The Competition Policies & Procedures Handbook for the 2022 IBTF Nations Cup and World Baton Twirling Championship is attached below.
The disciplines included in the 2022 Nations Cup and World Baton Twirling Championship competitions are: Solo Two-Baton Three-Baton Artistic Twirl X-Strut Duet Artistic Pair Twirl Team Artistic Team The additional disciplines included in the 2022 World Baton Twirling Championship only.
A message of hope to all baton twirling athletes, coaches, and officials.
2020 was supposed to be monumental for our baton twirling community. There were two world championships to look forward to, countless local and national contests to help our twirlers prepare for their shining moments, and a beginning to the new era for baton twirling led by the IBTF. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, much of the hard work was cut short, seasons ended prematurely, and dreams were put on hold. The hearts of our athletes, coaches, and leadership broke, having to decide to postpone these major events, but ultimately the right call was made.
Coaches have found new ways to connect with their students and keep some normalcy in such an uncertain time. Where the coach/athlete relationship may have surrounded practices and contests before, thanks to technology they are reaching out to just be there for each other, allowing coaches to still celebrate new accomplishments while allowing their athletes to bring some comfort to a coach’s day. Even some contest directors are finding ways to continue the competition seasons through virtual contests of all sizes. Baton twirling has never felt more alive thanks to the internet and the ways we can remain connected.
The best innovations often follow times of tragedy. This time when we are more alone with our thoughts than ever may bring some of the most powerful and creative work we have ever seen, and we look forward to seeing how our sport will look a year from now. Athletes have an extra year to prepare for their performances at their respective world championships, even giving them a chance to rest off injuries or a little fatigue that they typically would push through. Our choreographers and coaches have more time to revisit routines and push their athletes to be even better. Even they need time to refresh from what is sometimes a nonstop process of creating and building championship caliber performances. While we still are finding our way through these uncertain times, the only thing we can do is look ahead to the bright future of our sport.
The IBTF is committed to continuing to unify our sport. While our plans are put on hold as well, we look forward to our first world championship in 2022. To the athletes, coaches, family and fans of our sport, we salute you for keeping our sport alive through this pandemic. Keep sharing your videos and that positive spirit at the forefront. Happy twirling!
The International Baton Twirling Federation is now receiving bids to host the 2022 World Freestyle Championship. All bids must be received no later than August 1, 2020.
The IBTF World Freestyle Championship is a 5-day event held during the first two weeks of August on the even-numbered years.
The Bid Document package includes 3 documents:
Any questions about hosting bids should be directed to the IBTF President, Sandi Wiemers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Completed hosting bids should be submitted by email to the IBTF President.
About the IBTF
The IBTF is an umbrella organization that brings together the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA). The WBTF was founded in 1977 and has held World Championship competitions since 1980. NBTA World Championship competitions have been held since 1990 under the authority of various organizations, with the WFNBTA being formed in 2013. The IBTF will hold a World Baton Twirling Championship in the odd-numbered years (beginning in 2021) and a World Freestyle Twirling Championship in the even-numbered years (beginning in 2022).
The official music selections for the 2021 World Baton Twirling Championship are attached below. You can also visit the Official Music page to download the files.
These selections are reproduced with permission from the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA).
Click the links below to download the music files:
To see all rules and regulations pertaining the 2022 IBTF World Baton Twirling Championships see the 2022 Baton Twirling Rulebook.
1. TRADITIONAL MAJORETTE CORPS
A corps routine which shows the majorette tradition. The emphasis of this event is marching and manoeuvring using any chosen style of marching. Simple dance series may accompany the marching. Only basic dance steps executed in step may be included. Unison and Perfection are key to the event. The team may use a drum major or leader, there will be no separate score for this member. Every member of the corps must use a baton.
Only basic baton handling and twirls are permitted (i.e. full hand material, finger twirls, loops and swings, NO releasing/tossing of the baton is permitted, NO release/catch exchanges, ONLY hand to hand exchanges permitted). Kneeling is not allowed.
COSTUME Style of Costume is optional (free choice). Hats are optional. Must follow footwear rule. Costume should be appropriate to the age/style/music.
