COVID-19 Impact

Updated March 23, 2020 - CBTF continues to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus on public events as it affects us during our competition season.

The WBTF World Championship in Italy, August 5-9, has been cancelled. The competition has been rescheduled for August 2021 in Riccione, Italy.

The Canadian Team Trials competition in Regina, May 15-17, has been cancelled. The competition will be rescheduled to May 2021.

On March 12, all CBTF Provincial Organizations, Clubs and Competition Directors were instructed to follow guidelines outlined by their respective provincial and municipal governments. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be required to suspend all or some activities. We encourage Clubs and Provincial Associations to investigate refunds/rebates/insurance, or other pandemic relief funding that may become available. Refunds of CBTF Sanction Fees for events cancelled as part of the COVID-19 response may be requested using our online form. If you are unable to use the online form, please contact the CBTF Sanction Officer with the following information:

  • The event organizer's name and contact email address
  • The CBTF Sanction Number (not the provincial sanction number)
  • The Sanction Fee paid
  • The name and contact details for the person/organization that paid the sanction fee

The Board of Directors is aware that some Provincial Winner/Championship and/or Provincial Team Trial competitions have been cancelled, or are in jeopardy of being cancelled. For many athletes, these provincial competitions are the qualifying competition for our National Winner/Championship or National Team Trials. In response, the Board has approved the following changes to the qualification requirements for the Canadian Winner/Championship and Canadian Team Trials:

  • If a 2020 Provincial Winner/Championship competition is cancelled as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, all athletes in the affect province will be granted a Bye to the 2020 Canadian Winner/Championship.
  • If a 2020 Provincial Team Trial competition is cancelled as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, all athletes in the affect province will be granted a Bye to the 2020 Canadian Team Trial competition (which is now being held at the Canadian Winner/Championship in Moncton, July 1-6).
  • To invoke this qualification waiver, the provincial President/Chair must notify the CBTF Bye Committee Chair (technicalchaircbtf [dot] ca) by email/letter, indicating their decision to cancel their provincial event as part of their local COVID-19 pandemic response.

The Board is also aware that some Provincial/Winner Championship and Team Trial competitions have already been held. In the interests of fairness for all athletes across the country, in the event that any province is granted a COVID-19 Response Bye above, then all athletes that had already competed in their Provincial Winner/Championship or Provincial Team Trials will also be granted a Bye to compete at the Canadian Winner/Championship or Canadian Team Trial competitions, whether they met the national event qualification criteria or not.


We acknowledge the immense amount of work that has been done by our provincial organizations and clubs this season. We share your disappointment that many planned events may not take place as planned. Many difficult decisions are being made during this challenging time, but we must stress the health and safety of our entire membership is our top priority.  The CBTF will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and provide updates as needed.

  • Our National Team Trials, scheduled for May 15-18 in Regina, has been cancelled. The competition will be rescheduled to May 2021.
  • Our National Winner/Championship, scheduled for July 1-6 in Moncton, remains on the calendar.
  • The WBTF European Cup, scheduled for July 6-12 in Blanes Spain, has been cancelled. The competition will be rescheduled to July 2021.
  • The WBTF World Championship, scheduled for August 5-9 in Riccione Italy, has been cancelled. The competition will be rescheduled to August 2021 in Riccione, Italy.

Recommendations for all CBTF participants

If you are sick or have any symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please stay at home and do not attend any baton twirling activities, consult with your physician or public heath authorities and follow their instructions. Limit contact with others and avoid interaction with individuals who are ill. 

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others. Please use the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (a 9/1 water-to-bleach ratio is recommended)
  • Avoid physical contact and getting too close to others, including shaking hands and hugging.
  • If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

For more information please visit the following Government of Canada resources: