2017 NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute

June 21-23, 2017 • Virginia Beach

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“Developing and Serving the New Student Athlete”

 The Collegiate Sport Club Institute brings students and professionals in the area of Sport Clubs management together for networking and sharing.

Offered every other year, the institute program focuses on current issues and highlights upcoming trends. In addition, representatives from Sport Governing Bodies are available for interaction with attendees.

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Keynote Speaker

Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis 

2017 Sport Club Institute Keynote Speaker
Co Author/Motivational Speaker at To Chase A Dream

Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis is a former soccer player at Indiana University in the mid-80’s, where he went from walk-on to Team Captain of the #1 ranked soccer team in the country; a journey that is chronicled in a book he co-authored called “To Chase A Dream”. His second book, The Leadership Mosaic, is due out in the Fall of 2017. He is a motivational speaker, author, sales representative in the apparel industry and volunteer youth soccer coach who, in working with people of all ages, inspires them to reach for their goals every day.

In addition, Whitey is a Youth Minister and serves as Chairman of the Bigelow Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cyst & Cancer Early Detection Center. He owned and built a soccer specialty retail business that US Soccer ranked number one in the country. Was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for his positive contributions to business and community. In 2010, Whitey was presented the Indiana Youth Soccer President’s Award and named the Indiana Sports Corporation Volunteer of the Year.  He lives in Fishers, Ind., with his wife and three children.

Whitey’s keynote address, “To Chase A Dream,” tells the inspirational story of his journey from a walk-on player to team captain of the #1-ranked Indiana Hoosiers Division I soccer team. He will weave his six principles of success into the story and discuss incorporating those principles into our everyday lives as we strive to be the best we can be. Whitey will also demonstrate the tremendous impact that being a student-athlete had on his life and the fact that, regardless of the level of competition (Division I, club, intramural), the love of the game at the collegiate level can be a powerful launching pad for the next step in our professional journeys.

Whitey’s closing address, “The Leadership Code,” will focus on the importance of leading every day, regardless of your title. It begins with a commitment to yourself and a decision to be a leader who cares more about those around you and overall results than individual acclaim. You need to be a leader with heart. This can be as simple as leaving a place better than the way you found it or as significant as changing an entire culture.


The deadline for early bird pricing is May 10

Click below to see pricing and policies.

Attendee registration for the 2017 NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute has reached capacity! If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email a completed registration form to NIRSA Billing Coordinator, Rachel Hart at Rachel.hart@nirsa.org.

If you are an exhibitor or a Sport Governing Body, space is still available. Please fill out the registration form and email it to NIRSA Billing Coordinator, Rachel Hart at Rachel.hart@nirsa.org.

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Join the Precon Adventure!

This year’s attendees have the choice between two great preconference offerings. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers attendees a chance to explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country—experience hands-on exhibits, nature path, and marshlands, with 10,000 animals to see.

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium offers a chance to experience nature from new heights! The Park has an eco-friendly zip line and aerial adventure experience in the trees above the scenic Owls Creek. “Zip” across challenge bridges that climbers navigate to get from one platform to the next.

For both activities, we will depart from the Host Hotel promptly at 1:30pm and return around 6:00pm. Lunch will be on your own, but dinner will be included! Cost is $60.

Registration for these two outstanding precons is limited—so don’t delay and reserve your spot today!

If you’ve already registered but would like to add a precon to your registration, please reach out to NIRSA’s Billing Coordinator, Rachel Hart at 541-368-5853.

You get to choose!

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 1:30pm-6:00pm
*Space is limited

For both activities, we will depart from the Host Hotel.
Depart: 1:30pm Promptly
Return: 6:00pm
*Lunch will be on your own, but dinner will be included! Cost is $60.

Topic Areas

This year’s institute theme is “Developing and Serving the New Student Athlete.” Collegiate recreation professionals have a unique opportunity to not only provide athletic opportunities for students, but to also help develop them into future leaders and productive citizens.

Student Development

Officer development, leadership education, councils/executive boards, and student staff supervisors

Risk and Safety Management

Athletic training/sports medicine, concussion education & management, hazing prevention, alcohol education & policies, and travel/lodging policies

Program Administration

Coaches/advisors involvement, assessment, alumni relations, tiers, point systems, recruitment, and retention

Financial Management

Budgeting, fundraising, allocations, and coach stipends

Event Management

Facility usage/agreements, insurance, marketing and publicity, and staff supervision

The Collegiate Sports Club Committee has recommended the following specific session topics:

  • Student Officer Training

  • Fundraising Methods

  • Sport Club Culture

  • Roles of Coaches and Advisors

  • How to Utilize Safety Officers

  • How to Utilize Event Supervisors


Presenter guidelines and resources


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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Sport Governing Bodies

NIRSA is hoping to grow Sport Governing Body participation in the 2017 Collegiate Sport Club Institute and will be inviting Governing Bodies to share the following with Institute attendees: their goals, rules and policies, student development practices, budget information, league and national tournament information, current practices in risk management, levels of communication, and student expectations.

It was a great opportunity to put faces with the names of people I’ve been working with for years.

Sandy Sanderson, CollClubSports

This was a great opportunity to network with the club sports administrators I work with on a daily basis. Allowed our organization to get personal feedback on the job we’re doing and how we can make our sport and interactions with their departments even better.

Ty Krajec, USA Ultimate

It was great to meet the club sport representatives and share information about my organization.

Jen Gray, USA Rugby


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

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Preconference Activities

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


The NIRSA room block is sold out at the DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach! Please use your favorite search engine to find the best room rate at nearby hotels.

DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach


$179/night + tax for single
$189/night + tax for double


Attendees can make reservations online or by calling 1-800-222-TREE and requesting the NIRSA group rate. Reservations need to be made no later than Saturday, May 20, 2017 to confirm the discounted group rate.

Roommate matching will become available with the opening of registration.


The NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute delivers valuable information for a wide range of attendees

  • Experienced sport club professionals who lead, develop, or oversee sport clubs on campuses and are interested in revitalizing their programs.
  • New sport club professionals who are interested in learning more about developing collegiate sport clubs.
  • Student leaders who are members or leaders of sport clubs and/or interested in careers related to recreation sports.
  • 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 sport club professionals.

    Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Email Heidi Cleary to discuss options! 541-766-8211.
    Download Sponsorship Menu PDF

I love the small, tight knit community at the Sport Club Institute. It’s much easier to network in a smaller setting where everyone can relate to sport clubs. I really felt part of the NIRSA family at the 2015 NIRSA Collegiate Sport Clubs Institute.

Jeremy Fritz, Duke University

I took 3 of our Sport Club Executive Board (all students), this was a great experience for them. They came away with a greater appreciation for Sport Clubs and they are FULL of ideas on ways to improve our program.

Jean Holt, Old Dominion University

This was a great opportunity to network with the club sports administrators I work with on a daily basis. Allowed our organization to get personal feedback on the job we’re doing and how we can make our sport and interactions with their departments even better.

Ty Krajec, USA Ultimate

The Sport Club Institute is a great way to learn about the profession we love and network with colleagues and friends to make Sport Clubs better on our campuses. The Institute is great for young and experienced professionals and would be great for students to see what Sport Clubs have in store.

Mario Rios, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Mandy Madden (Chair), University of Notre Dame

Ryan Bradshaw (Consultant), George Mason University

Rahim Booth, Coppin State University

Kristen Drapp LaFleur, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Joshua Hamilton, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jean Holt, Old Dominion University

Jenny Larson, Elon University

Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mario Rios, Texas State University

Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters

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