Twirling Unlimited

Twirling Unlimited Created the Concept of UNITY in Twirling


At Twirling Unlimited competitions, all contestants enter the division appropriate for their age as of day of the contest.


One baton only, entrance and exit are optional. Gymnastics moves are permitted.

Ages: 0-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15+over

Timing begins with opening salute and stops with ending salute. Time Limits:

Level 1 (Special Beginner):1:00-2:00Level 4(Intermediate):  l:30-2:15

Levels 2 & 3 (Novice & Beginner):1:30-2:00Level 5 (Advanced):2:00-2:30               

To protect the integrity of the developmental levels of twirling, the following restrictions apply to twirls allowed at each  level:

Level 1 (Special Beginner), No more than a 1 turn, no more than2 consecutive elbow

rolls; no high toss tricks with illusions or gymnastics moves underneath.

Level 2 (Novice): No more than a 2 turn,  no more than 4 continuous elbows.

Level 3 (Beginner ): No more than a 3 turn, no more than 6 continuous elbows

Level 4 (Intermediate):  No more than a 4 turn, no more than 8 continuous elbows.

Any contestant performing or attempting tricks in excess of the applied standard for a given division will be presumed to be competing "for comments  only” and will not be given scores, placing or award. In pageants, they will be placed last.

Note: Rules relating to spins and elbow rolls apply to solo twirling only.  They do not apply to two-baton or 3 baton.

Penalties:   .5  drop              1.0  failure to salute           .1  break/slip        

.5 sloppy or incorrect salute     .1 off pattern     .1 per second over or under time


Open to Boys only. Ages: 0-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15&overTime Limit: l:30 - 2:30

Score Sheet and Penalties same as Girls Solo Twirling


Open to any twirler age 15+.  Combination of one baton and any novelty or multiple batons. Performed to standard march music.  Timing begins and ends with salute.

Time limit  2 – 2 ½  minutes.  One baton minimum of 1 minute 


No specific pattern is required.  The contestantmust complete the modeling in 1½minutes.  Any time spent on the floor in excess of this will result in .1 penalty per second.  No specific dress type or length is required. Music provided by TU. 

COSTUME MODEL (formerly Best Appearing)

Same as Dress Model, but in costume.  Baton is optional –time is1½  minutes Max. 


Marching in a square either singly or follow-the-leader (judge's discretion).  Contestants are evaluated on posture, leg lines, carriage, with a particular emphasis on Timing.  If no one in the division remains in step for an entire square, no first place will be given.  Awards in this case will be given beginning with second place.

SPECIAL BEGINNER BASIC MARCH (offered at some competitions)

Same rules as Basic March; for contestants who have not won two 1st  places in a Basic March event.  Baton not required, may carry poms, rifle, sabre, etc.


Marching to be performed in a square, straight line or "L".  Contestants must demonstrate an ability to beat time.  Judging is on posture, bearing, leg lines with a particular emphasis on timing.  No penalty or extra credit for variations.  If no one in the division remains in step for an entire square, no first place will be given.  Awards in this case will be given beginning with second place.


Open to girls only.  Rules for Novice, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels are the same.  There are no pattern requirements for Strut; it may be in a T, a straight line, free style, super X or any other pattern.  Judging will be based on excellence within the style.  Twirls are permitted but no credit is given under difficulty unless coordinated with body work.  Opening and closing salute are optional and opening presentation is permitted.  Timing will begin with the first move and end with the final salute or pose.  A maximum time limit of 2 minutes is allowed.

Penalties:     drop  .5              *slip .1                      overtime  .1 per second

fall    .5             out of step .5/8 counts

*a slip is anything breaking up continuity of the routine - either baton or bodywork (example: fumble, loss of balance, stumble)


Timing begins with opening salute of at least one baton and stops with ending salute of at least one baton.  Time Limit for all levels: 1:30-2:00


Timing begins with opening salute of at least one baton and stops with ending

salute of at least one baton. 4 baton permitted as a portion of routine, if desired.  Time limit for all levels:  :30 – 2:00


Performed to music of contestant's choice.  Use of any type of twirling apparatus, multiple batons and novelty equipmentwith dance moves is permitted. One baton twirling should be a portion of routine, but use of novelties is required. Any performance using only one baton (no props or novelties) will be given comments only, no awards, no scores.Timing will begin and end with the music. If music stops or has technical difficulty for any reason after the first 15 seconds, contestant may not start over. Contestants are encouraged to bring their own player as backup. Props may be used but no other persons may appear on competition floor during the routine.

Time: Beginner: :30-2:00  Advanced: 1:30-2:30  No double-entering of show routine.

