given plenty of options on what to wear on game day…wearing the whole uniform is as silly as the players wearing their pads and cleats all day. It doesn’t happen. In fact, our players are instructed to dress up on game day and it sends quite a nice image around school to see these young men and women dressed in dresses and dress shirts/ties. I love it.

HB

September 14th, 2011
3:29 pm

This was a pet peeve of mine in high school. If shorter skirts make it easier to do stunts, then fine, wear them for performances. In our school, though, we had a strict dress code regulating the length of shorts/skirts, but cheerleaders were allowed to wear uniform skirts several inches shorter to school on game days. If super short skirts are deemed inappropriate for students to wear in class, that rule should apply to all students, all days.