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Become USTA Judge

How to become a USTA Judge

USTA offers the finest judge training program in the sport of baton twirling. There are three levels of certification, which ultimately lead to Master Judge certification:
•    Level I, Parts 1 and 2 – which focus on foundational competencies around Technique.
•    Level II, Parts 1 and 2 – which focus on Composition and Performance and Errors.
•    Level III – which focuses on the “Thorough Lens” of judging.

Level III judges can go on to earn Master Judge certification.

Please scroll down to learn more about earning your certification as a USTA Level I, Level II, Level III or Master Judge!

Level I, Part 1

Level I, Part 2

Level I, Part 2

Level II, Parts 1 and 2

Level II, Parts 1 and 2

Level III

Level III

Master Judge

Courses of study required for certification: Certified to judge/evaluate:


To become a Master Judge, applicants must:

.Have previously received Level III certification,
.Attend the two-day Master Judge workshop (12 hours each day), and
.Pass the written exam and video test with a score of 70% or higher in each section. Applicants who score a cumulative totoal of 65% to 69.9% are designated as PreTrials judges.

Applicants must purchase the current WBTF Judges’ Manual.

This workshop deals only with the judging of those events included in the U.S. Trials, U.S. PreTrials and World Championships: Elite Compulsories, Short Program, Freeystyle, Freestyle Pairs and Twirling Teams.

Through utilization of role models, range descriptions and concept summaries, participants are trained to recognize skill levels and to appropriately award credit based on the philosophies and priorities of the events. They also learn scoring techniques for judging compulsories (as opposed to the evaluation method of the CAS).

At local, state, regional and national competitions plus Regional and U.S.PreTrials and U.S. Trials.

Master judges are certified by the World Baton Twirling Federation to judge the World Championships.

Master judges may judge all levels of CAS, Foundation and Championship individual and group events to include freestyle and elite compulsories.

PreTrials judges may judge the Regional and U.S. PreTrials only.

PreTrials judges may attend focus meetings and practice judge at the U.S. PreTrials and U.S. Trials.

Judging Competencies



Additional Information:

Judges still competing as athletes must follow the Athlete/Judge/Coach Policy.

Who can attend judges’ workshops? All professional members, 16 years or older, may attend judges’ workshops for information purposes. However, attendees must be 18 years or older to test for certification.

Certification Policy: Certification must be completed in sequential order.

To retain certification: All judges must attend a workshop every three years or recertify through the USTA online recertification process in order to remain at their current classification. Level I judges may attend a Level I workshop or retake the Level I home study test to fulfill their seminar requirements. Level II and Level III judges may attend any level workshop to receive seminar credit with no testing required. Master judges receive seminar credit by junding the U.S. PreTrials, U.S. Trials, and World Championships by attending the judges’ training meetings at the U.S. PreTrials or U.S. Trials competitions.

For more information and to find out about judges’ workshops in your area: Contact the USTA Judges Department at

To order all manuals, Level I, Part 1 OnlineStudy materials, or to order the Judges online recertification: order online at Click on Shop, then on Training. Please order manuals in advance. All applicants should be familiar with the material before attending a workshop.

Additional educational items that may be ordered online at the same site:

.Compulsory and Movement Technique demonstration videos
.Role Model Videos and Descriptions - helpful for Level II and Level III judges, but not mandatory. These videos are free and are posted on the USTA Knowledge Central site.


Local competitions: Official judges’ polo or white shirt or blouse, fabric of choice (i.e. ,cotton, linen, knit). Sleeve length is optional. Black pants, skirt or culottes/shorts. Black jacket optional. Black shoes (closed toe).

State, regional, national competitions: White shirt or blouse, fabric of choice (i.e., cotton, linen, knit). Sleeve length is optional. Black pants, skirt or culottes/shorts, matching black jacket/blazer (mandatory). Black shoes (closed toe).