The fast-paced universe of competition stacking


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

P.J. Ball is a means athlete. He’s just 12 years old, but 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 you won’t find P.J. on the football field, or the ball diamond. You’ll find him station behind a list and a smoke-stack of cups — a smoke-stack he can put up and take down with shocking speed.

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


P.J. Bell is a master at this bursting new sport, in which 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 using lavatory separate cups (“They were horrible!”), before asking his relatives for some central cups for Christmas.

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

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


Luke Burbank tries his palm at crater stacking. 

For P.J. and his family, the 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 the country teaching the sport, while P.J. competes in several tournaments. “We have the 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 the remarkable started giving awards to girls. And we started, like, getting awards,” Green said. “So we was like, ‘Wow, we can do this!'”

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

Now she’s the fastest womanlike stacker in Colorado.


Jordan Green is a master.

And it’s not just about the 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 better grades, since we can concentration and do good and know a little bit more.”

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

“Yeah. we really 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 social media, but it’s when they all intersect in one place that the cups really start to fly.

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


Competitors at the Sport Stacking eventuality of the AAU Junior OIympic Games in Houston.

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

In just a couple of years, Jordan will be off to college, but that doesn’t meant an finish to her stacking interests.

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

“Probably forever,” she replied. “There’s a observant in the 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 then I’ll substantially be into college. And I’ll have some other stuff, like a pursuit or maybe a wife or something.”

“Yeah,” Burbank said. “I’m married. And wives really 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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