Azusa, CA – The Acrobatics and Tumbling team is aggressively pursuing the recruiting trail. That trail led 38 prospective athletes to the Cougar Dome on Saturday. With opportunities to ask questions of the coaches, the chance to meet team members, and of course learn more about the newest varsity sport on APU’s campus, the day was a success from every angle. Athletes travel from all over the state as well as some from Arizona. It was a day filled with both the intensity of a mid-season practice and brief stress relief of stupid human tricks. Parents were welcome, and stayed for over an hour at the conclusion of the day to meet with coaches and team members about their opportunities in this program.
“For us to bring in this many athletes is exciting. APU’s team is known around the country, and today was a chance for new athletes to meet our team and see if this is a good fit for them,” reported Coach Colleen Kausrud.
Following the recruiting standards for the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) means that Coach Colleen Kausrud has an important signing week coming up in mid-November.
“This was an important day for us to evaluate the talent for the 2011-2012 team. It’s hard to shift focus, but definitely exciting to see the student-athletes who want to make APU their home.”
Rosie Francis, Recruiting Coach for Acro & Tumbling, has been excited with what she has seen to this point.
“With the caliber of athlete we saw on Saturday, I am confident we will be able to continue to put our team in a place to compete at the highest level. It’s not every day that you get to promote pioneering a sport and provide them the opportunity to attend a great university like APU.”
The Cougars are pleased with some of the verbal commitments they now have, and continue to look forward to the last two weeks of heavy recruiting before signing week. After the 17th of November, the Acro and Tumbling team hopes to have as much as 75% of their slots filled for the team, filling the remaining spots during the open recruiting time which begins April 1st.
According to Kausrud, “It’s an education process for the athletes. We want to let them know about our program, about our sport, and about the opportunities this is creating. We know we have a great school, great support, and if our practices are an indication of the upcoming season, we should have a solid year.”
The Acro & Tumbling Team is preseason ranked fifth in the nation by the coaches. Their first meet is January 29th at the University of Oregon.
For more information on being a part of the Acro & Tumbling team, contact Rosie Francis at Rosita.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the NCATA, visit www.theNCATA.org