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THE NCATA 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCATA National Champions

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THE NCATA Dr. Renee Baumgartner NCATA President Nancy Post NCATA Vice President John Blake Executive Director

Member Institutions

Adrian College

Head Coach: Regina Smith First Year Program SID: Ryan Hornack E-mail: rhornack@adrian.edu

Alderson-Broaddus

Head Coach: Jacquie Svadeba First Year Program SID: Andrew Goetz E-mail: goetzar@ab.edu

Baylor

Head Coach: LaPrise Harris-Williams 2013 Record: 2-4 SID: Julie Bennett E-mail: julie_bennett@baylor.edu

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Azusa Pacific

Head Coach: Colleen Kausrud 2013 Record: 2-4 SID: Joe Reinsch E-mail: jreinsch@apu.edu

Fairmont State

Head Coach: Kristi Kiefer 2013 Record: 1-5 SID: Adam Zundell E-mail: azundell@fairmontstate.edu

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ABOUT THE NCATA

Member Institutions

Gannon University

First Year Program 2013 Record: 8-1 SID: Cameron Harati E-mail: charati@uoregon.edu

Oregon

Head Coach: Felicia Mulkeu 2013 Record: 6-0 SID: Brady Johnson E-mail: bradyj@uoregon.edu

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Hawaii Pacific

First Year Program 2013 Record: 8-1 SID: Cameron Harati E-mail: charati@uoregon.edu

King University

First Year Program 2013 Record: 3-5 SID: Joe Reinsch E-mail: jreinsch@apu.edu

Quinnipiac

Head Coach: Kristi Kiefer 2013 Record: 1-7 SID: Adam Zundell E-mail: azundell@fairmontstate.edu

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MEET FORMAT

FORMAT Two to four teams compete at a meet. The typical duration is roughly two hours. A meet is made up of six events: Compulsories, Acro, Pyramids, Tosses, Tumbling and Team Routine. A halftime intermission will take place between Pyramids and Tosses. All event competition is in team rotation throughout each event. The rotation order is predetermined by the Head Official prior to the beginning of the meet, but the home team always performs last. SCORING Scoring is based upon pre-determined difficulty start values. Each skill performed is valued by the Officials of the NCATA prior to the meet. Teams submit their skill sequences 72 hours prior to the meet. Officials perform two primary functions at the meet: 1. Monitor the skills being performed to ensure that each element is correctly performed to the equate to the posted start difficulty value; and 2. Evaluate the execution and technique of the skills performed. Scores are posted immediately following the conclusion of each event and overall standings are displayed throughout the meet. Highest combined score after all events wins the meet. The maximum score in each meet is 300 points. EVENT 1: Compulsories (40 possible points) Four heats construct the Compulsory Event: acro, pyramid, toss and tumbling. During each heat the teams perform the exact same skills, allowing the officials to compare the technique and execution of each team. No athlete crossover rules apply from the Compulsories to other events. Acro Heat (10 possible points): one preset sequence performed by two synchronized groups from each team • Straight up heel stretch • Power press (hold stretch on the way down, flyer changes position on the way up) • Arabesque • 270 degree front flip cradle dismount (flyers feet to side) • Unassisted Rewind to Sponge • Dip to heel stretch • 720 degree twist cradle dismount Pyramid Heat (10 possible points): one preset pyramid performed by one group from each team • All feet start on the floor • 4-2-1. Two shoulder level stunts as second level level support (two bases, back, flyer) built before toss up • Basket up from back (three bases tossing, one flyer) • Three catchers in front • 270 degree flip off of the front • Second level dismounts at the same time as the top flyer, to below shoulder level Toss Heat (10 possible points): one preset toss performed by two synchronized groups from each team • Two synchronized back tuck tosses • Four bases tossing, one flyer, two groups Tumbling Compulsory Heat (10 possible points): four preset skills performed by eight athletes from each team. • No changing athletes between compulsory skills • Athletes must be positioned in windows

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MEET FORMAT • Skills must be performed in the following order: a. Standing tuck (to front); b. Toe-touch tuck (to front); c. Handspring tuck (to front); d. Round-off handspring layout from left to right in two lines. EVENT 2: Acro (30 possible points) Three heats construct the Acro Event where each team sends a maximum of four athletes to compete a 45 second acro sequence to counts. Athletes may compete in two heats, however no more than two athetes may crossover together from one heat to another. Timing begins with the first movement and exceeding the 45 seconds will result in a time deduction. In each heat, teams must attempt all required number of elements in addition to the required skill. The required skill counts as an element. • Heat 1: Required 360 degree flipping skill, five elements (10 points) • Heat 2: Required twisting skill, six elements (10 points) • Heat3: Required release skill, seven elements (10 points) EVENT 3: Pyramid (30 possible points) Three heats construct the Pyramid Event. Each team sends a maximum of 24 athletes and there is no crossover rule. Timing begins with the first movement and exceeding the 30 seconds will result in a time deduction. In each heat, teams must attempt the required skill while changing the pyramid structure or flyer plane from heat to heat. • Heat 1: Flipping (10 possible points) a. Entry/dismount must contain flip greater than 90 degrees • Heat 2: Twisting (10 possible points) a. Entry/dismount must contain twist skill greater than 90 degrees • Heat 3: Release (10 possible points) a. Entry/dismount must contain a release skill EVENT 4: Toss (30 possible points) Three heats construct the Toss Event where each has required elements. A maximum of four athletes may toss a single flyer. Athletes may crossover and compete in two heats, one of which must be the synchronized toss. • Heat 1: Two elements must be performed in a single toss (10 points) • Heat 2: Two synchronized tosses (10 points) • Heat 3: Open-no skill requirements (10 points) EVENT 5: Tumbling (60 possible points) Six heats construct the Tumbling Event. Athletes may compete in both the sychronized portion and in one single pass, but tumble a maximum of two times. • Duo- Two athletes execute sychronized identical tumbling pass (10 points) • Trio- Three athletes execute sychronized identical tumbling pass (10 points) • Quad- Four athletes execute sychronized identical tumbling pass (10 points) • Ariel- single pass; must execute one flip before final flip in pass (10 points) • Six Element-single pass; six elements including last skill (10 points) • Open-single pass; no requirements (10 points) EVENT 6: Team Routine (110 possible points) One heat constructs the Team Routine. Athletes perform synchronized choreographed skills in a two minute, 30 second routine set to music. Routine has a minimum of 18 athletes and a maximum of 24 athletes. Routine is made up of required skills and optional skills. The required skills include: • 30 acro elements (20 points) • Five tosses (20 points) • Four pyramids (2.5 high) (20 points) • One Jump/Standing Tumbling Pass per number of athletes on the mat (20 points) • One Running Tumbling Pass per number of athletes on the mat (20 points) • Additional scored categories: a. Rountine construction (5 points) b. Dance/Composition/Artistry- 50 percent of team must perform two, eight counts

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NCATA COMPOSITE SCHEDULE Mission & Vision Mission • The mission of the NCATA is to bring the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling to NCAA emerging sport status and towards a fully sanctioned NCAA championship sport. • The NCATA is committed to promoting Acrobatics and Tumbling, creating competitive opportunities for athletes, coaches and institutions with an emphasis on the value of responsibility, competitiveness, dedication, sportsmanship, and education at the collegiate level. Built on this foundation, the NCATA will foster the growth, development, and advancement of Acrobatics and Tumbling through refinement of all sport rules. • Rules focus on continued development and regulation of education and training, and the professional development of administrators, coaches, officials and athletes seeking collegiate or foundational exposure at the regional, national or international level. Vision • The vision of the NCATA is to be dedicated in the guidance, leadership and governance for the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling at the collegiate level and eventually the developmental levels based on fair and safe competition while continuing to expand competitive opportunities for female student-athletes at the collegiate level.

Core Values • In addition to the standards of meeting varsity sport requirements, the NCATA is committed to the following values and beliefs. Athletic Administrator and Coach Led • The NCATA was founded by athletic directors, senior women’s administrators, and compliance officials. With heavy involvement from university legal departments as well as head coaches of participating member schools, this organization believes strongly in the commitment to collegiate athletics internally from athletic departments. Non-Profit Entity Governing Acrobatics and Tumbling • The NCATA is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit entity with the first and foremost purpose of emergence of women’s Acrobatics and Tumbling as an NCAA sport providing more athletic opportunities for collegiate female student-athletes. As a governing and policy-making entity, our focus is the safe emergence of Acrobatics and Tumbling. Regulated Skill Development • All athletes must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. Working with USA Gymnastics, Acrobatics and Tumbling has created a program with levels of skills (similar to USA Gymnastics skill and competitive levels 1-10) that include progressions and uses safety as the primary development factor. This method produces better athletes while keeping the athletes safer. Regulated Policy Changes • The NCATA is regulated by a set of non-profit Bylaws, Rules and Policies Manual, Risk Safety Management and a Code of Points for coaches, athletes, officials and administrators. Each rule change or policy directive is based on safety and development of the sport. Rule changes are initiated from an educated committee of university coaches and/or the top experts in USA Gymnastics. Background Screening & Professional Development • The NCATA, by working with USA Gymnastics, has 100% of its professional members background checked. The screening is equal to that required of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) provides the mandatory comprehensive criminal background-screening program for the USA Gymnastics and NCATA administered programs. In addition, professional members must complete safety and on-going training provided by USA Gymnastics and the NCATA. 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCATA National Champions

