BATON TWIRLING is a unique artistic sport combining the technical skill of twirling the baton with the enthusiasm & athleticism of dance and acrobatics. Baton twirling is a great sport for children of all ages.
Learn to Twirl (Recreational) Class
Ages 4-up. No previous training. This 1-hour class involves an introduction to basic twirls, marching techniques and coordinating simple dance steps while twirling. Participants will require a baton.
Ages 6-up. The Pre-Competitive level is designed to ease recreational athletes into the competitive realm of our sport. Athletes will learn and may compete in six nationally standardized individual events. It is recommended they attend two local baton competitions throughout the season and have the option of competing in out of town competitions. Athletes are encouraged to take the Skills Development Program (Badge Class) and must take up to a 2-hour class a week.
Ages 8-up. The Competitive Level is designed for the more serious athlete. Athletes will learn and compete in individual/duet and team events. Solo, Medley, Solo Dance, Duet, 2Baton, 3Baton, and Team events. After receiving the Silver Pin athletes will learn and compete in Compulsories. Recommend that competitive athletes take a minimum of 3 or more hour class per week and must attend local, provincial competitions. National and International competitions will be decided by the coaches if the athlete is ready for this level.
Skills Development Program Badge Class
The Skills Development Program (SDP) is a progression skills program, with an emphasis on growth and advancement. It offers the recreational athlete an incentive to continue in his/her own personal growth within the sport. Each badge is divided into two parts: Baton Technique and Body Technique. *(NEW) Effective September 1, 2020, an athlete must pass the SDP Silver Pin prior to entering “C” compulsories in an Open competition and an athlete must pass the SDP Gold Pin prior to entering “B” compulsories in any competition.
Compulsories consists of 13 compulsory elements in Level "C" and 15 compulsory elements in levels "B" and "A" for competitive athletes only. Athletes will learn all 15 elements in order to advance to Freestyle once they have attained the minimal score to advance to the next level.
All-Star Teams and Groups
We do our best to group similarly skilled athletes for our teams. We also try to group similar ages together. From time to time some athlete's skills will be higher than the average skill level of the group, however, lower than the next team above them. Athletes should consider participating in teams for fun, leadership, participation, friendship, and unity. All competitive athletes are invited to tryouts at the beginning of the season (September only) each year.
This program is designed to excel in flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering and tumbling.