Roller Skating Rink Operators Association (RSROA) - Pre 1971-72 season
Why "pre-1971-72" ?
The Arena Gardens Roller Skating Rink in Detroit held the first U.S. roller speed skating championships April 2-4, 1937. Seventeen rink owners who attended met afterwards to found the Roller Skating Rink Operators Association (RSROA).
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) which controlled most American amateur sports at the time, wasn’t happy with the RSROA, because its membership included rink owners and professional skaters. As a result, the United States Amateur Roller Skating Association (USARSA) was founded in 1939 and immediately became affiliated with the AAU.
The two rival groups held separate national championships until September 16, 1971, when the RSROA amateur skaters and the USARSA signed a letter announcing their unification into the Artistic Skating Union (ASU). Additional unifications and other agreements created what is what became known as USA Rollersports.
The USARSA was a member of the U.S. Olympic Association (USOC), the (AAU), the Federation Inter-Nationale de Roller Skating (FIRS), and was affiliated with the U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA - the ice association), the Amateur Skating Union of the U.S. International Olympic Committee, and the International Skating Union (ISU). The USARSA was made up of state and sectional associations, each with local skating clubs.
Excerpts from http://www.usarsarollerskaters.org/about.html July, 12,2014
The RSROA embraced a style of dance skating - now known as the 'American style' - that was brought to the US by Jimmy and Joan Lidstone and promoted by Perry B. Rawson, the first chairman of the RSROA Dance Committee.
The affiliations that USARSA brought to the Confederation included the "international" style and Comite International de Patinage Artistique (CIPA) standards for artistic skating, including dance.
RSROA 'booklets' of Proficiency Tests and Regulations
? Edition IX (9)
1970 Edition VIII (8)
1966 Edition VII (7)
1962 Edition VI (6)
1953 Edition II (2)
1951 Supplement Edition I (1) - major changes to test schedule
1943 Edition 5
1941, September, Gold Medal Tests Edition 1
1939, December, Bronze and Silver Medals, 3rd printing
1939, April, Bronze and Silver Medals, 2nd printing
1938, September, Bronze and Silver Medals, 1st printing