Monday, June 1, 2020

Contest Calendar Series: 2020 Virtual ATX Summer Twirl Fest

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Welcome to June! We know the past couple of months have been a little crazy, and there have been quite a few disappointments with contest cancellations, but before you hang those routines up for the summer, we have one more contest opportunity for you!

Today our Contest Calendar Series is about the 2020 Virtual ATX Summer Twirl Fest!



*REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY* 
Please note that the registration deadline for this contest is this Friday, June 5th at Midnight! Visit http://www.twirlatx.com/summer-twirlfest.html to find the contest information and registration form, or you can email the contest directors at atxtwirlfest@gmail.com with any questions.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who - Hosted by Twirl ATX & Directed by Ashley Wood and Whitney Coons
What - 2020 Virtual ATX Summer Twirl Fest
When - Saturday, June 20th, 2020. The first events will start at 8:30 am
Where - Wherever you want! This contest is virtual, so all performances will occur using ZOOM via your personal electronic device. Some competitors will perform in gyms or studios, some will perform on tennis or basketball courts, and many will perform on the street in front of their house! There is no right or wrong place to perform, as long as it is flat, safe, and the screen can see your full body during your routines.


Why - This event will allow everyone to enjoy a twirling competition while staying safe, giving your twirlers something to look forward to, and offering closure to the season. They have a panel of excellent NBTA Certified judges lined up, and a wide variety of events. All events will be performed live via Zoom and judged upon completion as they would be at an in person competition. Performances will not be recorded and will only be seen by the judge and their clerk.

CONTEST HASHTAG! #atxsummertwirlfest
For this event we would love to see any competing Texas Twirlers utilize the hashtag #atxsummertwirlfest when posting photos of the competition weekend on social media. Use the hashtag and your photo could end up on this blog or the contest site! Don't forget to tag @twirlingiscatchingtx on Facebook or Instagram and we may share your pic on one of our pages.

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS: 

  • Miss Twirling Sunshine Pageant: While there have been other virtual contests, the ATX Summer Twirl Fest is the first to offer a pageant! Winners will receive a plaque and sash, and the 2nd through 5th place twirlers will receive a slightly smaller plaque. 
  • UIL Ratings Event: As UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble was cancelled, the ATX Summer Twirl Fest has arranged for a UIL State Twirling Judge for those wanting to perform their UIL routine for a rating, just like they would have at TSSEC. The judge will even be designating 1-3 Outstanding Performers! While this will not be an official UIL designation, this gives twirlers the opportunity to see how they would have done and have that final performance. 
  • Father/Daughter Events: Since the ATX Summer Twirl Fest will be held on Father's Day Weekend (Saturday only though), they wanted to get the dads involved! Fathers & their Twirler can compete in either the Daddy/Daughter Basic Strut or Duet (or both!). Prizes for this event will include custom Koozies for the Top 5 Dads in each category!

UNIQUE FEATURE: Zoom Hangout Rooms
They have added a fun feature to this event just for the twirlers! We know the best part of contests is visiting with your friends, so during the course of the ATX Summer Twirl Fest they will be operating Zoom Hangout Rooms for the twirlers to get together and catch up! This will allow the twirlers to visit with their friends all over Texas in between events just like they would at an in person contest. It may not be exactly the same, but it is one step closer to seeing their friends!


Interested in attending this event? Visit http://www.twirlatx.com/summer-twirlfest.html to find contest info and the online registration link. Have any questions? Contact atxtwirlfest@gmail.com or call /text Ashley at 512-848-7426. We hope to see everyone via Zoom on June 20th!


We hope you have this edition of the Contest Calendar Series. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some info we could use to help highlight our sport? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Baylor University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 Baylor University Golden Girl Feature Twirlers!


The Baylor Golden Girls, lead by Coordinator Lynn Dell Harrell, are coveted twirling spots in the twirling community, as these positions have a history of being held by some of the area's best. We are super excited to see that this Fall season will be no different! Returning this season will be Golden Girls Jillian Taylor & Paige Glass, and joining them at McLane Stadium will be newcomer, Mallory Remm!


Jillian Taylor, who was named as the Fall 2020 Twirler Captain, is originally from Tustin, California. She will be a Senior this Fall and is double majoring in corporate innovation and marketing. This will be her fourth season with Baylor, and she can't wait to make more unforgettable memories cheering on her Bears.











Paige Glass, who is a Texas girl from Gonzales. This Fall she will be a Senior, and she is studying biochemistry on the pre-med and honors tracks. This will be her fourth season with Baylor and she can't wait to cheer on the bears with thousands of her closest friends again.










