Emerging Sport News!!!

STUNT has applied for and is in the process to become an NCAA “emerging sport.” An emerging sport is a women’s sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to help schools provide more athletics opportunities for women and more sport-sponsorship options for the institutions, and also help that sport achieve NCAA championship status. This page will help provide updates on the progress of our journey!

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  • Aug 2019

    STUNT Submits Emerging Sport Application to the Committee on Women’s Athletics

    STUNT Submits Emerging Sport Application to the Committee on Women’s Athletics

    August 1, 2019

    STUNT submitted our 200 page application to the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics to be considered as an emerging sport!  This application was the culmination of 10 years of hard work and commitment from administrators, coaches, and athletes across the country.

    At the time of the application, STUNT had 25 NCAA schools participating, including 12 as varsity programs.

    In the 2022 season,  42 NCAA schools will be playing STUNT, including 20 as varsity programs, with 7 more NCAA varsity programs committed to the 2023 season!

    View the Application 

  • Apr 2020

    Committee on Women’s Athletics recommends STUNT

    Committee on Women’s Athletics recommends STUNT

    April 15, 2020

    Read the CWA April Committee Report

    Read the press release from USA Cheer

    Read the recommendation letter from the Committee on Women’s Athletics

    From the NCAA Media Center:

    …STUNT has received a recommendation from the Committee on Women’s Athletics to join the program.

    …STUNT recently received a recommendation to be added to the program. Committee members were pleased that the sport has seen a steady increase in the number of NCAA member sponsorships, is relatively inexpensive to sponsor and  provides participation opportunities for female student-athletes of all body types and from diverse sports backgrounds. Currently, nearly 20 NCAA schools sponsor varsity STUNT.

    The Divisions II and III Management Councils will meet July 20-21 to consider the recommendation to add STUNT to the program. After reviewing the recommendation, each council will decide whether to sponsor a legislative proposal. If a council decides to sponsor a proposal to add STUNT, the membership of that division would vote at the 2021 NCAA Convention in January on whether to add the sport. The Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee did not recommend introducing STUNT as an emerging sport at this time due to budget constraints stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee can revisit discussions in the future.

    Full article here…

  • Apr 2021

    DIII Management Council Approves Sponsorship of STUNT

    DIII Management Council Approves Sponsorship of STUNT

    April 28, 2021

    Read the 2021 DIII Management Council Actions (pp 11,12) 

    From the Agenda summary:

    Management Council. The Council approved sponsorship of 2022 NCAA convention legislation to add STUNT as an emerging sport for women. The Council noted the continued growth in high school STUNT sponsorship and participation, steady increase in the number of member institutions sponsoring STUNT, and support from the sport’s national governing body as compelling rationale to include STUNT as an emerging sport for women.

  • Jul 2021

    DII Management Council Approves Sponsorship of STUNT

    DII Management Council Approves Sponsorship of STUNT

    July 20, 2021

    Read the 2021 DII Management Council Actions (pp 35,36) 

    From the Agenda summary:

    Division Membership, Personnel, Amateurism, Financial Aid and Playing and Practice Seasons – Emerging Sports for Women – STUNT.

    Management Council. The Management Council recommended that the Presidents Council sponsor legislation for the 2022 Convention to add STUNT as an emerging sport for women and establish legislation related to athletics personnel, amateurism, recruiting, financial aid, playing and practice seasons and membership, as specified.

    Presidents Council. The Presidents Council agreed to sponsor the legislation for the 2022 Convention.

  • Aug 2021

    USA Cheer shares DII and DIII sponsorship news

    USA Cheer shares DII and DIII sponsorship news

    August 10, 2021

    DALLAS (August 10, 2021) – USA Cheer shares today that the NCAA Division II and III Councils will sponsor legislation to add STUNT as an emerging sport for women in their respective divisions. The legislation will be up for a member vote at the January 2022 NCAA convention. The Division I Council is expected to consider similar legislation at their meeting in October 2021.

