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Exciting changes in the sport of baton twirling! IBTF Events( Thu, Dec 12 00:12:AM)

Attention athletes, parents, coaches, judges and other twirling supporters:
 
USTA has just posted the new "2020 U.S. SELECTION PROCESS for the 2021 IBTF WORLD BATON TWIRLING CHAMPIONSHIP and NATIONS CUP." The new manual is available on the USTA website > Members Only > Manuals and explains the process that will be used to select USTA athletes for the 2021 International Baton Twirling Federation (IBTF) World Baton Twirling Championship and Nations Cup events. In 2021, those events will replace the WBTF World Championships and International Cup events you may be familiar with. Please read the explainer below for more on these exciting changes, which will take the sport of baton twirling closer to international acceptance and Olympic recognition!!
 

This is an exciting time in the sport of baton twirling!

The World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) - which USTA is part of - and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA) - which NBTA is part of - are joining forces as the International Baton Twirling Federation (IBTF). This joint venture will raise the profile of the sport of baton twirling and bring us closer to Olympic recognition!

 
 

As a result, international competitions that you may be familiar with, including the WBTF World Championships and International Cup, will be changing during the next three years.Please see the calendar and explainer below, read all the information carefully and contact Sandi Rios, USTA Technical Department Director, at srios39@aol.com if you have any questions.

 
CALENDAR

In 2020:
The last WBTF World Baton Twirling Championships, August 2020 in Riccione, Italy
     o    USTA athletes will qualify at the U.S. Trials, March 27-29, 2020, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

In 2021:

The first IBTF World Baton Twirling Championship and Nations Cup Competition (Replaces the Grand Prix and International Cup.)
     o    USTA athletes will qualify at the 2020 National Championships, July 14-18, 2020. Watch for the USTA World Baton Twirling Championship and Nations Cup Qualifier Manual coming soon.

In 2022:

The first IBTF World Freestyle Championships (Replaces the WBTF World Baton Twirling Championships)

 

EXPLAINER

2021 IBTF World Baton Twirling Championship
•    Previously known as the Grand Prix and/or International Cup. (Elite Level.)
•    For Elite level individual athletes, pairs, teams and groups.
•    Disciplines to be offered: Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Artistic Twirl, X-Strut, Duet, Artistic Pair, Twirling Team, Artistic Team, Twirling Corps and Artistic Group.

USTA athletes will qualify for the 2021 IBTF World Baton Twirling Championship in the following events during the 2020 National Championships, July 14-18, 2020, in Stockton, California:
•    Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Artistic Twirl
     o    Three (3) athletes, plus 1 alternate (reserve) allowed per discipline / per age group / per federation (USTA)
•    Duet and Artistic Pair
     o    Three (3) pairs, plus one (1) alternate (reserve) per discipline / per age group / per federation (USTA)
•    Artistic Team and Artistic Group
     o    One (1) Team / Corps / Group. Two (2) alternate athletes allowed. Alternates (reserves) are considered as part of a federation’s contingent.

•    P
lease note:
USTA WILL be taking athletes in X-Strut (Men and Women), Twirling Team and Twirling Corps to the 2021 IBTF World Championship and Nations Cup. Though qualification for these events will not be offered at our National Championships, there will be a selection process to ensure USTA has athletes in these events. Watch for more information on that selection process, coming soon.

2021 IBTF Nations Cup
•    Previously known as the WBTF International Cup (A and B levels).
•    For A and B level individual athletes, pairs, teams and groups.
•    A and B levels are determined by Content Restrictions and athlete proficiency.
•    Disciplines to be offered: Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Artistic Twirl, X-Strut, Duet, Artistic Pair, Twirling Team, Artistic Team, Twirling Corps and Artistic Group.

USTA A level athletes will qualify for the 2021 IBTF Nations Cup in the following events during the 2020 U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships, July 14-18, 2020, in Stockton, California:
•    Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Artistic Twirl
     o    Three (3) athletes, plus 1 alternate (reserve) allowed per discipline / per age group / per federation (USTA)
•    Duet and Artistic Pair
     o    Three (3) pairs, plus one (1) alternate (reserve) per discipline / per age group / per federation (USTA)
•    Artistic Team and Artistic Group
     o    One (1) Team / Corps / Group. Two (2) alternate athletes allowed. Alternates (reserves) are considered as part of a federation’s contingent.

•    Please note: A separate qualifying process for X-Strut, Twirling Team and Twirling Corps will be announced soon.

2022 IBTF World Freestyle Championship
•    Previously known as the World Baton Twirling Championships in Freestyle, Freestyle Pair and Freestyle Team.

 

 
FAQs and additional information 

1.    Question: What is the difference between Artistic Team and Freestyle Team?

Answer:  "Artistic Team" defines the name of the Team discipline done to music of personal choice for the World Baton Twirling Championship. "Freestyle Team" defines the name of the Team discipline done to music of personal choice for the World Freestyle Championship.      
•    To those with an NBTA background “Artistic Team” would relate to “Dance Twirl” team (since NBTA Twirling Teams perform to a standard piece of music.)  
•    To those with a WBTF background, the difference between “Artistic” and “Freestyle” Team is in name only.


2.    Question:  What is the difference between “Artistic Group” in the World Baton Twirling Championship and the Nations Cup since they both are required to use the B Level Content Restrictions?
 
Answer: The difference is the proficiency level of the groups. Athletes who have the proficiency level to compete in championship/elite team or group do not belong in the Nations Cup.
•    The Nations Cup is for the team or group of B and A Level proficiency.  
•    The B Level Content Restrictions ONLY determine CONTENT in Artistic Group.
•    B Level, A Level, and Elite Level categories determine PROFICIENCY. 

 
PLEASE REMEMBER what is stated in the Rules Document:

The 2021 NATIONS CUP is a Tier II Competition for the development of athletes around the world. USTA will only take A Level athletes to the Nations Cup.

Here is IBTF’S philosophy statement for an equitable competition among Nations Cup athletes:

There will be two levels of competition in the Nations Cup: Level B and Level A which are determined by Content Restrictions and the athlete’s proficiency. 

It is the responsibility of the coach and athlete to enter the appropriate level in the Nations Cup based on the athlete’s true proficiency of skills and experience. The IBTF expects that all member countries will respect and honor these levels in order to uphold the integrity of international competition and promote an honest competitive environment.

By reviewing the Content Restrictions that are in place, athletes should enter the appropriate level based on their proficiency and competitive achievement. Athletes who compete at higher levels throughout the year in their respective countries, SHOULD NOT have routines “watered-down” in order to meet the content restriction requirement to compete at a lower level competition.

Any athlete who has placed in the semi-finals/finals at a World Championship in any discipline may not compete in any B Level discipline at the IBTF Nations Cup.
 
For more information about these exciting advances in the sport of baton twirling, visit www.ibtf-batontwirling.org, and sign up for the IBTF Revolution Newsletter.