Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
006 Developing a Comprehensive Officials Training Program
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 3:00pm
Grapevine C
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Ohio University; Nicole Green-Valentine, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Michael Prociuk, Florida International University; and Brad Whittaker, Indiana University-Bloomington
Officials training can be among the most difficult things that recreational sports professionals have to develop. Come participate in a workshop designed to provide you with resources and methods to improve your officials training, your intramural officials, and your participants’ experience. This preconference will take you from preseason to championship day while giving you ideas for continuous improvement of your sports officials.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify three resources available to recreational sports professionals to aid in the development of an officials training program.
  2. Communicate two new strategies for use in officials training.
  3. Understand the necessary tools for effective officials evaluation.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
027 Changes to 2015 and 2016 NIRSA Flag and Touch Football Rules and Mechanics
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Grapevine A/1-3
Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Ohio University; Jason Gant, Creighton University; and Kurt Klier, RCRSP, CRSS, University of Maryland-College Park
Stay ahead of the game and learn about the changes to NIRSA rules and mechanics that will impact attendees’ flag and touch football programs next season.
2015 & 2016 NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rule Book Dedication
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the NIRSA rule changes for 2015 and 2016.
  2. Learn the NIRSA mechanics changes for 2015 and 2016.
  3. Understand the impact these changes will have on game philosophy, interpretations, and the training of flag football officials.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Managing/Leading Student Staff
057 The Super IM Supervisor Training Program: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Grapevine A/1-3
Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Michael Husted, Seminole State College of Florida; and Victoria Landron, Louisiana State University
Intramural supervisors are the front line of any IM program. Effective training is key to a new supervisor’s success. This presentation will outline the Intramural Supervisor in Training program, a series of developmental workshops and classes aimed at advanced progression using student learning theory. The presentation will illustrate how the program can better prepare your supervisors for their new leadership roles.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the influence of a comprehensive supervisor training on student development.
  2. Gain the ability to implement one aspect of the Intramural Supervisor in Training program into current supervisor training.
  3. Learn the benefits and challenges of implementing an Intramural Supervisor in Training program into supervisor training.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development
078 Officials Development: Are You Trending?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas C
Jennifer Rezac, RCRSP, CRSS, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, CRSS, East Carolina University
The quality of officials training is influenced by many factors including funding, the experience of the professional staff, and the time available to plan for it. We should keep in mind that our intramural officials are only as good as the training they receive. This session will highlight current trends in the industry of sports officiating as well as several alternative training techniques used throughout NIRSA Championship Series tournaments and other certified national training programs. Attendees will learn about aspects of officials training that target a specific group of students and considers their development both on and off the court or field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the current trends at various levels of officiating, which are being used to bolster the effectiveness of officials training programs.
  2. Learn about training techniques and resources that may assist with advancing a program’s training dialogue and, overall, an official’s career development.
  3. Be able to demonstrate how an officials training program can intermingle officiating with specific life skills.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Research/Assessment
085 What Women Want: Improving Female Participation in Intramural Sports
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine A/1-3
Kari Budnik, University of Central Florida and Frances Thomas, Armstrong State University
Intramural sports programs continue to struggle with female participation. Learn how to tailor your marketing and programming to fit what women want and need from intramural sports.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the differences between what men and women want from intramural sports programs.
  2. Learn how to use data to understand program weaknesses and how to make positive change in these areas.
  3. Identify ways that your program can improve female participation through marketing and programming adjustments.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
112 Co-Rec Sports: Managing Rules to Maximize Participation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine A/1-3
David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University; and Brooke Turner, RCRSP, The University of Alabama
How are your co-rec rules affecting intramural participation on your campus? Learn strategies to balance gender-based factors and encourage equitable participation in your co-rec sports and events.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify gender-specific factors that impact co-rec athletic competition.
  2. Understand the effects of common intramural co-rec rules on participant perception and strategy.
  3. Formulate alternate co-rec sport rules that encourage equitable participation.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Student Learning Outcomes
125 Females in Officiating: Are They Getting All They Need?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine A/1-3
April Flint, RCRSP, Ph.D., Emory University
Whether the sports official is male or female should not be an issue; however, participant reactions and/or societal messages may affect the experience of student intramural sports officials who are female. A study conducted at a southeastern mid-size Division I institution aims to create a base of knowledge on the experiences of female intramural sports officials. The purpose is to understand how working as an intramural sports official contributes to the developmental growth of female college students, and to discover new methods of support and direction for this population.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities; Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to recognize and describe how traditional gender roles can affect the experiences of female sports officials and their ability to build relationships with their supervisors and peers.
  2. Be able to articulate how working as an intramural sports official contributes to the developmental growth of female college students.
  3. Identify and explain ways to integrate cultural and gender awareness, education, relationship development, and positive youth development into student staff training and overall intramural programs.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development
143 Officiating: What the Experts Say
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Texas C
Jennifer Rezac, RCRSP, CRSS, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, CRSS, East Carolina University
This session will address important rec sports officiating issues–such as the demands on student officials knowledge and experience–as well as trends to expect in the future. The presenters are nationally-recognized officiating leaders, and many received their training or early officiating experience in the campus recreation field. They come from the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), the Officiating Development Alliance (ODA), are distinguished officials from the Dallas area, and are high-level NIRSA officiating figures. They will represent football, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and hockey.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn a variety of techniques and approaches to improving any programs recruiting, retention, training, and evaluation of sports officials.
  2. Learn about the latest trends and developments impacting the sports officiating industry.
  3. Learn about various approaches–at all levels of officiating–to developing and recruiting young officials.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
152 Intramural Sports Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Texas C
Jason Linsenmeyer, Oklahoma State University
During this roundtable, attendees will break into groups based on school and program size so colleagues can share ideas regarding a wide range of intramural sports topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding relevant topics.