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Origins of Baton Twirling

Baton Twirling is a popular sport, but its origins are somewhat mysterious. The origin of baton twirling is debated. Some say that it might have started in Eastern Europe and Asia, but a solid record shows that the 1930ís was the start of majorettes. Letís take a look. Baton twirling likely started at dance festivals in Eastern Europe and Asia. Those who attended these festivals would dance with knives, torches, guns, and sticks they used to twirl and toss. This dancing morphed into armies twirling rifles during marches. The twirling rifles turned into maces, which are very similar to todayís batons. The early twirlers were men, mainly due to the batons being very heavy. At the end of the 1930ís, batons had evolved to be lightweight and adorned rubber on the ends. This is when women twirlers began their debut. After batons were shortened and made lighter, more women started joining the sport. It offered a graceful artform people could use to express themselves. The 1950ís ga

Posted: 7/12/2018

All About Winter Guard

Everyone has likely heard of Color Guard, but Winter Guard is also an awesome choice. This sportís popularity is growing and spreading across the world. Interested in Winter Guard? Hereís some information about the sport: Winter Guard is performed in a gymnasium. It is a combination of cheerleading, dancing, and baton twirling (as well as other item maneuverings) all in one sport. Winter Guard has its own organization for those interested in the sport all over the world to join. They host competitions regularly. Winter guard teams require a lot of manpower. There are often multiple coaches that lead a team, a choreographer to help plan the moves, and team captains. Teams practice for months for five-minute performances. The timing is crucial during a performance, so teams have to practice setting up, tearing down, and performing in an efficient manner. Creative staging is often a big bonus during Winter Guard performances. Colorful tarps, imaginative backdrops, and other theme

Posted: 6/19/2018

Baton Twirling Across Cultures

Different forms of twirling can be seen throughout the world and across many different cultures. Each tradition combined together to form the sport to how itís practiced today. One country that has a rich history of twirling is that of Switzerland. Back in the Middle Ages, it was custom for urban guilds to perform flag throwing. This practice continued on throughout the years and eventually morphed into the Swiss Yodeling Association. The Swiss Yodeling Association introduced rules and regulations to flag throwing and began hosting competitions. Flag throwing in Switzerland is highly regulated. The size of the flag needs to be precise. There are also 90 regulated swings necessary when performing, which includes many different types of swings. These swings all involve throwing the flag up into the air and catching it by the staff. Another culture that holds twirling in high esteem was that of the Aztecs. They were known for their fire dancing. In Bali, a Fire Dance is regularly pe

Posted: 6/8/2018

How to Measure Your Correct Baton Length

Choosing the correct baton length is crucial for success! If your baton is too short, it will be difficult to handle and create an awkward appearance. If your baton is too long, it can end up hitting your body (and that can really hurt). The perfect length will make your performance look effortless and smooth. Batons tend to be between the sizes of 14 and 32 inches. This wide variety of sizes makes it easy to find your right fit. How can you do this? Grab a friend to help! Ask your friend to use a tape measure to measure the length from the top of your shoulder to the tip of your middle finger. Make sure youíre standing straight up with your arm straight out. The length between these two spots is your ideal baton length. If you cannot find a baton to match the exact length of your shoulder to middle finger, itís okay to size up. Itís better to have a longer baton than a shorter one - and you could always grow into it! If you donít have a tape measure or someone to help, or you

Posted: 5/22/2018

Picking Quality Baton Twirling Gear

Thereís not much gear required for baton twirling, but the things you do need should be of top quality. Two of these items are baton twirling shoes and the baton itself. Finding the right shoes for baton twirling is important. You spend the entire time you practice as well as perform on your feet. During this time on your feet, you walk, sprint, bounce, jump, spin, twirl, and kick. Make sure you have the appropriate shoes so you can perform your best. We recommend getting InStep shoes for your baton twirling needs. They come in different colors to fit your style. The reason InStep shoes are a perfect fit for twirling is because they are lightweight and ultra flexible with a great toe point all while offering great support. When performing high energy routines, itís important to have non-slip shoes. InStep shoes are both non-slip and non-stick. They are also conveniently washable as theyíre made with leather bands on canvas. All of these things make InStep shoes perfect for not onl

Posted: 5/11/2018

Fire Baton Twirling

If youíre already a talented baton twirler you might be interested in branching out within the sport. One of the ways you can do this is through fire baton twirling. Fire baton twirling is not for the faint of heart, but itís a definite crowd pleaser and actually not as scary as it might sound. Fire baton twirling is for those already experienced in baton twirling and that have a good hold on the sport. Youíll need a fire baton in order to perform a fire baton twirling routine. These batons have special ends meant to catch on fire and hold a flame. When practicing and performing try not to drop your baton very often- the more you drop a fire baton the more the bolts that hold the wick together will loosen. Itís dangerous to perform with a loose wick, so when it starts to unravel, youíll need to purchase a new one. Another item youíll need to purchase is fuel. You can buy normal camping fuel to dip your baton ends in so you can light them on fire. Purchasing a baton twirling case

Posted: 4/20/2018

Getting Started in the World of Baton Twirling

Interested in becoming a baton twirler? There are a couple things you need to know first. Weíve got some tips to help jumpstart your baton twirling passion. The first thing youíll need when entering the world of baton twirling is, of course, a baton. There are many different styles and colors to choose from- there are even batons that light up when in use. The most important thing about picking out a baton is making sure the baton is the proper length. The proper size for a baton is the length from your armpit to your middle finger. After you have acquired a baton and are getting ready for your first baton twirling practice, make sure you have on comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in. Youíll be incorporating many different styles of movement throughout practice, including jazz, ballet, and gymnastics so flexible shoes are important. Another good idea is to put your hair up in a ponytail to keep it out of your face. You can decorate your hair with ribbons, or even

Posted: 4/4/2018

National Baton Twirling Day is Almost Here

The day weíve all been waiting for is about to arrive- April 10th is World Baton Twirling Day! This is the perfect day to show your love and support for your favorite sport. What can you do to celebrate? Here are some great ideas to get involved: Reach out to social media! Tweet about your love of twirling on Twitter making sure to hashtag World Baton Twirling Day and post pictures of yourself from your last competition on facebook. And hereís exciting news! Thereís an official routine you can learn with all the other baton twirling lovers around the world. Post your video specifically for National Baton Twirling Day to Facebook and share it with your friends- it could even inspire someone to learn more about baton twirling or even try their hand at it. Learn the official routine for National Baton Twirling Day. Get a head start and learn the same routine all the baton twirling lovers are performing on this special day. Thereís even official music you can download to perform your

Posted: 3/26/2018

Baton Twirling: What Does it Take?

One major misconception others have about baton twirling is that itís easy to do. This could not be further from the truth. Baton twirling is both a physically and mentally demanding sport that involves hours of intensive practice to truly master. You use many muscles when practicing and performing baton twirling routines. Muscles in your wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, core, and legs are all highlighted during your routine. It takes endurance, strength, and coordination to be a successful baton twirler. Baton twirlers can benefit from strengthening their core strength. You can do this through core-strengthening workshops or performing exercises at home. Some home exercises you can do include planks, bridges, abdominal crunches, and side planks. All of these will target your core and help you gain solid control over your movements during routines. Another area baton twirlers need to be skilled in is flexibility. You need above average flexibility for baton twirling because a lot

Posted: 3/14/2018

Flawless Makeup for Your Twirling Performance

Performing as a baton twirler offers many rewards. One of the most exciting times during your baton twirling career will be the competitions that you get to participate in. On top of your amazing twirling routine, a killer outfit and flawless makeup will certainly set you apart from your competition. So, how do you make sure that your makeup is on point? We have outlined a couple of must-knows for creating the perfect stage face. Start with a Clean Face - Your makeup will need to last all day, so donít apply makeup in the morning before you put on your stage makeup. Start with a clean face. Wake up in the morning and wash your face, then apply a small amount of moisturizer. Highlight - After you have applied a foundation, highlight your face. Using a light bronzer or shimmering powder, gently sweep your cheekbones and around your eyes to highlight your face. If you use a neutral color under your eyebrows, it can help define the shape of your eyes and make them look bigger.

Posted: 2/26/2018

Protect Yourself Baton Twirling

Are you new to baton twirling, or are you a veteran twirler? Starline Baton has great tips on how you can avoid injuries during practice and performances: Choose the Right Size Baton - Choosing the right size baton is key to performing well and keeping injuries down to a minimum. Get Out of the Way - As you start to practice, toss up the baton and quickly move out of the way, especially if you are new to baton twirling. Practice Outdoors - Wide open spaces and room is key to twirling baton. If you practice outside, you will have plenty of room to practice to help keep you free from injury. Know How to Catch the Baton - Keep your palm face up while twirling the baton as you toss it in the air. If you do this, the baton wonít land on your foot. Pick the Right Surface - Practice on a flat hard surface, and move your feet around. If you pick an uneven surface to practice on, like the yard, then you run the risk of spraining your ankle or hurting yourself. Keep Your

Posted: 2/9/2018

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Posted: 2/6/2018

Baton Twirling is a Gender Neutral Sport

The history of baton twirling is pretty vague in its origins, but the sport has evolved through men as drum majors, using rifles, sticks, maces, and mallets. It wasnít until twirling started to include a baton that women became involved in it and practically took over the sport. Today, baton twirling may be a sport dominated by females, but it is certainly not a womanís only sport. Whether they picked up baton twirling from a sister or another source, boys have been moving into the sport and steadily gaining in numbers. In the United States, the estimated ratio for girls to boys that twirl are about 40-1, but in other countries the numbers are much more evenly distributed. With such low numbers, it can be awkward and uncomfortable for boys just starting out. They may be the only male twirler in a program. Often, itís not until a boy moves into competitions that he will come across other like-minded boys interested in the fine art of baton twirling. Male champion twirlers

Posted: 1/19/2018

More Tips for Baton Twirling Beginners

Good baton twirlers make it look easy, but for anyone thatís ever tried it, they discover itís harder than it looks. The trick is to master the basics, then itís easier to move on to more complicated twirling routines and tosses. Tips on Baton Twirling for Beginners Have the correct baton length. Batons have different tips and varied shaft styles and diameters. The standard 3/8 inch shaft and rounded balls and tips are suggested for beginners. Watch videos about the basics of twirling. YouTube has a great list of resources for the basics of baton twirling. Find a class. Search online for baton twirling organizations such as the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF). Many competition web sites have sections on finding local classes for beginners and twirlers who want to move onto competitions. Practice, practice, practice and then practice some more. Developing the dexterity, smoothness, fluidity, and speed of baton twirling takes patience and practice. Customers

Posted: 1/5/2018

Important Information for Beginner Twirlers

There are several challenges that a new competitor may face when they enter the baton twirling arena. Itís nice to have an outline generated by someone who is experienced in the competitive twirling world. You can also ask your childís coach for information that you may need to familiarize yourself with this world, but itís important to not take too much time away from your childís lesson. Performing your own research can go a long way. The first step to entering the competitive twirling world is to get a good coach. If you look into your local twirling organization, they most likely will have several strong, informed coaches available to you that will offer a private lesson. When going through the coach selection process, let your child help in the decision-making process. The reason you should let your child help to make the decision is because of the following reasons: your child will be spending a significant amount of time with this individual. your child will be coll

Posted: 12/15/2017

Choose the Right Baton Twirling Event for Your Skill Level

If youíre new to the competitive baton twirling arena, you may want to learn about the different events that you can compete in. Here at Starline Baton, we understand that not every baton twirler can excel at every event. Thatís why we are going to break down each event for you. Basic Strut - The Basic Strut event is usually a short routine that requires marching in rhythm in a square, hitting every beat of the music. This demand is low for this particular event, and itís often for beginners to develop basic rhythm and good posture. Military Strut - The Military Strut event is performed in an ďLĒ formation and composed of marching stems with a military beat. This is a bit harder than the Basic Strut, as you need good rhythm, posture and arm/feet coordination. Presentation - This event is usually quote short and it helps to develop the proper technique of the competitor. This event is made up of body moves blended and executed to Presentation portion of the Strut music. R

Posted: 12/5/2017

Do You Have the Right Baton Size?

Even with the right shoes and outfit, baton twirling wonít happen without the right size baton to finish the set. Having the right size baton can make all the difference when it comes to your performance. A baton that is too long will collide with your body, while a baton that is too short will look and feel awkward to handle. Professional twirling batons come in sizes ranging from 14 inches to 32 inches, increasing in size by one inch increments. The width of the shaft can come in different sizes depending on what would be the most comfortable grip for the twirler. To measure the appropriate length of your baton, you will need a measuring tape, and the assistance of a friend or family member. Stand still with both of your feet together Outstretch one of your arms to make a 90 degree angle from your body Once it is stretched, have your family member pull out the tape and place the end of it at the base of your neck From there they should pull the tape out until it reache

Posted: 11/29/2017

Team Building for Baton Twirlers

Baton twirling for most is a team centered activity, having performers work closely with members of their team. Just like the twirling and performances themselves, keeping a strong team together takes time a practice. Team building is important to ensure that team members are cooperating well with each other, as well as build trust among members of the team. When performers build trust with each other, they are more inclined to help each other improve, making the team stronger as a whole. All this leads to a healthier and more enjoyable environment for the team. Below is a list of activities that encourage team building. Egg drop Ė you may remember this one from middle school, basically the group is split up into teams and must use a few materials to build a carriage to protect an egg from cracking after it is dropped from a great height (both teams should have the exact same number of materials). This is a critical thinking exercise that gets the teams to work together to create a

Posted: 11/10/2017

Have Fun Baton Twirling

Baton twirling is a very demanding sport, though many donít see it as such. Regardless, there is a great amount of effort that goes into becoming a successful baton twirler. Just like any sport, baton twirling requires hard work and dedication; itís not a sport that anyone can pick up and be an expert. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help you excel in the world of baton twirling. Practice The term ďpractice makes perfectĒ is pretty dead on when it comes to being great at sports or other activities in which some kind of knowledge or skill is required. Thereís no way to exceed in any type of sport or activity, especially baton twirling, if you donít practice! Just remember - every practice counts. Be Prepared Whether being prepared involves making sure you have all the necessary equipment or it involves being prepared physically and mentally, excelling in baton twirling is about staying in the game and being ready to do your thing. Practices and competitions can be

Posted: 10/19/2017

Baton Twirling for Kids

Baton twirling is an activity that utilizes the manipulation of a metal rod, or baton, to perform coordinated routines similar to gymnastics and dance. The activity has been around for decades, yet has become a rare activity over the years. The truth is, baton twirling is actually a great sport that offers a number of benefits for children to enjoy. 1. Baton twirling is a unique activity, and many dancers and gymnasts find baton twirling to be an extremely enjoyable and versatile activity. Itís a sport that offers benefits for both the body and mind that isnít an extremely common sport. 2. Baton twirling can be taught and played individually or in groups. The best part is that you donít need a team to practice, and you can take individual lessons on your own to get the most out of the sport. 3. Children can improve their hand-eye coordination through baton twirling. Twirling, tossing and catching all contribute to improving timing and coordination. 4. If you donít think tw

Posted: 10/9/2017

Prevent Injury with Proper Warm Up

Before any dance or other workout sessions, itís essential to prepare your body beforehand. Setting aside time to warm up allows the heart rate and blood flow to gradually increase, rather than all at once. Starline Baton, specializing in baton twirling, would like to help you prepare your body and prevent injury risks by showing how to correctly warm up.

  • Start Gently: Begin with simple stretching exercises, such as rolling down the spine and rolling your head, shoulder, wrists, and ankles. Going right into the more rigorous exercises is never a good idea. Not only does skipping warm ups make you sore more easily, but it makes you burn out more quickly.
  • Increase Body Temperature: Increasing body temperature is key to giving a great routine from start to finish. Performing any of the following exercises for five to ten minutes should do the trick:
    • Brisk walking
    • Jumping jacks
    • Light jogging, marching, or skipping
    • Lunges across the floor
  • Fully Body Movements: The next step would be to spend five to ten minutes of completing lengthening, full body movements:
    • Large arm swings with torso twisting
    • Leg swings standing or leg-drop swings while lying on the floor
    • Bending forward, backward, and sideways
    • Dynamic series of yoga poses
  • Core and Stability: Although this step is optional, we highly recommend you to finish your warm up with one of the following techniques:

Posted: 9/29/2017

Battling Performance Anxiety

is not uncommon for athletes and performers to go through something called performance anxiety. This is not to be confused with being worried because it is more to the extreme. Rapid heart rate, sweating, and under-confidence can occur from a rush of adrenaline, and baton twirling experts, Starline Baton, believe it is crucial to know how performance anxiety can affect people physically and mentally.

Posted: 9/15/2017

Making the Perfect Fit Between You and Your Baton

Having the baton that is the right size for you is important. If youíre just starting out, having the proper baton will help you learn how to correctly handle batons. This will also help prevent injuries that can occur when youíre learning to twirl. Here are 5 steps to follow in selecting a new baton:

Posted: 8/31/2017

The Art of Flag Twirling

Are you planning to try out for your school's color guard or drill team? If you are, you may need to learn how to twirl a flag. One of the most common techniques in twirling a flag is called a drop spin. To spectators, a drop spin looks like the flag is swiftly spinning in front of the twirler's body. To perform a drop spin, follow these simple instructions:

Posted: 8/15/2017

Handling Performance Nerves Like a Boss

Sometimes, performing your baton routine in front of a judge can be a very nerve-racking experience. Even the most expert baton twirlers get nervous before their performance. However, you can overcome your nerves by following these tips:

Posted: 7/28/2017

Baton Twirling Routine

There are certain basic aspects to every baton routine, whether you are a beginner or an advanced twirler. For example, every routine begins with a salute to the judge. The salute is executed by holding the baton in the right hand with the baton held vertical against the left side of the body. The right hand holds the baton about one-third of the way down from the head of the baton and the right elbow points outward, while the left hand is placed on the twirler's hip. A salute shows the judge that you are ready to begin your routine.

A baton twirling routine should flow smoothly and include tricks according to the skill level of the twirler. Some very common baton tricks include finger twirls, cradles, elbow rolls, open-handed tosses, back hand catches, horizontal spins, thumb flips, and figure-eights. With practice, a twirler's skill level will improve and they will soon be able to learn more advanced tricks, as well as more difficult variations of the tricks they already know.

Posted: 7/13/2017

Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Baton Twirling

As your child grows, so does the importance of socialization and agility. What structured activities you choose your them to participate in will influence those developmental areas. Will they be a football player, a soccer star, or part of a dance team? Baton twirling is a good way for you and your child to start their journey of structured activities. There are many benefits your child will gain by joining this sport. These are expressed through the ABCs of movement skills which stand for agility, balance, coordination, and speed. Our Star Line professionals have put together a few benefits why your child should unlock their twirling potential.

Posted: 6/19/2017

3 Ways to Prevent Injury While Baton Twirling

Baton twirling isnít just fun and games. Just like any competitive sports, injuries are very much a reality. While baton twirling can be exciting and a great form of exercise, not being careful can lead to injury. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent your twirler from getting injured while doing the activity they love. Having the proper size baton, watching your technique, and making sure you strengthen and stretch your muscles will help keep your child happy and healthy and without risk of injury. Our professionals at Star Line have provided some details on each below.

Posted: 6/6/2017

The Benefits of Competition for Young Twirlers

Your young twirler has been going to practice for a while now, and then their coach asks if you want to enter some baton twirling competitions. Youíre not sure. You worry it could put pressure on your child and cause stress or lowered self-esteem if they do not win, Before you decide, you should know the benefits of healthy competition for young children. Healthy competition in predetermined doses can positively assist in your childís overall development and self-esteem. Take a look at what our Star Line professionals have compiled.

Posted: 5/31/2017

Good Foods to Eat the Morning of Competition Day

Itís the morning of competition day. You wake up and think of the day ahead of you. Youíll likely be performing at least five separate times with some rounds right after the next and others with a five-hour gap. Thereís so much to do, and you're anxious to get started, but in all of the excitement, you must remember to eat. It's easy to forget this small but crucial part of the day, especially with no appetite, but a square meal to start the day is just what your body needs to dominate the baton twirling competition. Here are some helpful tips from the experts at Star Line:

Posted: 5/17/2017

Staying Hydrated When Practicing In the Heat

A majority of baton twirling practice happens outside where there the space allows for high tosses and traveling moves, and since summer demands practice for both competitions and football games alike, it's important to know how to handle the heat. When involved in physical activity outside in the heat, your biggest danger is dehydration. Water helps your body maintain its temperature and circulation keeping your vital organs at normal temperature. Cases of dehydration can lead to thirst, fatigue, dizziness, and extreme cases can result in disorientation, heat stroke, or death. To help you stay hydrated during those hot practices, Starline Baton has gathered some safety tips.

  1. Drink water. About two liters, around eight glasses, of water are recommended each day, and when you spend the day in the heat, more water consumption will replenish sweat.
  2. For short practices (an hour or less), make sure to drink water before, during, and after the practice. For long practices (1+ hours), do the same, but along with water, drink a sports drink like Gatorade or Powerade to restore some carbohydrates and electrolytes.
  3. Keep track of how much water you are losing. If you are thirsty, youíre already dehydrated, and if your urine is darker than pale yellow, you need to be taking in more water. Keep a half-gallon insulated water jug around so you have a cold drinking supply close by.
  4. Potassium and Sodium are critical for your body absorb water, so make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and an occasional salty snack like pretzels. The healthier you eat, the better state your body will be in to handle the heat.
  5. End your practice with some protein to help replenish what may have been lost in perspiration. Try some low-fat chocolate milk. Itís both a reward and a healthy choice!

Posted: 4/12/2017

Stretches That will Improve your X-Strut Moves

If youíve been twirling competitively for a while, you have probably graduated from a basic strut to an x-strut. X-struts are not like a typical baton twirling routine. They require that the rod remains in your palm at all times. That means no tossing, rolling, etc. Therefore, the routine relies on both a hands-on manipulation of the baton as well as kicks, illusions, and other graceful moves. One thing these moves all have in common is flexibility. To help you with your X-strut routine, Starline Baton has put together this list of stretches and tips on how to properly execute them in order to help you take your illusions to the next level.

Posted: 3/29/2017

History of Baton Twirling

Baton twirling today is defined by a metal rod with rubber ends being manipulated close to the body and thrown into the air in a sport that combines fluidity, fitness, speed, gymnastics, and beauty. This modern day style of twirling also requires the twirler to stay on beat with music while telling a story with his or her movements. Yet, twirling did not always look how it does now. Our Star Line Batons are perfect for the modern day baton twirler, but if you wanted to go back to the beginning of the tradition, you would have to go to a very different store and secure a weapon.

Posted: 3/14/2017

Reward your Baton Twirlers Hard Practice

No matter what stage you are at in baton twirling, thereís only one way to improve, and thatís practice. But, sometimes itís difficult to bring ourselves to practice those necessary minutes and hours. Experts in twirling batons at Star Line Baton understand that even if you love twirling, sometimes it takes a little extra motivation to log that practice time. Here are two methods you can use or adapt to get you or a twirling pupil to practice their way toward stylish, no-drop routines. If you are trying to inspire a younger twirling pupil to practice the tricks, teach them the pepperoni chart. The first thing you need to get is a poster. Then, using construction paper, make a pizza with brown paper crust, red pepper sauce, and yellow paper cheese. Once you have your pizza assembled, itís time to add the pepperoni or whatever pizza topping your young twirler prefers, and the only way to top the pizza is through practice. Add a topping for every 15 minutes of practice

Posted: 2/28/2017

Three Basic Color Guard Moves

Marching band parades with the girls carrying those colorful flags are so much fun to watch. However, moving these flags to the beat of the music requires a lot of practice and technique also known as color guard moves. Star Line Baton, expert providers of both batons and color guard flags, has compiled some basic color guard moves for those just becoming acquainted with color guard. Right or Left Shoulder Position: Out of these two, the right position would be most common in the color guard routine. Right position will also typically be the position to enter and exit the field. To achieve this position, hold the bottom stopper in your left hand and hold the pole right under the flag with your right hand at the level of your forehead. Keep your left hand at the belly button level with the pole straight and centered with your nose. Right, Left, or Front Present Position: To achieve a front present, start with your right shoulder position and extend your right arm parallel to the g

Posted: 2/14/2017

What is the United States Twirling Association?

What is the United States Twirling Association (USTA) and what is its purpose? Let our baton twirling team explain what USTA is and the importance that it plays in the twirling world!
What is USTA
The United States Twirling Association dedicates itself to being a nonprofit national sports organization focusing on the youth. Their main focus is positive youth development achieved through baton twirling. The USTA provides recreational, educational, and competitive options and programs for their members consisting of twirlers, twirler supporters and coaches.
Contests
The USTA sanctions about 200 twirling clinics and competitions from local to national levels. This allows for an atmosphere filled with fun and respectable sportsmanship. Every summer, the USTA hosts the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships along with another competition called Festival of the Future. These contests and festivals are hosted throughout the cou

Posted: 1/20/2017

Managing Pre-Performance Nerves

No worries; pre-performance nerves are normal. This is your bodyís way of trying to help you stay alert and precise to do your best. That being said, your nerves can get the best of you causing you cold sweats, butterflies, or the inability to think straight. No worries! Our baton team is here with you to help you manage your pre-performance nerves.
  • Prepare yourself: Preparation brings confidence, and youíre less likely to freeze up or mess up. So practice as much as you can, by yourself and with groups, to gain the confidence to calm your nerves when the big time comes.
  • Get excited!: You never see a football team walk out on the field looking afraid or worried. Theyíre excited, revved up, and ready to give it their all! Carry this trait over before your performance. Pray in a group or sing a song that will put your team in the spirit. Thereís nothing wrong with giving yourself a little pep talk.
  • Chill out: Itís beneficial to be

Posted: 1/5/2017

Creating the Perfect Holiday Baton Basket

Itís beginning to look a lot like the holiday season! And with that comes the rush and ďpressureĒ of finding the perfect holiday gift for your friends and family. At Star Line Baton, we want to try to make this hectic shopping process a bit easier, and with this in mind, our baton twirling team has crafted an amazing holiday gift list with several Star Line items to surprise friends and family.

  • Twirling Batons: With so many baton options to choose from, your child or friend will appreciate an alternative baton to keep for the special events or maybe for the audition or rehearsal day. From pink camo to chevron prints, we have a great selection of batons to choose from. This holiday, make your gift set even cuter with the official Star Line Baton plushes that you can find in the gift section of our online store for only $9.00.
  • Baton Case: From deluxe to sparkle cases, our baton case selection offers different options to give your loved ones a case that fits their needs and allows them to carry their batons in style.
  • Baton Twirling Apparel: Our new Boxercraft Baton Twirler Jersey will be one of the stars of the holidays and is a soon-to-become best seller product of ours that canít be missed in your perfect holiday baton basket.
  • Twirling Shoes: The perfect gift basket has to have InStep shoes for your twirler. At Star Line Baton, we have a variety of shoes ranging from white and blue to simple tan. If you are looking for good quality shoes that are washable and provide great support, Star Line Baton has you covered.
  • Accessories: Make this holiday basket extra special with some of our unique items especially designed for our twirling baton lovers. Bumper stickers, water bottles, or even a soft and 100% cotton towel with the message, ďI heart to twirlĒ are some of the original items that you can find in our online store.
  • Jewelry: This is probably the cutest and most stylish option to give this holiday season to someone that loves the world of baton twirling. At Star Line Baton, you can find beautiful bracelets, charms, or earrings in gold or silver finishes. Our jewelry can certainly set you apart this holiday season by providing the perfect accessory for your loved one.

Posted: 12/20/2016

How Baton Twirling Benefits Youth

We know you love baton twirling, but did you know that on top of being an excellence exercise to improve your body coordination and flexibility, it has a lot of benefits for young children? Baton twirling is an international sport that encompasses agility of gymnastics, ballet movements, and the technical skill of twirling your baton. However, besides the physical benefits, this sport can also teach and build some important attitudes that young children can benefit from while practicing their favorite hobby. Our baton twirling experts at Star Line Baton, have compiled some of these benefits in this sweet and short list:

  • Self-Esteem: Baton twirling requires a lot of concentration and coordination. These are both attributes that can be easily weakened by lack of self-esteem. Believing in yourself to not to drop your baton will help children to improve their self-esteem. In the case they drop the baton, theyíll learn to not to panic and continue with their performance with the best of their smiles.
  • Self-Discipline: As we mentioned before, the trick is to never drop the stick, and that requires a lot of discipline. Also, the commitment of religiously attending practice and competitions will require a lot of sacrifice which will help to build that self-discipline in your child.
  • Stage Presence: Performing on a stage is not an easy task. The pressure of the audience, not dropping the baton, or memorizing the choreography can push your childís nerves to the limit. However, the more children deal with this situation the more comfortable and confident theyíll be when they have to face any presentation or public speaking related event in the future.
  • Teamwork: Working with the rest of the team to beautifully perform choreography will be key. This is the reason why cooperation is something that any baton twirler can benefit from. Learning to work with the rest of the team is a mandatory attribute to adopt to ensure a successful career in the future.
  • Good Ethics: Like any other sport, showing good sportsmanship will be key to succeeding in life. Baton twirling can help instill good ethics in children by teaching them the importance of helping each other and of never stepping over anyone, even when that person or team is their competitor. Baton twirling will help children to have a diplomatic attitude from an early age.

Posted: 11/23/2016

Cleaning Your Baton

Over the years, your twirling baton can start getting a bit dirty or dingy. Usage, sweat, food, or even dust can make your baton not as shiny as when you first bought it. While this is normal, following some cleaning guidelines can make your baton last longer and keep it in mint condition. With this in mind, our Star Line Baton team has compiled a step-by-step guide on how to easily clean your baton at home. Grab a pen and some paper, and letís get started:

Posted: 11/7/2016

Practice Bag Essentials

As you start getting ready for your next season of rehearsals, practices, and auditions, one of the items that always needs to be fully equipped is your bag. Thereís nothing worse than realizing that you forgot to bring your deodorant, for instance, on your first day of class. If you want to stay ahead of the game and make your teacher proud, take a look at Starline Batonís list of essentials to pack in your dance bag. Show up to your next baton twirling class fully prepared with these key life-saving items:

Posted: 10/24/2016

Basic Supplies for the Beginning Baton Twirler

First of all, welcome to the baton twirling family! Beside getting a new baton, there are some supplies that youíll need to purchase to be equipped for your first baton twirling class. Wearing a proper outfit, carrying your items in an appropriate bag, or adding a touch of color with some ribbons or flags can make you shine as a star on your first day! At Starline Baton, we want to make you look like a pro, even if you are just a beginner. With this in mind, we have prepared a list with some of the basic supplies every beginner should start with:

  • Baton: This is the most obvious piece of equipment. However, not every type of baton will be the right fit for you. For beginners, most teachers recommend the Starlet Baton. Its affordability and simple style have made this baton one of our top sellers. We carry two sizes: ⅜ inches and a thicker one with 7/16 inches.
  • Cases and Bags: The wide variety of cases available to carry your baton can make choosing the winning case a tedious task. Sizes and colors aside, getting a strap for your case is definitely something that you should consider to easily carry your baton.
  • Footwear: Choosing the right shoes is crucial to perform at your full potential. Our United Baton Shoes are designed exclusively for twirlers which make them one of the best options available for beginners. Oh, and donít forget to get yourself a good pair of tights!
  • Hoop Baton: The hoop baton is a circular baton that offers a different perspective to your performance. Itís fun to use and highly recommended for novices.

Posted: 10/10/2016

Habits of Those Who Win at Competitions

It is another competition, and you see the same two people and think to yourself ďGreat. NOW how am I supposed to win if so and so is here? They ALWAYS win!Ē However, instead of negatively thinking about it, how about approaching it as ďI wonder what they are doing to ensure they bring their A game every time, and what can I do differently to get on that upper-echelon level?Ē The experts in everything related to baton twirling at Starline Baton let you in on a few secrets of the habits at those who always seem to win.

  • The Night Before Visualization: Before going to bed each night, winners visualize every nuance of their routine and see themselves doing it perfectly. That foot that their coach is always telling them to point? Fixed! Not spotting the correct way sometimes in the routine? Fixed! By visualizing the whole routine executed flawlessly, it helps the mind prepare for what the body w

Posted: 9/12/2016

Out-of-the-Box Ways to Practice Your Baton Twirling

For every person who trains to be on top of their game, whether it be a dancer, soccer player, golfer, or love baton twirling, there comes a point when there is a break in training. One example of this is vacation. While the thought of not being able to train for seven or 10 straight days may give you cold sweats, Starline Baton has some suggestions on how you can practice your skills so that they remain sharp, even on a relaxing vacation!

  • Check Around the Area: Letís say that you are staying with Grandma and Grandpa for a whole month out of state. This presents a wonderful opportunity to take classes at another studio or training facility. Look around and see what different places are available, and inquire about how much just a class is. A new set of eyes can help determine why you are having a specific problem you may be experiencing. Also, there are a ton of different styles to whatever it is you are involved with, so you are bound to learn something new.
  • Use Technology: With just about everyone on the planet able to connect digitally, take advantage of that opportunity. FaceTime with your coach so that the two of you can discuss ways of staying in shape, or you can talk about perfecting a certain element of your training. In some cases, you can find coaches and trainers that conduct virtual meetings for training that you can take advantage of. Be sure to check that it is OK with your current coach, though.
  • Just Step Outside: If you are feeling cooped up, just take a step outside and practice! Just because practicing is not done where you are used to doing it, whether it be in a gym, on a field, or on a stage, doesnít mean that practice doesnít count. So, grab your baton, and go through what your coach has you do in a typical practice. Also, it is important to continue to stretch as it doesnít take long for performers to lose that stretch.

Posted: 8/30/2016

6 Ways to do Better Pirouettes in Your Performances

If you are a baton twirler, and you compete or take part in performances, adding pirouettes to your routine is a crowd pleaser. There is just something about watching someone execute multiple turns in a row flawlessly, and one of the biggest reasons why people enjoy seeing this so much is because it is hard! Here are things to keep in mind when you want to add pirouettes to your performance.

  1. Strengthen Your Core: One of the most important aspects of executing a beautiful series of pirouettes is a strong core. A strong core provides the balance and strength needed to get your body to turn over and over again in a beautiful fashion. A strong core also allows your alignment to stay the correct way. So, do those stomach crunches!
  2. Balance: If you do not know how to correctly balance your body, then you will never be able to accomplish pirouettes. Practice balancing the position you want to turn, such as a la seconde.
  3. Learn How to Spot: If your eyes are on the ground, your body will follow. Always have a fixed place to look at in front of you, and that spot is the only place your eyes will focus on. Remember to whip your head around to quickly get your eyes back on that fixed spot.
  4. Push the Right Way: A big part of not being able to turn is pushing off the ground too hard. By pushing too hard, it can throw the body off.
  5. Ankle Strength: Just as your core must be strong to achieve a beautiful pirouette, your ankles must be strong, as well. Strong ankles help support the relevť. Sickled and weak ankles will always negatively affect turns, so incorporate ankle-strengthening exercises into your training.
  6. Visualize: You know what the body has to do to turn beautifully, so visualize every part of your body doing what it needs to do.

Posted: 8/15/2016

How to Get More Flexible

If you are experiencing tight hamstrings and tight shoulders, or if you are experiencing any other muscles in your body feeling stiff, so stiff that it is restricting your movement, maybe it is time to consider working flexibility exercises into your daily routine. . If you commit to working towards greater flexibility then the reward can feeling amazing. Here are some tips from the baton twirling experts at Starline Baton on how you can become more flexible.

  • Take Care of Your Inner Self: Being flexible begins from the inside out. Be sure your are making nutritionally-sound eating decisions and are adequately hydrated from water. Also, it is important to get enough sleep every night. A well-taken care of body is the first step in achieving flexibility.
  • Remember Both Positive & Negative Motions: Think of this as the ebb to the flow. If you stretch left, stretch right, too. If you are bending forward, bend backward, as well. Also, you want to feel a little strain. That strain means that your stretches are working.
  • Remember to Stay Positive, be Patient, Stick to It: It is important to remember that it takes time for your body to achieve a higher level of flexibility. Only time will help you get there, so just keep doing it every day, and tell yourself that every day is one step closer to being more flexible.

Posted: 8/5/2016

Get The Most Out of Your Rehearsal Time

In order to become the best you can be in baton twirling, just wanting it isnít enough. You must practice, practice, and practice. But, what are the things to be aware of to make the most of your rehearsal time? Starline Baton, the experts in baton twirling, offer their advice on how to get the most of your rehearsal time.

  • Make Sure Youíre Prepared: It is not enough to just show up to rehearsal time. Be sure you are prepared! Have your hair up and pulled off your face, you are wearing the appropriate clothes, and you have all the correct footwear. Also, be sure to have enough water with you so you donít have to stop and make your way to a water fountain.
  • Eat for Energy: Before your rehearsal time, be sure to eat a healthy snack, not sugary snacks or fatty foods, which just weigh you down. A handle full of nuts or some fruit are the the perfect snacks that provide protein for energy, but not too heavy.
  • Concentrate: When you start practice, push out anything that might be on your mind, such as homework or any type of worry, and concentrate on just rehearsal. This is the time to concentrate on the task at hand. Any outside concerns can distract you from the many small nuances to be learned.
  • Take Notes: Bring a notepad and a pen and jot down anything you may not remember. Perhaps a new set of eight is added to a performance, which can be written down to reference later so it stays fresh.
  • Practice Outside the Studio: One way to solidify anything new you have learned is to practice when you are NOT in the studio. It really does help you remember anything new you have learned and to also perfect your moves.
  • Have a Good Attitude: One of the most important things to bring is a positive attitude. If you act like you donít want to be there, it will affect your ability to learn new moves and also hinder your ability in getting better.

Posted: 7/18/2016

5 Secrets to a Winning Mindset

The big day is finally here: your performance! You have spent many hours perfecting your routine and your costume is on point. While rehearsing, your baton twirling routine is flawless, but it is a whole new ball game when it comes to competitions because to succeed, you must bring your A-game. It is called competing for a reason-you are competing against other people. Do you know what it takes to have that winning mindset so that you can perform on the level you desire? Here are five things to use to get your mind in the right state.

  1. Visualize Yourself Doing Well: Get a clear picture in your mind as to what is needed to make your performance amazing. Think of every step, every arm placement, what your face should look like. Visualize what is needed to make THIS performance THE performance that will win.
  2. Positive Affirmations: Affirmations are positive sayings you create and say to yourself so that they become a part of the process of doing well on stage. Think of it as a type of mantra. An example of a positive affirmation is ďToday, I will be the best I can absolutely be.Ē Create a positive affirmation that is unique to yourself and then repeat and believe in it.
  3. Focus on the Process: The worst thing a performer can do is watch other performers and see how much better they are on turns, or leaps, or whatever. This is performance is about YOU and what you can show the judges. So, instead of watching other baton twirlers, visualize your routine and concentrate on your upcoming performance.
  4. Think Positive: A positive mind can get so many more things accomplished than a negative one. If you think good thoughts, good things will happen, so do not let self-doubt and nerves cloud your upcoming performance, which will be amazing!
  5. Then Let Yourself Shine: As you walk onto the stage for your performance, remember to smile, think positive thoughts, and shine! Show those judges and the audience what you are made of.

Posted: 7/8/2016

How to Conquer Stage Fright

Itís fifteen minutes until showtime, and you canít keep your knees from shaking. The routine youíve practiced so often seems to have disappeared from your memory. These feelings of stage fright are common, and many performers experience this anxiety before the show. Use these tips to fight off that stage fright and put on an amazing baton twirling performance!

  • Rehearse: Rehearsals are vital to avoiding stage fright. If you know the routine so well that you can do it in your sleep, then you donít have to worry about forgetting a move on stage. Show up to as many scheduled rehearsals as you can and continue to practice your twirling at home. When itís finally showtime, youíll be confident that you can hit the moves.
  • Visualize the show: Calm your nerves by imagining the performance in detail. Close your eyes and picture the music, your routine, the stage, and the cheering audience. Donít think of making a mistake or dropping your baton! If you can imagine a well-executed performance beforehand, it will be easier to believe in yourself on stage.
  • Improvise: Everyone makes mistakes on stage, even after extensive rehearsals. Donít panic if you do the wrong move. The audience doesnít know the choreography, but they will be able to tell if you pause or look panicked. Keep smiling and act as though your mistake is supposed to be part of the show. The audience will never know.
  • Focus your energy: That nervous energy doesnít have to be paralyzing. Take that sudden rush of adrenaline and direct it toward your performance. If you treat that energy as excitement, youíll be more focused and put on an energetic show.

Posted: 6/20/2016

How to Take Your Performance to the Next Level

Youíve practiced the choreography so often that you see it in your dreams, and now itís time to take that routine to the stage. Putting on a dazzling baton twirling performance that will amaze your audience takes more work than knowing the steps. Youíve probably been told to ďsmileĒ on stage thousands of times, but thereís more to a performance than a smiling face. Here are some things you can add to your performance that you havenít thought of.

  • Practice without a mirror: Performing on stage is nothing like practicing where you can see yourself. To prepare yourself, practice your routine without a mirror. This will help you learn how the moves feel without having to rely on the mirror for proper placement.
  • Your eyes are as important as your smile: Do you remember those photographs where your family forced you to smile? Chances are, it didnít look as natural as the photo taken when you were laughing at a joke. A stage performance is the same way. Practice an ďopenĒ expression by slightly lifting your eyebrows to portray emotion that extends past your smile.
  • Dance as part of a group: Youíre never alone when youíre on stage. Whether youíre dancing as part of a group or by yourself, interacting with others is important for an engaging show. Make eye contact with group members and your audience to spread your energy to those around you.
  • Be confident!: Youíve poured your heart into practicing your routine, so be proud of your effort and hold your head high! The audience doesnít know the choreography and canít tell if you make a mistake. When you show confidence in your twirling, you are telling your audience that you are amazing and know how to twirl like a pro.

Posted: 6/9/2016

How to Rock Your Baton Performance

It is the end of the school year, which means it is the end of the competing year for many baton twirlers, too. You have worked hard all year long, the costumes have been ordered, the rhinestones applied, and your moves are perfection. So, now it is time for you to show off your skills on the stage! Here are some tips for your to rock your baton twirling performance on the stage.

  • Believe in Yourself: You have worked hard at this routine. You have done it over and over again, both in a physical sense and in your head. You even dream about your routine. That being said, since you know this routine so well, let your personality shine. Yes, it is one thing to do a routine perfect, but if there is no heart behind the routine, then who cares if it is perfect. The judges and audience want to feel that connection and that connection is only made by relaxing, making eye contact with the judges and audience, and to let your love of what you are doing on that stage reflect through every movement.
  • Believe the Judges are Your Fans: Believe it or not, the judges want you to do an awesome job. All they want is to do your best and trust us; they know when a performer is not giving it their all. Remember to not let nervousness get in the way of showing the judges what you are made of!
  • Let it Go: Once you get on that stage, it is time to just let it go. Like we said, you KNOW this routine, so do it! Do not let yourself get hung up on the technical aspects. Listen to the music and move with it, become one with the music. Make that connection with the judges and the audiences and remember to SMILE! This is when you go for it. This is the moment when all those hours practicing make it all worth it.

Posted: 5/23/2016

How to do an Amazing Bun

No matter if you are at baton twirling practice or competing on the stage, having a proper and secure bun can make all the difference. When it comes to baton practice, it is important to keep all your hair out of your face so that you can keep your eyes 100% focused on the baton. And when it comes to competing, the judges can actually take points off if your hair isnít properly secured as your hair is an actual part of your complete look.

Posted: 5/10/2016

Proper Stretching Techniques to Prevent Injury

There has been some debate as to whether or not a performer, such as a baton twirler or dancer, should warm up before or after their class, but it can be contingent on the type of stretching. Today, we are going to focus on the proper way to warm up, as properly doing so improves your range of motion and also can reduce your chance of injuring yourself.

  • Jog in the Same Spot: As you begin to jog, be sure to increase the speed so that you elevate your heart rate and keep your landing as soft as you can to protect your knees. As your breathing increases, it means that oxygen is being delivered more effectively to your body, and when your heart rate increases, the extra blood flow prepares your muscles for the upcoming physical activity.
  • Rotate Arms in a Circular Motion: By swinging your arms in a circular motion for about 30 seconds, and then resting, and then repeating, you are warming up your arm muscles so that their full range of motion can be achieved.
  • Spinal Twist: While standing, keep your feet on the ground, shoulder-length apart, and while keeping your hips facing forward, rotate your upper body to the right. Then, have your torso face back to the middle and then to the left.
  • Bend at the Knee: While standing, bend your torso at the hips and reach your hands to the ground to then gently bounce at the knees. Let your arms sway for about 25-35 seconds, and be sure to not bend too much.

Posted: 4/25/2016

Snacks for Those Long Days of Practice

For many performers, whether they are a baton twirler, dancer, or gymnast, there comes a time when an all-day practice is needed to prepare for a competition or a show. Working so extensively for many hours means that the body needs the proper hydration and fuel to maintain a high level of engagement to perfect the routine for the competition or show. The experts in everything related to baton twirling, Starline Baton, explain what the body needs to stay full of the proper energy to power through.

  1. Nuts & Seeds: Nuts and seeds are the perfect snacks to help you power through a long day of practice. For example, pumpkin seeds are are an excellent choice as they contain the anti-cramping mineral: potassium. Peanuts are a great way to fill up without feeling too full. Just be sure they are unsalted because the sodium found in salt can contribute to dehydration. Raw almonds feature the good kind of fat that helps maintain a feeling of fullness.
  2. Fruit: Try packing some dates to take with you. These little pieces of heaven are full of fiber, which helps you feel full, and also has calcium, copper, iron, and magnesium, which, again, helps with keeping your muscles from cramping. Also, think about a medley of fruits like freshly sliced pineapple, an apple, a grapefruit, or banana. You cannot go wrong with fruit as long as it is fresh.
  3. Yogurt: Bring a container of organic Greek yogurt and throw in a handful of granola. The benefits of Greek yogurt are outstanding as it has double the protein of regular yogurt, along with half the carbs and half the sodium. By adding granola, it will just add to that full feeling without weighing you down.

Posted: 4/11/2016

US Trials for the United States Twirling Association

For those baton twirlers in the country that have extraordinary skills, the U.S. Trials Program is looking for you! This program selects a very elite group of baton twirlers to represent the United States in the World Baton Twirling Championships. These trials are used to select the very best baton twirlers in the country and is held every even-numbered year in different cities chosen every two years.

Posted: 3/28/2016

How to Crystalize Your Baton Twirling Costume

If you are baton twirling for an audience, whether it be a stadium full of football fans or in front of judges at a competition, a costume is mandatory, and your costume should serve two functions: the be easy to move in and to be dazzling! And the best way to make your costume dazzle? To add lots of crystals, of course! Starline Baton, experts in everything related to baton twirling, explain how to crystalize your costume so you can shine bright on stage.

Posted: 3/14/2016

Perfect Your Stage Makeup for Your Baton Twirling Performance

Knowing how to apply the perfect makeup for your baton twirling performance can really help you to stand out while on the stage. Starline Baton has a list of essentials and ways to apply the makeup for your next big performance.

Posted: 2/15/2016

Colorado University Seeking Featured Baton Twirlers

Colorado University recently announced that the CU Boulder ďGolden BuffaloĒ Marching Band is searching for two to three featured baton twirler positions for the Fall 2016 semester. The Golden Buffalo Marching Band has not featured twirlers in over 15 years, but recently, it was decided that the twirlers would be a welcomed addition.

Posted: 2/2/2016

The 5 Benchmarks of Baton Twirling

Baton twirling, once a huge part of the American fabric in the 60s and 70s, has been making a comeback in regards to its popularity. With its intricate and precise movements required to twirl successfully, baton twirling requires complete focus and coordination. With more and more people picking up the fine art of baton twirling, it is important for those just starting to learn about the five traits of baton twirling that helps to separate it from other sports.

  1. It is Physical: Baton twirling is a physically demanding sport, requiring the participant to have strength, agility, and coordination, from everything to the fingers, the torso, and even the toes.
  2. It is Psychological: With baton twirling, it is between the artist and their baton alone, so that means the sports requires confidence, awareness of self, and determination. This types of things challenge the athlete, and, as a result, self-discipline is achieved.
  3. It is Emotional: Most baton twirlers are on a team, a team in which friendships and memories are made while completing their baton twirling training. This also means that baton twirling builds character as well.
  4. It is Science: Baton twirling requires exact movements and precise execution. With the laws of physics coming into play with every movement, a scientific precision is required to master the art of baton twirling.
  5. It is Art: Baton twirling, while physically exerting, requires the grace of a ballerina, therefore, can be called art as creative skilled is needed.

Posted: 1/18/2016

Fun Baton Twirling Tricks

If you or your child is a baton twirling machine, then you should know that there are several tricks from the baton twirling book to learn. Starline Baton, leaders in baton twirling equipment, wants to explore some of those specific tricks and how they are done so that our readers can expand their horizons in the baton twirling trick universe.

Posted: 1/4/2016

How to Measure for a Baton the Right Way

Some may think that just picking up any sized baton means they are well on their way to baton twirling success. Not so fast! The size of the baton is extremely important for the baton student to succeed in their endeavors, whether it be competing or just learning the basics. When it comes down to picking out the correct baton, you really only need two things: a measuring tape and a someone to help you measure.

Posted: 12/30/2015

Baton Twirlers in the News

Thereís nothing more exciting than seeing people who have a passion for baton twirling on the news. Recently, two high school students, Philippa Martin and Emily Jansen, were in the spotlight for giving exceptional performances. Starline Baton would like to share about each of the girlís memorable performances.

Posted: 11/23/2015

How to Warm Up Properly Before Class

Before any dance or other workout sessions, itís essential to prepare your body beforehand. Setting aside time to warm up allows the heart rate and blood flow to gradually increase, rather than all at once. Starline Baton, specializing in baton twirling, would like to help you prepare your body and prevent injury risks by showing how to correctly warm up.

  • Start Gently: Begin with simple stretching exercises, such as rolling down the spine and rolling your head, shoulder, wrists, and ankles. Going right into the more rigorous exercises is never a good idea. Not only does skipping warm ups make you sore more easily, but it makes you burn out more quickly.
  • Increase Body Temperature: Increasing body temperature is key to giving a great routine from start to finish. Performing any of the following exercises for five to ten minutes should do the trick:
    • Brisk walking
    • Jumping jacks
    • Light jogging, marching, or skipping
    • Lunges across the floor
  • Fully Body Movements: The next step would be to spend five to ten minutes of completing lengthening, full body movements:
    • Large arm swings with torso twisting
    • Leg swings standing or leg-drop swings while lying on the floor
    • Bending forward, backward, and sideways
    • Dynamic series of yoga poses
  • Core and Stability: Although this step is optional, we highly recommend you to finish your warm up with one of the following techniques:

Posted: 11/9/2015

Goals to Better Your Baton Twirling

As the fall season is here, everyone is getting back into baton twirling as well. To be at the top of your game, creating and establishing goals for yourself is important. Star Line Baton believes setting goals allows for oneself feel empowered in your progress. Follow these three steps in order to achieve your goals and to have a successful season of twirling.

  • Look Back: Before trying to change anything, take a step back and write down what successes and challenges you had the past year. When you come to a full understanding of what has happened during that time, you will be able to create more realistic goals and get a sense of how you can overcome those challenges. Not only does this help you face your previous problems, but it helps you build character and stronger self-care habits by tackling them down.
  • Branch Out: Everyone in a sport wants to grow as an athlete and this is no different for baton twirlers. Whether itís accomplishing more rigorous routines, learning new styles, or taking your first solo, thereís room for improvement for everyone. Choose to be self-reliant, pack healthier snacks, be the cheerleader for yourself and your team, and slow down when you donít get things done 100% correctly. Soon enough, this year will be the year you shine.
  • Move Forward With Clarity and Confidence: Donít be alone! Having a support system is essential when it comes to achieving your goals. Share with your fellow members and, in turn, hear their goals to help one another stay on track and be motivated. In addition to this, setting aside five to ten minutes weekly to write in a journal is a great way to remember the details of your week and can assist you in moving forward.

Posted: 10/13/2015

How To Do the Perfect Bun

Baton twirling is a beautiful sport that puts emphasis on the visual aspects. A ponytail can get in the way of your routine, and a simple bun can get boring. Star Line Baton would like to share with you ten different ways to achieve the perfect bun.

  • Low Rolled Updo: Give yourself this effortlessly messy bun in minutes by rolling it up in four simple steps. Click here to see how.
  • Braided Bun: For more of an elegant look, try a braid variation of a bun. Click here to see how.
  • Cotton Candy Bun: Having a frizzy hair day? Youíre already halfway there for this bun! Tease your hair to create a cotton candy-like bun. Click here to see how.
  • Sock Bun: Lack of volume doesnít mean you canít have a full bun. Use a sock to create a voluminous bun instantly. Click here to see how.
  • Criss-Cross Bun: Elegant buns can still be achieved with short hair. This criss-cross styled updo looks complicated, but takes only a few steps to achieve. Click here to see how.
  • Braided Top Knot Bun: Add a braid at the crown of your head to prevent flyaways and instantly glam yourself up. This is superb for those with curly hair. Click here to see how.
  • Double-Braided Bun: By incorporating two braids into your bun, youíll be sure to stand out of the crowd. Click here to see how.
  • Ballerina Bun: Create the perfect bun with the usage of spin pins. This reduces the amount of bobby pins needed and works just as great for those with thick hair. Click here to see how.
  • Chalk Bun: Spice up your simple bun by adding a pop of color with hair chalk. Click here to see how.
  • Knotted Bun: Tie your hair into an elegant knot by adding a few bobby pins. Go the extra step by adding your favorite hair brooch on the side. Click here to see how.

Posted: 9/29/2015

Resurgence of Baton Twirling in Pittsburgh (3)

Many people know that baton twirling really hit its stride in the 60s and 70s due to the insurgence of the American high school marching band and the rise in popularity of college sports. The reason the sport of baton twirling saw a decline was due to the increase in sports participation by girls. The art of baton twirling is artistic, expressive, and athletic, and itís starting to come back into the forefront in the city of Pittsburgh.

Posted: 9/17/2015

How to Pick a Training Studio

So, you have finally decided to pick up the fine art of baton twirling. As you already know, Starline Baton has all the supplies you need to get started on baton twirling. Once you get all of your supplies, including the perfect baton, a case for the baton, and footwear, itís time to pick the studio that will get you performing at the level you desire in regards to baton twirling. Starline Baton has some guidelines that you can follow so you can find the perfect studio for you.

  • What are You Looking For? The type of training you require depends on the level of baton twirling you want to achieve. If you are looking for more of a recreational type of activity, then a once-a-week class should be enough. However, if you want to be on the competitive level, then you need to find a studio that will help you get to that level. These types of studios should allow you to take multiple hours of classes a week in order to properly prepare you for the competitive baton twirling world.
  • Talk to Other Baton Twirlers. Just by asking other baton twirlers about where they train can really help you decide where you should be. A lot of the times, these baton twirlers have been to different studios and can offer you insight on more than one studio. You can also peruse the Internet for blogs and online forums where other baton twirlers are talking about their studio to help guide you.
  • Decide How Much You Want to Travel: Sometimes the best place to train isnít close to wear you live. If distance and time do not matter, it will broaden your options when choosing a studio.
  • You Narrowed It Down? Investigate: If you are lucky enough to have more than one option for a baton twirling studio, it is time to visit each one and see if they are the studio you should be at. Talk to the teachers, look at the schedule and see if the times and days of the week work for your schedule. Be sure to also see how the studio is maintained. A sloppy, dirty studio can represent a sloppy way of baton twirling, something that truly matters if you want to compete.

Posted: 8/31/2015

The Ill-Effects of Performance Anxiety

is not uncommon for athletes and performers to go through something called performance anxiety. This is not to be confused with being worried because it is more to the extreme. Rapid heart rate, sweating, and under-confidence can occur from a rush of adrenaline, and baton twirling experts, Starline Baton, believe it is crucial to know how performance anxiety can affect people physically and mentally.

Posted: 8/17/2015

U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships Took Place on July 13th

The U.S. National Baton Twirling Championship took place in Beaumont, Texas starting July 13th. Top of the line twirlers competed for the gold in this exciting event that happens each year. Next year, make sure youíre performance ready by getting the proper equipment for all your competition needs at Star Line Baton.

  • History: In Eastern Europe and Asia, baton twirling started when people did tricks with things like knives and sticks. This was upgraded into guns twirled by people in the army for entertainment during parades. The gun was then exchanged for a mace, offering poor stability for twirlers. In the end, the mace was adjusted to be lighter for an easier opportunity to twirl, and became the baton that many performers use today. The sport of baton twirling was brought to the United States by Major Millsap with the formation of Millsapís College. Thanks to him, there are now multiple organizations and national competitions for baton twirling.
  • The Sport: Baton twirling involves using a metal rod and the body to perform a routine. Three main characteristics include how a performer uses the baton, dance and movement with the baton, and gymnastic elements. The twirler uses the baton by turning, rolling, and tossing it in the air. Performers must have proper timing to toss and catch a baton. Dance is also incorporated into baton twirling, showing off flexibility and beauty. Gymnastic qualities such as tumbling and other skills create risk. This is all coordinated to some sort of music. There are individual as well as paired or groups of twirlers, with anyone from novice stages to elite stages competing. Individual twirlers can use up to three batons at a time in a routine, while groups of twirlers need to perfectly match each other.

Posted: 7/29/2015

Top 3 Things Performers Are Doing Wrong

At Star Line Baton, we know exactly what performers need to be successful in baton twirling. Performers must always be aware of their movements and how it affects their bodies. Some may not know about the little things they do everyday that are hindering their growth. Here are the top 3 things performers are most likely doing wrong.

  • Stretching: Too often, baton twirlers like to sit down before a class and do static stretching. Static stretching happens when you hold a certain pose to make your muscles more flexible. This kind of stretching can be more harmful than beneficial, as it lowers strength and power in the muscles. What performers should be doing instead is dynamic stretching, or any type of movement with less intensity and a large range of motion. Static stretching doesnít have to be eliminated for good and should be reserved for the very end of the class.
  • Walking: While practicing baton twirling, your feet may be too used to the constant turnout position. Walking like this outside of dance class and performances can wreak havoc on your muscles and bones. The stress on your feet can also have an affect on your spine, hips, and other areas. Be sure to walk normally and donít force your feet to turnout when you donít need to.
  • Turnout: Dancers are always trying to improve their turnout, but should be more careful about forcing their feet to do it. Doctors say that too much turnout can lead to complications with various joints in the body. A better way to practice turnout is to effectively stretch the hip muscle. Many performers forget that correct turnout starts out in the hip and extends all the down to their toes. A good exercise is to lie on your side with knees bent and open and close your leg using your hip muscle.

Posted: 7/13/2015

What to Pack in Your Competition Bag

You have put in hours and hours of practices and your big day is almost here: the baton twirling competition! As the competition draws close, having the appropriate items in the bag you take with you to the competition can really make all of the difference. Just one little thing missed can actually affect your score. So, Starline Baton has complied a list of must-have things that you need to have in your baton twirling competition bag to take with you.

  • Makeup: Of course you need your makeup, but donít forget the little things associated with your makeup, like sponges, Q-tips, eye and lip liner sharpeners. As you lay out all your makeup, think about the tools each makeup piece could use to make applying (or fixing a mistake) easier.
  • Hair Products: You need to grab hair ties, hair nets, bobby pins, gel, and a bristle brush (which is an absolute must to slick back all those fly aways). Be sure that if your costumes have any hair pieces, you grab those too. We suggest keeping all hair pieces with the costumes, so the complete outfit is together.
  • Safety Pins: Every competitor should have a wide variety of sizes in safety pins. Imagine a strap breaking right before you walk on stage. You would be amazed how many people do NOT have a safety pin and how many times those little suckers are needed.
  • Wipes: We recommend having baby wipes and also having a Tide to Go Pen. Of course, you should know that you are to NEVER eat or drink while in costume, but accidents happen. Be prepared for those accidents with wipes and the Tide pen for a quick clean up.
  • Sustenance: The thing about any type of competition like this is that there is a lot of downtime. You will get hungry and thirsty. Be sure to pack HEALTHY snacks and drinks. Sometimes, in these types of competitions, there could be an unknown call to twirl more, and to be weighed down by greasy snacks and sugary drinks will affect your performance.
  • Posted: 6/8/2015

    Parent Guide to the Competitive Baton Twirling World

    Whether itís your decision as a parent or your child requests to enter the world of competitive baton twirling, it can be a perplexing and unknown journey. Many people have seen or experienced both competitive and amateur baton twirling, whether itís at a high school football game or on television. The truth is that itís a whole different beast when youíre emerged in the world of competitive baton twirling. Rehearsal schedules and instructors can be grueling, demanding the best from students, and the awards and actual competitions are high stakes. Here are some things, as a parent, you should know before entering this foreign, but exciting, world.

    Posted: 6/1/2015

    Tips for Competition Stage Face

    Performing as a baton twirler offers many rewards. One of the most exciting times during your baton twirling career will be the competitions that you get to participate in. On top of your amazing twirling routine, a killer outfit and flawless makeup will certainly set you apart from your competition. So, how do you make sure that your makeup is on point? We have outlined a couple of must-knows for creating the perfect stage face.

    1. Start with a Clean Face - Your makeup will need to last all day, so donít apply makeup in the morning before you put on your stage makeup. Start with a clean face. Wake up in the morning and wash your face, then apply a small amount of moisturizer.
    2. Highlight - After you have applied a foundation, highlight your face. Using a light bronzer or shimmering powder, gently sweep your cheekbones and around your eyes to highlight your face. If you use a neutral color under your eyebrows, it can help define the shape of your eyes and make them look bigger.
    3. Become Friends with Your Eyeliner - Eyeliner is important when applying stage make-up. Pick a waterproof eyeliner and outline your eyes. Be sure to create strong cat eyes at the tips of your outer eye.
    4. Plump Lashes - Be sure to finish your stage face with plump lashes. If you have sparse lashes, consider using fake eyelashes.

    Posted: 5/11/2015

    Avoid Baton Twirling Injuries

    Are you new to baton twirling, or are you a veteran twirler? Starline Baton has great tips on how you can avoid injuries during practice and performances:

    1. Choose the Right Size Baton - Choosing the right size baton is key to performing well and keeping injuries down to a minimum.
    2. Get Out of the Way - As you start to practice, toss up the baton and quickly move out of the way, especially if you are new to baton twirling.
    3. Practice Outdoors - Wide open spaces and room is key to twirling baton. If you practice outside, you will have plenty of room to practice to help keep you free from injury.
    4. Know How to Catch the Baton - Keep your palm face up while twirling the baton as you toss it in the air. If you do this, the baton wonít land on your foot.
    5. Pick the Right Surface - Practice on a flat hard surface, and move your feet around. If you pick an uneven surface to practice on, like the yard, then you run the risk of spraining your ankle or hurting yourself.
    6. Keep Your Eye on the Prize - Watch the baton and keep your eye on the baton when you toss it. If you get distracted, you might drop the baton and injury yourself.

    Posted: 4/27/2015

    Baton Twirling is a Sport

    What constitutes a sport is a controversial subject with many differing opinions, but in the end, most people tend to agree that a sport requires several factors in order to be considered a true sport. What that boils down to is that a sport requires physical exertion and skill, plus the structure of competition. With that very basic description, twirling batons is most certainly a sport.

    Posted: 4/13/2015

    Baton Twirling is Not Just For Girls

    The history of baton twirling is pretty vague in its origins, but the sport has evolved through men as drum majors, using rifles, sticks, maces, and mallets. It wasnít until twirling started to include a baton that women became involved in it and practically took over the sport. Today, baton twirling may be a sport dominated by females, but it is certainly not a womanís only sport.

    Posted: 3/30/2015

    Tips on Starting Baton Twirling

    Good baton twirlers make it look easy, but for anyone thatís ever tried it, they discover itís harder than it looks. The trick is to master the basics, then itís easier to move on to more complicated twirling routines and tosses.

    Posted: 3/2/2015

    The History of the World Baton Twirling Federation

    Baton twirling has become an increasingly popular sport throughout the world, especially upon the formation of the World Baton Twirling Federation, otherwise known as WBTF. The WBTF was organized in London in 1977 by the leaders of a variety of baton twirling organizations in different countries all over the world. The purpose of the formation of the WBTF is to develop, encourage, and standardize the sport.

    Posted: 2/2/2015

    Are You Ready for Baton Twirling Nationals?

    This year, the 57th Annual U.S. National Baton Twirling Championship will be held in Beaumont, Texas. The nationís best baton twirlers will compete on individual and group levels for awards and thousands of dollars in cash scholarships.

    Posted: 1/19/2015

    Basic Stage Makeup Tips and Tricks

    Applying the perfect stage-ready makeup isnít as easy as it sounds. Your makeup should look professional, somewhat natural, and play to the character that youíre portraying for your routine. Depending on your experience and skill level, your makeup should take around 30-45 minutes to apply. Follow these steps for applying basic stage makeup:

    • Step 1) Give your face a thorough scrub down and make sure to exfoliate. This washing should be followed with toner and moisturizer.
    • Step 2) Evenly apply a skin-tone matching foundation to give your face a smooth and flawless finish. Be wary of your color choice. Stage lights tend to be cooler in tone and they have a tendency to wash out the face, try finding a tone that is a few shades warmer than your natural skin color to offset this problem. Donít forget to blend your foundation into your hairline and below the jaw with a sponge or foundation brush.
    • Step 3) Add contour and character to your face with a darker shade of foundation. Stage lights are notorious for flattening out the face, therefore, good contouring is a must.
    • Step 4) To emphasize your eyes, use eyeliner to line the upper and lower lashes. Black eyeliner is great for drama and brown eyeliner is perfect for a natural look. For experienced stage-makeup artists, extend the eyeliner up and out so that it merges seamlessly with the line of your lashes. This creates an alert and open effect for the eyes.
    • Step 5) Add natural or statement eyeshadow to match your costume and routine and donít be shy with false eyelashes. Also, donít forget to shade your brows to give them a high-arched and authoritative appearance.
    • Step 6) Now that your eyes look incredible, itís time to work on the lips. Use a dark lip liner to magnify the shape of your mouth--that doesn't mean that you should tweak the shape of your lips to make them look like Angelina Jolieís, just enhance your mouthís natural shape. Apply your desired stage lipstick and your smile will steal the show.
    • Step 7) Most people think youíre done after the lipstick, but to even out and finish your makeup, add a light coating of powder. Reapply powder as needed.

    Posted: 12/8/2014

    The Best Christmas Gift for Your Baton Twirler

    When shopping for your baton twirler this holiday season, consider giving them gifts that commemorate their favorite sport: baton twirling. Baton twirling gifts come in all shapes and sizes and you can customize your gift package to suit the wants and needs of your unique twirler.

    • Commemorative Baton. Does your twirler stay up to date on all the latest competitions and news? If so, then they probably know of the World Baton Twirling Championship in Nottingham, England. Why not commemorate the 2014 baton twirling season with a limited edition WBTF baton, featuring the Robin Hood image? This commemorative baton comes in two styles and the length can be customized to fit your twirlerís needs.
    • Fire Baton. Does your twirler want to grow as a performer but doesn't know how? Encourage them to try twirling with a fire baton. This skill is not for the faint of heart but it will enchant and amaze any crowd. If youíre a bit wary of the fire baton, but want to support their ambitions to work to that level, look into purchasing a batteryless lighted baton. It has all the spunk and flair of a fire baton without the hazards.
    • Foot Wear. Foot wear is an essential component to any solid routine. Without comfortable foot wear, your twirler will be focusing more on their foot pain than on the task at hand. Consider surprising them with a new pair of twirling shoes so they have a color to match any twirling costume.
    • Jewelry. Every girl loves jewelry! Buy your athlete a stocking stuffer that theyíll never forget with baton charms and earrings. You can even buy them a pin to put on their favorite athletic jacket or twirling case. Also look into keychains and buttons to help their gear stand out from the crowd at competitions.
    • Twirling Gift Basket. If their gear is getting old or youíre just getting your young athlete started with the sport of baton twirling, compose a gift basket of all the essential twirling items. Make sure they have tape and powder, spare baton components, instructional DVDs, some apparel, and a baton case. You can also include stage makeup essentials as well as costume jewelry that matches their costume. If youíre looking for something extra special, have custom shirts made for the whole family so you can show your pride at competitions. Top it all off with a twirling ornament and youíre all set this holiday season.

    Posted: 11/24/2014

    Dress to Impress With the Perfect Costume to Fit Your Routine

    Selecting the perfect costume is essential to any competitor's success. The right costume can make or break your routine and create a lasting impression in the minds of the judges and audience. If you mostly twirl in the marching band, you donít have that much liberty when choosing a costume, but if you compete, youíll have to help choose the right costume.

    Posted: 11/10/2014

    Competition-Ready Caboodle Checklist for Baton Twirlers

    As a competitive twirler, itís important to keep all of your equipment in a conveniently-located place to ensure youíre focused on the competition at hand. Keep your batons in their case and your costumes in a nicely packed bag, but what about all the smaller items like makeup and hair clips, pins, and accessories? If you donít already have a caboodle, it may be time to invest in one. Caboodles are makeup cases that help keep all your small items organized.

    Posted: 10/27/2014

    Looking the Part for Your Twirling Routine

    The day of your baton twirling competition is quickly approaching, and you want to make sure you look and feel your best for the big day. Youíve practiced your routine frequently, adjusted for feedback from your instructors, and are proud of how far youíve come. Now, itís time to put the finishing touches on your routine so you can shine like the star you are!

    Posted: 10/13/2014

    Getting the Perfect Baton Size for Your Needs

    Just like all of your other twirling gear, including your costume, boots, and tights, itís important for you to find the perfect baton fit for your stature. Not only will the right size baton make twirling easier and more fun, it will also potentially prevent any accidents or slip-ups. So, letís get started! All you need to find your baton measurements are a tape measure and a friend.

    Posted: 9/29/2014

    Why Twirling is Great for Any Child

    Just about everyone understands the importance of physical activity and fitness for children. As young ones grow and develop, keeping physically active is a crucial way to help strengthen all of the bodyís systems, ensure proper functionality, and even keep learning minds alert. Beyond physical wellness, baton twirling provides a number of great benefits for students and growing children. The following are just a few examples.

    Posted: 9/16/2014

    Encourage Your Child to Join the Color Guard This School Year

    Itís time for back to school! As your children return to their normal routines, begin tackling their first homework assignments, and start looking into extracurricular activities, why not encourage them to try out for their schoolís color guard or twirling team? Beyond being great exercise, color guard and twirling help build hand-eye coordination, boost confidence, and present opportunities for new friendships and exciting experiences.

    Posted: 9/2/2014

    Different Types of Color Guard Flags

    Color guard, or flag twirling, is an exciting visual component of any parade or pep rally. What may seem to bystanders to be a simple wave of a brightly colored flag is really an intricate series of twirls and motions that really bring a variety of colors to life--much like the sport of baton twirling. When you are choosing flags for a color guard team, itís important to understand the different types of flags available, and the different purposes they have.

    Posted: 8/18/2014

    Amp Up the Team Spirit at Your Next Pep Rally

    Beyond being fun and exciting, pep rallies are great functions for building support for your team or organization, whether itís a high school football team or even for local charitable groups. Generating team spirit is an easy and important way to strengthen communities as group members gather to celebrate a common bond or idea. If you want to hold a pep rally for the organization of your choice, you may be wondering, ďWhere do I get started?Ē Starline Baton has a few helpful tips to get you started.

    Posted: 8/4/2014

    Having Fun With Some New Twirling Tricks

    If you are a pro performing some basic baton twirling techniques and are looking for some new, exciting, and fun tricks to surprise your friends and family, you are in the right place! Summer is always a good time to practice and dedicate extra time to your favorite hobbies or sports. Grab your baton, and get ready to twirl it like never before! Letís start with the double leg roll. Holding your baton in your right hand, lift your leg as if you are walking in a military style with your thigh parallel to the ground. Bend your knee so your toe points to the ground. Place the back of your right hand firmly under your left leg, mid-thigh, and roll the baton over your leg, making sure it makes contact with your leg the entire time. As baton goes over top of your left leg and nears the vertical position, quickly switch legs so your right leg is raised in march position. If you do it right, your baton should keep rolling over your right leg. To finish, reach your left hand under your ri

    Posted: 7/7/2014

    Hone Your Skills at a Baton Twirling Summer Camp

    With the school year coming to a close, many students and parents are seeking sports-based summer camps to keep them fit and active during the summer. Many studios and companies across the nation offer baton twirling summer camps, giving you the perfect opportunity to hone your skills! Here are a few things to expect and look out for when selecting a baton twirling summer camp. First of all, camps are often organized by skill level. If youíre twirling just for fun and exercise, or if youíve never twirled before, look into beginner camps, which will help you understand basic technique. If you plan on twirling competitively, you might benefit by seeking more advanced camp programs. Often, companies offer different levels of twirling instruction at different times during the summer, so be sure you select the camp slot that best fits your skill level. Many times, baton twirling summer camps feature the instruction and assistance of professional or noteworthy twirlers. This is the per

    Posted: 6/23/2014

    Basic Baton Twirling Techniques

    As with any sport, it takes a good deal of practice and dedication to master and perfect baton twirling tricks and techniques. No baton twirler is born with the innate ability to perform a perfect spinner or toss! Here are a few of the basic techniques youíll need to master before moving on to more advanced baton twirling.

    Posted: 6/9/2014

    The History of Baton Twirling

    Starline Baton Company is a one stop shop for everything a baton twirler needs. Beginners and professionals alike know that our products are of the highest quality and address all baton twirlersí needs. What we find fascinating is the long history behind baton twirling and we are delighted that the artistry of baton twirling is still relevant today. Here is a history of baton twirling that we believe you may find just as interesting as we do.

    Posted: 5/27/2014

    Learn to Twirl Series for Beginners and Professionals Alike

    Star Line Baton Company is here to help all baton twirlers, from novice to professional, achieve the level desired through offering the highest quality batons, shoes, cases and accessories. One thing that we are proud to offer our clients is our new series of professionally produced DVDs designed to help coaches, competitors, and athletes learn to twirl the correct way so that the baton twirling experience is optimized for the performer and audience.

    Posted: 5/12/2014

    The Components of Baton Twirling

    Many people across the country and around the world have seen the sport of baton twirling in some form or another, whether theyíve watched an event on TV or played around with a baton themselves. However, those who do not practice baton twirling themselves may not realize exactly what it takes to be a competitor. Here are a few basic components to baton twirling you may not have thought of before.

    Posted: 4/29/2014

    Making Your Baton Twirling Performance Memorable

    As we know it today, baton twirling is a graceful sport, full of rhythmic movements, driving beats and artistic interpretation. For each athlete, the sport presents something new and different, giving them a way to express themselves and demonstrate their dexterity. While each individual twirler takes a different approach to their performances, there are certain key steps to remember that will help make a performance both successful and memorable.

    Posted: 4/1/2014

    Common Baton Twirling Injuries and How to Avoid Them

    Baton twirling is a very intricate, graceful sport that takes a great deal of practice and coordination. However, many people do not realize that baton twirling has its share of risks and potential dangers. As with any sport, baton twirlers are prone to injury due to mistakes or slip-ups. The following are the most common injuries incurred in baton twirling.

    Posted: 3/7/2014

    Things for Competitive Twirling Newbies to Know

    There are several challenges that a new competitor may face when their enter the baton twirling arena. Itís nice to have an outline generated by someone who is experienced in the competitive twirling world. You can also ask your childís coach for information that you may need to familiarize yourself to this world, but itís important to not take too much time away from your childís lesson. Performing your own research can go a long way.

    Posted: 3/3/2014

    Types of Baton Twirling Events

    If youíre new to the competitive baton twirling arena, you may want to learn about the different events that you can compete in. Here at Starline Baton, we understand that not every baton twirler can excel at every event. Thatís why we are going to break down each event for you.

    • Basic Strut - The Basic Strut event is usually a short routine that requires marching in rhythm in a square, hitting every beat of the music. This demand is low for this particular event, and itís often for beginners to develop basic rhythm and good posture.
    • Military Strut - The Military Strut event is performed in an ďLĒ formation and composed of marching stems with a military beat. This is a bit harder than the Basic Strut, as you need good rhythm, posture and arm/feet coordination.
    • Presentation - This event is usually quote short and it helps to develop the proper technique of the competitor. This event is made up of body moves blended and executed to Presentation portion of the Strut music.
    • Rhythm Twirl - The Rhythm Twirl event is a short routine performed to the USTA Dance Twirl music. Itís performed with a combination of dance steps and baton moves in rhythm to music.

    Posted: 2/28/2014

    Tips & Hints For Baton Twirling

    Performing well during competition is important and Starline Baton wants to make sure that you are performing your best. Here are some general tips and hints to help guide you through your baton twirling season.

    1. Stay well rested - Both your mind & body need rest. Make sure you go to bed at a decent hour. This will help you mentally prepare for competition and do your best at twirling.
    2. Eat well & stay hydrated- Water is important and you need to continue to feed your body with healthy and nutritious food to keep you in top twirling performance.
    3. Always Stretch - Warming up is very important. Make sure that your body is limber and ready to perform. Speak with your coach and other team members about stretching techniques that will help get you ready for your twirling performance.
    4. Last but not least, stay active. Be sure to work on your twirling technique and set goals for yourself to perform better.

    Posted: 2/27/2014

    Getting the Right Size Baton

    Even with the right shoes and outfit, baton twirling wonít happen without the right size baton to finish the set. Having the right size baton can make all the difference when it comes to your performance. A baton that is too long will collide with your body, while a baton that is too short will look and feel awkward to handle. Professional twirling batons come in sizes ranging from 14 inches to 32 inches, increasing in size by one inch increments. The width of the shaft can come in different sizes depending on what would be the most comfortable grip for the twirler.

    To measure the appropriate length of your baton, you will need a measuring tape, and the assistance of a friend or family member.

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    Posted: 11/20/2013

    Team Building for Baton Twirlers

    Baton twirling for most is a team centered activity, having performers work closely with members of their team. Just like the twirling and performances themselves, keeping a strong team together takes time a practice. Team building is important to ensure that team members are cooperating well with each other, as well as build trust among members of the team. When performers build trust with each other, they are more inclined to help each other improve, making the team stronger as a whole. All this leads to a healthier and more enjoyable environment for the team. Below is a list of activities that encourage team building.

    ē†† †Egg drop Ė you may remember this one from middle school, basically the group is split up into teams and must use a few materials to build a carriage to protect an egg from cracking after it is dropped from a great height (both teams should have the exact same number of materials). This is a critical thinking exercise that gets the teams to work toge

    Posted: 11/13/2013

    How to Succeed in Baton Twirling

    Baton twirling is a very demanding sport, though many donít see it as such. Regardless, there is a great amount of effort that goes into becoming a successful baton twirler. Just like any sport, baton twirling requires hard work and dedication; itís not a sport that anyone can pick up and be an expert. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help you excel in the world of baton twirling.

    Posted: 10/29/2013

    5 Reasons Why Baton Twirling Is Great For Kids

    Baton twirling is an activity that utilizes the manipulation of a metal rod, or baton, to perform coordinated routines similar to gymnastics and dance. The activity has been around for decades, yet has become a rare activity over the years. The truth is, baton twirling is actually a great sport that offers a number of benefits for children to enjoy.

    Posted: 10/14/2013

    The History of Baton Twirling

    What we see today as baton twirling was not always how it was seen. By today's definition, baton twirling is a game or sport used to create visual art by demonstrating smoothness, physical fitness, beauty, gymnastics (which adds excitement and a variation of physical moves), speed, and fluidity when handling the baton close to your body and when released into the air. Not only is it the physical and visual requirements that make up baton twirling, it's also the ability to twirl in time with music. Being able to tell a story with your body while twiling a baton to the beat of music is what encompasses technical merit and artistic expression. If this is what baton twirling is today, what was it like before?

    Posted: 5/24/2013

    The Baton Boot Designed For You

    Footwear is an important part of any baton twirling costume and Majorette Boots are just one of the many types of footwear worn in this sport. At Star Line Baton, we have three brand new Majorette Boots available for purchase at our online baton store. We have the Dallas Knee High Majorette Boots, the Gotham Majorette Vinyl or Leather Boots, and the Nancy Majorette Boots. Although any of the four would make any baton outfit fabulous, we want to help you find the right ones for you.

    Posted: 5/8/2013

    The Mental and Physical Benefits of Twirling Baton

    Baton is a sport for females and males of all ages. This sport requires that the twirler use both sides of their brain, which contributes to many mental and physical benefits. On a physical level, using the left and right side of the brain is called ambidexterity. Being able to use the left side of your body just as well as the right aids in overall coordination and strength. On a mental level, baton twirling promotes bilateral thinking, which can contribute to being able to learn information at a faster rate. Also, when there is a level of communication between the left and right side of the brain, this type of thinking process makes for an overall rise in intelligence.

    Posted: 4/17/2013

    Using Video to Enhance Your Baton Twirling Technique

    Baton twirling is a fantastic sport complete with mesmerizing tricks, stunning costumes, athleticism, and poise. And, just like with every sport, practice makes perfect. A great way to improve the effectiveness of your practice is to utilize video. There are a few ways to do this:

    Posted: 4/10/2013

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    Posted: 4/2/2013

    Do You Have the Right Shoes for Baton Twirling?

    Having the appropriate shoes when you practice or perform your baton twirling routine is essential. Not only do the right shoes help you retain your balance while you spin (1-turns, 2-turns, 3-turns, & more!), but also they look clean and professional, which is important for your overall presentation. Good baton shoes are lightweight and flexible, allowing your feet to breathe through the material and to have excellent toe point.

    Posted: 3/4/2013

    Perfecting Your Figure 8s

    There are certain basic twirls that every baton twirler should be familiar with, whether you are a beginner or an advanced twirler. The Figure 8 (both horizontal and vertical) is a basic baton twirling trick that many more advanced twirling tricks build from. Below is an easy-to-understand description of how to execute these twirls:

    Posted: 1/18/2013

    Announcement for the New Year

    As we start off the New Year, we would like to announce a few exciting changes to our company. As of January 1, 2013, Jack Crum has retired as President of Star Line. However, he and his wife, Marge, still hold seats on the Board of Directors.

    Posted: 1/18/2013

    World Records in Baton Twirling

    Weíve had fun with baton twirling for decades here in the US, but did you know that it originated in Eastern Europe and Asia?†The sport made its way to the United States after the Civil War era, and different organizations, like the World Baton Twirling Federation and the World Twirling Association, were created to promote the professionalism of baton twirling.

    Posted: 12/7/2012

    I Bet You Didn't Know She Twirled!

    Quite a few very well known people were baton twirlers when they were younger, and some even started their professional careers in the sport of baton twirling. Here are just a few people you may not have realized were baton twirlers:

    • Lynne V. Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was a baton twirler. She was even the Wyoming State Baton Twirling Champion in 1958!
    • Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Sissy Spacek were baton twirlers!
    • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, was a baton twirler when she was younger.
    • Famous singer, Sheryl Crow, was a baton twirler!
    • Well-known dancer, choreographer, and actress Debbie Allen was a baton twirler!
    • Debbie Allen's sister, Phylicia Rashad, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable, was a baton twirler.
    • Madonna brought baton twirling to her MDNA 2012 world tour last summer when she performed in a 1940's majorette costume.
    Baton twirling is a great sport that gives people the unique opportunity to tap into their creative side, increase hand-eye coordination and flexibility, and even compete in an athletic environment. Baton twirling is a great way to start a professional career as a choreographer, dancer, actor, etc.

    Posted: 11/29/2012

    Why Start Twirling?

    Baton twirling is more than just a sport. Twirling is also an art requiring beauty and style.

    Posted: 11/9/2012

    Helpful Stretches for Baton Twirlers

    Flexibility is key for baton twirlers so that they can execute certain skills in their routines. Here are just a few examples of stretches you can do as a baton twirler to increase your flexibility:

    Posted: 10/8/2012

    Building Flexibility: 101

    The sport of baton twirling requires flexibility in order to successfully execute moves in your baton twirling routine. You canít become flexible overnight, but with patience and time, you will soon become limber. Stretching not only helps you to be able to perform skills in your routine, but also it prevents muscle injury from over-exertion.

    Posted: 10/4/2012

    How to Choose the Right Ball and Tip for your Baton

    Just as important as the shaft, the ball and tip (the white rubber ends) of your baton makes the difference when choosing the right baton. Today, a wide variety of shapes and sizes give baton twirlers many options to choose from.

    Posted: 9/4/2012

    Tips for Twirling a Flaming Baton

    Youíve more than likely seen baton twirling during a football half-time show, a parade, or in a marching band. Itís fun to practice and itís especially fun to watch. If youíre a baton twirler and want to bring youíre your skill to the next level, a challenging and unique skill to learn is how to twirl a flaming baton. When done properly, it is a magnificent show and an all-around crowd pleaser. But how is it done?

    Posted: 7/11/2012

    Tips for Your X-Strut Routine

    The X-Strut is a competitive event at baton twirling competitions and is almost always included in the major pageant of the competition. The X-Strut is performed in an elegant costume and in front of a judge, who evaluates the twirler on overall appearance, posture, grace, technique, baton handling, precision, and timing.

    Posted: 6/14/2012

    Baton Twirling: A (Brief) History

    Baton twirling is said to have originated at dance festivals in Asia and Eastern Europe. At these festivals, people would twirl and toss knives, guns, torches and sticks to the rhythm of the music. This activity made its way to armies, where they rhythmically twirled their rifles while marching. When an army was parading, a rifle twirler would always be in front of the other marchers.

    Posted: 5/24/2012

    Baton Twirling Tricks

    Baton twirling is a fun and creative sport. What sets good twirlers from great twirlers is how creative they can get during their performances. Here are instructions for two tricks to incorporate into your next performance to give you a creative edge:

    Posted: 5/14/2012

    What to Wear to Baton Practice

    Just like any other sport, baton twirling requires practice and hard work. To make your baton practice most effective, it is important to dress in the proper attire. First, wear something that you feel comfortable exercising in, such as a tank top and Soffe shorts. Clothes like these will allow you to move throughout your full range of motion, unlike jeans, which will restrict your movement.

    If you have long hair, it is best to pull it up into a ponytail or bun so that it does not get in your face while you are practicing your baton routine. Remember to make sure your hair is pulled up securely because you will most likely be doing spins, whether it is a 1-turn, 2-turn, 3-turn, or more.

    Also, the proper footwear will help you to get the most out of your practice. At Star Line Baton Company, we recommend the Instep Shoe, a canvas twirling shoe that has a treaded PVC sole, which gives traction while still allowing for spins. The best part is that they are machine washable! So when you have been practicing for months and they start to get dirty, and not to mention a little smelly, you can just throw them in the wash and they will be as good as new!

    Posted: 5/9/2012

    How to Find the Baton That Is Right for You

    Having the baton that is the right size for you is important. If youíre just starting out, having the proper baton will help you learn how to correctly handle batons. This will also help prevent injuries that can occur when youíre learning to twirl. Here are 5 steps to follow in selecting a new baton:

    Posted: 4/20/2012

    Get Started with Baton Twirling

    Twirling is a great sport for anyone, but it is especially beneficial to children because it helps them develop spatial awareness, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. By participating in the sport of baton twirling, children also develop strength, stamina, and flexibility, as well as poise and a positive body image.

    Posted: 4/9/2012

    How to Twirl a Flag

    Are you planning to try out for your school's color guard or drill team? If you are, you may need to learn how to twirl a flag. One of the most common techniques in twirling a flag is called a drop spin. To spectators, a drop spin looks like the flag is swiftly spinning in front of the twirler's body. To perform a drop spin, follow these simple instructions:

    1. Begin with the basic holding position - holding the flag upright with your right hand on the middle of the pole, just above your nose in height. Grasp the bottom end of the flag pole with your left hand just over your belly button.
    2. Release your left hand from the pole and twist the flag counterclockwise with your right hand, forcing your thumb (and the flag) down. Grab the pole with your left hand underneath your right hand.
    3. Release the pole with your right hand and twist your left wrist counterclockwise to bring the flag back upright. Replace your right hand back on the pole underneath your left hand with your thumb facing up.
    4. Repeat steps 2-3 and you are doing a drop spin!

    Posted: 3/28/2012

    Overcoming Nerves When Performing

    Sometimes, performing your baton routine in front of a judge can be a very nerve-racking experience. Even the most expert baton twirlers get nervous before their performance. However, you can overcome your nerves by following these tips:

    • Prepare for your performance by practicing your routine thoroughly before the day of the performance. Make sure you know your routine backwards and forwards so that you are confident in your ability to execute it flawlessly.
    • Check out the performance space beforehand. It is good to know how much space you have to perform and the type of material the floor is. If you discover the floor is too slippery for your comfort, you can always dip the soles of your shoes in rosin to give extra traction.
    • Take deep breaths and imagine yourself performing the baton routine flawlessly. This will boost your self confidence, which will result in a better performance.
    • Most importantly, have fun. Performing your routine gives you a chance to share your talents with others. You never know, your routine may inspire another to start twirling.

    Posted: 3/23/2012

    Elements of a Baton Twirling Routine

    There are certain basic aspects to every baton routine, whether you are a beginner or an advanced twirler. For example, every routine begins with a salute to the judge. The salute is executed by holding the baton in the right hand with the baton held vertical against the left side of the body. The right hand holds the baton about one-third of the way down from the head of the baton and the right elbow points outward, while the left hand is placed on the twirler's hip. A salute shows the judge that you are ready to begin your routine.

    A baton twirling routine should flow smoothly and include tricks according to the skill level of the twirler. Some very common baton tricks include finger twirls, cradles, elbow rolls, open-handed tosses, back hand catches, horizontal spins, thumb flips, and figure-eights. With practice, a twirler's skill level will improve and they will soon be able to learn more advanced tricks, as well as more difficult variations of the tricks they already know.

    Posted: 3/19/2012

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