Penalties:  .1 per sec under and over time     .5 drop      .1 break        .5 fall             


One baton only – no novelties or props.  Use  music of contestant’s choice. Score sheet & penalties same as Show Routine. Time Limit (all one level):    1:30-2:30


Two contestants compete together to music of their choice.  One baton should be at least a portion of routine; novelties are optional.  Use Avg. ages.   Time: 1:30-3:00


Two contestants compete together with one baton each. Standard march music. Division determined by averaging ages: 0-8.5, 9-11.5, 12-14.5, 15.0 +.  Timing begins & ends with a salute.  Time Limit: Beginner: 1:30-2 minutes   Advanced: 2:00-2:30


Two contestants only.  Use own music.  Floor pattern:  down the length of the gym once or re-traced one time, if desired; oblique moves permitted.  Time: 1– 3 minutes. Timing begins and ends with music.    Avg. Ages: 0-8.5, 9-11.5, 12-14.5, 15.0 +


Use own music.  Time Limit: Max. 1 ½ minutes; timing begins and ends with music. No equipment other than poms. Ages 0-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15+(Avg. ages for duet)


Use own music       Time Limit:  Maximum of 3 minutes; timing begins & ends with music.   Divisions: Junior: 0-14,   Senior: 15 + over (Avg. ages for duets)

PARADE MARCH (offered on a limited basis at specific competitions)

Parade March is performed in a straight line covering a distance of 100 feet to be completed in one minute. There is no penalty for oblique moves, hesitations or backsteps.  Standard march record; only one baton may be used. Timing starts with the first movement and ends when the twirler crosses the 100 foot mark or ending pose (whichever is first).  Failure to cross the finish line within 60 seconds means a .5 penalty.  All judging and penalties will stop after 1 minute or when the line is crossed, whichever comes first.  Penalties:    drop  .5   out of step   .5 

BASIC TWIRL SOLO (offered by request)

This is a prescribed routine designed for beginning twirlers. Contestants are judged on accuracy of twirls plus speed, smoothness and showmanship.  This event is only open to Level 1 and Level 2 (Special Beginner and Novice) twirlers  Penalties  same as solo.

BASIC X STRUT (offered by request)

This is a prescribed strutting routine designed for beginning strutters.  Contestants are judged on the accuracy of the routine, in addition to body form, timing and showmanship.  Penalties same as Fancy Strut


This event is designed for twirlers new to competition.  This is an opportunity for Level 1 twirlers (Special Beginner) to perform for a minimal cost.  They are not judged on a comparison basis, but rather against a standard.  Therefore, there are no placements, but each twirler is given a ribbon reflecting the quality of the performance. 


Twirling for "score sheet only" is permitted, if designated before performing.  Twirler will receive comments only - no scores and no awards.  Twirling for score sheet only does not constitute "competing" and therefore does not qualify one for twirl-off, high point or pageants.Score Sheet Only not permitted at TU Internationalor Regionals.

HIGH POINT AWARDS (offered at open competitions)

Trophy awarded to Nov/Beg, Int, & Adv. solo twirler with most points earned during the competition (division determined by solo level; Nov. & Beg. combined).  All individual events count 5 pts. for entering each event, plus points for placement:  5pts. for 1st, 4 pts. for 2nd, 3 pts. for 3rd, 2 pts. for 4th, 1 pt. for 5th.  (Level 1 (Spec. Beginner) Solo and Spec. Beginner Basic not included.)          40 pts Minimum.

If a twirler double-enters any event, he/she may only count points for lower level.

OPEN PAGEANTS (available at some competitions)

Note: Pageant wins do not count for advancement, but contestants must enter (not score sheet only)open solo at the same level as their pageant to be eligible to participate in any pageant.


When available, the Basic Skills pageant consists of 3 equal parts: Solo, Basic March&Costume Model. Contestants must compete in all 3 aspects and winner is determined using equal credit for all 3 parts.  In case of a tie, solo placement determines the winner. The Basic Skills pageant is restricted to Level 1 and 2 (Special Beg. & Novice) twirlers only.  Solo may include no more than a 2 turn and 4 continuous elbows.


Open to girls only. When available, the Beginner (Level 3) or Intermediate (Level 4) Pageant will consist of 3 parts: Solo, Fancy Strut & Modeling (Costume or Dress/no interview). Contestants must compete in all 3 parts. Winner determined using equal credit for all 3 parts.  In a tie, solo placing determines the winner. Contestant's solo classification determines pageant level&appropriate twirl restrictions apply.


In  TU open events, awards are presented based on the number of contestants in division.

1-3 Contestants  …..  1st place trophy; 2nd& 3rd place medals

4-7 Contestants …..1st& 2nd place trophy, 3rd place medal

8-10 Contestants…..1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies

11-14 Contestants …… 1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophy, 4th& 5thmedals

15-20 Contestants….. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th place trophies

For each increase of 5 contestants, a trophy will be added