State Advisor Update Feb 2018

Notice of Proposed TSA Bylaws Amendment


The attached proposed amendment to the TSA bylaws was properly filed by Missouri TSA and received by TSA, Inc. President Mimi Leonard and TSA President Aala Nasir on March 24, 2018. The TSA, Inc. Board of Directors has approved that this amendment be placed before the voting delegates for action at the annual TSA business meeting on June 25, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. This serves as your state delegation’s official notification.


Proposed amendment


Competitive event change policy


  • Competitive event selections are considered final once event registration closes on Monday, May 21, 2018. 
    • Chapter advisors must check their competition registration carefully for accuracy - both prior to submitting registration and upon receipt of confirmation invoice. 
  • Change requests made after the May 21st deadline will incur a $50 change fee per person per event.
    • Only chapter members previously registered as competitors by May 21st will be eligible for change requests and subsequently charged the $50 per person per event change fee.
  • June 22nd is the final date to request a change.  Any change requests on June 22nd must be made on-site in Atlanta and will incur the $50 per person per event change fee.
  • TSA reserves the right to approve or not approve a requested change.
  • Fees must be paid by credit card, check, or cash prior to any change being made.

No changes will be made after June 22nd.


No exceptions will be made to this policy as approved by the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors.


State Advisor Approval Events


Competitive events requiring state advisor approval will be listed in iservices Sunday evening April 29th, 2018.  If you have students in these events that placed in the top 10 at the state conference please mark whether you student is attending the national conference and able to compete in that competition.  This will close May 11th 2018 so that we can notify students that are attending that national conference of their registration. 


Click here for a list of all events that require state advisor approval.


Please note - you will be required to enter the 7-digit VEX ID number when slotting for VEX events (which was also used at state competitions).


All Students in State Advisor Approval Events must be registered for the National conference before May 20th 2018





State Delegation Meetings


The first state delegation meeting for the 2018 national TSA conference is required to be held the evening of Friday, June 22, 2018.  During this meeting general rules and behavior will be reviewed as well as any important updates for the conference.


TSA Pin Exchange at the 2018 National TSA Conference


As you know, there will be no Conference Kick-Off at the upcoming national TSA conference.  However, there will be two opportunities for the popular “pin exchange” to take place.  Members can exchange pins for one hour immediately following the general sessions on Saturday, June 23rd, and Sunday, June 24th, in the World Congress Center Registration Hall.  National TSA officer candidates will not be permitted to campaign at these pin exchange events.  


In the spirit of TSA’s 40th anniversary, state delegations may host a table at one or both of these events to display any AIASA/TSA memorabilia they may have.  This opportunity to display your state’s historic AIASA/TSA is completely voluntary.  If any one is interesting in setting up a table please contact me.  



TSA VEX team (VRC and VIQC) advancement to the 2018 national TSA conference


TSA VEX competitions are state advisor approval events.

  • TSA VEX teams that qualify to advance, either for VRC or VIQC, will be slotted by state advisors for the 2018 national TSA conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • States may advance three (3) VRC teams (high school/middle school) and three (3) VIQC teams (middle school only).
  • Teams that participate at the state level - but do not rank in the initial top three (3) for VRC or VIQC, may be added to a waitlist by state advisor when they slot their state advisor approval events.
  • National TSA will inform waitlisted teams of their eligibility to advance to the 2018 national TSA conference.

Teams that have not met the March 1st deadline to register their team on are not eligible to compete at the 2018 national TSA conference. 





TEAMS state rankings are now posted on the TEAMS website rankings page. Look for many of the top-ranked teams to be in Atlanta, Georgia during the national TSA conference to compete in the national TEAMS competitions.


National TEAMS competitions include:

TEAMS Digital Media

TEAMS Prepared Presentation

TEAMS Problem Solving


Competition descriptions can be viewed on the TEAMS website national conference page.


Junior Solar Sprint Reminders


Here are a few reminders about the JSS competition:

  • Please provide Sue King with the number of JSS participants and the contact information for the JSS event coordinator from your state conference.
  • Continue to remind your chapter advisors with members participating in JSS at your state conference to complete the online registration via the AEOP online registration tool. Volunteers who assist with the JSS event at your state conference must also complete the online registration.

Contact JSS Program Manager, sking [at] (Sue King), with any questions.


Competition Updates


Remember to regularly check for high school and middle school competition updates on the TSA website under Competitions/Competition Updates.