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What is Sport Stacking?

Blink and you might just miss it. The blur of crisscrossing hands and zigzagging neon cups is probably the weirdest organized sport you’ve never heard of. Dubbed sport stacking, this rapid-fire competition could at first glance be mistaken for some peculiar carnival game. Players are tasked with arranging 12 lightweight plastic cups into various formations a stacking kit comes with a touch-pad timer and cups that have a trio of holes in the bottom to reduce air resistance. At slower speeds, it seems easy enough build up pyramids and break them down in a predetermined sequence. But as the game has become increasingly popular–some 15,000 schools and recreation centers worldwide have bought group stacking kits in the past three years the tempo, not to mention the dang this makes adults feel old factor, has really picked up.

We might have heard it over the news, or saw it on the TV show ‘Ripley’s Believe it or not’. It is an individual and team sport, where participants of all ages try to up-stack and down-stack 12 specially designed plastic cups in pre-determined sequence at a very quick speed.Sport Stacking also known as cup stacking or speed stacking. The governing body setting the rules is the WSSA( World Sport Stacking Association.Stackers challenge their own ability by racing against the clock for the fastest times. Participants of sport stacking stack cups in pre-determined sequences, competing against the clock or another player. Sequences are usually pyramids of three, six or ten cups.The sport has generated a large YouTube community, with stackers uploading their fastest times to the video sharing website.

Equipment

 specially designed plastic cups

Sport stacking is done with specially designed plastic cups, made to prevent sticking to one another and with holes in the bottom to allow air to pass through quickly when stacking. They are designed with ribs reinforcing a ledge inside to keep them slightly apart when nested, so they can be quickly separated.

One can purchase the specifically designed stacking mats , or simply called stack mats, which are mats connected to a sensitive timer. They are used for official tournament timing, casual play timing, or practice timing.

Special weighted training cups are also available. These heavier cups are made of metal and are to be used directly before competitions. The added weight is supposed to make the regular cups feel lighter, allowing the stacker to stack faster in competition

Why Sport Stacking?

Simply put, Sport-Stacking:

  • Promotes athleticism – this is a sport!
  • Polishes fine motor skills – playing most musical instruments will train a person’s fine motor skills but hardly any sport can claim that.  With the need to feel the cups with your fingertips when you up-stack and down-stack at F1 speed, Sport-Stacking certainly tests and builds your fine motor skills.
  • Improves hand-eye coordination/accuracy – please read Cup Stacking Study
  • Promotes ambidexterity/bilateral proficiency – the property of being equally skillful with each hand.  Stackers are required to stack with both hands.
  • Trains quickness/reflexes – besides the need to stack as fast as possible, stackers also need to react to falling cups, or to situations when they don’t life the number of cups they intend to while up-stacking.
  • Trains concentration and sharpness of the brain – Sport-Stacking is about speed and precision. The stacker has to be fully focused on brain and hands coordination, especially when there is a loud crowd of spectators cheering you on!
  • Trains space management – Sport-Stacking prompts the stacker to think about space management when stacking in a constrained space.
  • Promotes team building – Sport-Stacking is most ideal for team building. When competing in a team, members encourage and cheer each other on.  Also a great ice-breaking activity in seminars and workshops.
  • Encourages sportsmanship – encourage students to cheer competition, shake hands before/after each challenge and complete the stack even if the race is lost.
  • Builds confidence in public performance – competing in front of the class/school helps to promote student confidence of performing in front of an audience.
  • Trains handling of competition pressure – students need confidence and concentration to handle the intense excitement of cup-stacking competition.
  • Provides sense of achievement – Sport-Stacking is easy to pick up, and with practice, vast personal improvement can easily be achieved over a short period of time.
  • Creates awareness on fingernail hygiene -Everyone is watching, so better keep those fingernails short and clean!
  • Encourages creativity and imagination – students can be creative by planning their own stacks and relay races.
  • Great wet/haze weather program – Its an in-door activity, play it anytime, rain or shine!  Of course, it can be played outdoor too!
  • Enjoy hours of FUN FUN FUN! – When stacking alone or with friends, Sport-Stacking provide hours of intense excitement and thrill, trying to beat personal time as well as beating the others to complete the cycle!

Sport-Stacking helps train the brain for sports and other activities where the use of the left and right of the brain and body is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer.

Steven Purugganan

The speediest sport stacker in the world(Steven Purugganan, 11)

Steven Purugganan (born July 30, 1997), American of Filipino ancestry from Mount Kisco, New York, is a Guinness World Record Holder and was a 3-time World Champion Stacker. At the 2010 World Sport Stacking Championship held in Denver, Colorado, he successfully defended his world champion title. He is the only stacker to reset the cycle world record eight times (7.23 – 6.65 – 6.52 – 6.50 – 6.33 – 6.21 – 6.18 – 5.93) until the current world record which is set by him and tied by his fellow Team USA friend, Mason Langenderfer, which is a fast 5.93 seconds in the premier Cycle event. Then Steven teamed up with three Team USA teammates Luke Myers, Lawrence Maceren, and John Harden in the Timed 3–6–3 Relay turning in a blistering record of 12.41 seconds. Back in 2009, he held the distinction of holding all five world records in sport stacking all three individual events (3–3–3, 3–6–3, and the Cycle), doubles, and the timed 3–6–3 team relay during the period 2008–2009. Steven and his brother Andrew are the former world record holders in doubles.

His current world records as of the 2011 World Sport Stacking Championships in Texas, USA, are his 5.93 Cycle World record (also tied by Mason Langenderfer) and the Timed 3–6–3 Relay under the relay team “Winning” consisting Mason Langenderfer, Steven Purugganan, Chase Werfel and Luke Myers in a blistering time 14.44. This relay record is the fastest set in the new relay rules made on the month of March 2011. His former world record in doubles is with his brother Andrew set on 7.58 on 2009. His former world record in the 3–3–3 was his 1.80 when it was tied by Lawrence Maceren and later beaten in the 2010 WSSC. His former world record in the 3–6–3 was a 2.15. The cycle world record before the current 5.93 is a 6.21 stacked by Purugganan on the Stack of Champions during the 2008 Championships, although a 6.18 was stacked before the 5.93 but it’s fate was not known due to the yellow card displayed on it and was never fully reviewed by officials. And the former 3–6–3 relay world record held by Purugganan and the Team USA during the period of the tapping/hand-tag/old rules period was a 12.15 (consisting Lawrence Maceren, Zhewei Wu, Mason Langenderfer and Purugganan) which was beaten weeks back by Team Germany 12.09 which was also later removed due to the new relay rules during March 2011.

source : Youtube, Google Image,http://www.thewssa.com/wssa/ http://www.speedstacks.com/about/history.php

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