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Leadership Training Institute
What is the Leadership Training Institute?

The NIAAA Leadership Training Institute and Certification Program are voluntary professional development initiatives designed by athletic administrators. Athletic administrators who complete LTI courses attain additional knowledge and perspective of the athletic administrator’s role. Completion of leadership training courses will enhance the daily operations of the athletic department and improve the program being administered. The athletic administrator who attains professional certification will have demonstrated the completion of a comprehensive plan for self-improvement. Individuals involved in both of these programs will enhance their ability to serve the students, school, community and professional organization within the context of education-based athletics. The NIAAA encourages state athletic director associations to offer NIAAA Leadership Training at the state level. With the vast turnover of athletic administrators, a need has developed for an educational program to support the new administrators and at the same time offer a professional development program for the experienced athletic director.

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Webinars
In an effort to meet the needs of individuals who desire to enhance their knowledge of interscholastic athletic administration and cannot attend the national conference or state conference, the NIAAA seasonally offers selected courses in a webinar format. Our webinars offer the opportunity to take courses from the comforts of the office or home and receive the same quality instruction, interaction and networking opportunities as is provided in a classroom setting. Each webinar costs $125 for members and $210 for non-members. The course fee includes the digital course manual and an acknowledgment of course completion. Each course is taught by trained and experienced faculty. Courses consist of two 120-minute sessions, taught on two consecutive Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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Due to the unique circumstances our country is facing, many state athletic administrator association conferences have been cancelled. In response, the NIAAA has decided to institute a variety of Spring learning opportunities to provide professional development to our members that may be affected by these cancellations. These opportunities include daytime webinars, evening webinars, and free workshops.
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2020 Summer Webinar Schedule
These dates are subject to change. All courses begin at 7:30 p.m. EST.
*Available as an online course

  • 501* – Tuesdays July 21 and July 28
  • 502* – Mondays July 27 and Aug 3
  • 510* – Wednesdays July 22 and July 29
  • 503* – Thursdays July 23 and July 30
  • 611 – Tuesdays July 7 and July 14
  • 626 – Mondays July 6 and July 13
  • 700 – Wednesdays July 8 and July 15
  • 630 – Thursdays July 9 and July 16
  • 633 – Mondays July 6 and July 13
  • 715 - Tuesdays July 7 and July 14

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2020 Fall Webinar Schedule

These dates are subject to change. All courses begin at 7:30 p.m. EST.
*Available as an online course

  • 501* –Tuesdays October 27 and November 3
  • 502* – Thursdays October 15 and October 22
  • 504* – Thursdays October 29 and November 5
  • 506* – Tuesdays October 13 and October 20
  • 511 – Wednesdays October 14 and October 21
  • 631 – Mondays October 26 and November 2
  • 705 – Mondays October 12 and October 19
  • 703 – Wednesdays October 28 and November 4
  • 726 – Mondays October 26 and November 2
  • 503* – Wednesdays October 14 and October 21
  • 790 – Monday/Tuesday October 5 and 6
  • 901 – Monday September 21 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST)
  • 902 – Monday September 28 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST)
  • 903 – Monday October 5 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST)
  • 904 – Monday October 12 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST)

Online Courses
Now available in the Classroom is an interactive online course option you can take on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you would like. These four-hour courses include a digital manual, an interactive teaching style, instructional videos, an acknowledgment of course completion, and more to help make the learning process easy and convenient for you. Check back regularly as we release more courses in this new format. Each online course is $125 for our members and $210 for non-members.

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Available Courses Include:

  • LTC 501: Guiding Foundations & Philosophies
  • LTC 502: Strategies for Organizational Management
  • LTC 503: Enhancing Organization Management
  • LTC 504: Legal Issues I (Liability for Sports Injuries & Risk Management)
  • LTC 506: Legal Issues II (Title IX & Sexual Harassment)
  • LTC 508: Athletic Administration: Legal Issues III (Hazing, Constitutional Law, Disabilities Law, & Employment & Labor Law)
  • LTC 510: Athletic Administration: Legal Issues IV (Social Media, Transgender Participation, Event Management & Security, Pregnant & Parenting Student-Athletes, & Intellectual Property)



LTI Opportunities at the State Level
Many of the state athletic administrator associations offer various LTI courses throughout the year and during the annual state conference To find more information on what your state may be offering, visit your state's athletic administrator association's website.

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LTI Course Descriptions
Foundation Courses
The Foundation Courses provide a base of knowledge and skill that serves as a platform for conducting educationally sound extra-curricular activities.
 