Mallory Remm is the newest addition to the Golden Girls. Coming to Texas from Sussex, Wisconsin, She will be studying communication sciences and disorders. In Wisconsin she was the Feature Twirler for her High School, a member of the Revolutions Twirling Club, and was coached by Anna Spiers and Aryn Swann. When asked what brought her all the way down to Baylor, she told us "as soon as I stepped on Baylor's campus it felt like home! The campus traditions, welcoming community, Baylor spirit, and the amazing people I met along the way made Baylor stand out for me from other schools. I am so honored to represent Baylor University and I cannot wait to take the field as a Golden Girl!"




What an amazing group of twirlers to be together on the same field. Makes you want to break out your green and gold and yell "Sic Em Bears!" We want to give a big welcome to Mallory and a congrats to Paige and Jillian. We wish you all a wonderful football season!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Missouri Southern State University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2020-21 Missouri Southern State University Feature Twirler!


MSSU is located in Joplin, Missouri, and is the home of the Lions. It is now also the home away from home to Texas Twirler, Alexis Maggard! Alexis will be a Junior at MSSU this Fall where she will be majoring in Social Work. Previously, she was the Twirler at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and her parents live in Frisco. Alexis is very excited that at MSSU this Fall she will have a Co-Feature, Tori Cooper. She tells us, “I can't wait to share the MSSU field with one of my long time friends!"

Congrats to Alexis! We know you will be amazing in the green and gold! Go Lions!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Houston

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2020-21 University of Houston Feature Twirlers!



The U of H Feature Twirlers, lead by Coach Jennifer Garrison, are "an elite Team of Baton Twirling Soloists who are integral contributors to the entertainment value of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band". This year U of H is welcoming two new twirlers to the field... Ainsley McDonald and Emily Mitchell!

Ainsley is from Whitehouse, TX. She will enter UH in the Fall as a true Freshman studying Human Development & Family Studies. Emily is from White Oak, TX. She will begin her first year at UH as a Sophomore majoring in English. You can see these ladies this fall rocking it at the TDECU Stadium.

Congrats to Emily and Ainsley! We know you will make the scarlet and silver look good!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Lamar University Cardinalettes

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2020-21 Lamar University Cardinalette Twirlers!



Lamar University, location in Beaumont, Texas, is the home of the Cardinals and the Cardinalette Twirling line! The Cardinalette Twirlers came back to the field less than ten years ago with the return of football and a marching band to Lamar University. In 2017 the line received a new name, a new coach, and a new look! This years tryouts were held virtually in April, and the seven members of the 2020-21 line were selected.

The 2020-21 Cardinalettes Twirlers include:

  • Head Twirler: Lauren Cole - 4th Year Twirler. Early Education Major from Port Neches, Tx
  • Kaitlyn Marley - 5th Year Twirler. Music Education Major from Nederland, Tx 
  • Alyza Steen - 2nd Year Twirler. Chemical Engineering Major from Nederland, Tx
  • Katie Gillard - 2nd Year Twirler. Nursing Major from Nederland, Tx
  • Catarina Tran - 2nd Year Twirler. Music Education Major from Nederland, Tx
  • Laney Powdrill - 2nd Year Twirler. Communications Major from Buna, Tx
  • Abbygail Walden - 1st Year Twirler. General Studies Major from Vidor, Tx

We are excited to continue to follow this program and we wish the Cardinalettes an amazing season!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - San Diego State University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce one of the 2020-21 San Diego State University Twirlers!


San Diego State University, also known as SDSU, is located in San Diego, California, and is the home of the Fighting Aztecs. Lead by Coach, and Former College Miss Majorette of America, Catherine Watters, SDSU has been building their reputation as a great place for college twirlers.

This year, the SDSU Twirlers will include Texas girl, Tatiana Guillen!

Tatiana is from San Antonio, TX, and is currently a student at Antonian College Preparatory, where she is a Feature Twirler. She is coached by Pat Montgomery of the Alamo City Strutters. At SDSU, Tatiana will be majoring in Marine Biology. She will be joined on the field by co-twirler, Keili.

How does this Texas Twirler feel about going all the way to California? "I’m excited to be moving out of state and to experience new things and to meet new people, but I’m also nervous to be leaving home.” We can imagine that is a huge change, but we know with Coach Catherine, she will have plenty of support!

We all want to wish a huge congrats to Tatiana as she represents in San Diego! Go Aztecs!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Keiser University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

We are excited to announce the new Keiser University Feature Twirler, Jennifer Kotzur!


Keiser University, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, was founded in 1977 with the Flagship Campus opening and merging with Northwood University in 2005, resulting in the Keiser University Seahawks! Purity, Truth, and Wisdom prevails as Navy Blue and Sky Blue waves ever true.

This Fall, Jenn (Jennifer) Kotzur of Stockdale, Texas will take her place as Keiser's third ever feature twirler! She is the student of Amber Rhyne Hanel and Whitney King Coons. She is also the reigning Miss World’s Perfect Twirler and 2020 Miss Texas Perfect Twirler Superhero, and she will be representing Texas (virtually) at the World’s Perfect Athlete 2020 this Summer.

Previously, Jenn was the first “Island Girl” Islander Feature Twirler for Texas A & M-Corpus Christi  (2006-11) earning her BA in Social Studies Education. She then continued her education and collegiate twirling at Howard Payne University (2011-2015), graduating in 2016 with a MA in Youth Ministry. Recently Jenn has been bringing baton twirling to the entertainment world as a performing baton twirler for Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Morgan's Wonderland, both in San Antonio.

At Keiser University, Jenn will be pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and will have the very unique opportunity with Keiser Athletics as the Team Manager (graduate assistant) and Twirler to the National Champion Keiser University Seahawk Spirit Squads, alongside award-winning coach, Laura Pucker! Jennifer is excited to follow her dreams educationally and athletically. As she tells us, "This all comes as an unexpected blessing and a reminder to all... don’t stop believing!"

Congrats Jenn! We wish you the best of luck at Keiser. We know you will share a little sparkle and Texan hospitality with all you meet in Florida. Go Keiser University Seahawks!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Arkansas

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we have an out of State twirler post. We are excited to announce that the University of Arkansas will have 3 Texas Twirlers calling those hogs including one of the Feature Twirlers and two of the Majorettes!


The University of Arkansas, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is the home of the Razorbacks, and has a rich tradition of baton twirling. Arkansas not only has stellar feature twirlers, but also a talented twirling line that shines on the field at Reynolds stadium along with the Razorback marching band.


We want to welcome Texas Twirler McKenzie Gomez as a new Arkansas Feature Twirler! McKenzie is a freshman Interior Design major. She is from Round Rock, where she was a Round Rock High School Feature Twirler. McKenzie has been coached by Sheri Carter, Lori Perkins, and Caroline Carothers. We asked McKenzie what made her want to be a Razorback twirler and she told us, "The first time I visited Arkansas, I knew I wanted to call Fayetteville home, so I worked as hard as I could to achieve my dream!" Congrats on making that dream come true McKenzie!





Next, returning this coming fall, in the position of Majorette Captain will be Texas twirler, Kendal Baker! This will be Kendal's third year on the Arkansas Twirling Line and she is once again honored to be named a Captain. Kendal will be a Junior in the fall, and is studying Supply Chain Management. Kendal is from Fort Worth. She is most excited about performing pregame in Reynolds Stadium!









Joining the line new this year is Pittsburgh, Texas, native, Skyler Brown. Skyler will be a freshman who is majoring in nursing. She is most excited for cheering on the hogs and creating new friendships with the twirlers! Welcome to the team Skyler!












McKenzie will be Featured with the Razorback Marching Band alongside returning Feature Twirler, Isabella Udouj. Kendal & Skyler will be joined on the field the other three members of the Majorette line including the other Majorette Captain, Hannah Brown, as well as Whitney Williams, and rookie Summer Hill.

You can follow the Arkansas Twirlers on their Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/UARKMajorettes. They do a wonderful Twirler for a Day program in the Fall where younger twirlers get a taste of what it is like to be a Razorback twirler and perform on the field alongside these amazing young ladies, so keep an eye out for information on that program.

We know this fantastic group of twirlers will be an amazing team. We are all so happy for McKenzie, Kendal, and Skyler, and we can't wait to see them calling those hogs this Fall. Woo Pig Sooie!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Texas Christian University Part 2

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce an addition to the 2020-21 Texas Christian University Feature Twirlers! 


TCU, located in Fort Worth, TX, is known for some awesome football, and even more awesome twirlers. As we announced earlier this month, this Fall the Horned Frogs will feature twirlers Haylee Chiariello, and Stephanie McBurnett. This week, an additional twirler has been announced to join them. We want to extend a huge congrats to new TCU Feature Twirler - KK Tunnell!

KK (Caleigh) Tunnell is from the Dallas area. She has been a Feature Twirler at Rockwall-Heath High School and a member of Texas Touch of Class, coached by Sheila Payne Rigelsky and Shirley Payne. KK was a 2019 US Twirling Ambassador to Peru and is the reigning 2019 & 2020 Miss Majorette of the Southwest.


We know KK will be an amazing addition to the TCU Feature Twirler family. We are looking forward to seeing these THREE lovely and talented young ladies as they twirl together in the Amon G. Carter Stadium this Fall. Go KK, Haylee, and Stephanie! Fear the Frog!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Texas State University


Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 Texas State University Feature Twirlers!


Texas State, located in San Marcos, TX, is the home of the "Pride of the Hill Country" - the Bobcat Marching Band. Annually, the BMB selects twirlers to serve in their feature positions. Auditions were held for the 2020-21 season via video auditions earlier this month, and for the first time in many, many years, three twirlers were selected to represent Texas State!

Returning to the Bobcat Marching Band this season will be Kaylee Williams and Megan Lazrine, and new to the Texas State University Jim Wacker field will be incoming freshman, Cayla Watson!

Kaylee is from Whitehouse, Texas, and is coached by Shelby Elder and Janice Jackson Seamands. As a member of the class of 2022, she is majoring in Computer Science. Megan is from Sweeny, Texas, and is coached by Jana Reid. Also a member of the Class of 2022, she is majoring in Business Management.

New to Texas State this Fall is incoming freshman, Cayla Watson! Cayla is from Corpus Christi, Texas, where she is a Feature Twirler at Flour Bluff High School, and has been coached by Keely Davis and Michael Lopez. She will be pursing her degree in Civil Engineering at Texas State.

We look forward to seeing these three talented young ladies as they lead the Pride of the Hill Country and are featured at halftime in the Bobcat Stadium. Congrats to Kaylee, Megan, and Cayla! Eat 'Em Up Cats!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The More You Know... How does USTA work?

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

A couple weeks ago we introduced a new series to the blog called “The More You Know…”. In this series we will be posting about different NBTA, USTA, or UIL related rules that currently exist, but that not everyone may be familiar with or fully understand. We have reached out to prominent Texas judges in these areas to share the rule or process they wish more people knew about. Our first edition of this series was about using proper NBTA Title Terminology. Make sure to check out that post to learn more!


For the next edition of "The More You Know..." we will learn "How does USTA work?"

Today we are moving into the world of the United States Twirling Association, or the USTA. When this blog originally was introduced, and for our first couple years, we exclusively covered NBTA related Texas events, because that is what we were familiar with. Recently we have been trying to give more attention to our USTA Texas Twirling friends, and the great things they are achieving.

To do this, we reached out to well known and respected USTA Coach and Judge, Lori Lewis Perkins. Lori currently resides in Magnolia, Texas. She has been teaching baton for over 30 years and is the current President of the Texas Twirling Teacher’s Council and a contest director in the Houston Area. In 2019, she was awarded the USTA National Choreography Award. She has trained world medalists, and is a great source of information regarding USTA. We are so happy to have her help in shedding light on this topic!


While twirlers from any organization may learn something from this blog entry, it is aimed at those that currently don’t know about or understand USTA. They have seen that USTA has wonderful twirlers, and they have been interested in checking it out, but are nervous about what they don't know, or scared of those “compulsory things”. Hopefully by this conclusion of this posting, you will be excited about venturing out to an upcoming USTA event!

At USTA Sanctioned Competitions, they offer 5 types of events:

  • Essential Events (For Evaluation Only) – Compulsories, Movement Technique, Short Program
  • Foundation Events: Basic, Military, Presentation, Parade March (Nov., Beg., Int., & Adv. Divisions)
  • Championship Events: Solo, Two Baton, Three Baton, Strut, Artistic Twirl, Duet, Artistic Pairs (Most of these events offer Nov., Beg., Int., & Adv. Divisions, but the Int. division is optional for Three Baton, Duet, and Artistic Pairs).
  • Group Events: Twirl Teams (Novice, A, AA, AAA, and Elite; content restrictions apply), Dance Twirl Teams (Beg., Int. [opt], & Adv.), Trios (Beg., Int. [opt], & Adv.), Parade Corp, Entertainment Corp, Show Teams, and Artistic Group (the last three only offer one level).
  • Collegiate Events: National Collegiate Event, offered at Nationals. Optional for local, state, or regional contests.


Now that we know the TYPES of USTA events, let’s learn how they work and get rid of some of those fears!

1.  You are never required to qualify to compete in a USTA competition for any of the above events.  Anyone may enter local, state, regional, and national competition at your level for the above non-essential events. There has been a lot of incorrect information being spread online recently about the qualification processes for USTA.

2.  Compulsories are never required to enter a USTA competition! We repeat… they are NEVER REQUIRED to compete at a USTA Competition! The only event that relies on compulsory levels is the Freestyle routine for U.S. Trials or Pre-Trials. Someone who has never done a compulsory can still compete at a USTA competition in any other event!

3.  The Competition involving Compulsories and Freestyle is totally separate!  This competition is called the U.S. TRIALS. The U. S. Trials is the selection process for the WBTF World Championships where, to simplify as much as possible, “Four Elite Junior women, Senior Women, Junior Men, & Senior Men must receive a qualifying score to represent Team USA. Additionally, One Junior Pair, One Senior Pair, and One Team can also compete for a qualifying score and Team USA position”. This is a TOUGH competition, and very few athletes ever attain the goal of even competing at this level.


4.  Since #3 is so hard to attain, and USTA believes in providing appropriate training to reach the highest levels, USTA developed the PRE-TRIALS PROGRAM.  The Pre-trials is a separate competition! It offers athletes the opportunity to begin a freestyle routine (similar to an NBTA rhythmic routine) earlier in their development, but with content restrictions. Athletes competing at Level A will only compete in their Region. Once they progress to AA, AAA, or Elite, they have the opportunity to qualify at their region to advance to a National Pre-trials competition, where they compete in compulsories (25% of the score) and freestyle (75% of the score).

5.  USTA uses standardized music for all competitive events.  Timing begins and ends with the music provided. To help make this run smoothly, the USTA uses a set system where each competitor is assigned a lane and a numbered order to perform. This is similar to Twirl Mania, and the process many NBTA contests are using as well. An announcer will call out the names before the music begins.

6. The above listed events are the ONLY sanctioned events offered by USTA.  You may see offered or enter other events at local competitions such as Modeling, Freestyle, Show Twirl, Etc., but those events are Non-sanctioned events and offered at the discretion of the contest directors.

These are just some highlights for you.  A complete rule book with detailed explanation of all events and competitions can be found at www.ustwirling.com. Section 5 of the current edition of the rule book is dedicated to compulsories and movement technique and how they can be beneficial to the proper development of all athletes. Compulsories are not something to be afraid of! Their purpose to is to ensure that Elite twirling athletes are being taught the required skills in the correct manner to ensure they properly represent the US on the World Level with uniformity.

Provided here are some important links to more information on local and national USTA Resources:


We hope this has been helpful to you and cleared up any concerns you might have about checking out a USTA contest in the future. Currently all Texas area competitions are on hold due to Coronavirus issues, however, depending on how the summer goes, some events might get rescheduled into late June/July. This blog will make sure to post about any rescheduled events and share registration information when it becomes available. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Lori Perkins at twirllp@yahoo.com. She will be happy to help you, or put you in touch with someone that can! 

We hope you have all enjoyed this opportunity to learn something new, and a big thank you to Lori for all her help in explaining this subject! Can't wait to see many new faces at the next USTA event!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Friday, April 17, 2020

#TeamTexas Quarantine T-Shirts!

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We know this is a time in our lives no one is likely to forget about, but some of our awesome Texas Twirlers have come up with some super cute ways to support each other and remind us that while we may all be apart, we are still united together under this great twirl community!

There are two cute shirt designs below... Check them out, and let us know if you have any questions on ordering. Both of these shirts support companies that have been very supportive to twirlers, and we want to be able to help them out in return if we can. If you order one of these shirts, make sure to post a pic on your social media and tag us! We can't wait to see all our Quarantine Queens Quaran-Twirling online!

Twirling Sweet Sensations Fundraiser Shirt
TSS is doing a Fundraiser to help their families struggling with finances due to loss of jobs or other financial struggles during this Covid-19 shutdown. They have families needing scholarships and they will not allow any twirler to stop doing what they love! They are selling these T-shirts or tank tops for $20 (includes shipping). Color of your choice! Teams with orders of 12 or more can have their team name listed where is says Twirling Sweet Sensations on the design below! Single orders or orders of less than 12 will say, "We are Quaran-Twirling"! Please message TSS on Facebook or email michele.pangrac@gmail.com with the color of shirt and sizes of tanks and/or t-shirts and Michele Pangrac will get them going for you. Twirling Sweet Sensations is a 501(c)3 non-profit.



Quarantine Queen 3 Chicks Tank Top
Jaidyn Poole, our Junior Miss Majorette of the Southwest, and her mom, Mitzi, were talking about how fun it would be to have cute tanks to represent this Quarantine time period. Their idea was to make it in Texas colors and spread the word to as may Texas twirlers as possible to order them. Normally we do a Team Texas shirt for AYOP, but since AYOP is canceled, this is the next best option. If interested contact Marlene Chambers at 3 Chicks Creations via Instagram, FB, or email her at chambersrgbk@yahoo.com to order. You can ask for the "Texas Quarantine Queen" design. You can personalize the back if you would like with your name, year, title, or whatever touch you might want added. Costs will vary based on the design. The goal is to celebrate what the twirlers accomplished and remember this crazy time by celebrating these Texas girls!




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Conneticut

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 University of Connecticut Feature Twirler!



The University of Connecticut, also known as "U Conn", located in Storrs, CT, is the home of the Huskies. U Conn has a history of some amazing Feature Twirlers, and this year they get to add a Texas Twirler Maggie Barnett to the list of fantastic talent that has performed on Rentschler Field!

Maggie is currently a student at Byron Nelson High School, where she is a Feature Twirler, alongside her younger sister, and was a baton twirling Ambassador to Peru this past September. She is also the 2019 Miss Majorette of Texas and Inaugural Major Margaret Mann Innovation Award Winner. Maggie is coached by Janice Jackson Seamands of the JJ Texas Star Twirlers.

What made this Texas Twirler interested in going all the way to Connecticut? "UConn provided me with the unique opportunity to twirl while also double majoring in music performance and political science! On each visit to UConn the band directors and staff were so welcoming!" Such an amazing opportunity!

We all want to wish a huge congrats to Maggie as she begins her new adventure at UConn! Go Huskies!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Texas Tech University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 Texas Tech University Twirlers!



Texas Tech, located in Lubbock, TX, is well known for their National Champion Twirlers. Led by Coach Bethany Tolley, the Texas Tech Twirlers performs at football games, school events, and compete on the National level. Auditions for the Fall twirling line were held virtually in early April and they selected five twirlers for the Texas Tech Twirling Line and one Feature Twirler.

Returning for the 2020-01 Season will be Feature Twirler Abby Morgan. Abby is from Gonzales, Texas, and has earned the title of 2019 and 2020 Collegiate Miss Majorette of the Southwest, bringing the biggest title in the region home to Raiderland two seasons in a row!


This Fall, Texas Tech is excited to announce they have extended offers to four returning Twirlers, and one new Twirler. Returning this season will be the new Texas Tech Head Twirler - Kimberly Davis, as well as the 2020 Southwest Regional Collegiate Downfield Champion, Chailie Alsaffar, and advanced level twirlers, Emma Zuar and Anna Hughes.


Joining the team this year will be newcomer Morgyn Hendon. Morgan will be a Junior at Tech this Fall. From Midland, TX, she twirled at the Midland Christian School under the direction of former Texas Tech Twirler, Brianne Womble Adkins, and is currently coached by Former Texas Tech Feature Twirler, Amanda Tolley. Morgyn was introduced to the team this weekend through a virtual call with her new teammates. How cute is that? Welcome Morgyn!


Congrats ladies on being a part of another year of this awesome twirling institution. We know it is going to be a great year and we cannot wait to see you all perform together representing what a Texas University can look like. Guns Up Ladies! Wreck Em!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - UT Permian Basin

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Also, make sure to check out the 2020 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide. Most of the information has been updated, including details for several schools that adjusted their try-out dates.

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 University of Texas - Permian Basin Falcon Twirlers!


The University of Texas Permian Basin Falcon Twirlers, lead by Coach Marlene Torres, held video auditions earlier this month, and selected three awesome twirlers to represent the Falcon Marching Band for the 2020-2021 season. Congrats to Tori Swindle, Kydie Edwards, and Alaina Adcox! We cannot wait to see these ladies performing this Fall in the famous Ratliff Stadium, home of the movie "Friday Night Lights"!

Tori Swindle will be a Sophomore this upcoming year. Her hometown is Odessa, Texas, and she is coached by Marlene Torres. She is currently attending UTPB and majoring in Nursing.

Kydie Edwards is a High School Senior currently taking concurrent classes at Cisco Junior College and at Albany High School. She plans to major in Business. Her hometown is in Albany, Texas, and previously lived in Colmesneil, Texas. She is coached by Vicki Ray. 

Alaina Adcox is a Senior at Schulenburg High School. Schulenburg, Texas, is her hometown, and she is coached by Shay Yates-Iannelli.  Alaina plans to major in Marketing.

Each of these young ladies will be receiving a scholarship for being a UTPB Twirler. The Falcon Twirlers perform at all pregame and halftime performances with the UTPB Spirit of the Permian Basin Marching Band, and accompany the UTPB Band at pep rallies and other public appearances. For more info about the Falcon Twirler program, visit the UTPB Falcon Twirler's Facebook Page.

Congrats to these ladies. We can't wait to see you all on the field in the Fall! Go Falcons!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Texas Christian University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Also, make sure to check out the 2020 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide. Most of the information has been updated, including details for several schools that adjusted their try-out dates.

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 Texas Christian University Feature Twirlers! 


TCU, located in Fort Worth, TX, is known for some awesome football, and even more awesome twirlers. This coming Fall, the Horned Frogs will feature two new faces on the field showing their purple pride. Let's big a big round of conrats to Haylee Chiariello & Stephanie McBurnett!


Haylee comes to TCU from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is coached by Vicki Ray from Vick's Chicks. Haylee is also the reigning Miss Mustang and will be representing baton twirling at Miss Oklahoma.


Stephanie is from San Antonio, TX. She is the WCHS Feature Twirler and SW Regional Pageant Royalty. Stephanie has been coached by Patti Mickey, Kayli Mickey-McIntosh, Tori Mays, & Major Margaret Mann.

We are looking forward to seeing these two lovely and talented young ladies as they twirl together in the Amon G. Carter Stadium. Way to go Haylee and Stephanie! Fear the Frog!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Sam Houston State University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Also, make sure to check out the 2020 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide. Most of the information has been updated, including details for several schools that adjusted their try-out dates.

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 Sam Houston State University Feature Twirlers!

 

The SHSU Twirlers, lead by Coordinator Kelley McCormick, had their normal auditions altered due to the current situation, but still moved forward with virtual auditions and interviews. Following the auditons, three new twirlers were selected to represent the Bearkats this coming fall.

We would like to congratulate new SHSU Feature Twirlers - incoming freshman from The Woodlands, Madison Frantzen, incoming Master's Student from Crandall, TX, Rachel Dugan, and incoming freshman from Latrobe, PA, Yelayna Rossi! We look forward to seeing these three rock the orange and blue in the Elliot T. Bowers Stadium this coming season. Go Bearkat Twirlers!




We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Tyler Junior College

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Also, make sure to check out the 2020 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide. Most of the information has been updated, including details for several schools that adjusted their try-out dates.

Today's post announces the selections of the 2020-21 Tyler Junior College Feature Twirlers!



This coming Fall, the TJC Apache Band and the Touch of Gold Auxiliary will proudly feature returning twirler, Bethany Tompkins, as well as two new faces, Ally Wilcox and Katelynn Carter!

Bethany, who is from Van, TX, will be returning for her sophomore year. Ally is coming from Bullard ISD, and Katelynn from Chapel Hill ISD. Both Ally & Katelynn will be freshman and are coached by Beth Maddox.

We are so excited to see Ally and Katelynn join Bethany and the Touch of Gold on this field this Fall!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The More You Know… NBTA Title Terminology

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We know this time is very strange and trying for all of us. We were just really getting into the season, and now due to the coronavirus precautions, everyone is homebound and understandably uncertain about what the next few weeks, or even months, will bring. We have all the twirlers, in Texas and around the world, in our thoughts and prayers as we all get through this. Stay safe, take care of yourselves, support each other, and let’s continue to remain united.

Check out the World Baton Twirling Federation's #apartbuttogether initiative to stay connected to the rest of the baton world as we all weather this together! Also, make sure to keep World Baton Twirling Day (April 10th) on your calendar and learn the routine. We may not be able to get in our normal facilities, but we can still enjoy our sport!

In the meantime, we hope to bring you new content over the next couple weeks/months to keep you educated and entertained. One series we have been wanting to introduce for awhile is our “The More You Know…” Series. In this series we will be posting about different NBTA, USTA, or UIL related rules that currently exist, but that not everyone may be familiar with or fully understand. We have reached out to prominent Texas judges in these areas to share the rule they wish more people knew about.

To kick things off, I am going to get us started. I don’t normally identify myself on here, but I am going to for this one since it is a rule I am passionate about educating people on. For those that don’t know me, my name is Ashley Wood. On top of being the author of this blog, and the webmaster for texastwirl.com, I am a Co-Director & Coach for Twirl ATX in Austin, TX, and I have been an NBTA certified judge for 7 years now. I am often known in my judging for being a stickler about penalties, and I am a big old rules nerd, thus the inspiration for this series!

For our very first “The More You Know…”, let’s learn more about NBTA Title Terminology! 


With NBTA SW Regionals just 1.5 weeks ago, we know there are twirlers all over our region getting jackets, bags, towels, or shirts printed with titles earned in Canyon. However, not everyone is familiar with the guidelines for title wording. It may not seem like a big deal to get one part of a title wrong, but when you are the actual title holder and other people are using your hard-earned title, it becomes very important. It also makes Texas look bad when we show up to AYOP with incorrect terminology printed on our gear. This subject and its importance on the World stage, and to the general public, has also recently been addressed on social media by Twirling Legend Annetta Lucero.

A Twirling Title can get very long. In fact, each title has SIX parts, and yes, it is crucial that you use all six parts when embroidering a jacket or posting on social media. This is a long read, but it will be well worth your time to ensure you are knowledgeable on the subject, and we have even included a handy “title guide” to help you moving forward. Now, let’s learn how to properly word a title!

(1) YEAR – This part is simple. Always start the title with the year it was won - I.E. “2020”

(2) SKILL DIVISION
– When putting together a twirling title, you must include the SKILL divisions, unless the winning twirler was competing in the advanced division. A title without a skill division listed automatically implies it was the Advanced title. If your twirler wins a Novice, Beginner, or Intermediate event, the title must include this Skill Division tag. Claiming your beginner two baton winner is the “State Winner” (vs. the “Beginner State Winner”) implies that they are the Advanced title holder, and they just took away the prestige earned by the Advanced twirler who rightfully holds that title. Always state division unless Advanced!

