The World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) is excited to announce three rule changes to sport stacking that become effective at the 2010 WSSA World Sport Stacking Championships on April 10th & 11th. The rule changes will significantly reduce the need for video review at all levels of competition and pave the way for even faster times.

" More and more stackers around the world are getting so fast, the human eye simply can't see what their hands are doing. These changes will allow stackers the freedom to go faster without worrying about unintended scratches, and allow judges to make confident decisions on the spot based on what they can realistically see. It all adds up to a very exciting step forward for sport stacking! " - Bob Fox, WSSA Executive Director

The WSSA Rules Committee identified three specific areas that often can't be seen by judges, and upon video review, result in the vast majority of disqualifications. Below is a summary:

* Rule Change #1 Down stacking two stacks at the same time: 3-3-3, 3-6-3, Cycle
Two stacks may be down stacked at the same time. *All stackers must use both hands to begin down stacking the first stack in any sequence before beginning to down stack the second stack, and must use both hands to begin down stacking the second stack before beginning to down stack the third stack. The third stack may be down stacked with one hand. (Note: The rule still applies that in the up stacking phase, a stacker's hands cannot be on two stacks at the same time, nor can a stacker simultaneously "up stack" one stack while "down stacking" another.)
*Note: This portion of the new rule rewritten for better clarification.

* Rule Change #2 Hands on cups while stopping the timer: 3-3-3, 3-6-3, Cycle
A stacker's hands may be in contact with the cups while stopping the Timer as long as the stacker does not hold (or appear to hold) any cups.

* Rule Change #3 Turn and tap: Cycle
The "turn and tap" portion of the Cycle Stack is no longer required. In the 1-10-1 phase of the Cycle Stack, once a stacker has placed the single cups-one up, one down-on each side of the nested column of 10, and then up stacked those 10, the single cups may simply be “picked up” and used to down stack the 10 into a 3-6-3. (If a stacker does “turn and tap,” there will be no penalty.)

New Rules with effect from April 2010