At the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Grand Prix competitions, WBTF and WFNBTA judges have agreed that the use of acrobatics, though permitted, is not given extra consideration nor will its use contribute to determining the rating and ranking of the athletes. The IBTF philosophy regarding adjudication prioritizes, first and foremost, the quality and technique of aerial work, rolls, contact material and accompanying bodywork. All other enhancements to a performance such as acrobatics, floor work, dance, novelty, etc. will not supersede the qualities and skills of achieved and developed baton twirling skills.
That approach has been used in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Grand Prix competitions.
Beginning with the 2022 World Baton Twirling Championship, specific rules apply to each Discipline and Level. For example, in Solo:
- At the World Championship, a maximum of 2 acrobatic movements are allowed, with or without a toss. One or both may be aerial.
- In Nations Cup Level A, a maximum of 2 acrobatic movements are allowed, with or without a toss. The only aerial element allowed is one aerial cartwheel.
- In Nations Cup Level B, a maximum of 2 single-element acrobatic movements are allowed under a toss. Aerial movements are not allowed.
In 2-Baton, acrobatic movements are not permitted at the World Championship or any Nations Cup Level.
A complete description of acrobatic restrictions in all disciplines is included in the 2022 Rulebook.