2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute

June 22-24, 2016 • Baltimore

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 If you are an intramural sports administrator or team leader, be sure to represent your organization while collecting new ideas at the 2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute.

With informational sessions, discussion roundtables, and networking opportunities with intramural sports leaders from North America, you’ll find a wealth of fresh ideas and tried-and-true best practices to bring home to your intramural sports organization.

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Keynote Speaker – Joey Crawford

Over more than three decades in the NBA, Joe Crawford has officiated 2,556 regular season and 344 Playoff games, including 50 NBA Finals games. Crawford’s Playoff and NBA Finals totals are the most among active NBA officials. Over his career, Crawford has officiated the 1986, 1992 and 2000 NBA All-Star Games, as well as the 1993 McDonald’s Championship in Munich, Germany. Crawford has announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.

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The call for presentations proposals has passed, presenters will be notified soon about their session status. More information about the 2016 educational sessions will be available in April.

Submit a presentation proposal for Intramural Sports Institute 2016
Presenter guidelines and resources

Topic Areas

This year’s institute theme is “Refining Our Purpose,” which is meant to emphasize digging deeper into what intramurals mean to both you and your campus.

  • Budgets
  • Technology/Marketing
  • Student Development
  • Officiating
  • Special Events/Marketing
  • Program Administration

The Intramural Sports Institute Committee has recommended the following specific session topics:

  • Declining variety and participation in recreational sports
  • Title IX and co-rec implications for programming
  • Minimum wage concerns
  • Working with millennials
  • Social media, advertising, and sponsorships
  • Transgender athlete participation and rule implications


Mock Interviews & Résumé Critiques

ERSLC 2016 Mock Interview
As with every skill you’ve ever learned, you have to learn a technique and then practice, practice, practice!

A mock interview will not only help you perfect your technique, but it will also allow you to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance. Working with a professional and getting feedback on your performance in a mock interview is similar to working with a sports coach to learn how to improve your game — both will enable you to learn where your strengths lie and where you may need work to improve your performance.

Time spent practicing will assist you greatly in either situation. An added bonus to preparing and practicing is the self-confidence you will gain.

In today’s competitive job market, you must be prepared and in top shape.

ERSLC 2016 Mock Interview
This year the mock interview process will take on the form of “Speed Dating.”

This year’s mock interviews will proceed as follows:

Before we begin the Mock Interview process everyone (both students and professionals) who are participating will gather in one specific location. At this time we will be sure that everyone is paired up, then we will go over the instructions on how everything will take place. After providing directions everyone will head to our designated Mock Interview area. Once everyone is seated, the process will begin.

  • The interviewer will have 5 minutes to ask questions in an interview format.
  • Following the 5 minutes of interviewing there will be 3 minutes of follow-up about the résumé/interviewing techniques.
  • After the 8 total minutes have been completed the interviewee will move on the next station and the interviewer will remain in place.
  • We will provide about 1 minute of rotation time so everyone can get to their next interview on time.
  • After the 1 minute break we will begin the process all over again until 45 minutes have passed.
  • We will then return to the room in which we started where there will be time for debriefing. Students will have a chance to ask the professionals for tips and thoughts. The debriefing process will continue for 30 minutes providing about 10 minutes before the first educational session.

A timing device and bell/buzzer will be used to keep everyone on time. Warnings will be sent out 10 seconds prior to end of interviews.

ERSLC 2016 Mock Interview
If you’re interested in participating in or conducting a mock interview, please contact Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference Committee Co-Chair Ashley Dent.

Those interested in participating as interviewees need to submit his or her resume to Ashley Dent by February 1, 2016.


Professional & Student Registration Pricing Early Bird
on/before May 11
after May 11
Professional/Institutional Member $385 $455
Additional Member from same Member Institution $360 $430
Professional/Non-Institutional Member $435 $505
Individual Non-Member/Member Institution $520 $590
Individual Non-Member/Non-Member Institution $535 $625
One Day (Member) $200 $270
Associate Registration Pricing Early Bird
on/before May 11
after May 11
One Associate Contact $450 $520
One Associate Contact Non-Member $600 $670
One Day (Associate Member) $200 $270
Registration has ended.
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Preconference Activities

Night at the Ball Game – Orioles vs. Padres

Tuesday, June 21
$40 | Deadline to register is May 18
Space is limited
Join your colleagues and watch the Orioles take on the Padres at Oriole Park at Camden Yards! We will meet in the host hotel lobby at 6pm to walk the short distance to the Ballpark.

The preconference ball game is a great way to meet or reconnect with colleagues while taking in the scenes of this historic ballpark! The “Night at the Ball Game” includes your game ticket—in the left field club box—as well as a ball game picnic that includes popcorn, chips & cheese, peanuts, garden salad, hot dogs, ice cream, and Coca Cola fountain drinks.

Oriole Park Tours

$9 | Tickets are not included in NIRSA registration
Tickets can be purchased online at www.orioles.com or in person in advance or on the day of the tour at the main box office window.
(near Gate H)

If you get in to town a little early and are looking for something to do, touring Oriole Park would be a great opportunity! Oriole Park offers multiple public tours daily and each in-depth tour, lasting approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, includes club level suites, the press level, and even the Orioles dugout. For more information about the park and tour schedules check out their website.

Connecting through the 2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute Connect Community is a great way to find a friend to join you on a tour of the ballpark.

Schedule of Events

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Check Out the Sessions Listing

Questions? Contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Professional Development, Brittany Rejda

Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor


$169/night + tax for single/double


Attendees can make reservations by calling 410-727-2222 and requesting the NIRSA rate, or by using the NIRSA Reservations link. Reservations need to be made no later than Saturday, May 28 to confirm the discounted group rate.

Roommate matching will become available with the opening of registration.

The NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute delivers valuable information for a wide range of attendees

  • Experienced intramural professionals who lead, develop, or direct intramural sports on campuses and are interested in revitalizing their programs.
  • New intramural professionals (coordinators and graduate students) who are interested in learning more about the development and management of intramural sport programs.
  • Student leaders who are members or leaders of intramural sports organizations and/or interested in careers related to recreation.
  • Parks and recreation professionals who organize sports leagues and are interested in enhancing their programs.
  • Vendors who are looking to showcase their products and network with intramural sports professionals.
    Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Email Heidi Cleary to discuss options! 541-766-8211.
    Download Sponsorship Menu PDF

“We are super excited about the 2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute. This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues in the field and learn from one another. Cannot wait to see you in June!”

Chris Schmoldt, Director of Intramural Sports at Florida State University,
Chair of the 2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute Committee

Christopher Schmoldt, Chair, Florida State University

Jerrod Jackson, Consultant, Texas A&M University

Amanda Hoffman, Virginia Tech

Jonathan Johnston, Western Carolina University

Jason Linsenmeyer, Oklahoma State University

Brian Mills, University of Houston

Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters

For more information, contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Professional Development, Brittany Rejda.