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.
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?
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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 (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.