The BBTSA Grades System



The existing grades system was revised in order for athletes to have a structure to both their body and baton development, moving from beginner to advanced / international level, with the final grade being the Compulsory elements / Short Program, dependent on age.

The current grades system now includes a natural progression in three twirl modes of aerials, rolls and contact material. The body work develops from basic body posture and turnout to specific dance steps.

The twirl and dance elements are scored in line with the international scoring and athletes are given feedback to aid their progression.

Section 2.7 in the Rule Book details the grade expectations in respect of athletes competing levels.

Athletes competing at Area level only are not required to have passed the grades as detailed below, HOWEVER to progress to the National Championships they MUST have passed the necessary grades PRIOR to their Area competition. Annual checks will be made with the Grade Coordinator to confirm that athletes are eligible to compete at entered level.

- Tiny Tots compete at Beginner level and as such must have passed Beginner Bronze

- Those athletes competing at Beginner level but are not in Tiny Tots must have passed Beginner Bronze, Silver and Gold

- Athletes competing at Novice level must have passed Beginner Bronze, Silver and Gold AND Novice Bronze, Silver and Gold

- Intermediate athletes must have passed Novice Bronze, Silver and Gold AND Intermediate Gold

- Advanced athletes must have passed Intermediate Gold AND Advanced Gold

- Athletes competing at Worlds must have passed Intermediate Gold, Advanced Gold AND Elite (Compulsories / Short Program based on their age).

Information of Compulsories can be found here.

Information on the Short Programme can be found here.

Any queries regarding grades can be posed to Ainsley Cobbett at or 07966 763580

For anyone wishing to take a twirling grade, below are the forms required to be completed and sent to Ainsley Cobbett, 50 Carlton Mews, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 0AD - to be received a MINIMUM of 3 WEEKS PRIOR to the seminar date with a cheque to cover all grades to be taken, at a cost of £15 each.

Athlete Details Form

Grades Seminar Application Form


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