TYPE OF SOLO EVENTS
- One-Baton Twirling
- Solo is the
mainstay of all baton twirling and provides a competitor with the
opportunity to perform an innovative routine, which is adjudicated for
its variety, difficulty, speed, control, smoothness, gracefulness,
presentation, and showmanship.
- Two-Baton Twirling – A contestant performs with two batons. Both
batons must be in action at all times, either in like patterns,
alternating patterns, or in concert with each other.
- Three-Baton Twirling – A contestant uses three batons.
- Rhythmic Twirl – (previously known as Twirl Dance and Dance
Twirl) Solo Rhythmic Twirl is a side branch of baton twirling in which
twirlers coordinate their body movements to the music. Rhythmic Twirl is
sometimes referred to as "interpretative twirling" and "synchronized
twirling." Unlike general twirling, in which music is used for
accompaniment, a performer may vary the speed of the baton to coordinate
with the music. As in other branches of twirling, it’s the ability with
a style and not only the style itself that counts. All styles of
interpretation are acceptable – within the bounds of good taste. It's
open to advanced solo twirlers only and they may only use one baton only
(no props). Rhythmic Twirl is an optional event at state, regional and
Class A open contests as the national contest will be open to all
advanced solo twirlers. At nationals, individual age groups may be held,
followed by a twirloff.
- SUPER X-Strut
- Super-X Pattern – Contestant shall perform individually within
the prescribed floor pattern only once. Starting point shall be at
upper corner of lane to judge’s left. Direction of pattern shall be
diagonally toward opposite corner, turning right at edge of lane, then
straight to opposite edge of lane, turning right and proceeding
diagonally to opposite corner, then turning left to center point of
lane, turning left and proceeding in straight line toward judge for
remaining required steps. Finish shall be at any point within
designated 30’ by 20’ lane. Section 5 shall not extend beyond borders
set by Section 1. Oblique movements are not allowed in first four
sections. Retracing is permitted.
- Basic Strut Portions – A minimum of four forward consecutive
steps of basic strutting shall be executed during four different
intervals of floor pattern: first section, second section, third
section, and fifth (final) section. They shall be performed
immediately after opening salute and on first steps forward on other
specified sections. No penalty for exceeding required minimum four
- Twirling not permitted during strutting routine. From first
movement to ending salute, twirling is not permitted in a strutting
routine. Rolls, fingerwork, and baton releases are not permitted.
Loops and swings are allowed. Not more than two continuous revolutions
from center of baton are allowed. Continuous revolutions limited to
two at any one time. Baton must be a full-hand grip in one hand or
another at all times during a strutting routine performance.
- Floor Contact – No part of body, other that feet, shall
contact floor, intentionally or unintentionally.
- Out of Step – Contestant will receive a zero in timing when
out of step one or more complete sections of floor pattern or
out of step on all four required basics. In such case the penalties
for out of step shall not count in tabulation of penalties. (Other
captions should receive scores.) Contestant may not be disqualified.
Feature moves when left foot does not hit the accented beat of music
are not considered out of step. However, contestant must re-establish
proper timing or an out-of-step penalty of .5 will be assessed per
each violation. If contestant does not correct self within eight
counts, an additional .5 penalty will be assessed; penalty not to
exceed .5 per eight counts of out of step.
- Music – Contestants shall perform to standard march music
provided by the contest director.
- Flag Twirling – A performer twirls and swings a baton shaft with
a flag attached. One-baton score sheet is used, with logical
interpretation. See score sheet.
- Duet and Trio - Two contestants performing at one time are
called a duet. Three contestants performing at one time make a trio.
Contestants are judged on their ability to perform simultaneously and in
concert with one another while employing exchanges and combinations
uniquely designed for duets and trios. Each contestant is evaluated on
the use of one baton. No credit is given for two batons.
- Show Twirling – Show Twirling is interpretive, free-style
twirling where contestants select own cassette music and use any
combination of twirling instruments in order to display their total show
performance. Props and twirling equipment are limited to that
which can be hand carried in one trip by contestant only. Electrical
props are not permitted.
- Hoop Twirling – Hoop twirling provides still another opportunity
for contestants to expand their repertoire. Proficient Hoop Twirling
requires excellent coordination and dexterity as the number of twirls
that can be executed with a hoop is limited, due to the shape of the
hoop. Imaginative, innovative, and exciting combinations are encouraged.
Intentional hoop floor rolls, etc., do not count as drops.
- Basic and Military Strut – Basic
and Military Strut implies
straight marching in a square pattern with no footwork or legwork
embellishment while carrying baton in either traditional or cradle
position. In the case of military strut the traditional hi-low beat is
required. Forward motion is mandatory. Consideration in judging will be
appearance, posture, gracefulness, and timing. All styles shall receive
equal consideration. Contestants will march in a follow-the-leader
pattern or one-at-a-time according to judge’s instructions. Direction of
square at discretion of judge. Contestants who stay in step will place
above those with timing problems.
- Circle T Modeling – All modeling events will be performed in a
Circle T pattern. Modeling performance begins directly in front of
judge, turning either direction, left or right, at top of lane and then
proceeding to chosen corner. Contestant executes a semi-circle (away
from judge) to opposite corner. Contestant returns to center front of
judge’s table and back to starting point. Timing and judging end at this
point. If interview is included in performance, interview is not
timed. Contestant will wait for judge’s signal to approach table for
interview. Judge will score first four captions before interview begins.
The element of the interview should encourage contestant to talk about
herself; her hopes, dreams, goals, and opinions. It is not the style but
the ability within the style that is judged. All modeling styles within
the bounds of good taste will be given equal consideration.
- Leadership Contest – Drum majorettes/drum majors will compete
in separate division / field generals compete together. Girls and boys
compete together. See score sheet for grading information.
- NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TWIRLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - See the rules
for more information concerning special contests at AYOP for collegiate