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The 2020 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 15-18, 2019. The 40th 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 703, LTC 706 and LTC 715 before the beginning of the conference.

CONFERENCE 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 13, 2020 to guarantee rate. The hotel may sell out before that time so make your reservations early. The Best Western Coral Hills may 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. Darryl Nance, CMAA, Former President of the NIAAA (2010) from South Carolina will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. LTI Courses 703, 706 and 715 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 12:00-1:00pm, and the Vendor show from 1:00-6:00pm. There will be a big screen TV given away in the Vendor Hall at 5:55pm on Thursday. There will be three drawing times, 3:00pm, 4:30pm and 5:45pm. This year the “Talking and Trading – Key Issues Discussion” for large schools and small schools will be held Friday morning for those of you that are not participating in the healthy lifestyles activities. Attendees will not want to miss the Conference Luncheon on Saturday, April 18, 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 17, 2020. 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 $62 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 16, 2020 at 6:30pm. 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 $102. 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.

LTC 508 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues III (Hazing, Constitutional Law, Disabilities Law, & Employment & Labor Law)
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

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. Required for CMAA certification

LTC 703 Athletic Administration: Student Centered Educational Athletics Performance Beyond the X’s and O’s
This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This student-centered program will provide learning experiences for student athletes beyond the X’s and O’s. This course will support a value-based curriculum that will demonstrate model behaviors and qualities that students should emulate both in and out of the athletic arena. Teachable moments beyond the classroom—center court, centerfield or center ice—provide the opportunity to promote and maximize the achievement of these educational goals and life skills. This course will provide the necessary strategies, methods and resources to implement this initiative within your own school.

LTC 706 Athletic Administration: Coaching Coaches to be Leadership Educators
This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE. This course will examine the training, preparation, and guiding of coaches. Understanding the inherent tasks related to education-based athletics is an ongoing role and responsibility of the athletic administrator. The athletic administrator will be better prepared to integrate new learning opportunities for coaches. Through the nurturing of suggested knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes, enrollees in this course will be better empowered as athletic administrator to deal with the constant turnover and training of coaches that can demand much of the administrator’s time. [NEW 2019]

LTC 715 Athletic Administration: Appropriate Professional Boundaries: Identifying, Implementing and Maintaining
This is a separate leadership class AND IS NOT PART OF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE.This course will assist in identifying professional boundary awareness as it relates to interaction between student and educator. It examines and describes several categories of boundary issues and attempts to create a pathway to a proactive approach for the school administrator to formulate a professional Code of Conduct. Several examples of legal statues and reporting mandates that all school employees should become familiar with will be examined. The course will provide guidance in developing educational responsibilities by offering suggested training mandates and reporting rules. Identifying roles of victims, offenders and bystanders will be defined. Examples and best practice techniques in developing useful social media policies will be discussed.

* 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 2020 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.  You must login to your UIAAA Amp account and then click events.


The cost of the conference is $130. (You must be a UIAAA member to attend the conference) Late Registration, (registrations after February 29, 2020) is $160.

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 at 5:20pm on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Abbey Inn. Darryl Nance, CMAA 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 9:55-10:20am. 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.

In keeping with the last 6 years, the conference 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 6 years. There will still be a drawing for those that fill in their evaluations on line during the luncheon.

For the third 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 1:00-6:00pm. For the fourth 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 7:30-9:00pm after the banquet at the Abbey Inn. You will need a ticket from Varsity News Network to attend this event. 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. There is no cost!

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – Conference registration will be handled online this year. Please remember that after February 29, 2020, the registration costs will increase with late fees. This information will not be mailed this year. The registration link is: CLICK HERE FOR 2020 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 $130, (You must be a UIAAA members to attend the conference), along with $102 for LTC Courses, $62 for Golf, $43 for guests. After February 29, 2020 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.

Ryan Grunig, CAA
President UIAAA


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