SEGUIN, Texas — Texas Lutheran University (TLU) announced today that it will add Acrobatics & Tumbling as the 19th NCAA varsity sport to begin competition in the spring of 2023. TLU will become the fourth college in Texas to add Acrobatics & Tumbling and the seventh NCAA Division III program in the country. TLU is immediately looking for a head coach.
“TLU is excited to join the growing number of colleges to add an Acrobatics & Tumbling program to our strong and successful roster of women’s sports,” said TLU President Dr. Debbie Cottrell. “We believe this emerging sport is a great opportunity for both TLU and the many talented female gymnasts and cheerleaders in our great state.”
“We are delighted to welcome Texas Lutheran University to the NCATA community. TLU joins other ASC conference members East Texas Baptist University and University of Mary Hardin Baylor, as well as Baylor University, in sponsoring Acrobatics & Tumbling in Texas,” said Janell Cook, Executive Director of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA). “Texas is one of the largest recruiting bases for Acrobatics & Tumbling with the number of gymnasts and cheerleaders training in these skills. We hope to see additional growth in the region soon and are grateful that TLU has taken the lead in providing new opportunities for young women to compete.”
Baylor University Acrobatics & Tumbling Head Coach Felecia Mulkey also welcomed TLU to the Acrobatics & Tumbling community. “I’m excited for the female athletes who now have the opportunity to compete as Bulldogs at the NCAA level! I’m equally excited for Texas Lutheran and the surrounding community to experience this sport and these amazing student athletes coming to your campus said Mulkey. “Huge thanks to the TLU administration for adding the sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling and creating opportunities that will inevitably change lives.”
TLU’s female student athletes currently compete in nine sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and volleyball. “TLU has a long history of creating exciting and rewarding opportunities for female student athletes to compete,” said Bill Miller, president of TLU Athletic. “This is a great addition to our already competitive – and successful – women’s athletic programs.”
The NCAA and NCATA currently share governance of NCAA Acrobatics & Tumbling through the emerging sports process. Upon reaching 40 competitive NCAA institutions, Acrobatics & Tumbling qualifies under NCAA Championship legislation to create an NCAA Collegiate National Championship and be fully recognized as an NCAA championship sport.
Acrobatics & Tumbling is the evolution of various disciplines of gymnastics, including the athletic aspects of competitive cheerleading. The format was created at a collegiate level to accommodate the interests and abilities of young women competing in these skills. Individuals and small groups perform acrobatic lifts, tosses and tumbling. Meets include six events, all played on the floor and in different group sizes.