Submitter: Not only is the cover very out of date, but I am not sure that people who are interested in baton twirling today would learn it through books, and more importantly, would learn it through this book. Also the dedication, which I also sent a picture of, is really quite terrible, and I quote, “Dedicated to all of you who have a love for and an interest in spinning the silver shaft.” I am not sure if that is normal baton twirler lingo, but seemed very out-of-date and slightly inappropriate. (Maybe it is a great baton twirler inside joke?). This book came from a public library.
Holly: The spinning silver shaft! <wink!> I agree with submitter – YouTube is a better option for baton twirling lessons than this black-and-white book from 1964. My mom graduated high school in 1964 and she’s…old. Don’t tell her I said that.
Cheerleading and Baton Twirling
Cheerleading books are a staple of most kid’s nonfiction collections. Lately, I have been asked more about coaching cheer teams, rather than from the kids themselves. It’s still a thing, and worth collecting if it is popular in your community. This particular book is doesn’t seem that helpful even for the early 80s. I have tried to figure out these weird drawings and I’ve got nothing. (I do realize that my lack of experience in anything remotely coordinated might be influencing my opinion.)
I do know that it is more than just yelling a few cheers and turning cartwheels as it was in my day. Batons are still a thing, aren’t they? How do pompom teams fit into this culture? I want to know! Cheerleaders and twirlers, please update us on the modern versions and weed this one without a second thought.