The fast-paced universe of competition stacking


Action is FAST AND FURIOUS during a jaunty foe Luke Burbank takes us to this morning — and no, we’re not articulate about a Super Bowl (Originally promote on Feb 5, 2017):

P.J. Ball is a means athlete. He’s only 12 years old, though his talent hasn’t left unnoticed. He’s been interviewed on inhabitant TV, his Instagram page is a hit, and with his award wins, he’s got some-more hardware to hook around his neck than Mr. T.

But we won’t find P.J. on a football field, or a ball diamond. You’ll find him station behind a list and a smoke-stack of cups — a smoke-stack he can put adult and take down with shocking speed.

Welcome to a universe of Sport Stacking. The idea is to smoke-stack a cups in specific formations and take them down as quick as humanly probable though knocking them over.


P.J. Bell is a master during this bursting new sport, in that competitors smoke-stack cups in arrangement and take them down as quick as humanly possible.

“We listened about it on YouTube,” laughed Natasha Bell, P.J.’s mom. “So P.J. watched it on YouTube, said, ‘I wanna try these.'”

“And we was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, this is so cool!'” P.J. added.

He started regulating lavatory separate cups (“They were horrible!”), before seeking his relatives for some central cups for Christmas.

The competition started during a California Boys Girls Club behind in 1981, where kids built Dixie Cups for fun. Within a decade, a competition had formalized, swelling to schools in 37 states. It was even featured on “The Tonight Show” in 1990.

Today, some-more than 8 million kids attend in competition stacking all around a country. Phys Ed teachers adore it since it’s a singular competition that anyone can play, even those who might not be as athletically prone as others.


Luke Burbank tries his palm during crater stacking. 

For P.J. and his family, a competition has been life-changing. In fact, competition stacking has turn a arrange of family business.

P.J.’s relatives sole their residence in Florida, and now transport a nation training a sport, while P.J. competes in several tournaments. “We have a R.V. We go into schools. We go into churches. We go into village groups,” pronounced Natasha.

Jordan Green, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is also training for tournaments.

“I consider it was, like, 2012 nationals, and they all a remarkable started giving awards to girls. And we started, like, removing awards,” Green said. “So we was like, ‘Wow, we can do this!'”

And she has. She got so good during stacking that she quit personification soccer, ball and football to pursue this competition full time.

Now she’s a fastest womanlike stacker in Colorado.


Jordan Green is a master.

And it’s not only about a trophies. “Studies have shown that it helps with math, reading, science,” Green said. “So that has helped me a lot, like, be means to get improved grades, since we can concentration and do good and know a small bit more.”

“You wish to be a pointer denunciation interpreter?” Burbank asked.

“Yeah. we unequivocally like that idea! Because we get to use my hands still, and pierce my fingers.”

Like many competition stackers, Jordan and P.J. keep lane of their competitors and teammates around YouTube and amicable media, though it’s when they all intersect in one place that a cups unequivocally start to fly.

The Junior Olympics in Houston (yes, this is a Junior Olympic sport) was a possibility for competition stackers of each age and distance from around a universe to see only how quick they could go, and it gave them a possibility to infer to any doubters out there that stacking isn’t only a quirky hobby, though a REAL competition — one that belongs in a same judgment as soccer or swimming.


Competitors during a Sport Stacking eventuality of a AAU Junior OIympic Games in Houston.

“I’ve listened of some people that they’ve gotten bullied for it only since they’ll say, like, ‘Oh, that’s not a sport,’ or ‘That’s unequivocally dumb,'” Green said. “But my friends have been super supportive. They all are like, ‘Wow, that’s so cool, when’s your subsequent tournament?’ or “How’d we do?'”

In Houston, both P.J. and Jordan won some-more medals to supplement to their collections, with Jordan environment a large personal best along a way.

In only a integrate of years, Jordan will be off to college, though that doesn’t meant an finish to her stacking interests.

“How prolonged do we consider you’re gonna do this?” Burbank asked.

“Probably forever,” she replied. “There’s a observant in a community, ‘Once a stacker, always a stacker.'”

Meanwhile, P.J. sees a probable death date on his stacking career; he thinks he’ll be doing it until he’s about 16 or 17. “And afterwards I’ll substantially be into college. And I’ll have some other stuff, like a pursuit or maybe a mother or something.”

“Yeah,” Burbank said. “I’m married. And wives unequivocally cut into crater stacking time!”

For some-more info:

  • World Sport Stacking Association
  • Speed Stacks
  • AAU Junior OIympic Games: Sport Stacking 

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