2018 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute

June 20-22, 2018 • Brookfield, Wisconsin

Keynote Speaker
Proposals & Topics
Hotel & Travel
Sponsorship Menu

This event is now over. Please contact NIRSA Professional Development if you need any information regarding this event.

 If you are an intramural sports administrator or team leader, be sure to represent your organization while collecting new ideas at the 2018 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.

Attendees may earn NIRSA CEUs to apply toward the Registry of Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP) credential.


Early Bird Registration is Open!

Register for 2018 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute

Keynote Speaker

Information is coming soon!
Speaker will be announced in early 2018.

Keynote Speaker

Randy Fox, Inspirational Speaker, Author

2018 Intramural Sports Institute Keynote Speaker

Randy Fox uses his officiating, leadership, and life experiences in delivering ultra high energy presentations to engage audiences and transform their professional and personal lives. With a twenty-year career as a corporate leader and an accomplished NCAA Basketball Official, Randy has a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on effective leadership and teamwork.

His focus is team-building and advocating for the potential in all in order to turn everyday people into superstar leaders. His leadership expertise emphasizes interpersonal value systems and productivity, believing that from one the other naturally follows

With Randy, audience members will:

  • Experience an engaging high energy performance
  • Be inspired to action to increase performance and achieve results
  • Be encouraged and challenged to make a difference in their work and community
  • Discover through real stories how to be the leaders and team members that will change the world
  • Understand the importance of being an overcomer that never gives up

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Preconference Events

 Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the key qualities for an official at any level or any sport
  2. Identify and outline effective teaching methods for flag football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball
  3. Learn multiple techniques to implement officials training for various staffing structures
  4. Articulate the importance of evaluation for continued improvement

Train the Trainer Preconference Workshop

Are you looking to enhance the officials training on your campus? Does your campus need additional training in a specific sport? Attend the preconference “Train the Trainer” to learn more about training officials on your campus. The session will cover qualities to look for in officials, running trainings for various staffing structures, utilizing evaluation to continued development, and a number of different training methods. You will have the option to select two specific training session to attend in basketball, flag football, soccer, or volleyball.

Click on a sport to read about that session.

Attendees will be exposed to multiply flag football officials’ teaching methods; from on-line training, to use of video, to on-field teaching stations, plus everything in between. This session is designed to help those who train flag football officials.  We will review best practices for teaching penalty enforcement, mechanics & positioning, and, different techniques for teaching the rules.  Did you know NIRSA has an On-Line Training Module through Human Kinetics? The on-line course is a great compliment to what you currently do, as is the NIRSA Officials Clinician Kit and training DVD. Find out how to best utilize regional & state officials training clinics and workshops.  We will also discuss how the NIRSA Championship Series can help you develop and grow your own program.  After attending this session you will have everything you need to create your own, customized, training program.

Attendees will learn a variety of methods to effectively train student officials in two-person and three-person soccer mechanics. The workshop will include content for effective and engaging classroom training sessions. Additionally, attendees will be able to experience training stations covering mechanics, positioning, and foul recognition. This majority of this training will be focused on NFHS soccer rules including general offside rules. Finally, this session will provide attendees with resources for improving soccer trainings on their campus as well as an overview of extramural opportunities and advanced training resources for soccer officials.

Attendees will learn the ideal structure for a basketball clinic to efficiently and successfully train student officials for both two-person and three-person officiating systems. The workshop will identify vital information that should be covered in a classroom setting, keeping in mind the various knowledge and skill levels in a given clinic. The workshop will then explore effective stations for positioning and mechanics. Finally, attendees will get resources and materials to assist with the evaluation and ongoing development of a basketball officials’ staff. NFHS rules and mechanics will be taught and emphasized.

The volleyball portion of the pre-con workshop will focus on the basics of officiating volleyball.  Topics include in-person training overview, rules, evaluations, points of emphasis, and available resources to utilize.

Intramural Institute Social

NIRSA 2018 Intramural Sports Institute Informal Social

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
Miller Park

Thursday June 21
7:10pm CST

Purchase Deadline Jun 7th @ 11:59 PM CST

This is an informal networking social and transportation will not be provided. However, you will be able to connect with other attendees to carpool via the GroupMe app, NIRSA Connect, and the Guidebook app.

Schedule of Events

The 2018 schedule is now available!

2018 Intramural Sports Institute Schedule
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Submissions for presentation proposals are no longer being accepted. Applicants will be notified of their session status in April 2018. As of 4/16/2018, there is new opportunity to submit 10 minute lightning talks! Please click on the button below to apply.

Presenter guidelines and resources

Topics Areas

This year’s theme is “Growing Together Through Intentionality and Purpose,”
which is meant to emphasize growing and aligning our intramural programs for the future.



Student Development


Special Events/Marketing

Program Administration

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

Inclusivity, and engaging nontraditional participants

Recruiting and retention of officials


Pay to play

Benefits or concerns of competitive sports model

Marketing and advertising, how to reach today’s students

Training and blended learning

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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.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield


Single/Double – $149/night + tax

Each Additional Adult  – $20/night + tax


Attendees can make reservations by calling (262) 782-2900 and requesting the NIRSA rate, or by using NIRSA Reservations link. Reservations need to be made no later than June 1, 2018 to confirm the discounted group rate.

Upon registration, NIRSA encourages all attendees to reserve their hotel accommodations within the NIRSA room block. NIRSA relies on strong room block usage to secure ample meeting space, increase negotiation leverage for future institutes, and offset event expenses.

Roommate matching will become available with the opening of registration.


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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

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“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

  • Jason Linsenmeyer, Chair, Oklahoma State University
  • Chris Schmoldt, Consultant, Florida State University
  • Crystal Durham, Member, Kennesaw State University
  • Jason James, Member, University of Georgia
  • Jonathan Johnston, Member, Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Victoria Landron, Member, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Andrew Rampe, Member, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Brittany Rejda, NIRSA HQ Member, NIRSA Headquarters

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

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email Heidi Cleary to discuss options, or call 541-766-8211.
Download Sponsorship Menu