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NIAAA's Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration eBook

NIAAA's Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration eBook

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    NIAAA's Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration presents a wealth of information and insights from experienced athletic directors across the United States. This comprehensive resource covers leadership, operations, financial and facilities management, and other chief administrative responsibilities to help readers better understand the athletic director's multifaceted role.

    NIAAA's Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration was developed under the direction of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), the trusted authority for excellence in administration of high school sports. This guidebook features the best practices in high school athletic administration to assist both aspiring and practicing athletic directors in meeting the demands of the job. General guidelines and background knowledge are complemented by specific strategies and techniques. Each chapter offers examples of how to solve common problems, and sidebars highlight creative solutions employed by exemplary high school athletic directors.

    This text features guidance and multidisciplinary information on handling some of the toughest parts of the job. A chapter on personnel management discusses mentoring and evaluation systems to assist with the growth and development of staff, and a technology chapter offers specific recommendations of tools to help athletic directors operate more effectively and efficiently. A chapter on legal and safety concerns outlines concrete measures that administrators can take to prevent mishaps and protect their schools and staff from liability. Readers will also learn how to manage a budget and find creative alternatives to get the most out of available funds.

    Based on extensive research conducted by the editors, this text confronts several challenges facing contemporary high school sport administrators:

    • Providing comprehensive professional preparation for athletic director candidates and continuing education for today's athletic directors
    • Aligning the goals of education-based athletic programs and the conduct of coaches, athletes, and parents engaged in the program to the educational mission of the school, district, state, and national governing organizations
    • Ensuring ongoing education in vital areas including student citizenship, staff support, safety, risk management, and budget preparation
    • Making consistent efforts to provide equitable opportunities for participation and accommodate the abilities and interests of all student-athletes

    The position of interscholastic athletic administrator is rapidly becoming one of the most challenging positions in any school as these professionals are asked to do more with less. Given proper education, tools, and goals, NIAAA recognizes the pivotal role an athletic administrator can have in enriching the school culture and experiences of participating athletes, parents, and coaches. NIAAA's Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administrationprovides fundamental knowledge guided by sound educational practices to enable athletic administrators to execute their daily duties with competence and confidence.


    Reference for high school athletic directors; textbook and reference for sport administration students.

    Table of Contents


    Introduction. Challenges in Today’s Interscholastic Sport Administration
    Eric Forsyth, CAA, John Olson, CMAA
    Initial Field Research of Contemporary Issues
    Initial Research Findings and Commentary on Current Issues in High School Athletics

    Part I. Leadership Orientation

    Chapter 1. Professional Foundations
    Bruce Whitehead,CMAA, Dr. Mike Blackburn, CMAA
    Education Based Athletics
    Association With Academic Achievement
    Contributor to Future Success
    Origin and Framework of Interscholastic Athletics
    Profile of the Athletic Administrator Position
    Professional Preparation for the Athletic Administrator Position
    Design of the Athletic Program

    Chapter 2. Guiding Personal Philosophy
    Dr. David Hoch, CMAA
    Benchmarks Beyond Winning
    Decision Making
    Change and Flexibility
    Educating Others
    Ethics and Integrity
    Personal Care
    Continual Professional Development
    Authority Versus Power
    The Hurdle of Friendship

    Chapter 3. Communication and Accessibility
    Warren L. Hagman, CMAA
    Effective Communication
    Composure in Communication
    Communications With Members of the School Community
    Perfecting Communication Skills

    Chapter 4. Personnel Management
    Dr. David Hoch, CMAA
    Recruiting, Interviewing, and Hiring
    Evaluating Coaches
    Terminating Staff
    Keeping Records
    Managing Adjunct Staff

    Chapter 5. Student-Athlete Development
    Sheri Stice, CMAA
    Player Management
    Building Successful Programs

    Chapter 6. Program Management
    Bill Bowers, CMAA
    Design of the Athletic Program
    Goals and Objectives
    Performance Assessments
    Strategic Plan

    Part II. Operational Process

    Chapter 7. Allied Educational Services
    Kim Chorosiewski, CMAA
    Allied Services Programs
    Student Health Services
    Sports Medicine Program
    Strength and Conditioning Program
    Role of Nutrition in Student Health
    Academic Support and Precollege Counseling

