BBTSA Region One

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Welcome!

British Baton Twirling Sports Association Region One is made up of club's from Kent, Essex, Sussex and Hampshire


Our Club's are




Margate Jetsetters from Margate


Thurrock Bellettes Baton Twirling Team from Thurrock


Island Allstars from Isle of Sheppey


Artistic Twirlers from Sittingbourne


M B Twirlstars from Southampton


Stix Twirling Academy from Portsmouth


Shining Stars Twirling Academy from Newton Abbott


Twirl Versity from Portsmouth


Avian Dance School from Norfolk


If you require information on any of our Clubs or you are a Club and would like to join our Region then please get in touch on our contact page.




Advice On Joining A Twirling Club

Make sure you know who your Club Leader and Coach are and ensure that are members of the BBTSA.


Your Club Leader and Coach both have to obtain a DBS check which means that your child will be safe with these two people. Anyone helping within the Club must also have been DBS checked as well.


Your membership of a Club covers you for insurance purposes, administration and provides you with an identity card which allows you to compete in the various competitions, attend training seminars and also take exams in the form of grades.


Our sport is unique and quite addictive, and I am sure it will get under your skin before you know it!

We are a very friendly Region and we have loads to offer which will ensure that you have a very bright twirling future ahead of you.


Training

  • This is done at club level and is a good way of making friends for life.
  • There will also be an opportunity to attend training seminars at Regional level at which we will have some of the top trainers in the country and internationally.
  • Training in dance, including ballet and jazz, flexibility and gymnastics will be offered at the seminars in addition to twirling.
  • The seminars are a fantastic way of learning new twirls and disciplines and for generally keeping up-to-date.
  • And also you can have some fun and meet new people whilst doing all those things.


Membership

  • There is a two-tier system for membership, full and partial.
  • Full membership means that you can just about do all the things on offer to members. This would mean you should be proficient in all the twirling aspects.
  • Partial membership means that you can do almost everything, but you cannot qualify for the National Championships. This means you can start to build up your confidence and proficiency in your routines for the competitions. You can also join in the local competitions and training days that the Region has to offer.
  • Partial membership is an excellent way to start out for those new to twirling or the association. It will enable you to see if you enjoy twirling and to build up your confidence by taking part in local competitions and training seminars, before progressing onto national level competitions.


Training gear

  • This will be up to your Club Leader & Coach. Generally clubs do not require a set “uniform” for training and comfortable sports gear (shorts and tshirts, leggings or jogging bottoms) will suffice. Jazz shoes, plimsolls or trainers should be worn on the feet.
  • Normally the Region seminars would require you to wear plimsolls or jazz shoes, black tights, shorts or leggings and a t-shirt. Nothing fancy or too loose or the baton could get caught.


The Region

  • Our Region is called Region 1 and covers Kent, Essex, Sussex and Hampshire.
  • The Region is run on behalf of all our members.
  • We have a committee that is voted in at each Annual General Meeting (date to be announced). We have a Chair person, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Competition Officer, Training Officer, Membership Officer, Secretary and a PRO who runs our website and Face Book page.
  • We are all here to work for you and the athletes and we all are volunteers.


We look forward to welcoming you

The Sport

Twirling a baton is a complex and demanding competitive sport.

It is a sport for girls and boys, women and men. The athletes main instrument is a balanced steel baton, which is manipulated from hand to hand to spin continuously. The speed and control of the baton's revolution depends upon the athletes skill level. Years of training are required to master the sport.

The sport of baton twirling is complex because technique of the twirling baton and the movements of body are given equal credit.

The major modes of baton twirling are aerials, contact material and rolls. Aerials comprise tossing and catching the baton in stationary and travel positions. Contact material, the second mode, is composed of twirling near and around the body in the horizontal and vertical patterns in either forward or reverse direction. Rolls are elements that require the baton to twirl over a body part like the neck, arms and elbows without any hand contact

The variety of baton twirling material is further combined with body movements including dance, gymnastics and musical interpretation. The choreography of baton and body is set to a musical selection. This makes baton twirling an interesting and exciting sport to perform ans watch.

Baton twirling is a physically and mentally challenging sport because of the physical stamina required to perform a routine, the grace and entertainment value needed when competing, the ability to concentrate and to achieve perfect musical timing and co-ordination of the twirling baton with the baton movements. When all these many factors are mastered, baton twirling is an awesome, thrilling, creative and phenomenal sport to behold.