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FRIDAY

4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Junior Roller Derby Events

The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) works to nurture bold self-confidence in youth by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement, and service to others through the growth of roller derby. This year, there will be World Cup Team USA Tryouts and Junior Con East going on Friday - Sunday.

 


SATURDAY

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Junior Roller Derby Events

Watch as kids try out for World Cup Team USA and battle is out in the Junior Con East.

 

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Life Member Reception and Dinner

(Ticketed Event)

Every year, the Roller Skating Association International honors those individuals who have been given lifetime achievement awards, honors and accolades with a private reception & dinner. If you are an award recipient, look for your RSVP notice in the mail soon.

 


SUNDAY

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Roller Skating Foundation Golf Classic

(Registration required. See enclosed form.)

Support safe skating, college scholarships and grants by playing in the RSF golf classic located at Metro West Golf Course. Box lunch will be provided. For more information on the course please call 407-299-1099 or visit www.metrowestgolf.com. Make sure that you complete the form included within this brochure when submitting your convention registration. Check-in at 9 am, shotgun start at 10 am.

 

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Junior Roller Derby Events

Watch as kids try out for World Cup Team USA and battle is out in the Junior Con East.

 

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

CPR Certification

Join Sharon McMahon for this seminar where you will learn how to perform CPR in the event of an emergency at your skating center. Once complete, participants will receive 3 credit hours and will receive their CPR certification from Danville Area Community College with certification mailed after the event is complete.

 

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Top Secrets

Every skating center owner/manager faces dilemmas from operations to marketing. This seminar, hosted by Cindy Anderson and Kim Brown, will provide members with some of the top secrets of the industry to help manage the day-to-day operations of your facility more efficiently. With over 60 years of on-hand experience between the two, you’re sure to garner dozens of ideas to take back to your skating center.

 

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

RSA Convention Member Reception & Roller Skating Foundation Live Auction

The opening reception gives delegates the opportunity to meet with other skating center owners and operators throughout the world and is a great way to set the stage for the week! Have a cocktail, light refreshments, grab a bid paddle and have fun!

 


MONDAY 

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Newcomer Breakfast

(Ticketed event by invitation only.)

Being a first timer at events can sometimes be overwhelming, and we understand that! That’s why we are hosting a newcomer breakfast for first time convention attendees only and is by invitation only.

 

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast for All Members

Join fellow members for a continental breakfast prior to the General Assembly.

 

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

General Assembly

(Event for all members, regardless of delegate status.)

Receive the latest RSA updates, share in the excitement of honoring the winners of the RSA’s most prestigious awards and hear from your RSA President and Vice President on what to expect in the upcoming year. Members will be voting on constitutional changes and Executive Director will be making state of the address on the RSA.

 

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Keynote Speaker - Scotty Gunther

Comedian/humorist, speaker, author and skater Scotty Gunther may not always act like an adult...but claims he’s “Adult size!” Scotty hilariously encourages audiences to approach life, business, and the RSA convention with childlike wonder while remaining open minded, flexible and willing to consider and receive new and different experiences and ideas.

 

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Chapter Lunch

Sit down with members from your local sections and discuss current events, hot topics, rink issues you may need suggestions to fix, etc. Each section has a table, so just grab some food and mingle.

 

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

How to React In An Active Shooter Situation

It’s a conversation no one wants to have or to think about, but it’s an imperative one to have in today’s environment of gun violence. Listen and learn how you can take steps to protect your customers, assist law enforcement, and get everyone out as quickly and safely as possible.

 

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Learn How to Make The Stem Program Work For Your Skating Center

Did you know that whether your state abides by the S.T.E.M. curriculum or not you can utilize the S.T.E.M. program as an educational field trip within your school system? Did you know that during a trial year, one rink brought in an additional $100,000 on S.T.E.M. field trips alone? The opportunities to make this program work in your skating center are endless, so come learn about new advancements, additions and why you MUST invest in this program!

 

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Creating a Fool Proof Skate Maintenance Program

A good skate maintenance program is one of the most important things a rink owner can invest in to ensure that their skating center covers all basics to reduce liability in the event of an accident. In no way should this be an area that a center should avoid. Listen as Don Perkins and Jamie Cortes share a brand new skate maintenance program that members should consider employing.

 

5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Astro Skating Center Event

Buses leave at 5:30 p.m. at front entrance of hotel

Take a bus and join fellow members for an evening at Astro Skating Center. Members will be treated to a night of skating, games, food, live entertainment and more! Meet at the front entrance of the DoubleTree hotel and take one of the Astro Skating Center buses there and back once the event is over. Meet at the front entrance of the hotel at 5:30 p.m. to begin taking buses to the skating center. BRING YOUR SKATES!