    Chapter 8. Scheduling Considerations
    Steve Berseth, CMAA
    Steve Berseth, CMAA
    Contest and Event Scheduling
    Facility Scheduling
    Scheduling Contest Officials
    Commercial Scheduling Programs and Products

    Chapter 9. Transportation
    Tim Graham, CMAA
    Travel Scheduling
    Transportation Options
    Safety Regulations and Recommendations
    Budget Management

    Chapter 10. Technology
    Roy Turner, CMAA
    Professional Development
    Office Productivity
    Personal Professional Productivity
    Marketing and Promotions
    Athletic Performance and Competition

    Chapter 11. Contest Management
    Gary Stevens, CMAA
    Contest Staff Management and Duties
    Game Management
    Emergency and Security Issues

    Chapter 12. Legal and Safety Concerns
    Lee Green, JD
    Sports Injury Liability
    Title IX Compliance
    Constitutional and Civil Rights of Student-Athletes
    Hazing and Bullying in Athletic Programs
    Sexual Harassment in Athletic Programs

    Part III. Financial Matters

    Chapter 13. Marketing and Fund-Raising
    Bob Buckanavage
    Nontraditional Marketing
    Relationship Marketing
    Interscholastic Sport Marketing Process
    Booster Clubs
    Corporate Sponsorships
    Educational Foundations and Fund-Raising

    Chapter 14. Budgeting and Purchasing
    John Evers, CMAA
    Budgeting Process

    Part IV. Physical Assets

    Chapter 15. Equipment
    Joni Pabst, CAA
    Equipment Management
    Rotation Plans for Uniforms and Consumable Playing Equipment
    Equipment Repair and Reconditioning
    Inventory Control
    Care of Equipment and Uniforms

    Chapter 16. Facilities
    Carter Wilson, CMAA
    Physical Plant
    Permanent Equipment
    Building Renovation Versus New Construction
    Current Athletic Facility Trends
    Athletic Master Plan

    Closing. Priority Issues Ahead in Interscholastic Sports
    Eric Forsyth, CAA, John Olson, CMAA
    Specialization by Athletes
    Budget, Finance, and Resource Shortfall
    Effect of Fees on Participation Stability
    Electronic Social Networking
    Quality of Coaches and Continuing Education

    About the Editors

    About the Author

    Michael L. Blackburn, PhD, CMAA, is the associate executive director for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blackburn regularly communicates with athletic administrators nationwide to stay current on the challenges and needs in the field. He has published more than 200 articles and editorials in NIAAA’s Interscholastic Athletic Administration as well as in other print and electronic professional magazines, newspapers, and newsletters. Blackburn served for nearly 30 years as an athletic administrator and also an assistant principal.

    Eric Forsyth, PhD, CAA, is a professor at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He is a founding author of the interscholastic athletic administration graduate curriculum standards endorsed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the NIAAA. He also served as a consultant in the development of a new leadership training course pertaining to interscholastic sport corporate sponsorships. He is coauthor of a chapter on interscholastic sports in the textbook Contemporary Sport Management, Fourth Edition.

    John R. Olson, PhD, CMAA, is an adjunct faculty member in sport administration at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He also spent seven years as an instructor in coaching, sport administration, and program administration at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Olson has 40 years of public education experience in coaching, sport administration, school administration, and school district administration. He is the author of two undergraduate textbooks on sport administration, numerous professional journal articles, and 17 NIAAA leadership training courses.

    Bruce D. Whitehead, CMAA, is executive director of the NIAAA. He has been involved in interscholastic athletics for nearly 45 years as a coach, official, athletic administrator, and leader of athletic administrator organizations at state and national levels. He was a 25-year athletic administrator, and became a certified master athletic administrator in 2001. He has served as a university adjunct professor at two universities. He has served the NIAAA as a conference presenter, author of articles, instructor in the Leaderhsip Training Institute, and LTI course coauthor.

    Steve Berseth, CMAA, retired after 39 years in education, 19 of which was as athletic administrator at Brookings High School in Brookings, South Dakota. He spent his entire career with the Brookings School District. Berseth, who served the NIAAA Board of Directors, was also chair of the Certification Committee, and a member of the NIAAA 1st Strategic Planning Committee.

