To see all rules and regulations pertaining the 2021 IBTF World Baton Twirling Championships see the 2021 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
- All members must use one baton.
- More than two-baton work is not allowed.
- Exchanges are permitted
- No floor movements are permitted with exceptions of opening and final position
- No props permitted
- No acrobatics allowed
- Maximum of 2 spins permitted
- Illusions not permitted
- Kneeling is ONLY allowed at the beginning and close poses
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.
- Marking time with On beat-foot hitting every count of music.
- Half-time foot hitting every 2nd count.
- Double time-foot hitting twice every beat.
- Twirling: while twirling, individual must maintain continuous foot movement.
- Marching half steps, step kicks, etc., may be used as long as unit keeps moving continuously.
- All members must start continuous foot movement within 16 counts after timing begins
Required Structure of Routine:
- Parade Corps must enter from the judges’ left and exit to the judges’ right.
- Parade Corps may present a 16-count introduction with the music before stepping off into the forward movement section of the routine.
- Forward: meaning ahead, front, up front
- Movement: meaning action, transit, change, motion.
This requirement applies to all members, including auxiliary units.
Types of moves which can be executed during forward continuous foot movement:
- Any type of footwork or dance work combination that allows the group to continue moving in unison. It is possible to utilize half steps, step ball changes, pas de bourrée steps, step kicks, etc. It is also possible to turn around and march or step backwards and still continue moving.
- When standard marching procedure is utilized, it is proper procedure to step on the left foot on the odd counts of the beat and the right foot on the even counts of the beat.
- Drill design work should be constructed in a manner which allows all members of the group to continuously advance.
- Exchange work may be choreographed provided it does not inhibit 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:
- All members should twirl together during a part of the routine
- Synchronic twirling
- Exchange work
- Staging (utilization of floor, design patterns, creating pictures to music with all props including batons)
- Seamless transitions between equipment
- Precision and unison of all members with all props including batons
- Creative handling of all equipment chosen to be used as props
- Musical interpretations with all equipment chosen as props
The corps has 2 min to enter the floor and 1 ½ min to exit the floor. This time includes the introduction and removal of all equipment, props/equipment, scenery and backdrops.
COSTUME Free choice. Costume should be appropriate to the age/style/music.
TIMING 3-4 min