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The 2018 State Athletic Directors Conference

The Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association is excited to once again bring the State Conference to St. George, Utah. The dates for this year’s conference are April 18-21, 2018. The 38th annual conference will host over 300 athletic administrators, spouses, guests and exhibitors. All Athletic Directors, Principals, Assistant Principals, and Athletic Administrators with responsibilities for athletics and activities are invited and encouraged to attend. The UIAAA is also offering LTC 503, LTC 508, LTC 510, LTC 608, LTC 721 and LTC 726 before the beginning of the conference.

best western abbey innCONFERENCE SITE – The conference will be held at the Best Western Plus Abbey Inn, 1129 South Bluff St., St. George, Utah, 84770. The Abbey has one of the largest convention areas in St. George. Rates are $109 for one, two, three or four persons. Reservations may be requested and confirmed by phoning (1-435-652-1234), writing, or faxing (1-435-652-5950) any clerk. To receive these rates you must mention that you are a member of the UIAAA. Reservations must be made by March 12, 2018 to guarantee rate. The hotel may sell out before that time so make your reservations early. The Hampton Inn St. George (435) 652-1200 will accept overflow reservations.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS – The UIAAA and its Athletic Directors Executive Committee are pleased to present an outstanding cast of featured speakers this year, along with a wide variety of workshop topics. Tony Ingle, former Head Coach of the Brigham Young basketball team will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. LTI Course 726 will be offered in Utah for the first time. LTI Courses 510 and 503 will be offered in Utah for only the second time. There is a major change in format this year. At the request of most of the vendors and many athletic administrators, the Thursday lineup will include: LTI courses Thursday morning from 8:00am-12:00pm, the new AD appreciation BBQ/Lunch from 12:00-1:00 pm, and the Vendor show from 1:00-6:00 pm. The vender show will be one day this year rather that two 2.5 hour sessions on two days. There will be a big screen TV given away in the Vendor Hall @ 5:55pm on Thursday Attendees will not want to miss the Conference Luncheon on Saturday, April 21, when the UIAAA will honor five deserving individuals with awards. The various workshop topics are listed under the tentative conference agenda found on the UIAAA website.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The UIAAA will host a golf tournament at 7:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018. Jostens is once again generously sponsoring the tournament, which will be held at Sunbrook Golf Course. The 7:00 a.m. shotgun start time is the same time as last year. The cost is $58 per person including cart.

UIAAA FUNCTIONS – The CAA Examination will once again be offered at the state conference and will be administered Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m. Information about the CAA examination, including the steps to qualify, cost, and a study guide, can be obtained at the NIAAA website (niaaa.org). An administrator must have successfully completed LTC 501, LTC 502, LTC 504 and LTC 506 as part of the requirement to qualify to become a CAA. Athletic Administrators are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to become a Certified Athletic Administrator while attending this year’s conference. As mentioned previously, there is a CAA examination review being held right before the test on Thursday evening.

Six Leadership Training Courses will be offered on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning before the official beginning of the conference. Notice one of the courses is NEW in 2016, one in 2017 and two were revised in 2016. The cost for each course is $116, $106 if paid registration is before January 5, 2018. Below is a list of the courses offered.

LTC 503 Athletic Administration: Enhancing Organization Management
This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course is a companion course to Strategies for Organization Management and outlines an approach to the fundamentals and methods of athletic administration and alerts and educates athletic administrators regarding potential problems and possible solutions in areas such as special events, public relations, awards, fundraising and Booster Clubs. The course also touches upon ways to increase or improve citizenship and sportsmanship through positive initiatives. Athletic Administrators will have a hands-on experience creating handbooks and a strategic plan for their school. [NEW 2016] Required for: CAA Certification January 1, 2019.

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards governing hazing in interscholastic athletics programs and strategies for developing, implementing, and documenting an effective anti-hazing policy, along with extensive coverage of the constitutional rights of student-athletes that must be respected by schools when sanctioning athletes for misconduct, the impact of federal disabilities legislation on school sports programs, and the employment and labor law issues related to the administration of interscholastic athletics programs, in particular the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Required for: CMAA Certification [Revised 2016].

LTC 510 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues IV (Social Media, Transgender Participation, Event Management & Security, Pregnant & Parenting Student-Athletes, & Intellectual Property)
This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards governing the authority of schools to sanction student athletes and athletics personnel for misuse of electronic communications tools and inappropriate postings on social media, including strategies for developing and implementing effective social media policies, along with extensive coverage of the legal mandates imposed by courts and legislatures related to event management and security, legal issues regarding the participation by transgender students in school sports programs, the rights of pregnant and parenting student-athletes that must be respected by interscholastic athletics programs, and the intellectual property issues related to schools sports nicknames, logos, and mascots. [New 2016] Required for: CMAA Certification January 1, 2019.

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This 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 from orientation to time as an administrative resource.

