Arnold stacks up against the best

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Jack Arnold with his awards from the stacking competition.

Almost a year ago, Jack Arnold was introduced to Sport Stacking at a friend’s house.  

On Jan. 29, Jack entered the Upper Atlantic Regional Sport Stacking Championships in Rochester and  competed in the 3-3-3, 3-6-3, the Cycle and the Parent/Child double division.

Jack walked away with a first place medal in the 3-3-3 with a time of 2.13 secs and a second place medal in the Cycle with a 7.50 secs.

Sport stacking is an exciting individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed, high-tech cups in predetermined sequences at lightning speed.

It’s been called s track meet for your hands at warp speed.

Stackers race against the clock in three competitive stacks (3-3-3, 3-6-3 and Cycle) and race against each other in head-to-head relays.  

Not only is sport stacking fun, it is a sport that promotes hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity, quickness and concentration.

When he first got interested in the sport of stacking, his dad drilled holes into plastic cups since they couldn’t find the appropriate cups.  Then Jack found special cups  online.  Now, Jack has 11 sets of Official Sport Stacking Cups.  

A very passionate 11-year-old, Jack searched online to find other “stackers,” watched and learned and then practiced, practiced, practiced.  

Sport stacking is growing in its’ popularity; it originated in the early 1980s in southern California (known as“cup stacking”) but has been transformed into a full-edged sport governed by the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) formed in Colorado in 2001.

Jack also left with new friends who share the same passion and dedication to always trying to improve on their personal best.