LTC 501 Athletic Administration: Guiding Foundations and Philosophies
The flagship course of Leadership Training serves as an overview for interscholastic athletic administration. This course introduces the philosophy of educational athletics, then focuses on the roles of the NIAAA, the NFHS, the State Athletic/Activity Associations, and the State Athletic Administrator’s Associations. The course also previews the NIAAA Leadership training and Certification Programs. It is a prerequisite for all four levels of certification and includes study materials for the CAA exam. Required for: LTI instructors and all certifications.

LTC 502 Athletic Administration: Strategies for Organization Management
This course takes a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of athletic administration and alerts and educates athletic administrators on potential problems and possible solutions in areas such as chain of command, scheduling, contest management, and personnel management. The course also touches upon eligibility, critical incident planning, financial responsibilities, legal, law, liability, equipment and facilities. Required for: RAA, RMSAA, CAA and CMAAA Certification

LTC 503 Athletic Administration: Enhancing Organization Management
This course is a companion course to Strategies for Organizational Management and outlines an approach to the fundamentals and methods of athletic administration and alerts and educates athletic administrators on potential problems and possible solutions in areas such as special events, public relations, awards, fundraising, and Booster Clubs. The course also touches upon ways to improve citizenship and sportsmanship through positive initiatives. Athletic Administrators will have a hands-on creating handbooks and a strategic plan for their school. Required for: RAA, RMSAA, CAA and CMAA Certification

LTC 504 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues I (Liability for Sports Injuries & Risk Management)
This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards governing liability for sports injuries, including the duties imposed by courts and legislatures on athletics administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, and other athletics personnel related to safeguarding the health and well-being of student-athletes and other persons in school sports environments. Strategies are provided for developing, implementing, and documenting an effective risk management program for interscholastic athletics. Required for: CAA, RMSAA, CIAA and CMAA certification

LTC 506 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues II (Title IX & Sexual Harassment)
This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards regarding Title IX compliance and gender equity assurance for interscholastic athletics programs. This includes the methodology for a school to perform a Title IX self-audit in order to proactively identify problem areas and necessary corrective actions to satisfy all applicable Title IX legal mandates. This course offers extensive coverage of the legal standards governing sexual harassment and sexual violence in school sports programs and strategies for developing, implementing, and documenting an effective anti-sexual harassment policy. Required for: CAA and CMAA certification

LTC 508 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues III (Hazing, Constitutional Law, Disabilities Law, & Employment & Labor Law)
This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards governing hazing in interscholastic athletics programs and strategies for developing, implementing, and documenting an effective anti-hazing policy. There is also extensive coverage of the constitutional rights of student-athletes that must be respected by schools when sanctioning athletes for misconduct, the impact of federal disabilities legislation on school sports programs, and the employment and labor law issues related to the administration of interscholastic athletics programs, in particular the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Required for: CMAA Certification

LTC 510 Athletic Administration: Legal Issues IV (Social Media, Transgender Participation, Event Management & Security, Pregnant & Parenting Student-Athletes, & Intellectual Property)
This course provides in-depth coverage of the legal standards governing the authority of schools to sanction student-athletes and athletics personnel for misuse of electronic communications tools and inappropriate postings on social media. It also includes strategies for developing and implementing effective social media policies, along with extensive coverage of the legal mandates imposed by courts and legislatures related to event management and security, legal issues regarding the participation by transgender students in school sports programs, the rights of pregnant and parenting student-athletes that must be respected by interscholastic athletics programs, and the intellectual property issues related to schools sports nicknames, logos, and mascots. Required for CMAA Certification

LTC 511 Athletic Administration: Concepts and Strategies for Interscholastic Budgeting and Finance Using Excel Spreadsheets
This course of study provides an overview of accepted management practices and strategies. Included are budget models, timelines, documentation practices and suggested strategies for long range planning. A major component of this course will be budget management using spreadsheets. It is highly recommended that attendees bring a laptop with a current operating system and spreadsheet software capabilities.

Operations and Management Courses
The Operations and Management Courses provide skills, knowledge and best practices that enhance administrator efficiency and effectiveness in the management and operation of extra-curricular activities.


LTC 608 Athletic Administration: Management Strategies and Organization Techniques
This course is designed to inform athletic administrators how to more effectively organize and manage their time, apply time management principles, be more productive, and have balance to life. Instruction will focus on 12 key components and strategies, including proven techniques and tips to teach participants how to: set goals and priorities, plan for results, organize for success, process paperwork, delegate effectively, eliminate time wasters, enhance decision-making, make meetings productive, conquer procrastination, utilize technology, communicate effectively, and reduce stress.

