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 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.