IBTF Goals

  • To conduct World Championship competitions in each of our governed disciplines
  • To become the single governing body for the sport of baton twirling internationally
  • To create accreditation mechanisms for coaches and adjudicators of the disciplines we govern

The International Baton Twirling Federation (IBTF) is a non-profit organization created to foster the advancement and development of baton twirling in countries that desire to join together as members of the common goal of unity. A secondary goal of the IBTF is to provide these member countries with the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the improvement of the sport of baton twirling.


To become the multidisciplinary governing body for the sport of baton twirling as recognized by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). This includes any use of the baton.

What is GAISF?

The Global Association of International Sports Federations is the umbrella organization for all international sports federations as well as organizers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations.

Why must Baton Twirling be a member of GAISF?

To achieve recognition as an official sport which validates acceptance in each country’s sport governing body. In many countries, GAISF recognition is a requirement to be eligible for funding, technical assistance and sport training education methods. This recognition also provides leverage for access to training facilities.

Recognition by GAISF provides validation of our sport to potential sponsors and mass media.

GAISF is the ladder to Olympic Recognition.

It is critical for the IBTF to gain the required number of federations worldwide in order to apply for GAISF membership. The current requirement is to have national federations in a minimum of 40 countries on at least three continents.

The path to be part of the organization that defines our sport in the future is for the WFNBTA and WBTF and any other baton related organization to unite and act as one in the IBTF to achieve that vision.