LTC 610 Athletic Administration: Today’s Athletic Technology Solutions for Productivity and Communication
“Is there an app for that?” This course is designed for those who would like to learn how to work user friendly software and phone applications to improve efficiency and effectiveness at work. Participants will learn how to use apps to improve productivity, communication and access information 24/7/365. The hands-on course offers the athletic administrator opportunities to actively engage in the class by downloading apps and activating the software. This course will demonstrate how to select the most appropriate digital tool or resource for the administrative task in question. For maximum benefit, it is highly recommended that attendees bring a laptop computer/tablet and smartphone to this class.

LTC 611 Athletic Administration: Concepts and Strategies for Interscholastic Marketing, Promotions and Fund-Raising
This course will provide the athletic administrator with strategies and ideas to successfully promote and market the school’s interscholastic programs and to enhance the success of supplemental fund-raising designed to create interest in, increase enthusiasm for, and better the image of a school’s interscholastic activities program. Models of supplemental fund-raising are summarized, including a focused segment on working successfully with booster clubs and safeguarding of funds that have been raised. The potential for raising funds through grants and outreach efforts for major gifts are introduced. Detailed information related to corporate sponsorship is provided. Appendices include sample materials that may be utilized for grant and corporate sponsorship applications, marketing plans and booster clubs, as well as fund-raising resources.

LTC 613 Athletic Administration: Technology II – Advanced Computer Application Skills
This course is designed for those individuals who would like to develop skills working with the features found in Google Suite. The main focus is on creating Google forms and sheets for data collection and downloading to Excel to create charts and other reports. The use of Google sheets for collaboration as well as online storage via Google drive will be covered in class. Lessons require the administrator to interact with the software in the process of developing forms, sheets and docs, as well as presentations and daily administrative reports. The use of some of the advanced features of Gmail and add-ons will be incorporated into the instruction also. Attendees will receive resource materials, sample forms, sheets and URL lists to watch training sessions and view training materials as they practice in Google Suite. For maximum benefit, it is highly recommended that attendees bring a laptop computer capable of using Google and Microsoft Office programs and products. Participants will be expected to have established a Google account to include a Gmail account. Enrollees who will derive the greatest benefit: Administrators seeking computer skills for office operations, collaboration, communication, data collection and analysis using Google Suite and Excel.

LTC 614 Athletic Administration: Technology III – Enhancing Public Presentations
This course is designed for those who would like to learn to use some of the advanced features of PowerPoint such as action buttons, master slide design, narration, sound, and video insertions. Participants will also learn to use available software as a means of creating video stories and converting PowerPoint to video. Innovative methods of presentation and steps to better presentations, as well as public speaking, are included in the course. The hands-on course offers the athletic administrator opportunities to actively take part in the presentation of the course. For maximum benefit, it is highly recommended that attendees bring a laptop computer capable of using Microsoft Office and Google programs and tools to this class. Enrollees who will derive the greatest benefit: Administrators seeking to improve their presentation skills as well as those who wish to improve their ability to use technology to enhance public presentations.

LTC 615 Athletic Administration: Athletic Field Management
This course examines the role the athletic administrator plays in the practical, cost-effective, and scientific approach to athletic field management. With media coverage and increased societal concerns regarding the health and safety of participants; it is critical that the athletic administrator has a knowledge base of skills and understanding of the requirements for maintaining safe, resilient, and attractive athletic fields. In addition, the course will help athletic administrators develop long-range, operational assessment plans, and the documentation process for outdoor playing surfaces.

LTC 616 Athletic Administration: Management of Indoor Physical Plant Assets
This course considers spectator facilities, special use gymnasia, natatoriums, laundry rooms and locker rooms, and the various systems that support them. Mechanical system checklists for use in regular inspections and maintenance programming will be provided. In addition, considerations and issues related to construction and remodeling programs will be discussed.

LTC 617 Athletic Administration: Administration of Interscholastic Sports Medicine Programs
This course will examine the role of the athletic administrator and other school administrators in supporting and developing the interscholastic sports medicine program within a school or district. Coverage will include: (1) philosophy of sports medicine services; (2) roles and responsibilities of the certified athletic trainer (A.T.C.); (3) roles of other members of the sports medicine team; (4) the high school sports medicine center – specifications and equipment; (5) helping parents, athletes, and the general public understand the role of athletic trainers; (6) legal issues and risk management strategies; and (7) contemporary administrative issues and response strategies. A series of appendices will also be developed to provide athletic administrators and athletic trainers with helpful information.

