Cup stacking competition catches on
EAGLE – There’s something new on this weekend’s Flight Days schedule. For the first time, competitive cup stacking (called sport or speed stacking) will be a part of Saturday’s activities.In sport stacking, competitors – either individuals or teams – attempt to stack specially-designed cups in a pre-determined sequence as quickly as possible. It sounds mundane, but it’s a sight to see, according to Matt Reed, a Speed Stacks instructor.”It’s like watching a track meet done with someone’s hands,” Reed said. “It is exciting to see someone who is really good at it, and kids love it.”The sport of speed stacking has been around since 1980 and was popularized over the years by physical education teachers. The purpose of the game was to promote team-building, hand-eye coordination and camaraderie amongst students; educators found the sport did that and more.”It crosses the gender-division line between boys and girls. They can compete fairly,” Reed said. “There is also a rapid learning curve. The sport touches on things like focus, concentration, self-motivation and self-esteem.” About three years ago, Becky Wiemer of Eagle saw sport stacking on TV. She knew right away it would be a great event for kids at Flight Days … and beyond.”It’s neat to touch all different kinds of kids, with different needs and abilities,” Wiemer said. “I think it would be good for everyone from preschool to daycare to grade schools. I think even the seniors would like it.”Not everyone will be good at football, basketball and baseball, added Wiemer. This gives everyone a chance to compete, she said.
Not just for funFor those involved in competitive cup stacking, the sport is more than just a hobby or a pastime. It’s serious business.The sport is sanctioned by the World Sport Stacking Association, which held its 10th Annual National Championships last April in Denver. The world championships of sport stacking are in their third year.The game was brought to Colorado, thanks in large part to Bob Fox, a physical education teacher who saw the game on the Tonight Show.Fox got the game going in the Denver area, and was shocked when nearly 200 of his students turned out to give it a try.”Seven years ago, (Fox) formed the company, Speed Stacks, to help promote the game and market the cups used in competition,” Reed said.The WSSA sponsors events worldwide, and, more importantly, keeps track of records in the sport.”The top competitors can do the basic sequences in less than two seconds,” Reed said. “It’s amazing.”Speed Stacks will have a booth at Flight Days, and organizers encourage all interested persons to come out and give it a try. They will have two members of their National Demonstration Team on hand to show people how it’s done.
“Ultimately, we would like to see it spread into the schools here,” Reed said. “Everyone who tries it loves it.”Pre-registration is not necessary, just come by the tent around noon. Those interested in additional information about the sport can contact the WSSA at (303) 917-4171; or, they can go to speedstacks.com to get more information and see an on-line demonstration.”It’s fun and inexpensive,” Reed said. “It’s a sport that anyone can do.”SIDEBAR: Flight Days scheduleEagle’s annual Flight Days celebration features a full slate of events beginning this morning, with events at Eagle Town Park unless otherwise indicated:• 7-9 a.m. – pancake breakfast• 10 a.m. – parade, downtown Eagle• Noon – bake sale
• 1 p.m. – vintage baseball game (Bull Pasture Park)• 1-3 p.m. – concert, New Shoes• 3 p.m. – tug-of-war• 3-11 p.m. – concerts featuring The John Pomales Experience, Pat Hamilton, T Minus 5 and Bonnie Rose & 8 Second RideSunday• 7-9 a.m. – 5k and 10k run• 10-11 a.m. – spiritual music• 11:30 a.m. -4 p.m. – talent showVail, Colorado