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.
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.
To offer high level competition to female student-athletes who have developed regulated acrobatic, tumbling and cheer skills.
To provide safe, fair and consistent opportunities for collegiate athletes comparable to other varsity sports.
To become a NCAA Championship Sport in Divisions I, II and III with member institutions from across the country.
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.