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NCATA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Championship Format The NCATA National Championship is a single-elimination tournament. Teams must be from member universities in good standing with the NCATA. All regular season requirements must be met including, but not limited to, number of required meets, team membership, and coach professional membership. Qualification for Championship Championship Qualification Score (CQS) for All Around Championship Teams will be seeded for the NCATA Championship based on regular season results from each sanctioned meet. For the all-around championship, the CQS is calculated by averaging the four highest final scores earned during each event at NCATA sanctioned meets. Two out of the four scores earned have to be earned at NCATA away sanctioned meets. If a tie occurs the next highest score will be used to break the tie. The top two all around CQS scores will earn a bye for the first round at the Duration championship. The top six all around CQS scores qualify to compete at Wednesday-Travel Day the NCATA championship.

Championship Format

Saturday – Events finals – followed by National Championship Meet Event Finals Event finals will occur on Saturday morning prior to the national championship meet. Each heat will have four teams competing. Event Championship Qualification Score (ECQS) for Event Finals The four highest scores earned throughout the regular season (in each of the 4 skill events and the team event) at NCATA sanctioned meets will qualify for event finals at the championship. Student-athletes may not compete twice in the same heat during the event finals at the championship. One substitution to the originally qualifying group allowed for injury or a double qualifying athlete in the partner stunt, pyramid, tumbling and basket toss rounds is permissible. The group or individuals identified as receiving the highest score will be “Event Champion.” Reasons for the Event Finals

* Shows depth of talent for each team * Allows more than one specialist to contribute * Provides more criteria for naming tournament MVP and tournament Thursday- Practice in championship facilities, Welcome reception and regular season awards Banquet CQS will be calculated per event and a separate CQS will be calculated team for the Thursday all around score. * Provides an opportunity for individual groups to go to nationals - Round One, 2 meets even if their teams didn’t qualify Friday -Format Round Two, 2 meets Championship * Could be a source for director’s cup points upon recognition by the NCAA Saturday – Events finals – followed by National Championship Meet Thursday - Round One, 2 meets * Allows teams to comeback after early round elimination Friday -Tournament Round Two, 2 meetsBracket * Follows gymnastics and other individual sports models

Round One

Round One Round Two

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Winner

Winner

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#2 Seed

#1 Seed

#5 Seed

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Final Round National Championship

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NCAA SANCTIONING The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association today (Sept. 2, 2010) announced its decision to sanction its events through USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Additionally, in an effort toward greater alignment of its activities with the gymnastics community, the NCSTA is changing its name to the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA). “USA Gymnastics is an established and respected governing body,” said John Blake, NCATA executive director. “We have made great strides as an organization and this developing sport. This serves as yet another catalyst for our expansion at the NCAA level, and provides the NCATA with an established protocol that supports our growth.” “This is a natural extension for USA Gymnastics to work with the NCATA,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “This sport combines many of the skills taught throughout gymnastics disciplines and provides a whole new level of opportunity for our athletes.” USA Gymnastics is the non-profit, national governing body for gymnastics established in 1963. With more than 110,000 members, USA Gymnastics provides governance, training, development, education, growth and sport support for all of its disciplines, including men’s and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. The purpose of a stunts and tumbling team is to compete on behalf of a university, 6-8 times per season in a head-to-head meet format against other collegiate stunts and tumbling teams. An NCSTA meet includes six rounds – compulsory, stunt, pyramid, basket toss, tumbling and team routine. The scoring system includes pre-determined difficulty values for each skill in each round of the events that allows for consistent scoring by the officials. The NCSTA’s unique meet format with standardized scoring, officiating, and safety provide clear separation from other related sports or activities. The NCATA is the collegiate association organizing the skill set of acrobatics and tumbling for women. With a goal of reaching NCAA emerging sport status, the current member institutions of the NCATA – Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Fairmont State University, University of Maryland, University of Oregon and Quinnipiac University – are excited about the possibilities of this new alliance. Teams range in size, with a maximum of 40 women. NCATA athletes and coaches will become members of USA Gymnastics and adhere to the rules and policies of the organization. “Many of our student-athletes come from the gymnastics community,” said Felecia Mulkey, head coach of the University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team. “This will be great for our development and the expansion of the sport at the collegiate level, creating new opportunities for female student-athletes.” The all-female acrobatics and tumbling teams are recognized and treated as fully sponsored sports at their respective institutions and are in full compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. The purpose of an acrobatics and tumbling team is to represent a university six to eight times each season in a head-to-head competitive format against other collegiate acrobatics and tumbling teams. An NCATA meet includes six rounds – compulsory, stunt, pyramid, basket toss, tumbling and a team routine. The scoring system includes pre-determined start difficulty values for each skill in each round for consistent scoring by officials. The NCATA’s unique meet format with standardized scoring, officiating, and safety provide clear separation from other related sports or activities.

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