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Cheerleading Squad Becomes Hapless Victim of School Miniskirt Ban

By amywindsor |

San Jose high school cheerleaders unable to cheer their way out of ban on miniskirts.

The cheerleading squad at a San Jose high school were dismayed to find out that they are no longer allowed to wear their cheerleading uniforms to school because the hemlines of their miniskirts are higher than the mid-thigh length required by the school dress code.

No amount of petulant arm-crossing, foot-stamping or cries of “Not fair!” seemed to work for the Piedmont Hills High pep squad in their efforts to get a special dispensation of the school-wide ban. Instead, they were advised to wear sweatpants under their cheer skirts on game days. Which is just dumb, because as the cheerleaders point out, it’s like “95 degrees out there” and, duh, it looks “dorky.” To be fair, whoever ordered the cheerleader’s uniforms should’ve double-checked the length against the school dress code, which has been in place for awhile.  The girls paid $300 for the uniforms and it is tradition to wear them on game days to show school spirit. The fact that they are feeling “sad and hurt” about the conflict is understandable. Though their claims that the ban is making them “feel like outcasts” still seems like a stretch.

That the story of their discontent ended up on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News had to come as the biggest surprise of all in the school Mini-Gate drama.  In a follow-up article, the girls changed their tone and said they understand that the principal is just trying to be fair. In a telephone conference, the school principal and the girls let the world know that the girls are “okay with the policy now” and that the girls had come up with the much more awesome idea to wear jeans with their sleeveless cheer tops on game days.

The Mercury News has a poll on whether or not the girls should have to adhere to the dress code policy. Jezebel brings up the interesting point that if the uniform was selected by high school staff, but is deemed too slutty to be worn at school by the administration, then the girls have, at the very least, a right to be confused by the mixed messages that are being sent.

Personally, I’m on the fence. And maybe tossing my ponytail, while crossing my arms and yelling “Not fair!” But just a little bit.

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Amy Windsor is an avid mommy blogger whose blog, Bitchin' Wives Club, was named one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs in 2012. She was a contributor to Babble's Parenting channels.

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22 thoughts on “Cheerleading Squad Becomes Hapless Victim of School Miniskirt Ban

  1. goddess says:

    Hey – if they have a dress code that proscribes hem length it goes for ALL skirts. Shame on them for permitting them that short in the first pace.

  2. Diera says:

    I don’t really think this is that big a deal. Not all outfits are appropriate in all places. Swimsuits (even if modest one-piece swimsuits) are acceptable at the pool or on the beach but not in class. Short cheerleading skirts are acceptable when you’re actually leading cheers, but not in class. And, I’m sorry, but “show school spirit” my gigantic middle-aged butt, they want to show off their legs and their cheerleading status. And, you know, great! But not in class.

  3. Brigette says:

    Like Goddess said, why are they that short to begin with? maybe if they had been designed to look a tad less skanky they wouldn’t have this issue at all.

  4. Joseph Finn says:

    Or they could change after school for an after school activity, like anyone else in another activity would.

  5. Little frogs says:

    Don’t you find it sad that the most admired ‘sport’ for girls is to stand there and support the boys actually playing?

  6. goddess says:

    Yep I do little frogs. I’m glad my daughter is pursuing swim team!

  7. goddess says:

    Hey – why doesn’t swim team wear their suits and speedos on the day of meets? Bwa ha ha~

  8. bob says:

    Our puritan predecessors would rejoice. Somberly.

  9. goddess says:

    My pagan ancestors would be doing the Happy Nekkid Pagan Dance actually Bob.

  10. goddess says:

    My folk were never Puritans and never came over. Thusly- they ain’t MY predecessors, LOL! They burned my kinfolk wherever they could.

  11. bob says:

    Good story, goddess. Also, unless you aren’t here, the Puritans proceeded you here.

