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FAQS ABOUT THE CONVENTION


HOW DO I CHECK IN FOR THE CONVENTION?

Once you get checked into the hotel, find your way to the RSA’s Registration Desk on Sunday morning or anytime after. You’ll be asked to complete a small form telling us which hotel you’re staying in and emergency contact information for your safety. 

WHAT WILL I BE PROVIDED WITH?

Every full-paying delegate will receive a lanyard with their badge to get into seminars, cocktail parties, and other special events throughout the week. You will need your badge with you AT ALL TIMES as this is a closed event. You’ll also receive a bag to carry your goodies in throughout the week, as well as a few fliers and items from our sponsors. 

WHAT DO I DO AFTER CHECK-IN?

You can head to your first seminar, grab breakfast (if provided) or tour the area if you’re waiting on a seminar that you’d like to attend. 

WHAT IS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY?

The General Assembly is a convening of all members. This is required of the Association and is a time for RSA leadership to update members on the state of the Association, issue awards to recipients who have been nominated the previous year, vote on any constitutional changes, or elect your new president and vice president. We encourage you to attend this meeting. Note: Members DO NOT need to attend the RSA Convention to attend the General Assembly, though we highly encourage members to do so in order to take advantage of the learning opportunities. 

WHAT IS THE CHAPTER LUNCH?

During the Chapter Lunch, we number tables based on which section you’re in throughout the country. If you don’t know your section, just ask someone at the registration desk. This year, we’ll be incorporating the Harry Potter Sorting Hat and placing groups of sections into one of the four houses from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School! 

WHAT IS THE TRADE SHOW?

On Tuesday morning, we will open the trade show doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hand out awards to the most creative booths, and then welcome members in to meet with vendors. Attendees will be provided with an interactive trade show with the premiere vendors for the industry poised to show you what they have to offer your business. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran, the vendors you will meet with are the veritable who’s who in the entertainment industry.  Attendees may also be treated to 15-minute interactive #VendorCation presentations held during the trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday.  At the time of print, nearly all 106 booths have been claimed, so we anticipate providing an incredible shopping event for you! 

WHAT DO I WEAR FOR THE EVENT?

Because we want to make it helpful for you to know how to pack, here’s the typical attire for the week’s events. This year’s theme is Ride of Your Life! Whether you want to get creative and dress like your favorite Universal Studios character or just attend in everyday attire, the choice is yours! Here is an outline of the typical attire for various events: 
  • Cocktail events: Most come dressed as they are from seminars, but several do dress up a bit in cocktail dresses or business casual.
  • Seminars: Dress comfortably. Meeting rooms can sometimes get a little chilly, so bring a light cardigan or jacket if you wish.
  • President’s Dinner: This is typically a semi-formal event. Most wear suits, tuxes, evening gowns, or cocktail attire, some come dressed in character if it’s relevant to the theme of the event. Some come dressed in business casual, others don't dress up at all. Either way, this comes with your full delegate status - you paid for it - and we encourage you to attend however you're most comfortable! Seating is first-come, first-served at round tables with other members. If you get there early, just tip your chairs up to save your seat, and feel free to go mingle. 
  • Special Events: On Thursday, we’ll have a scavenger hunt at Universal Studios for anyone who would like to purchase tickets to attend, so based on the weather, you might want to bring shorts and an umbrella. We will also have an event at Astro Skating Center, so bring your skates! Don’t forget your swimsuit if you want to take a dip in the pool after the events of the day. 

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN ORLANDO IN MAY?

Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 84°F to 88°F, rarely falling below 78°F or exceeding 93°F. Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 66°F to 72°F, rarely falling below 59°F or exceeding 75°F.

WHAT KIND OF FUNDRAISERS ARE THERE DURING THE EVENT?

The Roller Skating Foundation provides grants and scholarships throughout the year to accomplish its mission to help promote the roller skating industry and provide financial assistance to deserving students. The National Museum of Roller Skating provides the public with an experience to reflect on and understand the sport of roller skating and its history. With exhibits containing artifacts dating back to the early 19th century, the museum presents roller skating throughout the years. Both the Roller Skating Foundation and the National Museum of Roller Skating rely primarily upon the financial support of RSA members and affiliates. The Foundation will hold a silent auction and 50/50 raffle during the trade show, as well as a live auction during a cocktail hour. The Museum sells raffle tickets throughout the duration of the event with a live drawing during the president’s dinner where winners receive a portion of the funds raised. 

SHOULD I BRING MY SKATES?

Yes! Astro Skating Center in Orlando will be hosting a fun-filled roller skating evening event with buses bringing attendees to the rink. Members will listen in to seminars, enjoy some free-skate time, and be treated to an incredible buffet thanks to the generosity of the owner, Chris Maganias. 

ARE THERE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES?

At the President's Dinner, members will be able to get their photos taken on a green screen or backdrop and purchase photos with 50% of the purchase going to the National Museum of Roller Skating.

IS THE EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?

The entire Roller Skating Industry Convention and Trade Show is a closed event and open to registered delegates and exhibitors only. 

HOW MUCH DOES AN RSA MEMBERSHIP SAVE ME ON CONVENTION?

Roller Skating Association members save more than 50% off the non-member convention rate of $750 by registering by the early bird deadline.

HOW DOES MEMBER PRICING WORK? 

Delegate fees for the first through the fourth include full convention access to all seminars, trade show, and the President’s Dinner. Fifth delegate or more includes full convention access and trade show with a separate fee for the President’s Dinner. You may also purchase a trade show-only pass for each day. 

WHAT IF I'M NOT AN RSA MEMBER? 

The member dues fee to belong to the Roller Skating Association International is just $390 for the year. The money saved on your convention registration fees and more than 50 other discounts and perks, your dues pay for themselves several times over throughout the year. Simply call our Membership Services department at 317-347-2626 Ext. 108, email membership@rollerskating.com or visit www.rollerskating.com/join