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Getting to know USTA Professional member Barbara Dockter( Tue, Mar 9 00:03:AM)

“Getting to know you……… getting to know all about you.”

Barbara Dockter is a long-time USTA Professional member from California. She has played many roles in the sport of baton twirling: athlete, coach, judge, corps and studio manager. She has served USTA as public relations director and as a member of the Board of Directors, and she is a member of USTA's Hall of Fame. She recently talked with Inside Loop and here's what she had to say: 

Inside Loop: You’ve seen USTA evolve from its infancy days. What do you think are USTA’s proudest accomplishments and what do you think USTA will look like in the future?

Dockter: I think the organization’s professionalism in the preparation and staging of our events makes our association stand out as the premier baton twirling organization. We have come a long way over the years and that is due to all the input by professionals, vendors,  parents, athletes and people who just wanted to make it better. I think our proudest moments includes getting the world community organized and all the work that has been done by our leadership to support the advancement of the sport throughout the world. I am sure the future will look very bright and hopeful for all involved in our sport. Things seem to move more slowly than we would like, but progress too fast can also bring many growing pains. The coach and judge training and testing is first class and the development of these two areas over the years has been a monumental accomplishment.

Inside Loop: What, in your opinion, is necessary for the growth of USTA and the growth of baton twirling in the U.S.?

Dockter: The growth of USTA will always be at the grassroots area.  More baton twirling in recreation centers, sports center and private studios across the country. We have great public relations within our organization. We have done a great deal of talking about these areas, but there has never been a big push. We even had people working on different projects for the grassroots areas, but it was never put into practice. We have a wonderful compulsory system going, but nothing beyond that for recreational programs. For baton twirling to grow outside our state, regional, national and international  competitions, we must produce a program for the grassroots areas. Why should people get involved and how does it help the athletes?

Inside Loop: What are three things the baton twirling world would not know about you?

Dockter: My passion for the sport of baton twirling has given me many opportunities throughout the years. I lived in England for over eight years where I taught athletes and gave many training sessions to judges and coaches. It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. I became a Certified Paralegal in 1990 and I just retired from the El Dorado County Elections Department where I trained and monitored poll workers over the past 15 years. Even though I retired, I came back and headed up a Vote Center for the 2020 Presidential Election. I am currently working as the secretary for the Placerville Elks Lodge where my husband Arlen is also a trustee. Through the Elks, I served as chairman of a Veterans Stand Down to help veterans in El Dorado County and I also wrote and directed the first video for deaf and hard of hearing voters so they may understand the local measures. We are up for an award from the Election Administration Commission for being the first county in California to supply this information to our deaf and hard of hearing voters.

Thank you, Barbara! It's nice getting to know you!