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The 2019 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 10-13, 2019. The 39th 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 705, LTC 709 and LTC 710-A 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 $113 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 9, 2019 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. Phil Rison, CMAA, Associate Executive Director of the NIAAA will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. LTI Courses 705 and LTI 710-A will be offered in Utah for the first time. There is a continuation in the change in format from last 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. There will be a big screen TV given away in the Vendor Hall @ 5:55pm on Thursday. New this year is the “Talking and Trading – Key Issues Discussion” for large schools and small schools on Thursday afternoon. Attendees will not want to miss the Conference Luncheon on Saturday, April 13, 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 12, 2019. 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. This year, the golf tournament is a separate registration from the conference. To register for the Golf Tournament click here.

UIAAA FUNCTIONS – The CAA Examination will once again be offered at the state conference and will be administered Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 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. The cost for each course is $116, $106 if paid during early bird registration ends January 5, 2019. Below is a list of the courses offered. This year, the Leadership Training Course registration is separate from the conference registration. To register for the Leadership Training Courses click here.

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 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: RMSAA, CAA and CMAA Certification

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

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. Character based coach to coach mentoring programs utilize the talents, strengths and qualities of the entire team of coaches to maximize the potential of the coaching staff. Mentoring is an attitude, a relationship and an investment which provides coaches the opportunity to support and nurture each other professionally, personally and ethically. This course will highlight mentoring models that demonstrate key behaviors to implement when establishing an effective mentoring program. It will also provide athletic administrators strategies and methods to develop and enhance successful coach to coach mentoring programs.

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course examines relevant strategies and principles that can be used to enhance the skills of athletic administrators in communications. This course is focused on Communications concepts. Materials and strategies for the enhancement for communication skills are provided. Appendices provide relevant materials that support text materials and principles.

This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. (Dealing with Parents, Ath.Dir. Burnout, Ethics & Media Relations, Retaining Coaches, Technology). A panel of secondary level athletic administrators and outside experts will lead small-group discussions of important issues and effective response strategies for 3 topics of contemporary issues selected to be presented 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.

* Any student registering for LTC classes MUST be in attendance within the first 15 minutes of class to receive credit. If a student is not in attendance by the 15 minute mark, no credit will be given for the class as per NIAAA rules.


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 2019 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: https://uiaaa.finalforms-amp.com/events.  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, 2019. 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, 2019. Early Registration cost is discounted at $225. Late Registration, (registrations after March 5, 2019) 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 12, 2019 at the Abbey Inn! Phil Rison 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 4 years. There will still be a drawing for those that fill in their evaluations on line during the luncheon.

For the second 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 third 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, 2019, the registration costs will increase. This information will not be mailed this year. The registration link is: CLICK HERE FOR 2019 UIAAA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM


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, $44 for guests. As mentioned earlier, there is an early bird registration that closes January 5, 2019. All costs are discounted before January 5, 2019. After March 5, 2019 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.

Trever Wilson, CMAA
President UIAAA


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