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FOUNDATION COURSES

LTI 501 Athletic Administration: Philosophy, Leadership Organizations and Professional Programs
This flagship course of Leadership Training serves as an overview for the interscholastic athletic administration.. This course focuses on the roles of the NFHS, the NIAAA, the State Athletic/Activity Associations, and the State Athletic Administrator’s Associations. The course also previews the NIAAA Certification Program and the NIAAA Leadership Training Program. It is a prerequisite for all levels of certification and includes study materials for the CAA Certification Examination.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators with minimal information concerning national and state associations who are interested n beginning the process of certification.

Required for: RAA, CAA and CMAA Certification

LTI 502 Athletic Administration: Principles, Strategies and Methods

The course will take a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of athletic administration and will alert and educate athletic administrators regarding potential problems and possible solutions in areas such as budgets, transportation, and scheduling and parent/student/coach conflicts. The course will also touch upon sample athletic/activity program philosophies, department organizational charts, activity procedures/checklist, public relations, coaching applications/assessments and emergency plans.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Inexperienced athletic administrators seeking to define and improve their operational procedures

Required for: RAA, CAA and CMAA Certification

LTI 504 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues I (Risk Management)
The course will have in-depth coverage of all aspects of liability for sports injuries and risk management, including the duties imposed on athletics administrators, coaches, athletics trainers, and other athletics personnel, documentation requirements for an effective risk management program, and development of a strategic plan for risk management in the context of an interscholastic athletics program.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking information concerning Constitutional law and the need of exposure to causes for negligence and to legal “Standards of Care”

Required for: CAA and CMAA Certification

LTI 506 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues II (Title IX, Sexual Harassment)
This course will have in-depth coverage of compliance issues regarding Title IX and gender equity in an interscholastic athletics program, including the methodology for a school to perform a Title IX self-audit, and in-depth coverage of the issues and strategies related to the development of an effective policy for the prevention of sexual harassment in an interscholastic athletics program.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking strategies for minimizing legal challenges in each topic area

Required for: CMAA Certification

LTI 508 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues III – (Hazing, ADA, Employment Law)
This course will have in-depth coverage of the issues and strategies related to the development of an effective policy for prevention of hazing in an interscholastic athletics program, coverage of the constitutional and statutory issues affecting athletics programs, including the impact of disabilities legislation on school athletics, and coverage of employment law concerns affecting athletics programs, including contract law, equal pay, and FLSA issues.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking information concerning Hazing and Employment law and the need of exposure to causes for negligence and to legal “Standards of Care”

OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT COURSES

LTI 608 Athletic Administration: Management Strategies and Organization Techniques
The course is designed to inform athletic administrators how to more effectively organize and manage their time, apply time management principles, be more productive and have balance to life. Instruction will focus on 12 key components and strategies, including proven techniques and tips to teach participants how to: Set Goals and Priorities, Plan for Results, Organize for Success, Process Paperwork, Delegate Effectively, Eliminate Time Wasters, Enhance Decision-Making, Make Meetings Productive, Conquer Procrastination, Utilize Technology, Communicate Effectively and Reduce Stress.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators who are not familiar with the pressures and intensity of athletics administration and who could benefit form orientation to time as an administrative resource

LTI 611 Athletic Administration: Interscholastic Athletic Budget Concepts and Supplemental Fundraising
This course of study will provide an overview of accepted budget management practices and strategies. Included will be budget models, timelines, and public relations strategies, including methods for desktop budget management. Four models of supplemental fundraising will be summarized, along with a method for defining the role and function of a booster club. The potential for fundraising through community foundations or educational foundations will be introduced, along with a focused chapter on “Corporate Sponsorship.” An extended reference list will provide a number of Internet websites that can provide information about high return fundraising efforts that require minimal effort.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators desiring to learn to use Microsoft EXCEL and a computer program for budget management, seeking to learn about fund-raising concepts and resources.

LTI 612 Athletic Administration: Technology I – Basic Computer Word and PowerPoint Skills
The course is an excellent resource and a useful tool in the everyday responsibilities of the athletic administrator when making presentations to community groups, booster clubs, boards of education, etc. Attendees will receive basic instruction and procedures in Word and PowerPoint. The hands-on course will offer the athletic administrator an opportunity to actively take part in the presentation of the course. It is highly recommended that attendees obtain or bring a lap top computer with at least Windows 2000 (including PowerPoint) for this class.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking basic computer skills for everyday office operations.

