- Pre-Check Inspection
- Driving skills while maneuvering through a driving course
- Loading, unloading and securing students in wheelchairs
- Decision-making and reaction time in an emergency scenario
- Behavioral control of students with disabilities on board the bus
- A written test to be completed by teams prior to the event (to be turned in at registration on Friday, March 17. Download "Special Needs Roadeo Test" PDF on this page, located below the "Register Here" button).
- This is a TEAM event. The attendant MAY assist driver (observing, alerting, etc.) during any driving course event. It is the expectation that teams work and communicate effectively together throughout the event.
In addition to the competition, a full range of professional development opportunities and training sessions will be available throughout the weekend, as well as a special awards banquet Saturday evening.
Points scored for each judged event are compiled, and the three teams with the highest scores are awarded First, Second and Third place plaques. All teams will be recognized for their participation.
Participants must arrive by Friday, March 17 in order to be present for the contestants' meeting on Friday evening. Classes will be available during the day Friday, a banquet on Saturday evening and a Roadeo debriefing on Sunday morning. Contestant participation in all of these activities is expected.
Please submit your completed written test when you check in on Friday, March 17. Click on the PDF called "Special Needs Roadeo Test" located below the Roadeo registration button to complete the test. If you have not already paid for your team registration, please bring payment in the form of either a credit card, check or cash.
TEAM ENTRY FEE: $100
Registration cost includes: Two (2) lunch tickets for Saturday, March 18; and (2) entry tickets to the Roadeo Awards Banquet Saturday evening.
All participating teams must download and complete the Roadeo Knowledge Test before arriving to the event. Bring a copy of the completed test to turn in on-site.
Are you passionate about special needs transportation, growing as a professional and networking with others who do what you do from across the nation? Then form a team and plan to participate in this event!
The Roadeo, presented by School Transportation News and the industry organization Women in Transportation (wit.), consists of driver-attendant teams, and there is no prerequisite to participate. All are welcome, whether or not you have participated in a roadeo in your state or district. The goal of this Roadeo is to help you increase your knowledge of special needs transportation.
Times subject to change.
Friday, March 17, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Emergency Evacuation Training
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
BESI Securement Training
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Q’Straint/Sure-Lok Securement Training
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Car Seat Training
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Break
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Roadeo Participants and Judges Meet
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Special Needs Roadeo
Location: Frisco ISD
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Roadeo Participants Reception and Banquet
Sunday, March 19, 2017
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Roadeo Debriefing
There is no pre-requisite. You didn’t have to have had participated in a Roadeo in your state or district. The goal of this Roadeo is to help you increase your knowledge of special needs transportation.
You must pay a fee for your team to register. The team registration fee is $100, and registration includes: (2) lunch tickets for Saturday, March 18; and (2) entry tickets to the Roadeo Awards Banquet.
How long is the event?
You will need to arrive by Friday, March 17 and will be done by Sunday, March 19 in the afternoon. Free training sessions start at 12:00 p.m. on Friday followed by team orientation meetings. The competition and awards banquet take place on Saturday. A team/judge debriefing takes place Sunday morning followed by additional conference training opportunities. Contestant participation in all of these activities is expected. Please see the Roadeo agenda and schedule on this page. We will update this page periodically as we finalize all information related to the Roadeo.
Where can I download the Roadeo contestant Packet?
You can ownload all of your necessary documents for the competition on this page. Stay tuned for more details as they are made available.
What do I need to bring with me to check-in at registration?
You will need to submit your completed written test when you check-in on Friday. You can download the test, and other necessary files, on this page. If you have not already paid for your team registration, you will need to bring payment with you to registration in the form of credit card, check or cash.
What does my team actually do when we participate?
The competition consists of skill events that include pre-check, loading/unloading of an occupied wheelchair, securing students in wheelchairs and safety seats, performing during an emergency and managing challenging student behavior. Contestants complete an open-book test prior to attending the event.
How is the winner determined?
Point scores for the judged events are compiled and three teams with the highest scores are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contestants.
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