Buying the best baton length is easy! Selecting the correct baton size is important, just as it is when getting the right size shoes or pants. A twirling baton for kids is shorter than an adult sized baton. This video demonstrates how to measure for a majorette baton correctly.
What Size Baton Do I Need?
Twirling baton sizes come in a wide assortment of lengths to fit a person of any size and height. It is important to choose the right length of baton for ease of handling and for a beautiful visual effect. Baton lengths that are too long will get caught on the twirler's body and feel uncomfortable. A baton that is too short will create an odd appearance and be awkward to handle.
At Twirl Planet you will find childrens batons as well as the perfect adult length for a twirling baton. There is even a 12 inch baby baton that is a fun souvenir or baby shower gift! Some baton company brands and styles are not available in the very shortest and very longest lengths, but you may be surprised at the many choices available in just the size baton you need.
How to Measure for Twirling Baton Length
It's easy! Have the person stand erect and extend one arm straight ahead, parallel with the floor. Use a tape measure or yard stick. Measure from the base of the neck just above the shoulder, out to the tip of the middle finger. If the measurement is between baton sizes, choose the larger measurement. In other words, size up.
It is best to be measured by another person if possible. Trying to measure your own arm may give you an inaccurate result.
Baton Length By Age
Is this baton going to be a gift and you don't want to spoil the surprise? Is that majorette-to-be sound asleep and you really need to order the baton tonight? You can certainly make a guesstimate!
Use these baton measurements according to age to estimate what length baton is best:
Age 1-4: 18 inch twirling baton (45 cms)
Age 5-7: 20 inch twirling baton (51 cms)
Age 8-10: 22 inch twirling baton (56 cms)
Age 11-12: 24 inch twirling baton (61 cms)
Age 13-14: 26 inch twirling baton (66 cms)
Age 15+: 28 inch twirling baton (71 cms)
If the person is tall for their age, add 1-2 inches. If they are small for their age, subtract 1-2 inches.
This approach won't provide the accuracy of taking an actual measurement. So be sure to check the return policy of your vendor in case you need to make an exchange for the correct size baton. At Twirl Planet we recommend you leave the baton in it's packaging and do not remove any hang tag until the twirler can hold the baton along an extended arm and check the length. The student can try a few basic twirls and get the "feel" of the baton length while the baton is still in it's packaging. If taking baton class or lessons, it's a good idea to have the coach or teacher check the baton length before removing any packaging.
Listen to Your Baton Twirling Coach
If the twirler is taking baton classes from a teacher or coach, definitely consult with her or him about your baton selection. If the student is a beginner who will be taking a class, ask the teacher for specific recommendations, if possible.
Shop with Twirl Planet for your New Twirling Baton!
So, now you know how to measure for majorette batons and how long of a baton to get. Just follow the simple guidelines above and you are on your way to a fun and successful twirling experience with a baton that fits well.
Twirl Planet offers a wide variety of the best twirling batons available! We have twirling batons for toddlers and kids, for middle school and high school majorettes, and for adults. You can buy a baton that is the correct size from the large selection at Twirl Planet.