LTI 613 Athletic Administration: Technology II – Excel and Outlook
This course is designed for those who would like to understand the use of Excel and Outlook as office and program management tools. Topics will include email, calendar, folder management, attachments, favorites, advanced searches and Outlook 2000. Additional areas covered in the overview are Mail Merge, creating charts, graphs, forms and documents in Microsoft Excel. The hands-on course will offer the athletic administrator and opportunity to actively take part in the presentation of the course. It is highly recommended that attendees obtain or bring a lap top computer with at least Windows 2000 (including Outlook and Excel) for this class.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking advanced computer skills for everyday office operations

LTI 614 Athletic Administration: Technology III – Net Based Programs
This course provides a sound understanding of what the Internet is and how to use it. Other topics will include email, attachments, favorites, advanced searches and Outlook 2000. Students will also learn how to integrate presentations with the World Wide Web, use Palms, handheld computers and LCD projectors.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking additional technology information to increase understanding of technology and application in the athletic administrator’s daily operation.

LTI 615 Athletic Administration: Athletic Field Management
This course provides athletic administrators with a practical, cost-effective and scientific approach to turf management. Upon completion, administrators will have developed skills and knowledge required to maintain, safe, resilient and attractive fields. The course will help athletic administrators develop long range, operational and assessment plans and a documentation process for outdoor playing surfaces.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators desiring strategies for management and enhancement of existing playing fields or to resolve a persistent turf problem

LTI 616 Athletic Administration: Management of Indoor Physical Plant Assets
This course will consider spectator facilities, special use gymnasia, natatoriums, laundry rooms and locker rooms and the various systems that support them. Mechanical system checklists for use in regular inspections and maintenance programming will be provided. In addition, considerations and issues related to construction and remodeling programs will be discussed.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking guidance concerning management, maintenance and construction or remodeling of sport facilities and methods to enhance customer satisfaction and safety

LTI 617 Athletic Administration: Administration of Interscholastic Sports Medicine Programs
This course will examine the role of the athletic director and other school administrators in supporting and developing the interscholastic sports medicine program within a school or district. In this regard, topic coverage will include: (1) philosophy of sports medicine services; (2) roles and responsibilities of the Certified Athletic Trainer (A.T.C.); (3) roles of other members of the sports medicine team; (4) the high school sports medicine center – specifications and equipment; (5) helping parents, athletes and the general public understand the role of athletic trainers; (6) legal issues and risk management strategies; and (7) contemporary administrative issues and response strategies.

A series of appendices will also be developed to provide athletic directors and athletic trainers with helpful information. These appendices include: (1) physical plant floor plans and photographs; (2) contract format for employment of off-duty emergency response personnel for emergency care; (3) samples of multi-purpose student athlete information card; (4) sample site-specific emergency response plan; (5) a descriptive sports medicine handbook for coaches and parents; (6) position proposal guide for Certified Athletic Trainers in secondary school athletics programs; (7) public presentation power point slides and bullet point lecture to develop for a sports medicine program; and (8) references and resources.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking methods to better support sports medicine programs in high school programs.

LTI 618 Athletic Administration: Management of Interscholastic Athletic Player Equipment
This course will make use of principles, strategies and best practices for fitting, adjusting, managing, reconditioning and maintaining athletic apparel, footwear and protective equipment. All methods and techniques discussed will be drawn from American Equipment Managers Association standards and practices.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators who are inexperienced with techniques and methods for maintenance of competitive player equipment

LTI 619 Athletic Administration: The Power of Curb Appeal
The power of curb appeal is highlighted in this course. Visitors to a school often form an opinion of the school and community based on first impressions of the appearance of the facilities. This course discusses the power of curb appeal and how communication can enhance curb appeal. Strategies and methods are provided for maintaining structures and facilities as well as a comprehensive and thorough study of “Best Turf Field Maintenance Practices” as well as “Best Operational Management Practices.”

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking techniques and methods to enhance public confidence in the administrator’s ability to maintain athletic facilities and to project a positive image to the community

LTI 625 Athletic Administration: Management of Game and Event Announcing
This course is designed to assist the athletic administrator in understanding his/her role in managing the public address program for athletic contests. Topics include the role of the athletic administrator and announcer, announcing guidelines for addressing emergency situations, security situations, and unsportsmanlike situations, pre-game, during contest and post game announcements; halftimes; preparing student announcers and understanding sound systems. Attendees will receive announcing guidelines endorsed by the NIAAA, NAIA and the NJCAA. A CD addresses key issues regarding public address announcing and demonstrates proper and improper announcements.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators interested in using contest announcement techniques to project a positive image, to assist in maintaining high standards of sportsmanship and spectator safety

LEADERSHIP COURSES

LTI 700 Athletic Administration: Administration of Middle School Athletic Programs
This course will provide insights and strategies for the development and leadership of developmentally sound and educationally compatible middle school athletic programs. A model will be defined for making the transition from physical education and intramurals to interscholastic athletics in the context of the readiness of the athlete. Other topics will include: Instructional considerations, communications techniques, program evaluations and the relationship of middle school athletic programs to high school and private sector competition.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Athletic Administrators and coaches with limited perspective of the role of middle school sports and the developmental needs of the middle school students.

