A sport involving a metal stick, called a baton. It's a mixture of dance and gymnasics, while twirling the baton. It was origionally a men's recreation for twirling at the marching musical organization in parades but is now open both for genders to participate. Baton twirling is known as a hobby in lots of coutries around the globe and, in Japan, the twirlers are treated like popular activities stars. There are different amounts of competitions (states, regionals, nationals, globes). There are various amounts and age groups, too.