  12. goddess says:

    Ah- I stand corrected Bob, thank you. I was confusing ancestors with predecessors. But they [the Puritans] ain’t no kin of mine, I can assure you- traced the Brits back through England and Puritans we were most decidedly not.
    But when I do the Happy Nekkid Pagan Dance in Salem someday- I’ll make sure to do it on top of some of the puritan graves anyway ;-)

  13. Duchess says:

    I think the real question is whether the cheer uniforms are considered to be actual athletic uniforms that are exempt from dress code even during games and competitions. To be truly fair, most schools’ dress code policies are applicable to all school sanctioned extracurricular activities unless the uniform required is granted special exemption, like swim suits or wrestling uniforms.

    Cheerleaders do not need miniskirts – that is simply the current style. They do, however, need to have a coach who is recognized as an official of the school who approves all uniforms. If the coach authorized the requirement to purchase those uniforms even though they violate school dress code policy, it is NOT the cheerleaders who should swallow the cost of replacing the uniforms with appropriately length skirts; it is the school. The representative of the school (the coach) authorized those skirts to be purchased as a uniform for a school-sanctioned team. If the school wishes to change their mind and not allow the team to use their uniform, the school should pay for the replacement of the student’s property.

  14. jboogie says:

    Cheerleaders at the high school I went to, interned at, and teach at now all wear their uniforms on game day…with their windpants underneath. It’s part of the uniform, it’s never been an issue.

  15. michelle says:

    Totally, littlefrogs. This is why I send my kids to a private school that takes the social and intellectual development of its female students as seriously as that of the male students. Our girls are not cheerleading, they’re winning.

  16. wesmorgan1 says:

    Old-fogey alert…

    I have a problem with most cheer/pep/dance outfits in general. Several of my kids are high school athletes, so I attend 30-40 athletic events each year. The outfits have reached the point at which I, as a parent and person of faith, am uncomfortable watching young girls in such skimpy/revealing outfits.

    Of course, the physicality of their routines often compounds the problem; it’s one thing to wear short skirts or low-cut tops, but my discomfort goes to an even higher level when young ladies wear such things while executing pelvic thrusts or bump-and-grind moves.

    In this particular case, I see no problem whatsoever with holding all students to the same dress code. The school should not have approved the uniforms in the first place.

  17. Josette at says:

    This is just ridiculous.

    Cheer today isn’t the same as cheer of the past. I watch these kids and most cheer squads are athletes in their own right. The girls (and boys) here work out every day in both conditioning and gymnastics skills. Cheer can be one of *the* most dangerous athletic activities for kids and kids need to be properly attired.

    Short skirts just keep fabric out of the way for gymnastic maneuvers, lifts, and throws. And frankly, short/shorts or leotards aren’t much more “modest”.

    Unless these are really all “feet on the ground” cheers with no gymnastic maneuvers, then these kids need uniforms that aren’t gong to put them in harm’s way.

    And oh…high school athletics are really all about sex? I’ll agree…including the macho testosterone displays of football players. Let the kids at least be properly attired.

  18. mary says:


  19. Jess says:

    Why not the very simple solution of bicycle shorts under those super-short skirts? I remember being irritated as heck in HS when the cheerleaders could wear short skirts that barely covered their crotches and midriff-baring, sleeveless tops, while I had to search the stores for shorts that met the dress code and wouldn’t get me sent home. And tank tops of any sort? Forget about it! And this was 10 years ago.

  20. Dee Ann says:

    Really? The skirts are the issue in that uniform? The one in the picture? What about the top? Sorry…no. I was a cheerleader, and we didn’t dress like that in high school. If that was the school uniform, I’d pull my daughter from the team. There’s no way she’s going out onto the field (much less onto the campus) with the cheeks of her tush sticking out and her upper body bared from her waist to the bottom of her bra.

    My goodness, it’s not even flattering. That poor girl in the photo looks like she has love handles, which has to be a result of the uniform–she’s young and athletic and probably in phenomenal shape.

  21. Sad says:

    I weep for the future.

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