About Baton

Baton Twirling is an athletic endeavor enhanced through creativity. It is a challenging sport that combines the skillful mastery of twirling, tossing and catching batons with body movements incorporating dance and gymnastics. Routines are set to an array of musical selections. It is a sport that offers competition opportunities for both individuals and/or those wishing to participate in teams.


Baton twirling encompasses all aspects of mental and physical well-being. It is a sport for both males and females of all ages. Baton twirling lends to diversity and its participants reflect the limitless positive attributes it instills.




Athletes may train to obtain badges and pins through a formal evaluation system known as the "Canadian Skills Developement Program." Athletes are encouraged to participate in parades, public performances and year-end recitals, which helps to develop confidence and a healthy self-esteem for all body types. Many athletes enter the sport at a recreational/pre-competitive level. As their skills develop, they are given the opportunity to train as competitive athletes in solo, duet, and group categories. Future opportunities for athletes may also include coaching, choreographing and officiating the sport.


The MANITOBA BATON TWIRLING SPORTIVE ASSOCIATION is a member of the CANADIAN BATON TWIRLING FEDERATION (CBTF) - the national governing body of Baton Twirling in Canada. We are a Sport Partner of Sport Manitoba and our coaches are CBTF and NCCP certified.

There are pre-competitive events are offered at most open competitions.  For these events athletes are graded, and not placed.  They are a stepping stone to the full competitions.


  • Basic March Level 1 and 2

  • Medley Level 1 and 2

  • Solo Level 1 and 2

  • Solo Dance Level 1 and 2

  • 2-Baton Level 1 and 2

  • Pre - Group

  • Twirl Team Level 1 and 2

  • Dance  Twirl Team Level 1 and 2


There are 6 different major individual events that are held at every open competition, and Provincial and National Championships. There are also many different group and team events offered. The individual events are:


  • Medley

  • Solo

  • Solo Dance

  • Duet

  • 2-Baton

  • 3-Baton



The levels for these events are: C, BN, BI, A.  Athletes scores are flashed when competiting in an age category 12  or older.  Until then, the athletes are graded bronze, silver, gold, and diamond (means score to advance.)  These relect the range an athlete is in within their level, and it is not a placing.


To move from

  • level C to BN an athlete needs to score 2.5 or higher after penalties

  • level BN to BI an athlete needs to score a 4.0 or higher after penalties

  • level BI to A an athlete needs to score a 6.0 or higher after penalties



There are 3 different events that are held at Provincial Team Trials, Canadian Team Trials and the World Championships.  These events include:


  • Freestyle ( this also has a compulsory moves or short program requirement with it.)

  • Pairs

  • Team

 To compete at the national level, athletes must first qualify in their home province.  To compete internationally, the top three junior women, senior women, junior men, and senior men (plus an alternate in each category,) along with the top junior pair, and senior pair, and one team qualify to go to Worlds.