This is a Training Day and a Competition
Your score will be based on:
-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 15)
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 evening awards banquet on Saturday, March 16.
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 15 and be present for the contestants’ meeting on Friday evening. Classes will be available during the day Friday, a banquet on Saturday (March 16) evening and a driver competition debriefing on Sunday (March 17) morning. Contestant participation in all activities is expected.
Please submit your completed written test when you check in on Friday, March 15. The test is currently NOT yet available on this web page. Once available, you will be able to click on a PDF called “Roadeo Competition Test” located below the Roadeo Competition registration button to complete the test. If you have not paid your entry fee, you can do so upon checking in on-site.
To participate in the roadeo competition:
There is no pre-requisite. You didn’t have to have had participated in another driver competition in your state or district. The goal of this driver competition 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 16; and (2) admission tickets to the driver competition awards banquet on Saturday evening. If you have not already paid for your team registration, you will need to bring payment with you to registration.
How long is the event?
You will need to arrive by Friday, March 15 and will be done by Sunday, March 17 in the afternoon. Free training sessions start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday followed by team orientation meetings. The competition and awards banquets take place on Saturday. A team/judge debriefing takes place Sunday morning followed by additional conference training opportunities. Contestant participation in all activities is expected. Please see the driver competition agenda and schedule on this page. We will update this page periodically as we finalize all information related to the competition.
Where can I download the Roadeo Competition contestant packet?
You can download all 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 checking in on Friday, March 15. 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. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express; PO checks; personal checks; 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.
Team Entry Fee: $100
Registration cost includes: Two (2) lunch tickets for Saturday, March 16; and (2) entry tickets to the Roadeo Competition awards banquet on Saturday evening.
All participating driver and attendant teams must download and complete the Roadeo Competition 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 Competition, presented by School Transportation News, consists of driver-attendant teams, and there is no pre-requisite to participate. All are welcome, whether or not you have participated in another driver-attendant competition in your state or district. The goal of this competition is to help you increase your knowledge of special needs transportation.
2019 Roadeo Agenda
Schedule to be posted as soon as it becomes available, please check back.