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The 2017 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 5-8, 2017. The 37th 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 504, LTC 506, LTC 510 and LTC 707 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, 2017 to guarantee rate. The hotel may sell out before that time so make your reservations early. The Best Western Coral Hills 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. Ron McBride, former Head Coach of the University of Utah football team will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. Two LTI Courses, LTC 503 and LTC 510, will be offered in Utah for the first time. The Thursday lineup of workshops includes: Character Development with Service Learning, Promoting the positives in Your Regions and School. Also a new workshop Saturday – Female Athletic Administrators. Attendees will not want to miss the Conference Luncheon on Saturday, April 16, 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. Also new this year is a change in the Vendor show. The times this year will be 3:30-6:00pm on Thursday and 12:00-5:15pm Friday. The will be a big screen TV given away in the Vendor Hall @ 5:45pm on Thursday.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The UIAAA will host a golf tournament at 7:00 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017. 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 6, 2017 @ 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.

Many Leadership Training Courses will be offered on Wednesday evening, Thursday morning before the official beginning of the conference. Notice two of the course are NEW and the other three were revised in 2016. The cost for each course is $106 if paid registration is before January 5, 2017. 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]

LTC 504 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues I (Liability for Sports Injuries and Risk Management): 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 liability for sports injuries, including the duties imposed by courts and legislatures on athletics administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, and other athletics personnel related to safeguarding the health and well-being of student-athletes and other persons in school sports environments, along with strategies for developing, implementing, and documenting an effective risk management program for interscholastic athletics. Required for: CAA, RMSAA and CMAA Certification [Revised 2016]

LTC 506 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues II (Title IX and Sexual Harassment): This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards regarding Title IX compliance and gender equity assurance for interscholastic athletics programs, including the methodology for a school to perform a Title IX self-audit in order to proactively identify problem areas and necessary corrective actions to satisfy all applicable Title IX legal mandates, along with extensive coverage of the legal standards governing sexual harassment and sexual violence in school sports programs and strategies for developing, implementing, and documenting an effective anti-sexual harassment policy. Required for: CAA and 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]

LTC 707 Improvement of Athletic Programs and Personnel Through Assessment: This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course examines a philosophical rationale and a variety of methods that may be used to assess athletic programs and personnel. The goals of this course are to improve the performance of athletic coaches and other athletic department personnel of program operations and improvement satisfaction among, players, parents, and employees. The central theme is to encourage assessment of needs, interests and opinions that can enhance goal setting and planning priorities. Comprehensive descriptions of skill, knowledge and supervision requirements for the direction, recruitment, interviewing and hiring of high school coaches will be reviewed. Criteria used to evaluate coaches will be scrutinized. [Revised 2016]

Program Format and CHANGES for this Year’s Conference – The UIAAA is announcing 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) had been the process since 2013. The 2017 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 cost of the conference is $250. However, there is an early registration available that closes January 5, 2017. Early Registration cost is discounted at $225. Late Registration, (registrations after March 5, 2017) 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 @ 5:15 p.m. on Friday, April 6th at the Abbey Inn! Ron McBride will be the keynote speaker.

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

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 2 years. There will still be a drawing for those that fill in their evaluations on line during the luncheon.

As mentioned earlier, there will be no vendor show on Saturday morning. It has been moved to Thursday afternoon. New to the Thursday Vendor show will be the 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. Timpview looks to defend its two-year title in this year’s tournament.

Conference Registration – Conference registration will be handled entirely online this year. Please remember that after March 5, 2016 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, there will be more time for networking with fellow athletic administrators between sessions and at the conference generally. The conference registration fee is $250 this year, along with $116 for LTC Courses, $62 for Golf, $46 for guests. As mentioned earlier, there is an early bird registration that closes January 5, 2017. All costs are discounted before January 5th. After March 5, 2017 all costs will increase for late registration.

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.

jamie-sheetzJamie Sheetz, CAA
President UIAAA