LTC 618 Athletic Administration: Management of Interscholastic Athletic Player Equipment
This course examines the role of the athletic administrator and other school administrators in supporting and developing a comprehensive program for accountability and management of athletic equipment. The course will take a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of managing players’ athletic equipment. The topics covered will include: (1) Accountability/Management; (2) Accountability/Legal Issues/Liability in Managing Athletic Equipment; (3) Accountability/Inventory; (4) Accountability/Purchasing; (5) Accountability/Storage/Security; (6) Accountability/Laundry; Best Practices; and (8) Accountability/Maintenance/Repair/Reconditioning. This course makes use of principles, strategies and best practices for managing athletic equipment. All methods and techniques discussed will be drawn from the Athletic Equipment Managers Association standards and practices.

LTC 619 Athletic Administration: The Power of Curb Appeal
The “Power of Curb Appeal” is highlighted in this course. Visitors to a school often form an opinion of the school and community based on first impressions. Impressions built upon not only the visual appearances of the facility but the safety, security, and overall feel of the experience. This course discusses the power of curb appeal and how communications can enhance it. Strategies and methods are provided for maintaining structures and facilities as well as a comprehensive study of “Best Operational Management Practices.”

LTC 620 Athletic Administration: Concussion Assessment and Management and the Proper Fitting of Athletic Protective Equipment
This course examines the role of the athletic administrator and other school administrators in supporting the use of the three principle P’s – proper preparation of athletes for participation; the principles of concussion awareness and management; and proper steps for fitting of athletic protective equipment. Part I: preparation for participation: This includes having a proper athletic inventory of protective equipment; a description of the PPE (pre participation evaluation form) and neurological testing. Part II: consists of principles of concussion awareness and management. Part III: proper steps for fitting of all protective athletic equipment.

LTC 621 Athletic Administration: Basics of Synthetic Turf Install
This course incorporates a guided chronological approach for turf installation. Prior to installation, an athletic administrator must ask a few questions: What is involved in appraising the need to install a synthetic turf field? Who will be the team of stakeholders making the decisions? What is the suggested approach to guiding those decisions? This course also includes suggested preparation, guidance, and training for the athletic administrator to make a recommendation to install a synthetic turf field. Athletic administrators will be given direction on how to choose which personnel are fit to oversee the project, differentiate between all synthetic turf products, finance the project, and consider risk management. Information supporting the on-going needs after installation such as testing and training, field life, and the equipment needed for maintenance and safety will be covered.

LTC 625 Athletic Administration: Management of Game and Event Announcing
This course is designed to assist athletic administrators in understanding their role in managing public address (P.A.) announcing at their contests and events. Topics include the role of the athletic administrator in hiring, training, and evaluating announcers; developing expectations for their announcers and strategies for communicating the role of the public address announcer in an interscholastic setting. Course points include guidelines and code of conduct for P.A. announcers; the role of the announcer in promoting good sportsmanship; guidelines for script writing/editing; developing emergency situation/security announcements and discussion/examples of “do’s” and “don’ts” of public address announcing.

LTC 626 Athletic Administration: Student Athletes – Effects of Alcohol, Chemicals and Nutrition on Body and Performance
Addresses the issues of chemical health and the relationship for the student athlete’s personal health, performance, and long-range effects. Administrators who wish to better understand the effects of all chemical substances on student athletes will benefit. Study includes food, supplements, alcohol and drugs.

LTC 627 Athletic Administration: Administration of Interscholastic Sports Strength & Conditioning Program
This course will examine the role of the athletic administrator and other school administrators in supporting and developing the interscholastic strength & conditioning program within a school or district. In this regard, topic coverage will include: (1) philosophy of strength & conditioning for ages 12-18; (2) function of strength & conditioning in rehabilitation of injury; (3) roles and responsibilities of coaches and athletic administrators; (4) the interscholastic weight room – specifications and equipment; (5) financial issues and strategies; (6) helping parents, athletes, and the general public understand the role of strength and conditioning; (7) legal issues and risk management strategies; (8) certification of strength & conditioning of personnel; (9) performance enhancing substances in interscholastic strength & conditioning; and (10) contemporary administrative issues and response strategies. Course taught only by national faculty.

