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2020 Board of Directors Election - Make a Difference! Run, Vote!( Thu, Dec 5 00:12:AM)

2020 Board of Directors Election - Make a Difference! Run, Vote!

Do you love the sport of baton twirling? Do you have a desire to see USTA do more for athletes, coaches judges and other twirler supporters? Then put your ideas into action and RUN and VOTE for USTA’s Board of Directors!


In February 2000, at the National General Assembly of the USTA, the voting delegates overwhelmingly passed a change in the Constitution of the association, which called for the Executive Board to be elected by a mail vote of the Professional members, who were 18 years of age or older. This process began in 2002. 

In this process, the positions are now 4-year positions and the election process is staggered by Sectors, to ensure smooth transitions and continuity over time. To get the staggered system started, Sectors 1, 3 and 5 and the second at-large member slots stood for election again in 2004 and 2006.   

In 2004, an online electronic voting system was developed.


The positions that are up for election in 2020 are as follows:

•    Sector 1 Western Region
•    Sector 3
Mideast Region
•    Sector 5 - Northeast Region

•    First At-Large Position

What does the Board do?

•    Governs the financial and organizational aspects of USTA
•    Manages and directs the paid employees of USTA
•    Provides strategic vision for the growth of the association and the sport of baton twirling

•    Works on long range planning in programming and schedules of events
•    Conducts the fiscal planning and budgeting of USTA’s resources
•    Approves staff and department heads
•    Approves salaries or stipends for employees and department heads

When does the Board meet?

Typically two to four times a year as follows:
•    For two to three days annually in the fall, January/February for the winter meeting and during the week of Nationals prior to the General Assembly and when Board members are not involved in running the competition, coaching or judging. 
•    The Board also holds conference calls as often as necessary for updates and urgent matters.


Are Board members paid?

•    Board members are not paid, but their travel and lodging expenses, and some meal expenses during Board meetings, are covered.

Who can run for the Board?

•    Any USTA member who is 18 years of age or older and not competing.
•    The Board consists of five sector representatives who must live in the sector they represent, and two at-large Board members who may live in any sector.

Brief synopsis of a Board Member's Job Description

•    Regularly attend Board meetings and important related meetings. (One annual meeting, all expenses paid, and 3-4 additional meetings throughout the season possible.)
•    Makes serious commitment to participate actively in Board work.
•    Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
•    Stays informed about Board matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
•    Is an active participant in the Board's annual evaluation and planning efforts.
•    Is committed to and actively works toward achieving and reinforcing USTA's mission and vision.

Procedure for the Election of Board Members

•    The Election Slating Committee is made up of Board Members NOT up for re-election. An advisory member may also be appointed to the committee.
•    Professional members who are at least 18 years of age and who have renewed their memberships by January 15, 2020, are eligible to vote.
•    Professional members log-in to the “Members Only” section of the USTA website to vote for Board of Directors. One (1) vote per email address is allowed. If there is more than one professional member registered under the same email address, you will need to provide a separate email address to and have your official USTA contact email updated.
•    To represent a specific sector, you must reside there.
•    If the sector you reside in is up for re-election, you must run in the sector election.
•    At-Large candidates may reside in any sector.
•    A USTA Board member may not hold a leadership position at the national level or the following positions within our organizational structure:
o    A position that reports directly to the Board of Directors
o    Hired to a salaried position
o    US Technical Advisor or a member of the Technical Advisory Group
o    Department Director/Administrator or a member of any Department
o    USA Tour Coordinator
o    US/IC Team Coordinator
o    National Events Staff: National Competition Director, National Competition Judges Liaison, National Competition Event Liaison, National Competition Tabulation Coordinator, National Competition Awards and Finals Show Coordinator, US Trials Competition Director or US Pre-Trials Competition Director.
•    Candidate(s) must declare by submitting their “Intent To Run” form on or before Sunday, December 22, 2019 to the USTA Slating Committee Chair, John Chamberlain at
•    Candidates must submit their resume on or before Wednesday, January 15, 2020 to the USTA Slating Committee Chair, John Chamberlain at
•    A confirmation of receipt will be sent via email to each candidate.
•    Only voters who vote during Round #1 will be eligible to vote during Round #2.
•    Candidates who do not win a Sector seat in Round #1 will automatically be included in the Round #2 ballot with At-Large candidate(s).
•    If a sector has no candidate, an additional At-Large candidate may be selected.
•    First Round voting will be available via the USTA website starting Saturday, February 15, 2020 and concludes at 11:59 pm PST on Friday, February 28, 2020. You must vote for (1) candidate from each sector listed on Round #1 Ballot.

•    Second Round voting will be available via the USTA website starting Thursday, March 5th, 2020 and concludes at 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. You must vote for (1) At-Large candidate on Round #2 Ballot.
•    Ballots are counted automatically using the online voting module within our website. Results are posted immediately following the close of the elections.
•    Official notification to newly elected Board members will be by April 1, 2020 by the USTA President.

Make your voice heard!  RUN and VOTE for the Board of Directors!!

For More Information

For more information about the Board of Director elections, contact USTA Board Member John Chamberlain at

Additional Documents

2020 Intent to Run Form
2020 Election Procedures