The Texas Technology Student Association (TSA) State Competition is managed and conducted by the Texas TSA Board of Directors and Texas TSA State Contest Director, under the oversight of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and its policies regarding CTSOs. The state competition includes: a business meeting, state officer elections, project competition and student competitive events.
All interested Technology Education students in Texas are invited to attend this annual meeting. The specific time and place of events and contest details will be distributed by the Contest Director.
The cost of transporting and insuring the projects to and from the competition is the responsibility of the school, teachers, and student. Texas TSA will not be responsible for damage, loss, or theft before, during, or after the competition. Texas TSA will not be responsible for mailing or shipping of any projects or awards. Chapters will be solely responsible for picking up projects and awards at the end of the State Contest. Anything left after contest will be thrown away by the Fort Worth Convention Center within 1 hour after the closing of the last general session.
The competition is restricted to the activities and classifications described in this publication. The competition does not attempt to provide a classification for additional activities that might be conducted in the Technology Education programs or other school programs. Only those students and advisors who are registered members of the Texas Technology Student Association (TSA) are on the regular mailing list. If you would like to receive information regarding state competition, or affiliation please contact: The Texas TSA Executive Director
Please visit the Affiliation page on the main website to learn more about affiliation and joining TSA!
State Contest Fees
After qualifying through a Texas TSA regional contest, students are eligible to participate and compete in the Texas TSA State Contest, held in Fort Worth. Dates for the event will be posted on the Texas TSA homepage or events page. The fees are as follows:
- $60 per competitor includes 5 entries and 1 polo shirt
$15 for each additional entry over 5
- $15 per virtual competitor entry (this is someone who submits a project to state conference but does not attend)
- $40 per Advisor or Chaperone (no shirt included)
- $15 per visitor or $5 per day
Texas TSA does not refund any money for unused state entries. Texas TSA does not require a student to be present at State Contest to enter their project(s), unless they are competing in an event that requires the student to be physically present for the event. Those events include National Qualifying Events, Unique to Texas written tests or graphic Solutions, and most TSA Onsite Events.
Rulebook Review Participants
The following individuals participated in the review of the current iteration of the Texas TSA rulebook.
- Shyla Vire - Waxahachie High School
- Ricky Broussard - Mesquite High School
- Brad Threadgil - Klein Oak High School
- Nicholas Rodnicki - Klein Collins High School
- Jeff Taylor - Keller CATE
- Pamela Cook - Chapin High School
- Tara Royal - Miami ISD
- Kristin Rausch - Lamar Consolidated High School
- Jennifer O'Brian - Cy Fair ISD
- Julie Patterson - Carthage High School
- Andrew Parker - Cypress Fairbanks High School
- Mary Katherine Smith - Texas TSA State President
Cypress Woods HS
Rulebook Committee Guidelines
- The voting membership of the committee will include the 2 authorized representatives from each region. These individuals will be selected by the region, either by appointment by the regional president or by a general election of the regional members. The region is responsible for notifying the Rulebook Chair and Area Coodinator, at least 2 weeks in advance, of who their official representatives will be at the yearly review.
- The following individuals will also be voting members: State Advisor, State Contest Director, Area Coordinators, Texas TSA Board of Directors President, and the Rulebook Chair.
- The Rulebook Chair will be appointed by the Texas TSA Board of Directors President, per the Texas TSA Handbook.
- The Committee is authorized to have a yearly meeting to address the rulebook. Texas TSA is not responsible for the travel cost of individual members of the committee.
- The Texas TSA Board of Directors will be provided a summary of the changes made by the Rulebook Committee at it's summer meeting by the Rulebook Chair. Final approval of the rulebook will be provided by the Board.
Contest Management Team
Annually, Texas TSA recruits people to run all the Unique to Texas events and National Qualifying events, Coordinating Judge Chairman, National Qualifying Event Coordinator, School Awards Coordinator, all Room/Hall Coordinators, Special Services and Contest Consultants.
Instructors and all entrants who have a concern regarding event or competition rules should first contact the event coordinator (if available) to voice your concern. For further concerns, you may contact the contest management team, their contact information can be found here.
Texas TSA Rulebook Entries: Each event coordinator, after consultation with the state contest director, is responsible for the operation of the area assigned and has complete control and authority concerning that event. Questions of eligibility are the responsibility of the State Advisor. Concerns/Protests regarding an event must be directed to the Event Coordinator at the time of the event using either the Texas TSA Protest Form.
National Qualifying Events: The event coordinator works under the guidance of the NQE managers appointed by Texas TSA. If modifications are needed to the structure or rules of the event those have been approved by the NQE Managers. Protests must be made the time of the event using the National Qualifying Event Protest Form.
All individuals inside the convention center are required to display identification at all times. This also includes anyone competing in any competition(s) that may be held outside of the convention center building. Identification must be in the form of Conference Badge and Lanyard supplied by Texas TSA when a chapter checks in, registers and picks up their entry labels upon arrival. Conference Badge & Lanyard must be worn around the neck in plain view at all times. There is a charge for replacement of lost/damaged/destroyed lanyards and/or Conference Badge.
Number of Entries Per Region
Allowed entries per classification per region:
- Exams: 15 for middle school and 15 for high school
- Graphic Solutions: 15 for middle school and 15 for high school
- Projects: See explanation below
- NQE & On-Site Events: Number of entries at the state conference will follow the guidelines established in the on-site sections of this rulebook. See the NQE and Unique to Texas Events sections of the rulebook for number of entries allowed.
The number of students allowed in the Written Exam/Graphic Solutions Sessions will be as equally distributed between sessions as possible. Registration for each session will be determined by a "first come - first registered" basis. Contestant students may not switch session times.
Projects Entries per region:
- Middle School Level 1: 15 projects per region for each classification
- High School Beginner: 15 projects per region for each classification
- High School Experienced: 15 projects per region for each classification
PLEASE NOTE: Sign-up sheets will be available at the Information Desk to determine if any Texas TSA On-Site Events have the necessary personnel to run, judge, and post the results. Participants in these events must provide personnel to run these events or the events will not be held.