The Foundation Courses category provides a base of knowledge and skill that serves as a platform for conducting educationally sound extra-curricular activities.
501C: Philosophy, Organizational Structure and Professional Development
This course is aimed at assisting athletic directors set the tone for their program. Origins of athletic administration are addressed in addition to codes of ethics. The concept of “educational athletics” is discussed and refined. The role of the athletic administrator and the importance of having a school philosophy are addressed and workshop participants have the opportunity to interact with others to refine their own philosophies. Organizational relationships are examined from a provincial, national and international perspective. Key ASAA policies are also reviewed. Current and future courses are highlighted and the certification program is described.
Note: Those who will benefit most from this course are current high school ADs, those planning to move into a high school AD position or those seeking certification.
"I feel this will be greatly beneficial to my position. Thanks!"
"Excellent! Worthwhile! This was so relevant for myself as a first year AD!"
"Great course. It is great to be able to meet with knowedlegeable instructors and fellow ADs."
502C: Principles, Strategies and Methods
This is a detailed course that addresses school athletic/academic philosophy, administrative organization, coach appointment, budgeting, scheduling, publicity and promotion, management of athletes, parents and others, transportation policies and issues, parent conflict, legal foundations, monthly checklists and more. One of the key resources available to course attendees is CD with over 700 pages of useful information, forms, detailed letter templates, sample policies etc. Further, the provision of access to a coach handbook will be reviewed.
"Best PD I have personally had in 10 years. Thank you!"
"I wish I had this course when I started as an AD."
"Wow thanks! - Once again so professional, organized & personable."
"I got so many ideas of what I need to do to improve my program."
"An excellent initiative by the province of Alberta."
504C: Legal Issues I – The Basics of Negligence, Liability and Risk Management
This course covers liability, negligence, and risk management practices for athletic administrators. Legal concepts will be introduced to athletic administrators through the use of case law, case studies, and guided discussion. Appropriate risk management documentation procedures for athletic administrators will be identified. Enrollees will benefit from discussing real-life case law scenarios and defining the duties and standards of care that the law requires of athletic administrators. Enrollees will leave the course with new knowledge and actionable strategies for managing risk.
"Excellent session. It makes me feel that I will be reevaluating my entire program."
"This course should be required by all ADs!"
"This was the best course so far - So important!"
"Wow! This course sure has opened my eyes!"
"All ADs should have this knowledge"
506C: Legal Issues II - Enhanced Legal Topics for the Athletic Administrator
"This course is a real eye opener! Great guidelines and information for all Athletic Directors"
"Serious topic with serious consequences that ADs need to be "on the ball" with!"
"All ADs need this info!"
Operations & Management Courses
The Operations & Management Courses provide skills, knowledge and best practices that enhance administrator efficiency and effectiveness in the management and operation of extra-curricular activities.
608C: Management Strategies and Organization Techniques
"A great resource to always look back on when things start to pile up!"
"Great content and strategies! Great to hear others' situations and opinions!"
"Great information that will pay immediate benefits!"
The Leadership Courses category provides knowledge and skill that will facilitate development of new visions, creative strategies and innovative practices for educationally sound extra-curricular activities.
703C: Student Centered Educational Athletics—Performance Beyond the X’s and O’s
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.
"Great course! Best PD ever!"
"So informative in regards to building leadership & character for coaches and athletes"
"This was a great course. One I would gladly take time and time again"
"Great reminder to coaches and ADs about how important it is to focus on character of the student-athletes, not just winning"
705C: Coach Centered Educational Athletics—A Character Based Coach-to-Coach Mentoring Program
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.
"So informative in regards to building leadership & character for coaches and athletes"
was a great course. One I would gladly take time and time again"
"Great reminder to coaches and ADs about how important it is to focus on character of the student-athletes, not just winning
714C: Dealing With Challenging Personalities
This course examines the causes of challenging or difficult personalities in society, with specific reference to interscholastic athletic programs. Basic management strategies include the use of emotional intelligence and transactional analysis considerations and methods. Specific protocols will be defined for dealing with individuals who “must be right,” “must win,” “must be logical” and “must be accepted.” In addition, techniques will be covered for preventing or responding to anger, sarcasm, denigration, complainers and backbiters and rigid-obstinate personalities. A model will also be discussed for creative interaction with parents who demand involvement in athletic department decision-making or who seek to influence the decisions of senior administrators.
"This course has so much useful information and provides great ideas for dealin with challenging people!"
"I really look forward to being able to use what I've learned in my practices!"
"This course is a great eye opener for me as a new AD."
790C: Leadership Training Instructional Methods and Techniques
This course is designed to provide instructors with an awareness of the expectations that are placed upon them in presenting LTP courses. The course examines teaching and learning styles and provides strategies for instructors to use in teaching LTP courses. It provides for interaction between current national faculty instructors and potential LTP instructors in the exchange of ideas used in the successful implementation of courses. To instruct any LTP course, one must complete LTC 790C and the course that one will be instructing.
Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to become instructors in the Leadership Training Program
"Great course! Presented in a way that respects the facts we are teachers"
"Excellent preparation for a person who wants to become an instructor"
"This was a good course not only to help us with leading these courses but remind us of skill necessary for us in the classroom. Thanks for the ideas!"
602C: Creating Your Athletic Handbook
This course is designed to guide attendees through the process of creating a complete and effective athletic handbook. Effective athletic handbooks provide vision/direction for your program, disseminate critical information to your constituents and can save Athletic Administrators countless hours. This is a working course where attendees will be provided with a number of templates as a starting point and surrounded by a number of experienced Athletic Administrators leading the course. Attendees will be expected to come prepared with a list of school and district-specific documents to guide them during the handbook creation process.
Prerequisites: 501C: Philosophy, Organizational Structure and Professional Development