OBTA Fall Annual AGM

OBTA Fall Annual General Meeting
Sunday September 14, 2015
2-5 pm
Quality Suites Toronto Airport
262 Carlingview Dr
Toronto, ON
Agenda Attached
Mark this day on your calendars and don’t miss out on the many updates from the CBTF meetings!
We ask that you come with names of those from your clubs who would be interested in volunteering at Canadians ’15
LeeAnn Wilson
OBTA President

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Volunteers needed

Once again, a reminder that OBTA “needs” people to support baton twirling in our province and have a vision for our future.  Volunteering is very rewarding and OBTA needs your assistance!  Let your name stand for one of the many positions open on our executive.  Contact Kim Genton for information on positions available! 

Hoping to hear from you,
Kim Genton

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Baton Days

Dear Membership
after reaching out to the coaches it seems the majority would prefer our
clinic/ workshop to be in November.  The weekend will be November 22nd for
the clinic and November 23rd for the Private Lessons.  Please contact Kim if
your club is interested in having private lessons or wish one of the coaches
hired to come to your club during the week for additional lessons.  We want
our guest coaches to be as much help to our coaches while they are here as
Now that we have our weekend chosen I will be reaching out for coaches and
let you all know who is coming. 

Saturday night will be the judges workshop. 

There will be a half day available for athletes.  Please let me know if
there is anything specific you would like offered at the clinic.

Tables will be available for costume sales, fundraising tables, Christmas
sales, etc at the clinic! Start looking for your cookie recipe soon!

Kim Genton

Baton Days

Dear Coaches:
OBTA is already fast at work planning how we can assist you with your season.  We have decided to run our regular February baton day on October 17th  2014, weekend in the Brampton area. We are planning the following:
: offering coaches access to our staff early in the week for choreography 
: private lessons to assist with ICup preperations or regular contest season
: judges workshop as well as masters update
: used costumes sale or booth purchase for fundraising purposes.
: an outstanding clinic for athletes of all ages and levels!

Put this date as a must on your CALENDER!  Contact Kim Genton with your ideas as well as any services your club may need that this weekend could assist with.Kimgenton@gmail.com

Working together makes Ontario a stronger twirling province!
Kim Genton 
Past President. 

Ps. Get your sanctions for lessons  in to Kim Nicholson to avoid September rush.


Dear OBTA members:

August quickly approaches, and with our last month of summer on the horizon, comes the planning for the next baton season!  It’s a big year for Ontario as we host the Canadian Championships here in Ontario next year! This major event will have all eyes on Ontario and we want to be at our best. With that said its time for elections! Now more than ever we need people to advance our sport in Ontario. The following positions are available for nominations.

1st VP voted on at the AGM 
2nd VP is appointed by board at anytime up until the AGM as it is a one year term due to Steven Kopas resigning.  Please contact Lee Ann Wilson if there is interest in this position. 
Secretary- voted on at the AGM
Technical Chair Rep – voted on at the AGM
Judges Rep – online voting begins September 1st, 2014
Coaches Rep  – online voting begins September 1st, 2014 
Group Rep – online voting begins September 1st, 2014
Membership Chairperson – this is an appointed position by the board. Please contact Lee Ann Wilson if interested. 

If you wish to nominate someone for one of the above positions you must get their consent first, and then send a nomination e mail stating the individuals name, contact e mail and the position they would like to run for to Kimgenton@gmail.com by August 30th /2014. Hopefully giving everyone a thirty day time period will be enough time for people to reach out to our membership looking for new leadership! One strong, motivated individual can make a difference for us all. 

If you are interested in either appointed position contact Lee Ann Wilson our president.

Nominations will be announced on August 31st for the positions that are applicable for  online voting. All persons eligible to vote will be contacted by OBTA.  For example, it is only the judges in Ontario who vote for the judges rep position. Voting will close onSeptember 13th, 2014 at midnight. Results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on September 14th, 2014  for the positions that had online voting as well as any appointments that have taken place.  All other positions will be voted on at the AGM. 

Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Kim Genton
Past President for OBTA in charge of elections.

