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RSROA Achieves World Recognition

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In the years of 1930 to 1936, amateur roller skating in the United States was given consideration for world recognition again after being in complete eclipse since 1914. With the passing of the old Webster Skating Association, little was done to encourage this field of roller skating so it went into rapid decline.

With no governing body, this field of the sport was overrun with impostors and false records. It is quite possible that no athletic sport has ever had so many "World Champions" and "World Records" as has had amateur roller skating.

With the arousing of new interest in amateur roller skating, it was found that, in the intervening years, control had passed to organizations that were predominately ice skating Associations.

After "Off and On" competitions for two seasons, the R.S.R.O.A. (Roller Skating Rink Operators Association) was organized in the spring of 1937. For the succeeding year it held many various contests throughout the entire country under its own sanction. This, of course, was done to gain strength needed for eventual membership in the A.S.U. Amateur Skaters Union.

During the spring of 1938 several questions of jurisdiction arose in roller skating affairs with other organizations planning to enter the roller skating field. Then in the month of May, correspondence from the presiding officers of the A.S.U. invited delegates from the R.S.R.O.A. to conferences to consider membership in the parent body and to devise the plans to bring more than 35,000 amateur roller skaters into the International sports affiliations.

This cordial invitation was promptly complied with and, in October of 1938, the R.S.R.O.A. became a member association of the A.S.U. with full rights covering all roller skating activities under the banner of the parent organization.

At the Congress of the Federation Internationale de Patinage a Roulettes (F.I.P.R.) which was held at Montreux, Switzerland*, in April of 1939, the status of the R.S.R.O.A. again came up for consideration and upon being forcefully presented by the honorable President of the International Fugue Skating Committee (with the further sponsorship of the English delegates), was accepted as a fully accredited member of that body.

The F.I.P.R. as this group was generally known, is the established International governing body and has members in some twelve active groups in their respective countries.

These affiliations give the amateur roller skater full recognition of his or her title in every field to sport and in status of the amateur and penalizes the infringer. It also assures the amateur roller skater of regular competitions and a high standard of competition.

* Robert Bollinger was a member of the delegation that met in April 1939. His souvenir plate was put on display at The Oaks Museum (located on the South end of the park by the old entrance). Then lent to the National Museum of Roller Skating. It is an undated aluminum dish with "Ehrengabe Der Stadt Wattenscheid" in arc over the F.I.P.R. crest

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