Topic: Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
Let’s Change the Game: the Impact of Including Unified Sports in a Competitive Sports Program 1907
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Osceola B
  • Scott George, Central Michigan University; Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi; Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan; Sean Graninger, Central Michigan University
Across the country, at all levels of sport, Unified Sports is a growing program that uniquely benefits its participants. Through examples, testimonials, and research from two programs that currently have Unified Intramural Sports, learn how to plan and implement a Unified Sports program at your campus and beyond. Discover the impact that this inclusive program will have on the student population, competitive sports staff, local community, and athletes through the perspective of professionals and participants from both campus recreation and Special Olympics. Also, learn more about the new partnership between NIRSA and Special Olympics, promoting Unified Sports programming.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify and explain the strong personal impact and educational benefits that Unified Sports has on the lives of the staff, students, and athletes who participate.
  2. Discover an appropriate model for implementing a Unified Sports element into your competitive sports program.
  3. Identify potential challenges and growth opportunities that could exist on your campus once you’ve integrated Unified Sports into your competitive sports program.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Examining the Experiences of Female Intramural Officials: A Qualitative Study 1763
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Osceola 4/5/6
  • Dylan Volpintesta, Valdosta State University; James Archibald, Ph.D., Valdosta State University
Campus recreation gives students a chance to get involved outside of the classroom; it provides them with great opportunities as both rec participants and employees. According to a 2007 study by Faircloth and Nelson, officiating intramural sports provides some of the best overall development for students. However, female officials had to deal with certain obstacles. These included inappropriate comments from participants and others doubting their abilities and their knowledge of the rules. These obstacles lead to problems retaining female officials. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the experiences of female officials and determine ways to create more positive experiences and development opportunities for all officials.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the obstacles female officials face while officiating intramural sports.
  2. Be able to develop strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of female officials.
Ballin’ on a Budget: Moving from Team-Based to Individual Intramural Fee Structures 1905
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Osceola 1/2/3
  • Erik Jaeke, Northern Arizona University; Kristopher Kuchler, Arizona State University
How many of us have heard the phrase “I would play intramurals but I can’t afford the fee”? Intramural programs are under more pressure than ever to generate revenue and simultaneously increase participation but how are they supposed to do this? Learn how our programs accomplished just that with a simple pricing structure change that can work on almost any campus.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of a team-pricing model for student participants.
  2. Understand the revenue model of individual pricing verse team pricing for intramural programming.
  3. Identify ways an individual-pricing model promotes an increase in participation from students.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Student Learning Outcomes
Building Bridges: A Collaboration Between Intramural Sports and First Year Experience (FYE) Departments 1844
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 9:45am – 10:45am
  • Sarasota 1/2/3
  • Daniel Gardner, The George Washington University
Recreation programs and First Year Experience (FYE) departments or committees share many common goals or learning outcomes. Learn how GW Intramural Sports revitalized a defunct Residence Hall Cup to build community and self-efficacy among first year students.
Core Competencies: Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate at least two objectives of First Year Experience programs
  2. Identify at least one connection between your Intramural Sports program goals and those of FYE
  3. Craft a plan with at least one specific way to incorporate your first year cohort in Intramural Sports programming
Intramural Sports Roundtable: Thinking for the Future 2062
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Sun D/4/5/6
  • Mike Dominguez, University of California-Davis; Andrew Reddish, California State University- Sacramento; Ashley Marsh, Arizona State University; Linda Clauss, Ed.D., California State University-East Bay; Shawn Newton, Duke University
Intramural question and answer session. Bring questions to ask the group and bring ideas to share.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Managing/Leading Student Staff
Encourage the Heart: Officials Incentive Programs and the Student Leadership Challenge 1641
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Osceola A
  • Andrew Chadick, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Jon Randle, University of Kansas; Kyle LeDuc, Florida Atlantic University
Struggling to retain your intramural sports officials? This session will present information on “Encouraging the Heart” a tenet of the Student Leadership Challenge as well as on various incentive program ideas. The session is intended to help attendees design an incentives program for the officials on their campus.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate at least two of the essential elements of “Encouraging the Heart.”
  2. Learn at least two incentive program ideas.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Special Event Programming
Hey, Can I Play? Creative Programming Ideas and Implementation Testimonials for Collaboration, Space Constraints, and New Participants 1972
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 2:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Osceola 4/5/6
  • Mallory Barger, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; James Sawyer, University of Wyoming; Ryan Tubbs, American University; Sean Willett, Armstrong State University
What’s new, what’s hot, what’s fun to play? Spikeball®, Angle Ball, Big Pink Volleyball, Backyard Baseball, and Bubble Soccer to name a few sports and activities. Join us in discussing creative programming and activity ideas that could work on your campus too. Learn about sports and activities that can help you reach new demographics of students and overcome facility constraints or limitations. Also learn about ways to creatively collaborate across campus and within your own department.
Core Competencies: Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate and explain at least one new activity a college or university can bring back to their program and implement on campus.
  2. Identify two ways to use creative programming when faced with facility constraints or limitations.
  3. Articulate at least two ways to deliver innovative programming through cross-campus collaboration or inner-department collaboration.