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National and Festival entries now available!( Sat, Apr 3 00:04:AM)

The 2021 U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships and Festival of the Future will be held July 6-10 at the Ocean Center in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida! All required health and safety protocols will be followed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone!

Online entry forms for Nationals and Festival are now available in the USTA Member Portal. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. PDT on Saturday, May 1, 2021. No late entries are accepted, so please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your entries!

To enter Nationals or Festival, an athlete must be a current USTA member and must have claimed their account on the USTA Member Portal. For more information on entering Nationals and Festival of the Future using the new USTA Member Portal, please see this helpful “Nationals Entry How-To Guide.”


  • Foundation events (Basic, Military, Parade March, Presentation) will NOT be offered during Festival of the Future. It was not possible to maintain social distancing for those events.
  • Festival of the Future athletes may only enter an event at their current level and one level up. They may not enter all three levels. For example, Novice athletes may enter Novice and Beginner. Beginner athletes may enter Beginner and Intermediate.
  • If you want to purchase two entries in a single event category (for example, if you have two athletes who both want to enter Beginner Strut), you should purchase the two entries by completing two separate transactions. 
  • Some National events will be held in the Ocean Center Exhibition Hall instead of the Ocean Center Arena, to allow adequate warm-up and competition space.

To protect the health and well-being of all participants and spectators, all required health and safety protocols will be followed and enforced. Those may include, but are not limited to: mask requirement, except when athletes are competing; limited number of spectators allowed in the building; limited number of athletes on the practice floor, as determined by set number, etc. USTA will provide detailed information and regular communication about all health and safety requirements via email, the USTA website, social media and Zoom meetings as we get closer to July.

Please note: Depending on state and facility requirements, there could still be some minor changes made to the schedule.

USTA is looking forward to again hosting the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships and Festival of the Future – the nation’s premier baton twirling events – and doing so in a way that protects the health and safety of all participants during an exciting and enjoyable competition!

PLEASE NOTE: Athletes do not have to qualify or pass Compulsories or Movement Technique to enter the National Championships or Festival of the Future (see chart below). Please see the USTA Rule Book for more detailed information on National and Festival events.