BELTON, Texas The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will add women’s Acrobatics and Tumbling as a varsity sport for the 2019-2020 academic year, Vice-President for Athletics Randy Mann announced on Thursday (January 3rd). The program will become UMHB’s 15th varsity sport and is expected to begin competition in the Spring of 2020. The sport is not currently recognized by the NCAA, so UMHB Acrobatics and Tumbling will compete as a member of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA). A search for the Cru’s first Acrobatics and Tumbling head coach will begin soon.
“We are very excited to add the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling to our sport offerings,” Mann said. “We have been studying this opportunity for a couple of years now, and the time is right for us to launch the Acrobatics and Tumbling program at UMHB. We are proud of our success as a department and look forward to having another competitive program. We are anxious to get a head coach in place to begin recruiting talented student-athletes with that goal in mind.”
The mission of NCATA is to bring the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling through NCAA emerging sport status to become a fully sanctioned NCAA championship sport. NCATA is committed to promoting Acrobatics and Tumbling, creating new competitive opportunities for student-athletes, coaches, and institutions with an emphasis on the value of responsibility, competitiveness, dedication, sportsmanship, and education at the collegiate level. There are currently 25 other schools competing in Acrobatics and Tumbling as member of the NCATA.
UMHB athletics was ranked 14th in the country in the Division III Learfield Cup standings after winning one national championship (football) and three American Southwest Conference championships (football, men’s soccer, volleyball) this fall. Four Cru athletic programs have been nationally ranked this school year and five programs have appeared in the NCAA Regional Rankings.