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Important Information from USTA( Mon, Sep 25 00:09:AM)



The Technical Department (formerly the Technical Advisory Group) is pleased to announce important information from USTA and the WBTF that affect our sport and organization.

International Cup

WBTF is excited to declare the new age grouping for the Junior Women.

In an effort to promote and foster growth in the Junior level, and to encourage new countries to participate in international competition, WBTF has divided the Juniors into two groups for all levels and events. Splitting the Junior division this way will help disperse the competition amongst the athletes more evenly.

Effective immediately, the following age categories will apply.
•    Junior One: 12 years to 14 years
•    Junior Two: 15 years to 17 years
Look for the updated USTA International Cup selections manual available online soon!

Artistic Groups

USTA Board of Directors approved the inclusion of the Artistic Group as a USTA sanctioned event. This exciting new event will be offered at local, state and regional competitions and the National Championships. To obtain copies of the event score sheet please refer to the USTA Rule Book. 

Artistic Groups
·    One level will be offered.
·    Content restriction will follow the Content Restrictions for groups - see chart.
·    Number of members: minimum of 10. No maximum.
·    The group may consist of members of both sexes, if so desired.
·    Same time limit as WBTF Team.
·    Scores are not flashed for the WBTF Group event.

Clarification: The content restriction will support the philosophy of the new group concept and allow coaches and judges to focus on general effect, choreography and precision.


The Group and Team events must be DIFFERENT and must be JUDGED DIFFERENTLY. The priorities for GROUP need to be different than they are for TEAM or the two events will fuse together in the judging and produce perpetuated confusion.

In GROUP the ultimate EFFECT of PERFECTION and CLARITY is paramount. This is achieved by utilizing COMMON, MASTERED skills among ALL athletes within a program that is an architectural composition highlighting FORMS, PICTURES, PATTERNS and TRANSITIONAL MOVEMENT. These priorities produce a visual EFFECT that is reflective of the soundtrack and MAY (but not required) even encompass a theme, character or storyline.

In GROUP, it is not expected that all modes of twirling will be equally demonstrated as they are in TEAM.  In GROUP, the skill set should be TOTALLY consistent and mastered among ALL members. This will encourage MORE participation of athletes with limited achieved skills and give the coach/choreographer the freedom of working toward this concept WITHOUT the pressure of HAVING to include criteria that is expected in the TEAM event.  The DEPTH of material and skills is NOT the emphasis as it is in TEAM.  The use of the baton within the various modes will only serve to compliment and enhance the production without interfering with the ultimate goal of pristine perfection and clarity.  RISK, as we know it, is NOT a factor for success in the GROUP event.  An impressive sense of UNITY must be emphasized that produces a CLEAN and VISUAL APPEAL.  To all viewers, a sense of ENTERTAINMENT should be conveyed.

The following penalty will be deducted for each illegal element that exceeds the Content Restrictions:

GROUP will receive a 10 point penalty (for each infraction).


**Walkovers can be front or back

·    Standard Reception – (refers to type of catch) Vertical or Horizontal RH or LH catch or RH or LH grab.
·    Standard Release – Vertical RH or LH thumb toss. Vertical RH or LH backhand toss or Horizontal RH or LH toss.
·    Major Body Moves: A move that requires significant control, flexibility, strength, amplitude and extension. This classification includes all body moves desired and includes moves such as: Illusions, walkovers, leaps, or jumps (of any type), sauté arabesque, attitude, grand battement, sauté de basque, tour jeté, cabriole. These moves will be approximately 3 or more counts in duration. 

·    Minor Body Moves: A move that does not require significant control, flexibility, strength, amplitude, or extension and additionally does not require horizontal or vertical reorientation to the baton (no body rotations <turns>) or maneuvering the body upside down (illusions, bows, etc). These moves will be approximately 2 counts in duration.  This classification includes moves such as: hop, skip, piqué, step-step, and coupé, sauté. This category will often be used as preparation or follow through movements. Refer to the for definition of terms not defined in this chart

US Trials

The US Trials will be held March 23-25, 2018 in Shelbyville, IN at Shelbyville High School, 2003 South Miller Street, Shelbyville, IN  46176.

Due to uncertain weather conditions, the school has reserved the right to use Friday, March 23rd as a snow make-up day. The facility will not be available to USTA until after 4pm. The detailed competition schedule will be released as soon as the entries are closed.
Athlete vs Judge vs Coach Policy

A challenge for any sports organization is permitting participation at various levels while encouraging a foundation of fair play. When considering those who act as athlete, coach and/or judge, the Board sought feedback from members throughout the country. Each area has specific considerations whether large or small, covering large areas of land or smaller regions, and the availability within geographical areas of athletes, coaches and judges. In an effort to reach a solution that is mindful of such considerations, the Board conducted a survey of members. We received great feedback! Although impossible to satisfy every problem and every situation, the Board adopted a policy which considered the valuable feedback of members and addresses the main areas of conflict concern when members wear many hats. To this end, the
Athlete vs Judge vs Coach Policy was adopted.
Alien Policy

Any athlete who is not a US citizen but who is legally residing in the USA may participate in USTA sanctioned events, including local, state, regional and national championships. However, such athletes may not compete in any other country’s national championships within the same competitive year. 

Proof of legal residency is required. Contact the Executive Director of Sport at for additional information and to apply for this status. 
Event Name Changes

The baton twirling world is on a fast track toward Olympic acceptance. Along with this path comes rapid changes that reflect our growth as well as our vision for the future. An area that needs clarification is the names of certain events due to a fusion of USTA home based events, events within the International Cup structure and events of the World Cup format.

Beginning September 1, 2018, the following events will be named accordingly and all manuals will reflect the events and their official names.

Solo Pairs:
The new name: Duet (the ORIGINAL name of the event) will make a comeback. Duet is the performance of two people to the Solo music and performed in ONE lane. 

Dance Twirl Pairs:

The new name: Artistic Twirl Pairs is the performance of two people to the selected music of the USTA. The concept summary for WBTF Artistic Pairs is in harmony with USTA Dance Twirl Pairs. 

Freestyle Pairs is the performance within the Pre-Trials and Trials programs that includes two people performing to music of their own choice and utilizing the entire floor space. 

Dance Twirl:
The new name: Artistic Twirl
As we move into the “next age” of performance within musical interpretation, the event “DANCE TWIRL” known as Dance Twirl will be now be officially named “ARTISTIC TWIRL” to properly fit into the schematic of national and international competition as set by the World Baton Twirling Federation.  Although adopting this as the official name of the event, the concept of musical interpretation with the use of the baton and body both interpreting the music still remains the same. This action consolidates and unifies the event formerly known as DANCE TWIRL and merges with the International Cup’s name, ARTISTIC TWIRL.

This clarification and uniformity of the names of these events should alleviate confusion as we move forward in national and international competition.