By all accounts, 2020 was supposed to be a big year for twirling. Two world championships, along with local and national competitions, were planned for this year. However, the world had other plans. Some baton twirlers did not let this get them down. They got creative. Here are some of the ways baton twirlers continued their craft during the COVID-19 pandemic: Virtual Competitions This May, 40 baton twirlers in Canada participated in a video competition to showcase their twirling skills. Judges in Calgary gave twirlers an online space to be creative and competitive. There were no trophies or medals, just bragging rights and a chance to perform for an audience in a year where that would not have otherwise been possible. Modified Classes Baton twirling and dance studios have moved to online classes, which provides the opportunity for wider access and safety from in-person gatherings. Some classes are offered in person with strict guidelines as far as number of people, handwashing and sanitizing, and mask wearing. Lessons are still available, even if they look a little different. Practice, Practice, Practice With all this time at home, athletes of all kinds have opportunities to practice their individual skills. Since baton twirling involves mastering techniques, moves and tricks, there is plenty for twirlers to practice in this rare off season. Now is also a great time to find that perfect baton and practice using it before in-person performances return. At Star Line Baton, we offer a variety of high-quality batons on our website. If you have any questions or need more information, call us at 931-528-7829.