USTA sanctions approximately 200 local, state, regional and national twirling competitions each year, giving athletes the opportunity to demonstrate their twirling skills in an atmosphere of fun, friendship and good sportsmanship. For a complete list of competitions, visit our Calendar.
USTA-sanctioned competitions are sponsored by individuals and state and regional twirling councils, using official USTA music and USTA-certified judges. Some competitions may offer additional unsanctioned events not listed below.
Any athlete who enters a USTA-sanctioned contest must hold some type of USTA membership. The $8 “Member for a Day” is a good option for an athlete trying competition for the first-time. Learn about the benefits of USTA membership and membership levels here.
Most USTA-sanctioned contests offer the following events:
- Movement Technique
FOUNDATION EVENTS – Evaluative
- Body Forms
- Rhythm Twirl
- Standard Solo
- Short Program
FOUNDATION EVENTS – Competitive
- Parade March
- Dance Twirl
- Dance Twirl Pairs
- Twirling Teams
- Dance Twirl Teams
- Show Team
- Parade Corps
- Show Corps
For specific information about each of these events, please see the USTA Rule Book
At USTA-sanctioned competitions, athletes are grouped by age and ability. See competition entry forms (usually available through the Calendar for specific information about age groups and ability levels.
All USTA individual Foundation and Championship events (except Compulsories and Movement Technique) are performed to the Official USTA Competition Music, available at no cost to USTA members in Members Only > Documents.
For more information about the sport of baton twirling or the United States Twirling Association, please contact:
Member Services Director