CBTF Progressional Model

The Progressional Model was developed by the CBTF Technical Committee in 1999. It was loosely modelled after the Canadian Sport Centre’s Long Term Athlete Development Model to depict six phases of participation available to athletes, coaches, judges and volunteers within the Canadian Baton Twirling Federation.

Each row in the Model represents a specific level of development in baton twirling. It begins with the ‘Recreational’ stage and concludes at the ‘Elite’ or international level of involvement. While not all members will develop through all phases, the Progressional Model serves as a road map to the available programs and potential for development of members in the CBTF over a ten year period.

How to Read the Model

The 2nd column (“Athlete”) is specific to individual and group athletes:  Athlete Years reports on the number of years an athlete will train to get to that level, while Athlete Age reflects the chronological age of most athletes participating at that level. The information listed in the SDP column demonstrates the skills from our badge program that are relevant to athletes being trained at each of level.

The Model may be read vertically or horizontally.  When read vertically (i.e., by columns, bottom up), you are able to trace the developmental requirements of a badge adjudicator, for example, who wishes to eventually become an International WBTF judge.  When read horizontally, the Model provides a snapshot of programming and training required for all members at each specific level. For example, reading the row labelled as the Pre Competitive Phase left to right, one would learn that athletes at this level will have received 2-4 years of training and are between the ages of 6 and 11 years. Technically, they are training skills outlined in the red, maroon and bronze pin levels of the Skill Development program. Athletes at this level may be participating in competitions as individuals or as group members, but their involvement is best suited to the CBTF Pre Competitive Program where performances are graded as opposed to scored for placement.

Continuing along the Pre Competitive phase row, the reader discovers that coaches of athletes at this level are required to hold a CBTF Level 2 Coaching Certificate, and judges must attain Module 1a and 1b Certification through the CBTF Judges’ Training Program. Volunteers at this level are new to the sport. As such, they will often assume volunteer positions that allow them to acquaint themselves with the sport, such as becoming a clerk, starter, or concession worker at a local competition.