*The product comes with the 12 stacking cups (with instruction), an anti-slip stacking map and a maze runner puzzle 


What is Cup Stacking?

Sport stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. The governing body setting the rules is the WSSA (World Sport Stacking Association). Participants of sport stacking cups in pre-determined sequences, competing against the clock or another player. Sequences are usually pyramids of 3, 6 or 10 cups. The sport has generated a large YouTube community, with stackers uploading their fastest times to the video sharing website.


History of Cup Stacking

The sport received national attention in 1990 on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The sport was invented by Wayne Godinet, who introduced the first formations and dubbed the sport "Karango Cup Stack". Shortly thereafter, Godinet formed a group called Cupstack. Physical education teacher Bob Fox later developed the activity by formalizing the rules and establishing a governing body, the WSSA. Early competitions ware held in 1998 in Oceanside, California and Denver, Colorado.


Rules and competitive sequences:

There are 3 sequences stacked in official sport stacking events as defined by the rule book handed out by the WSSA.

  • 3-3-3: Uses 9 cups. This sequence consists of 3 sets of 3 cups each. The 3 sets must be stacked going from left-to-right or right-to-left, and then down stacked into their original positions in the same order as the up-stack.
  • 3-6-3: Uses 12 cups. This sequence is similar to the 3-3-3, except a 6 stack replaces the 3 stack in the middle. Each pile of cups is stacked up from left-to-right or right-to-left, and the down-stack occurs in the same order.
  • Cycle: Uses 12 cups. This is a sequence of stacks in the following order: a 3-6-3 stack, a 6-6 stack and 1-10-1 stack, finishing in a down stacked 3-6-3.


Common for all sequences are these major rules:

  • You may not up-stack 2 pyramids at the same time, but in the down-stack, it is okay to touch 2 stacks at the same time.
  • If a stack is not completed correctly (such as when a cup or cups falls off the pyramid, considered a "fumble") you must correct it immediately. The only exception to this rule is if the cups fall over during the down-stack. If this happens, the player may continue the down-stack normally and correct the fallen stack when you reach it.


There are 3 main categories of competing that WSSA-sanctioned tournaments offer:

  • Individual: Each competitor is allowed 2 warm-ups and 3 timed tries for each sequence. The best time for each sequence is recorded and compared with each other competitors. In the case of a tie, the second best times are used.
  • Doubles: 2 competitors stand side-by-side to complete the stack, with 1 competitor using only his/her right hand while the other using only his/her left hand. The same rules for individual apply here. 
  • Relay: Four competitors take turns stacking at a table, switching when the preceding competitor croses the foul line with a least one foot. The foul line is observed by a line judge, who decides whether or not this rule was followed. 











Click HERE to watch William Orrell (World record holder for speed stacking)





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