Acrobatics and Tumbling
Acrobatics and Tumbling is the evolution of different forms of gymnastics. The sport involves tumbling, tosses, acrobatic lifts and pyramids. Teams compete in six events including – compulsories, acro, pyramid, toss, tumbling and team event. The skill sets of tumbling and acrobatics are also the athletic aspects of cheerleading. The lifts and tosses you see in cheerleading are actually acrobatics gymnastics skills. Competitors in this sport demonstrate significant strength, power, flexibility, and balance in their skill set performed.
Acrobatics and Tumbling is offered at several colleges and universities around the country and the number of participating schools grows daily. Acrobatics and Tumbling on the collegiate level is managed by the NCATA (National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association). For more information on colleges that offer A&T please visit the NCATA.
Gymnastics for All-USA Gymnastics
Acrobatics and Tumbling, on the club level, is governed by USA Gymnastics as part of their gymnastics for all initiative. Gymnastics for All is one of the eight gymnastics sport disciplines officially recognized by The International Gymnastics Federation and gymnastics organizations worldwide. This diverse sport program, while being the largest with regards to gymnastics membership worldwide, provides opportunities and activities for all ages and levels of abilities. Gymnastics for All activities contribute to the development of general sport skills, fitness, health, important movement patterns and daily life skills.
Team A&T (Acrobatics and Tumbling) is broken into three divisions; Novice, Junior and Senior. All divisions are designed for the competitive athlete to develop the skill set needed to pursue advancement into NCATA; National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling. Teams compete in a head to head format in Acro, Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling and Team Routine categories. Team A&T can be competed at local invitationals and the Gymnastics for All National Championships and Gymfest.