LTI 701 Athletic Administration: Administration and Application of Middle School Athletic Programs
This course will provide strategies for the development of middle school athletic programs and will concentrate on the role of the middle school coach and coaching principles. Middle level athletics is an essential part of the total educational process and an excellent opportunity for the home, school and community to work together in order to provide a positive educational experience for middle level children.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to develop student leadership and school citizenship programs as well as implementing leadership strategies among coaches.

LTI 703 Athletic Administration: Citizenship Through Sports and Fine Arts
The course exposes the individual to the positive values that can be taught through athletic/activity participation, utilizing the NFHS Citizenship Through Sports and Fine Arts Initiative. This interactive course will provide the necessary tools to implement a citizenship initiative within your own school and community.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to develop student leadership and school citizenship programs as well as implementing leadership strategies among coaches

LTI 705 Athletic Administration: Innovative Methods of Mentoring and Problem Solving
This course is designed to expose the individual to the basic principles of coach-to-coach mentoring programs. Participants will compare mentoring models to become familiar with key behaviors to practice and to avoid in the establishment of an effective mentoring program. Mentoring is an attitude, relationship and investment, with a mutual understanding of responsibilities for both mentor and mentee. Athletic administrators will learn how to establish, supervise and maximize coach-to-coach—mentor to mentee, mentoring programs.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking methods and strategies for mentoring coaches and other colleagues with a wide range of personal motivations.

LTI 707 Athletic Administration: Assessment of Interscholastic Athletic Programs and Personnel
This course examines a philosophic rationale and a variety of methods that may be used to assess athletic programs and personnel. The goals of this program are to improve the performance of athletic coaches and other athletic department personnel, improvement of program operations and improvement of satisfaction among players, parents and employees. A central theme is to encourage assessment of needs, interests and opinions that can enhance goal setting and planning priorities. The course will examine a philosophic rational for assessment in high school sport programs, discuss basic statistical concepts, focus on Affective Assessment, describe various Personnel Assessment methods and concepts and details various Program Assessment techniques.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators with no background in personnel and program assessment and administrators seeking templates for assessment

LTI 709 Athletic Administration: Communications, Leadership and Decision-Making Concepts, Methods and Applications For Athletic Administrators

LTI 709 examines relevant strategies and principles that can be used to enhance the skills of athletic administrators in communications, leadership and decision-making. An ultimate goal of this course is to enhance high school athletic programs and their educational purposes through the use of assessment data.
The course is divided into three sections, each focused on one of the three major topic areas. In this regard, detailed concepts, materials and strategies for enhancement of skills and abilities are provided. Appendices provide relevant materials, instruments and assessment procedures that support text materials and principles.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators who are not familiar with the effect of personal preferences on communications leadership and decision making styles

LTI 710 Athletic Administration: Current Issues in American Sports
A panel of secondary level athletic administrators and outside experts will lead small group discussions of important issues and effective response strategies for 3-5 topics of contemporary issues selected annually. The topics will be examined by using a moderator to guide the discussion and cover certain aspects of the topic. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion. The instructional format of the course will consist of lecture, seminar discussion and audience interaction.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking discussion of current issues and problem resolution strategies.

LTI 714 Athletic Administration: Dealing With Challenging Personalities
This course will examine the causes of challenging or difficult personalities in society, with specific reference to high school athletic programs. Basic management strategies will include the use of emotional intelligence and transactional analysis considerations and methods. Specific protocols will be defined for dealing with individuals who “must be right,” “must win,” “must be logical” and “must be accepted.” In addition, techniques will be covered for preventing or responding to anger, sarcasm, denigration, complainers and backbiters and rigid-obstinate personalities. A model will also be discussed for creative interaction with parents who demand involvement in athletic department decision-making or who seek to influence the decisions of senior administrators.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to understand the role of human personality in defining a challenging personality or behavior and seeking strategies for dealing with extremely aggressive, rigid, sarcastic passive or condescending personalities.

LTI 720 Athletic Administration: Character and Coaching
For your school’s athletic program to be truly character-based, it is essential that the school’s stakeholders (athletic director, principal, superintendent, school board and parents) act on the established core virtues in the mission statement of the athletic department. When professional stakeholders walk the talk, their actions speak volumes to the student athletes and community at large. This course provides administrators with a “full stakeholder” approach to make the athletic department mission come alive on the athletic field. The course is interactive, has useful activities and provides the administrator with a template ready to use in their schools.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking innovative methods in developing character and leadership skills with high school athletic stakeholders

LTI 723 Athletic Administration: Administration of Professional Growth Programs For Interscholastic Athletics Personnel
Since enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, the number of high school sports programs has increased geometrically. This pattern of growth has created an ever-increasing demand for trained coaches at tall levels of high school and middle school competition. While the term “trained” may be defined variously, legal definitions, court cases and professional standards of care have clearly identified various competencies and performance expectations for coaches. In courts, these standards have placed increased responsibilities on athletics directors. First, is an obligation to carefully screen candidates for coaching positions carefully during the hiring process. Second, is the responsibility to provide in-service training opportunities to ensure that all coaches are prepared for their work with children of variable skill and maturity levels.

These obligations are so important that NIAAA Leadership Training Course 504, Legal Issues and Strategies has identified 14 legal duties that describe those requisite competencies in detail. The 14th and final duty or moral obligation places direct responsibility for the hiring and training of coaches on the athletics director and other administrators who may be linked to the hiring process.

Topic Coverage includes:
a. a philosophic overview and rational for ongoing professional growth training for athletic department personnel.
b. Various methods currently used to deliver state of the art information to athletics department personnel at relatively low cost.
c. Incentives that can be extended to coaches and other athletics department personnel to encourage their ongoing participation in professional growth and development activities
d. Of various resources for training and instruction of high school and middle school coaches
e. Samples of curriculum taught via the Internet and other methods.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to provide in-service training opportunities to ensure that all coaches are prepared for their work with children of variable skill and maturity levels.

LTI 724 Athletic Administration: Stress Management Methods, Techniques and Systems
The demands of high intensity daily work, evening and weekend supervision requirements, demanding public expectations, challenging interactions and limited resources place the athletics director in a stressful position. Needed are ways of intervening stress, managing its onset and using proven methods for reducing its impact.

Stress will ALWAYS be present. Our perceptions of it determine the way we react and also help define the methods we choose to intervene. Because of the individual nature of perception and preferred response this course will provide an overview of individual methods (breathing control, muscle relaxation and mindfulness) along with systems drawn both from conventional Western medical practices and Eastern alternative or complementary medicine. In the latter area, an introduction to Yoga/Meditation, Tai Chi, Ai Chi, Acupuncture and Healing Touch will be used to complement the more traditional pain and stress management practices.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking new concepts, methods and additional strategies for dealing with stress in their daily activities.

LTI 790 Athletic Administration: Leadership Training Instructional Methods and Techniques
This course is designed to provide instructors with an awareness of the expectations that are placed upon them in presenting LTP courses. The course examines teaching and learning styles and provides strategies for instructors to use in teaching LTP courses. It provides for interaction between current national faculty instructors and potential LTP instructors in the exchange of ideas used in the successful implementation of courses. To instruct any LTP course, one must complete LTC 501, LTC 590 and the course that one will be instructing. Only National Conference Presentation Faculty is permitted to teach 590.

Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to become instructors in the Leadership Training Program

LTI 799 Athletic Administration: Standards of Excellence in Interscholastic Athletic Programs
Leadership Training Course 799 has two purposes and potential benefits for high school athletics directors.

For newly or recently appointed directors, the course provides an overview of eleven NIAAA Leadership Training Courses (LTCs) including key concepts, strategies and best practices. Whether working to improve a program or looking for long range planning guidance, this overview of eleven NIAAA course components can be of value. At the close of each of the nine chapters contained in the course manual, other LTCs are cited wherein an athletics director can derive more detailed information on a particular topic addressed within each 799 chapter.

For more experienced directors, the same planning and guidance benefits can be derived. However, an additional benefit and incentive can be realized by seeking NIAAA and NASPE Recognition of Program Excellence in one of three categories (Meritorious, Distinguished and Exemplary). For this purpose, the course provides an assessment instrument that describes in detail important components of an educationally sound interscholastic athletics program

Note 1: * Those individuals who successfully complete LTI 501 and LTI 504 and are NIAAA members automatically receive an additional one million dollars of excess liability insurance coverage (a total of two million dollars in excess liability coverage).

Note 2: To instruct any LTI course, one must complete LTI 501, LTI 790 and the course which one will be instructing.

 

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