    Bob Buchanavage, has been Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association for the past 24 years. He served 35 years in public education, 23 years as the athletic administrator at Pennsbury School District located in Fallsington, Pennsylvania. Buchanavage was Chairman of the National Executive Directors Council and was inducted into the NIAAA Hall of Fame.

    Bill Bowers, CMAA, served as an athletic administrator for 19 of his 41 years in educational leadership. His longest reign as director of athletics was at Springfield High School in Springfield, Oregon. Bowers is currently Executive Director of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association and is a member of the NIAAA Board of Directors as a representative of the National Executive Directors Council.

    Kimberly Chorosiewski, CMAA, has a rich career as an athlete, teacher, administrator and coach. Her athletic administration experience includes years spent at Garrison Forest School and The Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts, as well as the college level. She has served as an adjunct professor at two universities, and has been a college coach. Chorosiewski is a current doctoral student at Northeastern University.

    John Evers, CMAA, served as athletic administrator for 17 years at Castle High School, Newburgh, Indiana. He retired in 2011 after a 35 year career in education as an administrator, teacher and coach. Evers is a national faculty member for NIAAA Leadership Training Institute Course 511, and is chair of the NIAAA Publications Committee. Currently, Evers serves as an adjunct instructor in the Ohio University athletic administration program.

    Tim Graham, CMAA, has been athletic administrator at Tumwater School District in Washington for 15 years. During his 25 years in education, as a teacher, coach and administrator; Graham has served the NIAAA Publications Committee as its chair, and is currently an at-large member of the NIAAA Board of Directors.

    Lee Green, JD, is an attorney and professor at Baker University where he has taught business, as well as institutional and sports law for the past 27 years. He helped write LTC 504, 506 and 508; all sports law courses that are a part of the Leadership Training Institute curriculum. Green also serves as a course chair for these three offerings. He is the author of three books on sports law.

    Warren Hagman, CMAA, amassed 26 years of athletic administration during his 41 year career. The greater portion of that service was to the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he contributed all his years to Liberty High School and Mojave High School. Prior to arriving in Nevada, he also administered school athletic programs in Alaska. Hagman is currently an instructor in the school of education at Touro University, Henderson, Nevada.

    Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, recently retired after 41 years of service to education, 17 of those as an athletic administrator in Maryland. Hoch served at both Loch Raven High School and Eastern Technical High School, after coaching at the college level. He is an author of numerous articles, documents and materials related to administration education-based athletic programs.

    Joni Pabst, CAA, spent her 28 years in education serving the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona. The most recent 15 years prior to retirement were spent as the athletic administrator at Sahuaro High School. Pabst is a former president of the NIAAA Board of Directors, served as vice-chair of the NIAAA Awards Committee as well as the NIAAA 2nd Strategic Plan Committee.

    Gary Stevens, CMAA, is the athletic administrator at Thornton Academy located in Saco, Maine. He has been at Thornton for 6 years, and has held an athletic administrator position for 17 of his 30 year career in education, previously at Bonny Eagle High School, Standish, Maine. Stevens serves as a vice-chair of the NIAAA Publications Committee, and is the Associate Executive Director of the Maine IAAA.

    Sheri Stice, CMAA, totaled 38 years in education prior to her retirement in 2012. She was assistant athletic director of the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas, for 17 years of the 35 years spent in Cypress Fairbanks ISD as an administrator, teacher and coach. Stice is currently the Certification Director for the NIAAA, and previously chaired the Certification Committee.

    Roy Turner, CMAA, has spent 20 years as an athletic administrator. Since 2006 he has been at New Hanover County Schools as director of athletics at Eugene Ashley High School. Prior to his current position, Roy was the athletic administrator for Guilford County Schools, at both Dudley and Southeast Guilford High Schools. He has a total of 27 years in education and currently serves the on the NIAAA Board of Directors

    Carter Wilson, CMAA, has for the past 13 years served as athletic administrator at the City Schools of Decatur, Georgia. His 34 year career in education has included 13 years of college and 21 years of high school administration, teaching and coaching. Wilson earned the NIAAA Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) in 2012, is a Georgia ADA past president and currently serves the Georgia High School Association’s executive board.