September 1 is the beginning of each new contest year. Your actual age on September 1 determines your competitive age for the entire contest year from September 1 through August 31.



Sanctioned contests shall employ the following age-division plans:

1. Official Mandatory Divisions for National, International,

    State, and Regional Championship Contests in the USA
        Senior – ages 16 and older
        Junior – ages 13 through 15
        Pre-teen – ages 10 through 12
        Juvenile – ages 7 through 9
        Tot – ages 0 through 6
2. Single Age Plan – Optional for Open Class A, B, or C Contests:
        0-6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & over

Optional: 0-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20 & over

3. Duets Age Categories:

0-18, 19-24, 25-30, 31 & over. (Combined ages)

4. Trios Age Categories:
0-10.9 Juv., 11-13.9 Jr., 14 & over Sr. (Average ages)


The following four contestant status levels are mandatory for A, AA, AAA Solo and Strut competitions and are optional for all other events.
Novice Class – A contestant is a novice until receiving five first-place novice wins in a contest category. She or he then advances to the Beginner class. Winners awarded ribbons or medals only.
Beginner Class – A contestant is a beginner until receiving five first-place Beginner wins in a contest category. She or he then advances to the Intermediate class.
Intermediate Class – A contestant is an intermediate until receiving eight first-place Intermediate wins in a contest category. She or he then graduates to the elite Advanced class.
Advanced Class – A contestant has reached the highest and most prestigious competitive level.
A high purpose of the NBTA advanced process is to help twirlers realize their personal goal by graduating to the advanced class of competition. At any time, contestants may advance themselves to a higher status level. By doing so, they are permanently elevated to that higher status level.