State Championships

The Missouri TSA 2020 State Championships Conference will be held on March 29-31, 2020 at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri.

CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

Local chapter members must be affiliated with National TSA in order to register and attend the 2020 State Championships Conference. You can affiliate your chapter by clicking on the below link. Nametags which include student numbers will be provided and must be worn throughout the conference. These will be checked as members enter general sessions, contests, and the delegate business session. Student ID numbers will only be used for scoring purposes.

REGISTRATION:

Online registration will open on January 15, 2020 and will close at midnight on February 15, 2020. Each registrant attending the conference must pay a registration fee of $75 for cost of materials, facilities, awards, state pins, one meal, polo shirt, and limited liability insurance. It is necessary that chapters register by the deadline of midnight on February 15, 2020 in order for staff to prepare for the conference. There will be no new chapter registrations onsite. The registration fees must be paid by the date of the conference and mailed along with the registration invoice to: Haley Richardson at Missouri TSA, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102.  Make your check payable to “Missouri TSA. If your chapter is registered for the conference but does not attend, your school district is responsible for paying registration fees. In order to receive a refund, chapters must submit a written refund request postmarked or emailed on or before February 15, 2020.  After this date no refunds will be made. Do not leave an unfinished registration on the website. We will force submit any unfinished registrations so that we can proceed with preparations of score sheets, etc. Make sure you click the submit button when you finish your registration. To register go to https://www.registermychapter.com/tsa/mo. You will be using your username and password that you set-up previously through our registration system. If you do not remember them, please email Rachel Fisher at Rachel.fisher@dese.mo.gov.

MEALS:

TSA will provide lunch during the business meeting scheduled on Monday, March 30 at 12:00 pm.

VOTING DELEGATES:

Chapters must assign voting delegate(s) to cast votes for the State Officer election and other association business. The number of voting delegates is determined by the number of paid members within the chapter in the current year.  This is a required function of the registration process and the default of two delegates for your chapter is to be input into the data field.  However, delegate ribbons will be provided with the correct total number of delegates for your chapter in your registration packet and are to be affixed to your representative’s name tags prior to being seated as a delegate. Please refer to the By-Laws with regards to the number of voting delegates allowed per chapter. Voting delegates are also able to be registered in competitive events. 

It is vital that chapters send their delegates to the “Delegate Business Session” so that a quorum can be established and the association can conduct their business. This is an important part of the students learning and practicing leadership skills.

DRESS CODE:

The State Championships Conference is an excellent opportunity for members to convey to others the positive, professional image of TSA. TSA official dress is always appropriate and STRONGLY encouraged. This year, no one will be allowed into any of the General Sessions without appropriate attire. Appropriate dress includes black shoes, gray slacks, official TSA blue dress shirt, red ties, for males. Black shoes, gray skirts, or dress pants, official TSA blue dress blouse, for females. A polo shirt will be provided for all registered attendees. White dress shirts and blouses are still an option but will incur a 10-point clothing penalty. Jeans, shorts, and T-shirts are not appropriate attire. Night wear (pajamas) should not be worn outside of your hotel room. Shoes should be worn at all times. Appropriate dress is a reflection on your school and of the state association; therefore, it is very important to show that our members are leaders. Please note, official dress for the National TSA Conference allows only the official TSA blue dress shirt.

COURTESY CORPS:

Missouri TSA relies heavily on the kindness of volunteers to help our State Championships run smoothly.  This army of volunteers works to set up and tear down after the events are over.  With this in mind, we ask that advisors encourage their students to register as courtesy participants for the 2020 Missouri TSA State Championships.  Students will be assigned in shifts of two hours that is arranged around their competition schedules.  No student will miss their competitive event as a result of serving.  Students who take on this challenge to serve will enhance their communication, leadership skills, organizational, and time management skills.  At the end of their two-hour (2) assignment, students will be eligible to receive a certificate that recognizes their service that they could use towards the graduation service hour requirement.

Students will be expected to assist with contests, be runners, timekeepers, assist with setup and breakdown of the contest areas.

Once again, Missouri TSA depends on volunteers for a successful State Championships Conference, and we truly can’t do it without the support and commitment our Courtesy Corp members and volunteers!

Advisors, please encourage your students to volunteer at the all the Missouri TSA State Events.  Their assistance is always needed.

MEDICAL LIABILITY RELEASE, CODE OF CONDUCT, AND MEDIA RELEASE FORMS:

The Missouri TSA Board of Directors encourages you to read these forms to members who attend the state conference. The forms must be distributed to the chapter members and have parent(s)/guardian(s) sign the form. Advisors must retain copies in your possession during the conference. Advisors must turn in the Advisor Conference Contract Form at the registration table onsite. This form holds you to personally retaining the Medical Liability, Code of Conduct, and Media Release form during the conference. Conference materials will not be distributed to you without this form being turned in

LODGING:

Advisors are responsible for making lodging arrangements of their chapters. Reservations should be made as early as possible to the hotels in Rolla and nearby communities.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:

Parents and students should be given the name and cell phone numbers of the local chapter advisor and all chapter chaperones in attendance. Advisors and chaperones will need to provide their cell phone numbers to Missouri TSA State Staff.