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. In this course students will learn to implement appropriate strategies and techniques, designed to create a positive, productive learning environment, which will support a system that encourages character and self-discipline and sportsmanship. This class will provide opportunities for self-assessment and reflection in regards to prior performance. In addition, students will participate in class discussions, and activities which will increase their knowledge and skills of the effective components of successful character, citizenship and sportsmanship to share with their students, coaches, parents and communities.

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. Student Leadership Development is an essential component to any successful education-based athletic program. Numerous ways to actively develop leaders in your local school and at the state level will be covered. Topics also include” captains council, student leadership workshops, service learning, and local and statewide student summits. The society in which we live is ever-changing and so are our student-athletes resulting in a necessity to evolve in finding new ways to teach and challenge students to be the next generation of leaders. Enrollees that will derive the greatest benefit include educators who see ideas and materials to help develop student leadership in their respective school, state and nation. [New 2017]

Program Format and CHANGES for this Year’s Conference – The UIAAA is continuing the capability to pay for your conference registration online with a credit card, as an option. As has been the process since 1980, your registration may also be paid for by check. Registration online (no paper) has been the process since 2013. The 2018 conference registration will be handled electronically online, and registration is complete when a check paying for your registration is received by the UIAAA or you choose the credit card method. The registration link is: REGISTRATION LINK.  Please note that in order to receive the early registration price, your online registration and check (If that is the method you choose for payment) must be received in the UIAAA office by January 5, 2018. If you register before the 5th and choose to pay after that date, you will be charged the regular conference fee.


The cost of the conference is $250. However, there is an early registration available that closes January 5, 2018. Early Registration cost is discounted at $225. Late Registration, (registrations after March 5, 2018) is $275.

The UIAAA is excited to again host the conference at the Best Western Plus Abbey Inn. Once you register on-line, you will receive an immediate confirmation document. The first general session will begin this year @ 5:20 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Abbey Inn! Tony Ingle will be the keynote speaker.

Due to the number of registrants, conference gifts (clothing item) will be distributed after the banquet on Friday, or on Saturday at the UIAAA registration desk between 9:55-10:20 am. This is the only time the gifts will be distributed, and you will receive a ticket for your conference gift with your registration materials. You must include your size on the registration form.

At this year’s conference, the evaluations will be gathered on line through google docs. The use of smart phones and tablets/iPads will make this easy to complete at the luncheon. This is the same process that was used successfully the last 3 years. There will still be a drawing for those that fill in their evaluations on line during the luncheon.

For the first time, the UIAAA will be offering 6 six instead of 5 LTI courses before the conference. Three courses will be offered Wednesday night and 3 additional courses Thursday morning. As mentioned earlier, there will be no vendor show on Friday or Saturday. It has been moved entirely to Thursday afternoon from 1:00-6:00 pm. For the second year, the Thursday Vendor show will have a drawing for a big screen TV Thursday.

This year the UIAAA will continue the successful Ice Cream Social and Baggo tournament Friday evening from 7:30–9:00 after the banquet at the Abbey Inn. You will need a ticket from Varsity News Network to attend this event. For the first time, you will be asked on the registration form if you would like to enter the Baggo tournament. Brackets will be made before the conference with room for teams at the social

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – Conference registration will be handled entirely online this year. Please remember that after March 5, 2018, the registration costs will increase. This information will not be mailed this year.


The conference has seven workshops. LTI courses will again be offered Wednesday night and Thursday morning. As per the conference evaluations, the vendor show will be one day, Thursday, and there will be more time for networking with fellow athletic administrators between sessions. The conference registration fee is $250 this year, along with $116 for LTC Courses, $63 for Golf, $41 for guests. As mentioned earlier, there is an early bird registration that closes January 5, 2018. All costs are discounted before January 5, 2018. After March 5, 2018 all costs will increase for late registration. The conference fee includes the following:

The conference fee includes the following:
– Registration gift
– Attendance at 7 workshops
– Attendance at 2 general sessions
– Banquet Ticket
– Luncheon Ticket
– Vendor Trade Show
– $1,000,000 additional liability insurance while performing the duties of an athletic administrator (an additional $1,000,000 for those who have taken LTI 501 and LTI 504)
– Breakfast if registered at the Abbey Inn
– $2500 term life insurance
– NIAAA Membership if not previously paid
– Opportunities to request games wanted through the UIAAA website and email network
– State Door Prize Drawing Ticket
– UIAAA Membership if not previously paid
– Opportunities to advertise coaches opening through the UIAAA website and email network
– Attendee’s name badge
– Vendor Drawing Ticket
– Opportunity to win 2 big screen TV’s during drawings
– The IAA, a quarterly professional journal written by and for athletic administrators
– Voting privileges at the UIAAA Annual Business Meeting
– Opportunities to serve on national and state committees.

The spouse/guest registration fee includes spouse name badge for the vendor hall, luncheon ticket and a banquet ticket.

The UIAAA Board of Directors and the Athletic Directors Executive Committee thank you for your continued membership and support at our State Conference. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mike Hunter, CAA
President UIAAA


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