Summer Sport Stacking

With the 4th of July holiday just days away, lets take a closer look at the All-American sport of cup stacking!

Yes, stacking cups into a pyramid shape and down again against the clock is considered a sport. It takes quickness, coordination and lightning fast hands to be good at it. And if you are really good at sport stacking, you can travel the world and compete against the world’s best.

Just ask Virginia Beach teen Matthew Hill. The Kellam High School student is one of three captains of the USA Sport Stacking team. Hill has been sport stacking for years and picked it up thanks to his older brother. Hill became a bit obsessed with sport stacking, studied it online and before long was traveling to far off lands competing against other fast-fingered friends.

Sport stacking has opened up a whole new world to Hill. He wants to grow the sport and never turns down a chance to teach younger kids about his passion.

Sport stacking consists of three different stacks, the 3-3-3, the 3-6-3 and the cycle. The trick is to stack the cups against the clock and see who is the fastest. A fast time in the 3-3-3 is under 2 seconds! A good sport stacker can pull off a successful cycle in the same amount of time it takes to read this sentence!

This crazy fringe sport has not been around that long and continues to gather new stackers each year. According to, sport stacking began in the early 1980’s at a Southern California Boys and Girls club and now more than 42,000 schools worldwide offers Speed Stacks as part of the PE curriculum.

So if you are looking for some good indoor fun during the hot dog days of summer, give sport stacking a try. It only takes a few cups and a little determination.