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August 12, 2016

Acrobatics & Tumbling Added to the Athletic Program

West Virginia Wesleyan College will be the 15th program to add Acrobatics & Tumbling nationally, raising the NCAA Division II numbers to nine, and will be the 22nd sport Wesleyan has to offer.

Fourteen colleges and universities currently sponsor A&T as a varsity sport (DI - 3, DII – 8, DIII – 2, NAIA - 1). Sponsorship has grown from six varsity teams in 2010 to 14 in 2016. All Acrobatics & Tumbling programs are implemented and compete as varsity programs on their respective campuses.

Regionally, Alderson-Broaddus University, Glenville State and Fairmont State University have Acrobatics & Tumbling programs.

“Recruiting for Acrobatics & Tumbling will begin immediately,” remarked Randy Tenney, director of athletics. “It will be an organizational year of recruiting this year and then the team will compete in 2017-18. The college plans on having a head coach in place as soon as possible.”

Acrobatics & Tumbling, a discipline of USA Gymnastics, is the evolution of different forms of gymnastics. The sport involves tumbling, tosses, acrobatic lifts and pyramids. Competitors in the sport demonstrate significant strength, power, flexibility and balance in their skill set.

The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) is the governing body for Acrobatics & Tumbling. The NCATA exists to provide leadership, governance, and education for the sport of Acrobatics &Tumbling at the collegiate level based on fair and safe athletic competition while continuing to expand varsity opportunities for female athletes at the collegiate level.

The NCATA is working with NCAA staff and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics to reach NCAA emerging sports status, with the goal of reaching NCAA championship sport status.

A spring sport, Acrobatics & Tumbling, begins on Feb. 1 with a minimum of six contests but no more than 14. In the spring of 2018, Wesleyan will participate in head-to-head competition, in meets of two or three teams. A meet consists of six events, with a total of twenty heats. Scores are based on pre-determined start values and evaluated on the execution of skills. In any given heat, 1-24 student-athletes may be competing as individuals or in groups.

 

The first NCATA National Championships took place in 2011 at the University of Oregon. Championships are held annually in April on an NCATA member campus with event and team championships.

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