2020 Youth Activity Conference Event Guide

10 of the Best Youth Activities Conferences to Attend in 2020


Searching for the best youth activity conferences to attend in 2020? Look no further! Jackrabbit is proud to partner with organizations and associations in the gymnastics, dance, swim and childcare industries at conferences, training, trade shows and summits in the new year.

Zipperina at UDMA Atlanta Youth Activity Conference
Zipperina on the floor at United Dance Merchants in 2018

Why should you attend youth activity conferences in 2020?

Between registration fees, traveling and taking time off work, attending conferences is an investment. So what’s in it for you to attend a youth activity conference in your industry? 

Working with clients and new friends while attending conferences has shaped some of my top Jackrabbit memories. Attending conferences has helped our teams cultivate stronger relationships and provided us with new networking opportunities, as we have met with owners, directors and partners while on the road.

Jackrabbit and Randy Sikora at USAG National Congress Youth Activity Conference
Jackrabbit’s own Zippy and long-time clients and friends from American Twisters Gymnastics

What are the best youth activity conferences to attend in 2020? 

As you plan to attend the best youth activity conferences in the New Year, plan along with us! Here’s a list of the top 10 trade shows, summits, conferences and events in the youth activity industry in order of their appearance in the New Year!


#1 Studio Owner University

Dance Conference and Trade Show
February 3-5 – Austin, TX

Studio Owner University Youth Activity Conference
 The 10th annual SOU! Studio Owner University® is the industry’s first university-styled training course designed just for dance studio owners. Offering full immersion in cutting edge marketing, life-changing financial tools, and legacy leadership training that promises to revolutionize your business.


#2 Association of Aquatic Professionals

Swim Conference and Trade Show
February 17-20 – Frisco, TX

Associations of Aquatic Professionals 2020 Youth Activity Conference

The 9th Annual Conference and Exposition. The goal of this conference goal is to offer you the best educational and networking experience available at the most reasonable cost to you and your organization. Register and catch my session, How to Develop a Growth Strategy for Your Swim School

#3 USA Gymnastics – National Congress

Gymnastics Conference and Competition
June 26 – 28 – St. Louis, MO

USA Gymnastics National Congress 2020 Youth Activity Conference


USA Gymnastics National Congress is one of the most popular events of the gymnastics year. At National Congress, attendees are sure to find some of the best gymnastics education that the industry has to offer. Register and grab your rooms early, peak pricing hits mid-February!

#4 – Dance Life Teacher Conference

Dance Conference and Workshop
July 30 – August 2 – Scottsdale, AZ

Dance Life Teacher Youth Activity Conference

Rhee Gold and team bring you 4 action-packed days promising to “change everything!” This conference offers customized tracks for all studio professionals: classroom instructors, preschool programs, business and studio owners and office managers alike. This conference is a must and remains rooted in the belief that dance is more than hobby or art, it is truly a life.

#5 – Dance Teacher Summer Expo

Dance Conference and Shopping Expo
August 4-7 – Las Vegas, NV

Youth Activity Conference Dance Conference
From innovative movement classes to inspiring seminars, Dance Teacher Web 2020

has more than 140 sessions on an extensive range of dance and business and personal development topics. So whether you are a new teacher, a seasoned studio owner or

school administrator, you can customize a program to meet your professional needs.

#6 – American Swimming Coaches Association

Swim Conference and Clinic
September 8-13 – Orlando, FL

ASCA World Clinic 2020 Youth Activity Conference

Featuring over 50 speakers, 100 exhibitors and 1,000 coaches – ASCA delivers a world class educational experience for swimming coaches, swim school owners and swim school managers over the course of five days. Members of ASCA receive a reduced registration fee so act fast!

#7 – US Swim Schools Association

Swim Conference and Trade Show
September 15-17 – Tampa, FL

USSSA National Conference 2020 Youth Activity

The United States Swim School Association is a non-profit organization that was developed to assist the swim instruction industry to help maintain high ethical and professional standards in the swim industry and to provide opportunities for learning and sharing for our members, including their spring workshop and national conference. 

#8 – Childcare State Association Annual Meetings

Child Care Conference and Trade Shows
September – Georgia Child Care Association
October – Child Care Association of Louisiana
October – North Carolina Licensed Child Care Association

Jackrabbit Childcare Management Software
When your child care center is open 5 days a week, 6:30am-6:30pm, travelling to a national conference like NAEYC or AELL can be nearly impossible. Most states host their own local and regional conferences offering tracks for your teachers, administrators and owners. Held during the fall, just after registration season, these conferences offer your teams the chance to invest back in their own professional development.

#9 – United Dance Merchants of America 

Dance Shopping Expo
September 12-13 – Orland, FL
October 3-4 – Schauburg, IL
October 10-11 – Edison, NJ
October 17-18  – Virginia Beach, VA

UDMA 2020 Youth Activity Conference


Have you ever wished you could see your dance catalogs “come to life?” That’s exactly how attendees describe the UDMA Dance Expo Shows! You’ll discover brilliant accessories, stunning costumes, and the advanced teaching tools that will energize your business.

You’ll find inspiration, community, a full range of high performance services and products at the UDMA Dance Teacher Expo!

#10 – Summit Elite 

Youth Sports & Performance Workshop
December – Mission Inn, CA

Cal Summit Elite 2020 Youth Activity Conference

The Summit Conference focuses on the issues and opportunities of our unique industry. It is a powerful blend of smart, relevant, entertaining…and immediately useful information. Fast paced yet personal, the SUMMIT provides fresh, tangible, well-researched concepts that can make an immediate impact on your operational, educational and financial operations. The SUMMIT is undeniably the most exciting opportunity of the year to brainstorm and spend quality time with the top leaders in the industry. Whether you are an owner, manager, coach or teacher, you will leave inspired and energized and ready to take your business to the next level!

Hopefully in this list you’ve found an event or two that you or your team will be attending in 2020. These conferences are an annual opportunity for you to learn new skills, get the latest information on new tools in your industry and engage with inspiring leaders in your space. 

We’ll keep this post updated with all the information we get throughout the year so bookmark us and check back later to see the latest!

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