UNION HIGH SCHOOL BATON TWIRLING TEAM INFORMATION
ABOUT THE COACH
I have been a baton twirler since the age of 11. I hold many first place awards as a soloist competing in a variety of state, regional and national competitions in the categories of "One Baton", "Show Twirl", "Twirl and Dance", "Three Baton", and "Modeling." I also hold a variety of first and second place wins with my twirling team that competed in the "Twirl and Dance" and "Twirl Team" categories at state, regional and national competitions. I have been a certified NJTA (New Jersey Twirling Association) coach since the age of 16 and a competition judge since the age of 18. I have coached award winning twirlers and have participated in and choreographed a large variety of routines for parades and shows.
I am very passionate about the sport of baton twirling. This is a sport that requires a great deal of difficulty, precision and dedication. I commend athletes who partake in this sport and their talent for this extremely difficult sport should not go unnoticed. I am very proud of all of my twirlers and take great pride in watching their abilities strengthen and seeing their growth as the years go on.
2012-2013 TEAM CAPTAIN:
BEING A MEMBER OF THE TWIRLING TEAM
-Tryouts take place during the last few weeks of school in June.
-Twirling practice tryouts will take place the days following tryouts. Members of the twirling team will teach the tricks and routines necessary for tryouts.
-The day of tryouts, twirlers will perform the routine in front of a panel of judges.
-A letter will be sent out after tryouts to state the results.
-Girls who make the twirling team should IMMEDIATELY schedule a physical with their healthcare provider and send the appropriate paperwork to the UHS school nurse.
COMPETITION TRY OUTS:
- Take place in late November "informally."
- Girls who are on the twirling team will be expected to perform an "informal" try out to make sure that they have mastered the required tricks and abilities to compete in a specific organization.
- Summer practices are MANDATORY and begin in July. (Exact date TBA at the end of each school year)
- Only girls who have been cleared by the school nurse can participate in practice but are still required to come.
- Practices will be held 3 days a week for 2-3 hours depending on the progress and level of practice needed.
- 2 hours, 3 days a week is not enough time to master the art of baton twirling; therefore, twirlers MUST practice at home in order to improve.
- Attendance is extremely important and greatly impacts each member of the team.
- Attendance is mandatory at all practices.
- I am aware that students have work and/or other obligations; however, twirling is a priority as well and schedules should be arranged accordingly.
- All girls are expected to arrive on time and be ready to work.
- I require a note from parents/guardians/bosses/etc. if a practice is missed.
- If a note is not presented it will count as an "unexcused absense."
- THREE unexcused absenses will result in IMMEDIATE consequences that include not being able to participate in (an) upcoming event(s) / show(s) and/or losing their spot on the twirling team.
- Having a large amount of "excused absenses" will not be tolerated either.
MANDATORY DUTIES OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE TWIRLING TEAM:
- Summer practices
- Practices after school (2 - 3 times a week, including the day before a game)
- Twirling at the football games (usually every Friday)
- Participating in bake sales / fundraisers
- Hosting 2 Baton Twirling Clinics a year. (We will raise money for our team by opening up twirling lessons to all of the girls in the Union School District. On these days, members of the twirling team will teach younger girls how to twirl.)
- Competitions (Once or twice a month on Sundays from February to May)
- St. Patrick's Day Parade
- Twirling Try Out practices for the following season
- GOOD REPORTS FROM TEACHERS IN TERMS OF BEHAVIOR AND GRADES