The mission of the NCATA is to bring the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling through NCAA emerging sport status to become a fully sanctioned NCAA championship sport.
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 involvement from university administration and legal departments, as well as head coaches of participating member schools, the NCATA assists NCATA members as they implement all Acrobatic & Tumbling programs at the varsity level on their campuses.
As the governing body for the sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling, 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 professionals, Acrobatics and Tumbling created a compulsory program with skills that include progressions and uses safety as the primary development factor. This intentional skill progression results in better technical execution while keeping the athletes safer.
Regulated Policy Changes
The NCATA is regulated by bylaws and policy set by NCATA administrators in the image of the NCAA collegiate sport model, with deference to NCAA regulations in all divisions. Competition is regulated by a Code of Points for coaches, student-athletes, and officials, which is reviewed annually. Each rule change or policy directive is based on safety and development of the sport. Rule changes are initiated from educated committees of NCATA staff, member coaches and administrators.
Professional Development & Background Screening
The NCATA provides professional development through annual coaches’ meetings called the NCATA Summit and participates in partnership with USA Gymnastics at their annual National and Regional Congress. The NCATA, by working with USA Gymnastics, has 100% of its professional members background checked.