Pupils showed off their handy skills with cups at Belvedere Elementary School on Friday during the school’s speed stacking tournament.
Linda Duckett, the physical education teacher at the school, started a speed-stacking team in 2008 with about 30 students in third through fifth grades. Four years later, more than 100 pupils are on the team.
The sport requires competitors to stack cups in a certain sequence as fast as they can.
Payton Spaulding and Morgan LaFontaine, sixth graders at Paul Knox Middle School, came to help out with the elementary school tournament. Both girls are on a relay team that holds a national record and hope to one day be on Team USA.
“Since we couldn’t compete, we wanted to judge,” Payton said, adding that it’s a lot less stressful to be a judge than a competitor.
Morgan said the hardest part for her as a judge was to have to tell a competitor that they did something wrong.
“It’s harder (to judge) with faster people,” Morgan said. “You can barely blink.”
She added that it was the first sport she tried when she moved to the area in the third grade.
“It looked like fun and was easy to try,” Morgan said.
Payton said stacking cups has helped with her hand-eye coordination, which helps her kick and punch in karate. Morgan agreed, and said it helps her in softball.
The Belvedere Elemen-tary team has six kids who hold state records, Duckett said. Team member Jackson Cooper recently competed in nationals and won first place in all the individual events in his age division.