Robin Hills

It is with sadness that we inform you of the loss of Robin Hills from Oshawa, ON who passed away peacefully on July 6, 2014. Robin was responsible for designing the Membership System and Tabulation program used by CBTF and for many years prepared the set systems used by numerous clubs within the province of Ontario. Robin will be greatly missed by many of us in the baton world.


HILLS, David Robin (Rob) – Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on July 6, 2014. Will be greatly missed by brother Glenn (Sandra), nephew Daryl (Nancy) and niece Carly (Rob). Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through http://www.aftercare.org/ If desired, donations may be made to the Ontario Lung Association at on.lung.ca .

Published in the Toronto Star from July 12 to July 13, 2014


Age determination for the 2015 International cup


Important announcement for coaches, parents and athletes who may enter the 2015 International Cup Qualifier

The World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) has approved an Age Determination Change for the 2015 International Cup, which will be held in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, in August 2015.

The age eligibility rule and age determination date for the 2015 International Cup is the age of the athlete on August 11, 2015!  

            (This change means that some athletes, whose birthdays fall between August 12 and December 31, will compete at a younger age than they would have under the previous age determination date of December 31.)

The age groups for the 2015 International Cup are:

  • Junior 12-17 (age on August 11, 2015)
  • Senior 18-21 (age on August 11, 2015)
  • Adult 22 and over (age on August 11, 2015)
The reasons for the age determination date change are explained below.

Background for the WBTF Age Determination Change for the 2015 International Cup

The WBTF has been working hard to welcome other baton twirling organizations in building a stronger and more uniform world baton twirling body together.  In November 2013, during a combined meeting of the WBTF and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA), a union to organize a worldwide umbrella organization, now known as the International Baton Twirling Federation (IBTF), was formed. (1)

With the new formation of the IBTF came the decision to host the 2015 Grand Prix at the tail end of the 2015 WBTF International Cup in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on August 10-11 in 2015.  This competition will be the first of many new ventures as each organization works to build an alliance together. More details regarding invites to the 2015 Grand Prix will be forthcoming.

With this new competition came the obvious need for the establishment and congruence of age eligibility, age divisions, competition rules, and so forth.  Between the two organizations, there is a fairly large discrepancy in each organization’s age eligibility rule.  In the spirit of compromise, the IBTF decided that, for the 2015 Grand Prix, an athlete’s age is determined as of August 11, 2015.  This differs from the WBTF which determines the age of an athlete on December 31st of the given year of competition as one’s competitive age.  A motion requesting a change in age determination was brought to the WBTF Executive Board to adopt/follow the same age guideline for the 2015 IC Competition only.  This motion was presented to the full WBTF Board for a vote on March 14, 2014.  By a very narrow margin, the motion passed.  (See results below. (2)  This means the age eligibility rule and age determination date for the 2015 International Cup competition is the age of the athlete onAugust 11, 2015!


MOTION # 1 – March 14, 2014
The age eligibility rule and age determination date for the 2015 International Cup will be August 11, 2015.
Where age divisions apply, “age” shall be determined as the age an athlete is during the period of January 1st to August 11th in the competition year.
Therefore the rule reads:
This ruling will be effective for the 2015 International Cup only, and will be reviewed following the competition.
Effective – Immediately

Board of Directors

OBTA Board of Director 2013/14

President – LeeAnn Wilson – president@obta.ca

Past President – Kim Genton – pastpresident@obta.ca

1st Vice President – Laura Thomson – 1stvicepresident@obta.ca

2nd Vice President – Steven Kopas – 2ndvicepresident@obta.ca

Treasurer – Tonya Lee – treasurer@obta.ca

Technical Chair – Stephanie Hewis – technicalchair@obta.ca

Secretary – Siobhan Hall – secretary@obta.ca

Judges Rep – Andrea Reid – judgesrep@obta.ca

Coaches Rep – Sharon Thompson – coachesrep@obta.ca

Athletes Rep – Alyssa Weatherbee – athletesrep@obta.ca

Group Rep – Jennifer Olson – grouprep@obta.ca

SDP Rep – Stephanie Hewis – sdprep@obta.ca

Sanction Officer – Kim Nicholson-Aquanno – sanctionofficer@obta.ca

Membership Registrar – Susan Palmer – membership@obta.ca

Online Newsletter Editor – Sheryl Baraniuk – newsletter@obta.ca

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