The United States Twirling Association (USTA) was founded in 1958 as the first national twirling organization to be run democratically and it remains the only twirling organization that elects its Board of Directors through its membership. It is incorporated in the state of Delaware and is classified as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Throughout its history, USTA has been a leader and innovator in the sport of baton twirling. USTA was FIRST:

.to design and implement the set system for competitions
.to create and use the Olympic Scoring System of judging
.to use Qualifying Rounds for state, regional and national competitions
.to begin the new and exciting events of Dance Twirl and 3-Baton in 1976
.to open its competition doors to athletes of all ages since 1974
.to always use more than one judge on state, regional and national events
.to use the place point system of tabulation to increase fairness
.to develop comprehensive professional training programs for coaches and judges
.to offer the U.S.Trials competition to select athletes to represent the U.S. in the World Championships
.to send a team of competitors to the World Championships since 1980
.to record and distribute its own competition music
.to provide insurance coverage for members
.to provide over $1,000,000 in liability coverage for its contest directors
.to create a computer tabulation system for its competitions
.to create a comprehensive website for its members featuring online membership and
   entry  registration and an online store for merchandise and training materials
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