The sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling is the evolution of different forms of gymnastics, consisting of tumbling, tosses, acrobatic lifts, and pyramids.
Acrobatics & Tumbling has grown exponentially as a varsity sport since it was first seen at the collegiate level in 2011. During the first year of competition there were only 6 schools across the country that offered A&T. To date there are 30 Colleges and Universities across the United States that compete under the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA), the sport’s governing body. As the sport continues to grow, more and more scholarship opportunities are available at many Colleges and Universities around the United States for female athletes wanting to pursue their sport in college.
At the college level, Acrobatics & Tumbling is offered at all three levels of the NCAA: Division I, II, and III. A&T Teams are treated as varsity sports on their respective campus, just like any other organized college sports. Teams will typically have a roster of 28-40 athletes, attend 6-8 competitions per season, and train up to 20 hours per week.
At the club level, A&T is recognized as a Junior Olympics sport governed by USA Gymnastics under their Gymnastics For All Program. Teams at the club level typically consist of 15 athletes who fill positions such as bases, mid-bases and tops, all possessing a variety of skills. There are three different divisions at the club level: youth, junior, and senior. Each division has their own specific skill sets in the acro, pyramid, toss, tumbling, and team event.
Acrobatics & Tumbling meets are exciting, fast-paced, and fan friendly. Meets are generally held in a basketball arena where 2-3 teams compete head-to-head with live scoring based on starting difficulty values and execution. A team can score a maximum of 300 points in meet. The team with the highest overall score is declared the winner. Throughout the meet teams compete in six events, including: Compulsory, Acro, Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling, and Team Event. A brief description of each event is provided below.
Compulsory – Each team competes an identical pre-determined set of skills with a pre-determined starting value of 10.0. There are four heats that include: acro, pyramid, toss, and tumbling.
Acro – Teams compete in three different heats of 5, 6, and 7 element acro skills. Teams of typically 2-4 athletes will compete acrobatics movements that demonstrate strength, balance, and technique from both the bases and tops.
Pyramid – Teams compete in three pyramid heats: inverted top, synchronized, and open. Teams want to use as few athletes as possible to create the most unique and difficult pyramid. Pyramids are 2.5 people high.
Halftime – After the completion of the first three event, there is a 15 minute halftime. During this time team warm up for the second half of competition.
Toss – A high flying event with four athletes tossing a fifth athlete high in the air, while flipping and/or twisting forward or backward. There are 3 heats, one being a synchronized toss.
Tumbling – The tumbling event will show the power of a team. With six different heats including synchronized and solo passes, tumbling combinations will feature difficulty, multiple flips, and twists.
Team Event – Athletes perform synchronized choreographed skills in a 2 ½ minute routine set to music. Each team competes up to 24 athletes. Routines are composed to showcase all skill sets that have been competed in the previous 5 events
Our competitive team will compete in Jr. Olympics Acrobatics & Tumbling qualifying competitions in the United States and work to earn a place at the National Championships that are held each year.
Our Developmental Team will be designed to teach the main elements of A&T and allow aspiring athletes to develop their skills in tumbling, toss, pyramid, and more, in order to prepare them for a future on the Competitive Team.
Ortona is excited to welcome Acrobatics & Tumbling Head Coach Sarah Koenig, from Concordia University Wisconsin. Sarah and Coach Danni, a former CUW athlete will introduce athletes to the sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling as they take them through drills and progressions, while teaching them skills used in competition.
This two-day training camp will begin with an information session from 10:00am-10:30am. Athletes and parents are invited to come learn about the rapidly growing sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling, and the many opportunities that exist at the collegiate level. Athletes will then spend 8 hours over the two days working on the 4 skill sets of A&T, including acrobatics, pyramids, tosses, and tumbling.
The training camp will run on Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd from 10:00am-2:00pm. It is open to female athletes ages 8-17 of all levels and disciplines. Click here to register!
This is an excellent opportunity for athletes to give the sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling a try, learn some new skills, as well as speak to and be exposed to a college coach.
These programs are invitation only. We also host tryout dates throughout the year.
The following are our current upcoming Tryout Dates: