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Is Baton Twirling Really a Sport?

March 9th, 2009 · 13 Comments · Videos: Baton Soloists

This brand new video poses the question, “Is baton twirling really a sport?” If your image of twirlers is little girls in majorette boots, making their way down the street in a local parade, take a look at the athletes in this video. If you have been delighted by a skillful twirler, perhaps during a halftime performance or in one of the many videos on You Tube, you will particularly enjoy the twirling expertise in these video segments.

What do you think? Is baton twirling a sport? We’d love to read your comments!

This video is brought to us by Rhapsody Baton and Dance, a fantastic program in the Orlando, Florida area. They offer baton twirling classes as well as performance and competition opportunities for baton twirlers of all levels.

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  • roselyne stevens

    of course twirling is a sport. It’s even more than one sport: it’s a combination of twirling, dance, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatics all into one.
    There is no limit as to how much you can do in twirling.
    I have twirled since the age of 9 in France and am now 53 in Australia.
    It’s the best sport you could ever do. It’s much harder than many other sports.
    Whoever needs convincing only needs to see some world championships or international cups to be convinced.
    Our sport of twirling is under-rated and needs to be more exposed to the world

  • Cindy Hamilton

    Thanks for your comment, Roselyne, and for being an international twirler for so many years! I could not agree with you more.

  • Lucia

    Of course it is a sport! A very physically demanding one, too! Im 11 and I had a friend who started laughing uncontrollably when she found out I twirled. She though baton twirling was a joke! I told her that it was hard and people went to competitions for it. “Competitions?” She said, laughing even harder. “Thats so dumb!” She also said. It hurt my feelings, but I am very proud of what I do, and nothing can take that away from me.

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment, Lucia. And thank you for educating your friend about how challenging baton twirling is, and about the sport. You have much to be proud of! Keep on twirling!

      Cindy Hamilton
      TwirlPlanet.com

  • julianna

    yes baton twirling is sport I start when i was seven and was so impressed by the amount of time and able you need to get to the. Baton twirl has so many element that you need to route more than once to get the full aft. I was on national baton twirl team for years and it was the hardest and most fun two year i every had.

  • Kelsey

    I would say it’s more of an “athletic art” if you will, but I don’t mean it’s any less challenging than football, or baseball, or tennis, or whatever else. It’s more than just looking pretty and prancing around; it’s about strength, agility, poise, grace, balance, coordination, flexibility and more. I’ve been twirling since I was 4 and I’m 16 now. I love twirling and I hope it will be a part of my life for many years to come. 🙂

  • Pauline Boucher

    I would say it’s the most beautiful sport I have ever known…my daughter was in baton twirling at the age of 3 until the age of 15 years old…she competed all those years, she won many awards and even represented Canada At the world competition at Notre Dame University …she went into skating, a lot of other sports but she always returned to baton twriling…
    I always wondered why that sport was not in the olympics. I hope you push to have it in the olymppic. one day….good luck!

  • Jenna justice

    Of course it is! It is a physical activity where you compete against other teams and there is a winner. I have been twirling for a while and I continue to do it for a while longer. I love twirling and I always have. It’s very nerve wracking but it all adds up in the end.

  • Kayla

    I have been fascinated with baton, so much that I moved to Al to get one of the best teachers. I am now 14 and love it, though sadly people in Wisconsin don’t like baton or haven;t heard of it! When I geard this I talked to my cheerleading coach and asked if we could have a batoners league type thing for our school, we talked to the principle and said if we could find interested people and the money!!

  • Erika zuniga

    In my opinion twirling is a sport ! So many people think its so easy to twirl but in reality it’s not iv been twirling since i was 3 im 15 now twirling isn’t just a sport twirling is also a passion many people laugh when i say its a sport but honestly they don’t even know the struggles of twirling. Twirling is my life.

  • Mae

    I’m a baton twirler and this is my 5th year. When people ask me what baton twirling is and I tell them they start to laugh and they are like “ya it’s so legal to throw metal sticks at people” and they keep laughing as they walk away. But i don’t let it bother me because I know I’ll get farther in life with my baton twirling career then them with no lives.

  • Savann

    Hi I have been a twirler for five years and twirling is totally a sport, I concluded it one of the most difficult sports and unlike football this sport not only requires coordination and talent it requires grace and rather than in sports on a feild you have to look good for the judges too

  • Savann

    Hi I have been a twirler for five years and twirling is totally a sport, I concluded it one of the most difficult sports and unlike football this sport not only requires coordination and talent it requires grace and rather than in sports on a feild you have to look good for the judges too.

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