For the second time in program history, Azusa Pacific University will host the 2017 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships, set to take place from April 27-29 at the Felix Event Center in Azusa, California. Becoming the second program among the NCATA footprint to host multiple national championships, APU will host the premier week of acrobatics and tumbling for the second time in four years after hosting in 2014.
Tickets for the three-day event are available at the following, daily rates:
- Adults: $12
Seniors (62 and Over): $7
Children (2 and Under): Free
In addition, an all-tournament pass is available at the rate of $30 per person. The all-tournament pass grants the bearer admission to the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship meets along with the individual event finals. Azusa Pacific University will present free live video streams of all events throughout championship weekend through a partnership with Stretch Internet. The link for all live video streams is available here.
On Thursday April 27, the quarterfinals begin at 10 a.m., followed by matchups at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday will decide the 2017 NCATA National Championship matchup with semifinals at 5 and 7 p.m., and a jam-packed Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with the NCATA Individual Event Finals. The 2017 NCATA National Championship takes place at 7 p.m. live from the Felix Center.
Maintaining the structure seen in previous years, the tournament will consist of eight teams competing in a bracket-style, single elimination tournament, culminating in Saturday's championship meet. The individual event finals consist of the top four individuals or groups from across the landscape of the NCATA in each heat of acro, pyramid, tumbling and toss events. An unforgettable weekend showcasing the best competition in the nation, the 2017 NCATA Championship Weekend is poised to be a must-see event.
In 2014, the last time Azusa Pacific hosted the national championships, Oregon Ducks defeated the hosting Cougars, 290.825-282.600 for their fourth consecutive title on April 27, 2014. Alderson Broaddus, Baylor, Fairmont State, Gannon, Hawaii Pacific, King and Quinnipiac joined the 2014 tournament field, which saw Oregon and Baylor square off in one quarterfinal while the Bobcats of Quinnipiac battled Azusa Pacific for the second title berth.
This season, Baylor aims for its third consecutive NCATA National Championship, while the currently undefeated Oregon Ducks are determined to return to championship form and clinch the fifth title in program history.
Be sure to follow the NCATA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the final month of the regular season to see where your favorite program stands on the road to Azusa Pacific University and the 2017 NCATA National Championships.
2017 NCATA Tournament Schedule
Thursday, April 27
10 a.m. - Quarterfinal #1
12 p.m. - Quarterfinal #2
2 p.m. - Quarterfinal #3
4 p.m. - Quarterfinal #4
Friday, April 28
5 p.m. - Semifinal #1
7 p.m. - Semifinal #2
Saturday, April 29
10 a.m. - Individual Event Finals
7 p.m. - NCATA National Championship