Baton Development

Development of this baton followed similar processes that have been used in the development of components for Aerospace missions. This development process relies first on the specification of a set of design requirements followed by development of a specific design that will satisfy the requirements.

The design requirements for this baton were:

  • Reduced bounce of the ball and tip so that if it were dropped, the baton would be closer to the performer.

  • Improve the ability of the performer to hold on to the center of the baton, even if the grip area became wet from rain or perspiration.

  • Develop a design so that if a baton were dropped, it would not roll far from the performer. ( it is much better to simply bend over to retrieve a dropped baton than to have to leave formation and run to the other end of the gym floor.)

  • Design an attractive shape.

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