|As promised, here are answers to some of the questions asked after the initial release of the handbook! (Answered by IBTF President, Sandi Wiemers)
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.