    Read the full release…

STUNT Programs

  NCAA NAIA JC Total
2021-22 Varsity Programs 20 9 0 29
2021-22 Club Programs 22 0 5 27
Varsity Programs Joining in 2023 7 2 0 9
Total 49 11 5 65

 

For a full list of STUNT programs, click here!

Emerging Sport Questions and Answers

An emerging sport is a women’s sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to help schools provide more athletics opportunities for women and more sport-sponsorship options for the institutions, and also help that sport achieve NCAA championship status.

An emerging sport for women is a sport that:

  • Meets the definition of a sport.
  • Is accepted and recognized by the NCAA (as approved by its divisional governance processes) as an emerging sport for women.
  • Provides additional athletics opportunities to female student-athletes and demonstrates the NCAA’s commitment to gender equity among student-athletes.

The Committee on Women’s Athletics has officially recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add STUNT as an NCAA emerging sport!

There is one more step to become an official emerging sport. Pursuant to governance and legislative processes, each division will determine independently if STUNT will be added to the division’s Emerging Sports for Women list and legislation, as well as an effective date, based on the philosophical, strategic, operational and financial priorities of each division.

After the CWA recommendation, and division council sponsorships, it goes to the membership for a vote at their annual convention. This is currently where STUNT is at in the process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021/2022 legislative cycle and actions may be adjusted based on the philosophical, strategic, operational, and financial priorities of each division.

Absolutely! Institutions can add sports at any time based on their own needs and interests. Twenty NCAA institutions already have STUNT as a varsity sport, with seven additional varsity programs joining in the 2023 season. Contact us for information on how to evaluate your institutional opportunities!

Click here to view all College STUNT Programs!

From the perspective of scholastic sports, a club sport is usually sponsored and led by students, with the student members making decisions regarding hiring, budget, travel, etc.  Unlike intramural sports, club sports travel and play other university programs.

A varsity sport is funded under the athletics department, where the athletics department makes the hiring, budget, and travel decisions. Like other varsity sports, varsity STUNT programs have recruiting budgets and scholarships available based on their university’s criteria.  Varsity programs can begin directly as a varsity program under athletics, or they may transition from a club sport to a varsity sport.

STUNT welcomes club and varsity programs!

The CWA’s endorsement of STUNT and the Division Management Council’s sponsorships of STUNT are a victory for Title IX and female athletes everywhere. Institutions can already count STUNT towards their Title IX requirements and help grow participation opportunities for female student athletes. However, the continued recognition of the competitive athletic nature of STUNT and the movement forward in the emerging sport process helps institutions commit to increased female athletic participation.

STUNT and Competitive Cheerleading are two different disciplines of “cheer” that both utilize technical skills in their sport, but there are differences. STUNT is the discipline that has been recommended by the CWA for Emerging Sport status.

  STUNT Competitive Cheer
Event 45 -60 minute game 2:30 minute routine
  Two teams in head-to-head competition. Single teams perform one at a time at an event with many teams in the same competition division.
Scoring Objective – Based on execution Subjective/Objective – Based on routine choreography and execution
Format 4 Quarter Format Based on Skills – Quarters consist of Partner Stunts, Pyramids and Tosses, Jumps and Tumbling. Routines are all compulsory. Based on individual routine choreography. Includes crowd-leading, and dance elements as well as stunting, pyramids, tumbling, and jumps.
Season Teams compete as an exclusively Spring sport. Teams compete year-round.

For more information, see the USA Cheer Position Paper on Title IX

The safety and well-being of the STUNT athlete is of primary importance, and is the first guiding principle of each STUNT committee.

STUNT involves athletes participating in partner stunts, pyramids, tosses, jumps, and tumbling. These skills include height, inversion, and rotation of the body as well as working in coordination with other athletes to perform these skills. Special care should be taken by supervisory staff ensure that skills are taught in a progressive manner, requiring proficiency before advancing to skills with higher difficulty.

The STUNT format, scoring system, and coaches’ education work together to promotes athlete safety and risk management. 

For more information, be sure to fill out the interest form and follow the step-by-step “How to Start a STUNT Team.” For high school or club/youth rec teams, look for the “How to Start a STUNT Team” under your menu tab in the main menu.