Sport stacking (also called cup stacking and speed stacking) first gained popularity in the 1980s, and under the guidance of the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA), continues to hold championships and tournaments.

In the Sport Stacking world records, there’s one name that stands out as a current leader of the sport: 16 year old William Orrell. Watch Orrell set a January 31, 2015 Individual Cycle Sport Stacking World Record in Columbus, Georgia: 5.000 seconds flat. We love how the crowd goes crazy behind him.

But wait… what’s a cycle? From Wikipedia:

There are three sequences stacked in official sport stacking events, that are defined by the rule book handed out by the WSSA:

3-3-3: Uses nine cups. This sequence consists of three sets of three cups each. The three 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 six stack replaces the three 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 (see above), a 6-6 stack (two pyramids of six cups stacked up and down into one containing all twelve cups altogether) and a 1-10-1 stack (a pyramid of ten cups in the middle), finishing in a down stacked 3-6-3.

There are also doubles and relays. Want to learn how to stack? Check out these tutorial videos by former World Champion Emily Fox. Here’s an intro:

File under world records, tutorials, and practice.

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