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NIAAA's Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration

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ISBN: 1450432778
ISBN 13: 9781450432771


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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.

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