HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department has announced STUNT as its next varsity sports program.
The College will hire a head coach and begin to recruit student-athletes through the 2019-20 academic year. Competition for the STUNT program is then scheduled to begin during the 2020-21 academic year.
Hanover becomes just the second school in the state of Indiana and the first NCAA Division III institution in the state to add STUNT as a varsity sport. Purdue University is the only other school in the Hoosier state currently offering the program. The Panthers will also join regional Division III institutions such as Alma (Mich.), Hiram (Ohio) and Olivet (Mich.) that compete in STUNT's Division II/III Conference. A total of 40 schools were listed on STUNT's website as official varsity programs for 2019.
STUNT, labeled as the fastest growing female sport in the United States, is a new competitive team sport that derives from traditional cheerleading. Whereas traditional cheer is more of a crowd-led performance, STUNT puts its focus exclusively on the technical and athletic components of the sport. USA Cheer created STUNT as an opportunity for colleges and universities to meet Title IX requirements.
Teams compete in head-to-head matchups, as well as tournaments during a minimum of a 12-match season in the spring. Each contest is four quarters, with each session focusing on different technical aspects of the sport. The first three quarters -- partner stunts, pyramids & tosses, and group jumps & tumbling -- consist of four one-point rounds. The fourth and final quarter is an overall team performance which has three rounds of up to three points for each routine to add to the team total.
For more information on STUNT, view the video and click on the link above. The application for the head coaching position can also be found at the top of the release.
With the addition of STUNT, Hanover College will support 23 varsity athletic programs, including 11 men's and 12 women's intercollegiate teams.
Contact: Tyler Jester