Acrobatics & Tumbling now an NCAA ’emerging sport’

NCAA:

… recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add two sports — acrobatics and tumbling and women’s wrestling — to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. If adopted, the sports would join the program Aug. 1, 2020. …

A sport must have a minimum of 20 varsity teams and/or competitive club teams that have competed in a minimum of five contests to be considered for the emerging sports program. The sport must reach 40 varsity programs to move forward to the NCAA governance structure for championship consideration. …

The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association currently has 29 NCAA colleges and universities …

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The NEW sport has elements of Acrobatic Gymnastics, Tumbling and Cheer.

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Each team has up to 28 competitors on their game-day roster and compete in six events throughout the meet, including: Compulsory, Acro, Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling, and Team Event. …

Meet Format

Acrobats in Kenya

Veronique Sprenger spent 10 weeks training with this troupe in a slum called Kangemi in Nairobi.

She’s doing a Masters in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam on these athletes.

Watch all the way through. It’s impressive what they’ve accomplished with very little equipment. Tumbling on hard wood floor, for example.

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YOG International Gymnastics “teams”

Grace Chui found the document which details which Youth Olympic Games athletes have been placed into what combined teams.

A bit of fun. A LOT of confusion, in my opinion.

Hopefully it will help bring a little more attention to the non-Olympic disciplines.

Here’s team Oksana CHUSOVITINA for example:

Acrobatic
AKHOTNIKAVA Viktoryia BLR
FAMENKOU Ilya BLR

Artistic – Men
BRIONES Brandon USA
TOBIN Adam GBR
AFIFY Mohamed EGY

Artistic – Women
ULMASOVA Indira UZB
PEREZ Karla GUA
PAULSSON Tonya SWE

Rhythmic
IAKOVLEVA Lidiia AUS
YAMADA Aino JPN
ROTAERMEL Lilly GER

Trampoline – Men
ESCALLIER Santiago ARG

Trampoline – Women
SAKELLARIDOU Antonia GRE

See all the “teams”.