 


TUESDAY 

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA)

The International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association, Inc. is a non-profit association of lawyers and other professionals who are actively engaged in representing the interests of the amusement and leisure industries. Take this opportunity to have some one-on-one time with the attorneys that best represent our industry.

 

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Understanding the Pass through Grant Program With The Roller Skating Foundation

The Roller Skating Foundation recently began accepting grants through what’s called a “Pass Through Grant Program.” Throughout the globe there are grants that are offered by corporations and organizations to fund a variety of programs for educational facilities. It’s a tax incentive to them to donate to non-profits and it’s a benefit to educational facilities and programs, too. Come learn how to find grants, apply for them, have them submitted to the Foundation for payment and how it can benefit your skating center.

 

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Marketing Seminar with Live Voting For the Golden Kooky Awards

Are you looking for creative new marketing ideas that have been proven to work in other rinks? This year we will be hosting a panel of operators who will walk you through some of their most dynamic marketing ideas. These ideas are designed for the rink operator to take home and use in their own businesses. In addition to gaining profitable new ideas, there will be a number of excellent prizes. If you aren’t fired up yet, look out; we will also feature the first ever LIVE VOTING during the 17th Annual Golden Kooky Awards. This year’s seminar will give you the tools you need to go home and market your business in entirely new ways!

 

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Roller Skating Trade Show

Plan to join your fellow rink operators and experience the largest trade show of the roller skating industry. Meet with vendors and purchase the newest in this year’s products and services.

 

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

S.T.E.M. Licensee Only Seminar

Join Jim Dvorak and staff as they update current licensees on updates to the S.T.E.M. program, new ideas and much more.

 

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Suregrip / Pacer Reception

Don’t let the word “reception” fool you. These parties are always a huge hit and this one is sure to make your senses water with a Hawaiian-themed Luau complete with a hog roast. Come join the Suregrip and Roller Derby/Pacer team at this mouth-wateringly delicious event!

 


WEDNESDAY    

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

PROMOTIONS SEMINAR (Includes coffee and donuts)

Business slow during the month of October? Losing business to haunted houses, corn mazes, and football games? Tired of lost revenue dollars? Timothy “Timmer” Gavinski will be giving you a new way to grow your revenue streams during the month of October! Timmer wowed at IAAPA this past November and he is here to bring his vast expertise to you! Missing this seminar is like saying no to money! Timothy “Timmer” Gavinski is brought to you by Froggy’s Fog who has generously sponsored our speaker. 

 

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Roller Skating Trade Show

Plan to join your fellow rink operators and experience the largest trade show of the roller skating industry. Meet with vendors and purchase the newest in this year’s products and services.

 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LEED for Existing Buildings

Join Stephen Ashkin, Founder of Sustainability Dashboard Tools and the “Father of Green Cleaning,” as he explains how your skating center can save energy, reduce waste and health and environmental impacts using LEED reporting, a platform that goes beyond energy to help organizations report on their sustainability performance.

 

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Got Dirt???

Do you have a problem with dirt in your rink? OF COURSE! Every skating center owner and operator is constantly looking for ways to eliminate dirt in the rink. This panel discussion with Stephen Ashkin, Flagship Carpets, Kim Wall and others will teach you ways to save on maintenance costs while eliminating dirt in your rink.

 

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Lighting with ADJ

Are you trying to figure out the best way to make lighting work for you in your skating center? Join Edgar Bernal of ADJ this seminar all about how to make updates, incorporate ideas and fun ways to get the crowd moving.

 

6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

President’s Dinner Reception

Come dressed to impress...in your most amazing ‘80s attire in this giant theme party to celebrate 80 years of the Roller Skating Association International. Make sure to bring some cash to get your photos taken and receive onsite pictures to take home with you to remember your time spent in Orlando. 50% of photo proceeds will benefit the National Museum of Roller Skating.

 

7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

President’s Dinner

This yearly event is a giant ‘80s theme party just for the roller skating industry. Have a delicious catered meal, listen to the current RSA President, Jeff Couey, and find out the winners of the museum raffle. Once you’re done, dance the night away with American DJ.

 


THURSDAY

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Roller Skating University: Fun Spot

SPONSORED BY FLAGSHIP CARPET WITH BREAKFAST PROVIDED

Join fellow members for this all-day trip to Fun Spot Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. Complete with thrill rides, coasters, go-carts, family rides, midway and more, learn about the behind the scenes operation of this unique family fun park after a breakfast. RSU is kindly sponsored by Flagship Carpets and is free to all full convention delegates. Meet at the front entrance of the hotel at 8:30 a.m. to take buses to the Funspot for breakfast and the tour. Once the tour is complete, members may stay in the park. Purchase your $35 admission tickets when registering for convention.