(3) AGE DIVISION
– When putting together a twirling title, you must include the AGE divisions. The precursory title tag of Tiny Tot/Little Miss (0-6), Juvenile (7-9), Pre-Teen (10-12), Junior (13-15), Senior (16+), or Collegiate, must be stated in every title. The only exception to this is that Senior winners do not have to include Senior, because if an age division tag is not included, it is implied that this is the Senior title. This implication is always given to the oldest, non-collegiate, division. For example, if you get a jacket for your 14 year old that says “State Three Baton Champion” (vs. the “Junior State Three Baton Champion”), you have just claimed them as the Senior winner and aged them a couple years just by leaving out a single word.

When dealing with single age events, the title must include the single age. For example, the Miss Southwest Model Pageant is done by single age. Saying your twirler is the “Miss Southwest Model Winner” is implying they are the 18+ winner. Make sure your titles always include individual age if that applies, such as “8-year-old Miss Southwest Model Winner”. This is also something to keep in mind at AYOP as most events are single age. Always ensure the proper age is used! 

(4) CONTEST ATTENDED – Next you must include the identifier for the contest attended. This would be like “Texas State” or “Southwest Regional”. It is important that you include the location (Southwest or Texas) and not just the type of contest (Regional or State), because there are 18 NBTA Regionals and 50 States that could be represented in a title, and you want to make sure to identify as the correct one.

(5) CONTEST WON – Next you must include the event that was won in order to earn the title. This one is easy. Solo, X-Strut, Basic Strut, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Pageant, etc.

(6) PREFIX/SUFFIX – This is the hardest part of the title and what gets messed up most frequently.

CHAMPION vs WINNER for Non-Pageant Events: The ONLY competitors that can be listed as CHAMPIONS are the Advanced, or highest level, winners. The Regional, State, or National CHAMPIONS are those that won an Advanced division. If your twirler won a lower division (Novice, Beginner, or Intermediate) event, they are the WINNER. Utilizing the term CHAMPION for a non-advanced division takes away the prestige of the advanced title.

This also applies to TEAMS. At the 2020 NBTA Southwest Regionals, for example, there were no ADVANCED Dance Twirl Teams. All Dance Twirl Teams competed in the Beginner classification, which means the groups that won the Dance Twirl events are classified as Regional WINNERS and need to ensure they do not state that they were Regional Champions, even though there were no advanced teams.

However, there are sometimes events that do not have Skill Divisions. For example, there is no division separation for Half Time Show Teams or Pom Pon teams, so the winners of these events are CHAMPIONS because they competed in the highest level of this event. This also applies to Show Twirls.

Here are some examples of similar titles being differentiated by CHAMPION vs. WINNER
• Advanced Senior Solo CHAMPION vs. Intermediate Senior Solo WINNER
• Advanced Junior X-Strut CHAMPION vs. Beginner Junior X-Strut WINNER
• Advanced Pre-Teen Basic Strut CHAMPION vs. Novice Pre-Teen Basic Strut WINNER
• Advanced Senior Dance Twirl CHAMPIONS vs. Beginner Senior Dance Twirl WINNERS
• Half-Time Collegiate Show Twirl Team CHAMPIONS
• Tiny Tot SW Regional Show Twirl CHAMPION

PAGEANT WINNER vs. MISS MAJORETTE for Twirling Pageants – In a pageant, only the ADVANCED title holder can be referred to as “MISS MAJORETTE”. This applies to State, Regional, and National Advanced Pageant Winners. If your twirler wins a pageant, but it is not Advanced, they must utilize the title of “Pageant Winner”. Examples of this are the Senior Beginner Regional Pageant Winner, Pre-Teen Regional Basic Skills Pageant Winner, or Junior Intermediate Regional Pageant Winner.

Now that we have reviewed the six parts of a title, we want to offer a handy tool to help you when determining your twirler’s proper title wording. Presenting, the (unofficial) NBTA Title Terminology Guide! 


How to use this guide… Go down each column and circle the correct classification. Then in the blanks on the bottom right hand side, fill in the lines with the circled items. This will reveal to you the proper six-part title that should be utilized when stating titles! Below we have included two examples.



Please note that while this information was all gathered from the NBTA Rules, this blog post was not made or approved by NBTA Headquarters. To find the information in this blog post you can check out the “RESPONSIBILITIES OF ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS  Part E” in the NBTA Solo Rules.

If you ever have any questions on a title, please consult your twirling coach first, but you can also feel free to email us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com or NBTA Headquarters at baton@americanbaton.com if you need anything clarified. If you email us and we do not know the answer, we will reach out to NBTA Headquarters to make sure we have the right response for you!

Thank you all for reading! We hope everyone has learned something and that we have helped! Stay Strong Texas Twirlers! We will make it through this stronger on the other side.

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.