Learning More About USTA

Kansas NBTA twirling coach, Marla Harris has organized an informational seminar on the United States Twirling Association (USTA) to be held October 3rd, 2004 in Riverton, Kansas.

Sandi Weimers, President of USTA, will be speaking at this four hour seminar to give twirling instructors an introduction to USTA and to discuss some of the differences between NBTA and USTA.

With the 2005 USTA Nationals scheduled to be held in Wichita, Kansas July 9th thru July 16th, Harris and other instructors from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma expressed an interest in learning about USTA.

Marla Harris says she wants her students to participate in the USTA nationals as the competition is close to home and it gives them another chance to compete.  She also wants to make sure they are comfortable with the format and rules of USTA.  Harris says solo competition is similar to NBTA, but the compulsory strut is completely different.

Wiemers has been president of the USTA organization for 9 years and has participated in USTA for over 30 years.  Wiemers twirled in both NBTA and USTA leagues, but liked the format and the philosophy of USTA.  Wiemers says the biggest difference between USTA and other leagues is USTA focuses on baton as a sport and less on the pageantry.

The seminar is open to any twirling instructor wanting to learn more about USTA. If you are interested in attending the seminar, you can contact Marla Harris at 620-848-3087 or email You can also find out more about USTA by visiting there website at

Author: Michelle Weiss
Information Provided by: Marla Harris & Sandi Weimers



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