TIMING 2-3 minutes
2. EXHIBITION MAJORETTE CORPS
The emphasis of this event is a corps performing a routine with marching and changing formations, with timing, perfection and precision. The routine may begin and end anywhere on the floor. The choreography should be a mix of various styles of marching and dancing with the emphasis being on the marching drill design, manoeuvering, staging and creating pictures and patterns. All modes of twirling, exchange work and dance footwork are permitted. Multiple baton work is permitted to a maximum of 2-baton work. No floor movements are permitted with exceptions of opening and final position. The choreography should display good quality of twirling skills and concepts. Continual changing of formations and precisions and unison are the key elements during the entire routine.
RULES SPECIFIC TO EXHIBITION CORPS
COSTUME Style of Costume is optional (free choice.) Hats are optional. Must follow footwear rule. Costume should be appropriate to the age/style/music.
TIMING 2-3 minutes
No music for entry and exit
3. PARADE CORPS
A Parade Corps routine should be suitable for a street parade, maintaining continuous foot motion throughout entire performance. Limited props that can be carried in a parade, e.g. pompons, flags, hoops, banners, streamers, sabers, etc. are permitted but at least 10 members of the corps must use a baton. All modes of twirling and dance footwork are permitted. Parade Corps may only execute a
2-Spin and single element stationary or traveling complex moves. Immediately upon completion of the spin or complex move, the parade corps must step off on the correct count and resume continuous foot movement in step to the beat of the music.
Continuous foot movement: defined as the placement on the floor of the whole foot by stepping, tapping, jumping, or hopping at least every second count. Parade corps must incorporate continuous foot motion throughout the entire performance, but is NOT required to always be moving forward. Maximum 16 counts without marching for presentation/beginning of the street parade is allowed.
Required Structure of Routine:
This requirement applies to all members, including auxiliary units.
Types of moves which can be executed during forward continuous foot movement:
STREET PATTERN: Corps must stay within the approximate 25’ alley through three left turns to the reviewing stand section. The 3rd left corner may not be executed until after the front line of the of the corps passes the mid court line. Once a member turns the 3rd corner, that individual can move anywhere on the floor.
AFTER COMPLETING THE STREET PATTERN – the corps may use the entire gym floor provided the corps maintains drill movement within their program. The corps has to follow the street pattern as mentioned. All members must cross the mid court line to the judges right for the end of the performance.
COSTUME Free choice. Must follow footwear rule. Costume should be appropriate to the age/style/music.
TIMING 3-4 minutes
3. SHOWTWIRL ACCESSORIES CORPS
The emphasis of this event is on entertainment and balance between the use of baton and chosen props. The main importance is the baton and dance combinations. Props/equipment must be included to compliment the chosen theme of the program to create musical interpretation and visual effectiveness. Any number of props/equipment can be included but a baton and a minimum of 2 accessories is obligatory. Accessories have to be used, held, touched or manipulated at some point during the performance. Every athlete has to use a baton or accessory during the entire performance. Exception: Member(s) can be without a baton or accessory for a short time (maximum period of 16 counts) when changing from one piece of equipment to another. All competitors must start and finish touching an accessory or baton with a part of the body.
Backdrops and scenery can be included but are not mandatory. All modes of twirling and bodywork are permitted, acrobatics are not permitted. Athletes are permitted to do floor moves in this event.
Members’ responsibilities include:
COSTUME Free choice. Costume should be appropriate to the age/style/music.
TIMING 3-4 min
IBTF News Brief: 2023 IBTF World Freestyle Championship to include WFNBTA Rhythmic Twirl and WBTF Freestyle
Today’s news brief focuses on the 2023 IBTF World Freestyle Championship.
Looking ahead to the disciplines of the Championship, the competition will offer both WFNBTA’S Rhythmic Twirl and WBTF’S Freestyle Solo.
So, what are the major differences between the two disciplines?
Both disciplines are choreographed programs and interpretive routines that integrate blended baton skills in the modes of aerials, rolls, and contact material and body skills technique using the space allotted (performing area) for maximum effect allowing the athlete to display the technical and artistic aspects of baton twirling and body movement in a creative and entertaining performance to music of the athlete’s choosing.
The FFSTB, our host organization for the 2019 Grand Prix, has prepared a 'Road Book (attached below) that is full of useful information that will make your stay more enjoyable and your competition more serene.
The detailed schedule for the 2019 Grand Prix in Limoges, France is attached below.
The Order of Appearance Drawing for the 2019 Grand Prix was held on June 28 via online web conference by the IBTF Executive members.
Download the results of drawing below.