USTA Southeast region baton council

2021 Southeast region Championships & Open Competition

June 11-13, 2021

RP Funding Center

701 W. Lime Street

Lakeland, FL

Entry Deadline: emailed or postmarked by May 21st (email entries are preferred)

Entry brochure

Complete Entry Brochure (including contest info, rules, event descriptions, what to expect, Covid-19 safety, required waivers, and entry forms)

Electronic entry forms:

Electronic Individual Entry (with waivers, entry checklist, & good luck form)

Electronic Team/Group Entry

Fillable Waivers - Athletes who are ONLY participating in team/group events should complete and sign both waivers in this file and return via email to (These waivers are already included on pages 2 & 3 of the Individual Entry.)

Instructions for completing and submitting electronic entries (this is preferred over mailing!):

  1. Click on the appropriate entry form above & download and save the file to your computer before completing the entry form.

  2. Open the downloaded entry and complete using Adobe. Save file as athlete's name (for example, LastName_FirstName.pdf).

  3. Return via email to

  4. Submit payment via Venmo (@SERbatoncouncil) or Paypal ( Detailed instructions for submitting payment are included in the entry file.

If you want to print & fill out your entry instead of using the electronic form, you can use an app (TinyScanner works great) to take photo scans on your phone to save the entry form and waivers as PDF file. Please do not send photos of your entries - clearly scanned PDF files are acceptable.

Hotel Info

We are very fortunate to have obtained a large grant through the local sports commission to get an amazing arena for our contest, and they have also worked out hotel discounts for our contest. Using the discount codes or booking links below when making your hotel reservations will help us demonstrate how much revenue our contest is bringing to the area. This will help us maintain a strong partnership with the local sports commission so that we can continue to have their assistance & support in the future.

The Hyatt Place shares a parking lot with the RP Funding Center, so you can just walk from the hotel and avoid the parking fee at the arena. The other hotels are approximately 3 miles from the RP Funding Center. There is a parking fee of $10 at the RP Funding Center (or $15 per day for exit and return privileges).

Hyatt Place (Host Hotel)

525 West Orange St.

Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 413-1122

Group Rates: $99+tax (2 doubles w/queen sleeper sofa)

$99+tax (king suitew/queen sleeper sofa)

Book here:

Or use group code: G-USTA

Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland

3839 Emerson Drive

Lakeland, FL 33811

(863) 647-0066

Group Rate: $89+tax (2 queens)

Book here:

Or use group code: USTA

Hampton Inn & Suites - Lakeland South

3630 Lakeside Village Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33803

(863) 603-7600

Group Rate: $109+tax (2 queens)

Book here:

Or use group code: CHHTCC

Courtyard by Marriott-Lakeland

3725 Harden Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33803

(863) 802-9000

Group Rate: $109+tax (2 queens)

Book here:

Or use group code: USTUSTB


(All times are Eastern time.)

FRIDAY, JUNE 11 – USTA Regional Pre-trials (Doors open at 1:00 P.M. Contest begins at 2:00 P.M.)

Pre-Trials Compulsories and Short Program

Pre-Trials Freestyle, Pairs and Teams

SATURDAY, JUNE 12 – Open individual events, Athlete of the Year qualifier, critiques, all group events

(Doors open at 8:00 A.M. Contest begins at 9:00 A.M.)

To accommodate social distancing, the contest will be divided by age categories (times are approximate, dependent on entries, and more detailed information will be sent out prior to the contest):

9am – Session 1: Open events individual competition for athletes 12 or younger (including Athlete of the Year 9-12)

1pm – Session 2: All ages - Open & Regional group competition; critiques for freestyle/rhythmic/collegiate/short program; collegiate competition

4pm – Session 3: Open events individual competition for athletes 13 or older (including Athlete of the Year 13-17 & 18+)

Order for individual events during Sessions 1 & 3:

Foundation Events: Basic Strut, Parade March, Military “L” Strut, *Military Box, Presentation

2-Baton, AOTY 2-Baton, 2-Baton Critiques

USTA Strut, *X-Strut, *Fancy Strut, AOTY Strut, Strut Critiques

3-Baton, 3-Baton Critiques

Artistic Twirl, Artistic Twirl Pairs, Artistic Critiques

Solo, AOTY Solo, Solo Critiques, Duet

CAS evaluations/critiques will take place throughout the session.

*These events are not sanctioned by USTA.

SUNDAY, JUNE 13 – Southeast Region Individual Events (Doors open at 8:00 A.M. Contest begins at 9:00 A.M.)

Regional 2-Baton

Regional Strut

Regional 3-Baton

Regional Artistic Twirl & AT Pairs

Regional Solo & Duet

Regional Event Qualifying Rounds (if entries warrant) may be held on Saturday with the open events. Qualifying rounds are only necessary for events with 15 or more competitors in an age division.

Due to Covid-19, the SER Baton Council reserves the right to make adjustments to the schedule as needed to meet safety requirements for the number of people in the facility. Any adjustments will be announced via email as soon as possible.

Descriptions and time limits for each event can be found at the links below.

Questions? Email us at