View this email in your browser                                                                                                 Volume 1, Issue 4.1 (Special Edition)

Welcome to the bi-monthly International Baton Twirling Federation Newsletter.
Spinning into the Future of Baton Twirling. 


“I’d like to thank all the athletes for
raising awareness for baton twirling globally.”

- Beverly Johnson, IBTF Vice President

Celebrating IBTF Grand Prix 2019

Grand Prix 2019 was...GRAND!

The 2019 IBTF Grand Prix was an immeasurable success! Congratulations to all the athletes who had the honor of representing their countries.

Here is a recap of our gold medalists:

Visit the IBTF website for a full list of IC and Grand Prix results! 

Livestream Success!

Livestream Link

The Livestream made it possible for thousands of baton twirling enthusiasts to tune in from home. With a live commenting capability, it gave everyone the chance to cheer on their favorite athletes. In case you missed it OR want to watch again, check out the videos here

Thank you to Fédération Française Sportive de Twirling Bâton for their coverage of the entire event!

Event Photos 

Photos of Grand Prix 2019

We owe a great deal of thanks to photographer Paul Rutten for his coverage of our event. Here is an album: Click here to see some of his fabulous photos!  He plans to continue to add to this album so be sure to check back! 

Thanks again, Paul! 

2021 World Baton Twirling Championships
& Nations Cup Rule Book 

Looking ahead to what's next?
We are elated to share the details for the 2021 World Baton Twirling Championships and Nations Cup. 
Take a peak! 
Click Here to View Rule Book
As promised, here are answers to some of the questions asked after the initial release of the handbook! (Answered by IBTF President, Sandi Wiemers)

Question 1:
I understand there will be 1 world championship every 4 years. I also understand that WFNBTA + WBTF will have their separate international competitions in the middle of those 4 years. What will those be called? How will we qualify for world championships? How do we qualify for the separate A & B Levels at the Nations Cup?
Answer 1: There will be an IBTF competition every year, not every 4 years. The 2021 World Baton Twirling Championship and Nations Cup for B and A-Level athletes offers competition in the disciplines of Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, X Strut, Artistic Twirl, Artistic Pair, Duet, Twirling Team, Artistic Team, Twirling Corps, and Artistic Group. The 2022 World Freestyle Championship offers competition in Freestyle Individual, Freestyle Pair, and Freestyle Team. The format for the 2023 & 2024 IBTF competitions is still being established by the IBTF Executive and will be announced sometime in the future. The qualifying process is up to each member Federation.   

Question 2: The 2021 World Championships + Nations Cup is the first combined world championship between NBTA and USTA, correct?

Answer 2:  This is a world-wide competition, not just a competition in a country.

Question 3: If that is correct, qualification for this competition would be at the 2020 nationals for each organization? 

Answer 3: The qualifying process is up to each member Federation.

Question 4: Additionally, could you clarify the difference between qualifying for worlds and qualifying for the Nations Cup?

Answer 4: The qualifying process is up to each member Federation, but in most cases, there is a separate qualification process held to choose the athletes.  B & A level athletes have specific content restrictions they must adhere to in discipline. 

Question 5: Is the Nations Cup similar to the current International Cup where twirlers of different levels have more opportunity to qualify vs. the world championships catering towards mainly elite twirlers?

Answer 5: Yes.
Visit our NEW website! 

We are thrilled to begin utilizing our new website that will feature the latest details, results, rule books, and news to keep you in the know with everything related to IBTF. 

Take a look! 
Thank you for reading!
We will continue to inform you of changes, advancements, and upcoming events as it relates to IBTF and this overall global alliance. We hope you will support us on this journey for the betterment of baton twirling for everyone, everywhere.
The future is here, 
IBTF Executive Managing Committee

The IBTF Executive Managing Committee meets physically twice a year and conducts all other business regularly via conference meetings and email. Present topics are the completion of the formats for the upcoming scheduled competitions, working on the policy and procedures manuals for governance, competition rules, judging criteria and financial policies.    

Current IBTF Executive Managing Committee:
Sandi Wiemers, President
Beverly Johnson, Vice President
Jean Patrick Rousset, Vice President
Maurizio Chizzoli, Vice President
Jeff Johnson, Secretary-General
Lisa Hagen Rebbestad, Treasurer
Amy Arellano Williams and Moto Tsuchiya, Sport Administrators
Christine Bel, Paola DeMarchi, Darlene King Gaboury, Dale White, Rita Schrooten, and Jackie Stewart, Technical Members
Denise Pearse and Paul Rutten, Executive Committee Member at Large
Upcoming Championships
2020 WBTF Pan Pacific Cup | January 17-19 - Alberta, Canada
2021 World Master Games | May 28-30 - Kansai Japan
2021 World Baton Twirling Championships + Nations Cup 
Have questions? Email us so we can answer in the next newsletter!
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