RE: Unicon requirements?
> However, I waded through it again and this time I realized that the
> “must be a member in good standing” apparently applies only to
> competitions. The links that say “register” well one pointed
> to the very
> same page or one like it, but the next one actually did point to a
> register page. Then again maybe I just got confused? Ugh. The
> registration pdf looks like its for people who compete …
> all kinds of events are mentioned. Hmm. Maybe the same form
> is used for both and I just dont check any events?
This is valuable feedback. As our conventions grow and become more complex,
we encounter issues we didn’t have in the past. It’s especially sticky this
year, with two consecutive conventions and the longest forms ever.
Since we started calling the USA event a convention in 1994, there have been
issues of definition. It used to be called a “meet”, and being
competition-oriented was expected. But now after several years of calling it
a convention, people are actually expecting more of a convention (and
starting to get it). But the registration forms may not be real clear on
In future I think it will be a good idea to have separate registrations for
competitors and non-competitors. As the non-competitor population grows, we
will have more activities that aren’t competitions and more fun for all.
In answer to your basic questions, yes you have to register, either as a
competitor or non-competitor. For the IUF UNICON, nothing more is required.
There is actually an IUF membership fee included in your registration.
Hopefully the IUF will figure out something useful to do with this money.
For the USA NAUCC, you must be a member of the Unicycling Society of
America. You must also be a resident of the US, Puerto Rico (technically
also the US), or Canada.
On the subject of Puerto Rico, yes, we count it as a separate country at
UNICON, just as they do at the Olympics. The more countries, the merrier!
> I wish they had a registration wizard.
Sorry about that; something to think about for next time.
> I wish there were a “register on site” option for UNICON.
It is essential that you pre-register if you know you’re coming. This is
because these conventions are not money-makers, and are run by unpaid
volunteers. There aren’t enough volunteers to do the registration process
on-site without wasting a great deal of your (and their) time. Also, the
organizers need the registration fees to pay fees and deposits, and to set
up the facilities. Please register as soon as possible. Financial incentives
have been included in the registration process to “assist” you in this.
General questions of this nature are good to share here, so we can answer to
a larger audience instead of one person at a time. Please help out the
convention staffs any way you can, both before the events and during. Lots
of helpers will be needed.
Stay on top,
President, Unicycling Society of America
President, International Unicycling Federation