LTC 628 Athletic Administration: Mental Health and Wellness for Student Athlete
Mental illness has been described as one of the greatest silent epidemics in our country. Student-athletes can be vulnerable to a number of mental illnesses due to the pressures they face while balancing their athletic and academic obligations and still maintaining a balance in their daily lives. This course is designed to remove the stigma of mental illness and assist athletic administrators in understanding the causes and how their student-athletes could be affected. The objective for the course is to raise awareness of this social issue and explain to athletic administrators how to educate their coaches and team captains in order to provide support for all of their student-athletes.

LTC 630 Athletic Administration: Interscholastic Contest Management – Planning, Preparation and Methods
This course examines the historic foundations and precedents for contest management as an extension of educationally sound sports programs. Planning methods for contest management are examined including selection of supervisory personnel, suggested need assessment tools, and checklists for the development of supervision plans and policies. In addition, an overview of methods is suggested for creation of an educationally sound competition environment among players, coaches, students, and other spectators. The course emphasizes the need for flexible plans and responses to various contest situations and contingencies.

LTC 631 Athletic Administration: Emergency Management of Interscholastic Athletic Events
This course will provide an overview of how to mitigate/prevent, prepare for, and manage emergencies during interscholastic athletic events. The highlights include venue and event safety, security and emergency management issues. The course will provide guidelines for creating an emergency team, assessing the venue for risks and needs, developing and implementing emergency management plans, and debriefing after an incident.

LTC 633 Athletic Administration: The Administrations of Interscholastic Athletic Programs for Students with Disabilities
As result of the U.S. Department of Education communication and clarification of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, each school district is encouraged to include disabled students in school extra curriculum athletic programs. This course content and model plans will provide a guide for school districts to implement opportunities for disabled students to participate at the fullest extent of their abilities. All enrollees will strongly benefit because the course alerts and educates school and athletic administrators regarding the school district’s responsibilities in providing opportunities for disabled students.

LTC 640 Athletic Administration: The Urban Athletic Director
This course will provide insight and strategies for the leadership of athletic administrators in urban area schools. Additionally, the course will also focus on concerns and/or challenges regarding the value of sports programs in urban area schools. Participants who will derive the greatest benefit: Urban athletic administrators who want to gain useful strategies to make their day to day work environment more effective and efficient.

 

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Leadership Courses
The Leadership Courses provide knowledge and skill that will facilitate development of new visions, creative strategies and innovative practices for educationally sound extra-curricular activities.
LTC 700 Athletic Administration: Administration of Middle School Athletic Programs
This course provides insights and strategies for the leadership of developmentally sound educationally compatible middle school athletic programs. Middle school philosophy is discussed along with the relationship it has to the psychological and physical development of the middle school child. This course also focuses on concerns and/or challenges raised about the value of middle school sports programs in today’s educational setting. Required for RMSAA.

LTC 701 Athletic Administration: Administration and Application of Middle School Athletic Programs
This course provides the necessary strategies, methods, and resources to develop and implement middle school athletic programs and concentrates on the role of the middle school coach and coaching principles. Middle school athletics is an essential part of the total educational process, and the coach is a critical component in a developmentally sound and educationally compatible program. Required for RMSAA.

LTC 703 Athletic Administration: Student Centered Educational Athletics Performance Beyond the X’s and O’s
This student-centered program will provide learning experiences for student athletes beyond the X’s and O’s. This course will support a value-based curriculum that will demonstrate model behaviors and qualities that students should emulate both in and out of the athletic arena. Teachable moments beyond the classroom—center court, centerfield, or center ice—provide the opportunity to promote and maximize the achievement of these educational goals and life skills. This course will provide the necessary strategies, methods, and resources to implement this initiative within your own school.

LTC 705 Athletic Administration: Coach Centered Educational Athletics a Character Based Coach to Coach Mentoring Program
Character based coach to coach mentoring programs utilize the talents, strengths, and qualities of the entire team of coaches to maximize the potential of the coaching staff. Mentoring is an attitude, a relationship, and an investment which provides coaches the opportunity to support and nurture each other professionally, personally, and ethically. This course will highlight mentoring models that demonstrate key behaviors to implement when establishing an effective coach mentoring program. It will also provide athletic administrators strategies and methods to develop and enhance successful coach to coach mentoring programs.

LTC 706 Athletic Administration: Coaching Coaches to be Leadership Educators
This course will examine the training, preparation, and guiding of coaches, by athletic administrators, to understand the inherent tasks related to education-based athletics. The administrator will be better prepared to integrate new learning opportunities for coaches through the nurturing of suggested coaching knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes. Enrollees in this course will be better empowered as the athletic administrator, to deal with the constant turnover and training of coaches that can demand much of the administrator’s time.

LTC 707 Athletic Administration: Assessment of Interscholastic Athletic Programs and Personnel
This course examines a philosophical rationale and a variety of methods that may be used to assess athletic programs and personnel. The goals of this course are to improve the performance of athletic coaches and other athletic department personnel of program operations and improvement satisfaction among, players, parents, and employees. The central theme is to encourage assessment of needs, interests and opinions that can enhance goal setting, and planning priorities. Comprehensive descriptions of skill, knowledge, and supervision requirements for the direction, recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of high school coaches will be reviewed. Criteria used to evaluate coaches will be scrutinized.

LTC 709 Athletic Administration: Communications, Methods and Applications for Athletic Administrators
This course examines relevant strategies and principles that can be used to enhance the skills of athletic administrators in communications. The main focus is on communications concepts. Materials and strategies for the enhancement of communication skills are provided. Appendices provide relevant materials that support text materials and principles.

LTC 710-A Athletic Administration: Current Issues in American Sports
(Ancillary and Additional Funding Sources for Athletics; Professional Development and Mentoring of Coaches; Multi-Sport Participation versus Specialization and Club Programs; Student Mental Health; Transgender Athletes). An instructor(s) will lead small-group discussions related to important issues and effective response strategies for 3 contemporary topics (selected from 5 available for LTC 710-A). The instructional format of this course will consist of brief presentations, group interaction and sharing of ideas. Participants will play an active role as these issues are debated and explored. Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Administrators seeking insight and possible solutions relative to current issues in the field.

LTC 710-B Athletic Administration: Current Issues in American Sports (Dealing with Difficult and Challenging Parents; Finding, Hiring and Retaining Quality Coaches; Marketing an Education-based Athletic Program; Ongoing Challenges of Sportsmanship; Time Management and Organizational Skills). An instructor(s) will lead small-group discussions related to important issues and effective response strategies for 3 contemporary topics (selected from 5 available for LTC 710-B). The instructional format of this course will consist of brief presentations, group interaction and sharing of ideas. Participants will play an active role as these issues are debated and explored.

LTC 714 Athletic Administration: Dealing With Challenging Personalities
This course will focus on certain challenging human behaviors that cause discomfort and anxiety in our daily lives. It examines theories and causes with strategies for preventing, managing and transforming these challenging behaviors. In addition, techniques will be covered in response to anger, sarcasm, denigration, complainers and backbiters and obstinate-rigid people. Additional strategies for interaction with parents who demand involvement in athletic department decision-making will also be presented.

LTC 715 Athletic Administration: Appropriate Professional Boundaries: Identifying, Implementing and Maintaining
This course will assist in identifying professional boundary awareness as it relates to interaction between student and educator. It examines and describes several categories of boundary issues and attempts to create a pathway to a proactive approach for the school administrator to formulate a professional Code of Conduct. Several examples of legal statutes and reporting mandates that all school employees should become familiar with will be examined. The course will provide guidance in developing educational responsibilities by offering suggested training mandates and reporting rules. Identifying roles of victims, offenders, and bystanders will be defined. Examples and best practice techniques in developing useful social media policies will be discussed.

LTC 719 Athletic Administration: Leadership, Management/Supervision and Decision Making Concepts, Methods and Applications
This course examines relevant strategies and principles that can be utilized to enhance the skills of the athletic administrator in the areas of leadership, management, and decision-making. Learning begins with an introduction to the differences between leadership, management, and supervision, and continues with an in-depth investigation of each. Through the analysis of specific leadership and management characteristics and techniques, administrators will be able to apply specific skills to improve their leadership effectiveness. Concepts and techniques of decision-making strategies are discussed and demonstrated through various in-class exercises. Appendices provide relevant materials, instruments, and assessment procedures that support text materials and principles.

LTC 720 Athletic Administration: Community Centered Educational Athletics—A Character Based Approach to Identifying and Unifying the Whole Team
Character-based school athletics can truly succeed only when the entire community—School Board, Superintendent, Principal, Parents and Boosters—support the values and views lived out daily by students in the school setting. This course shares the strategies necessary to implement programs within the athletic community of athletes, coaches, athletic department personnel, and school faculty. Teachable moments offered through athletics prepare students for the future, especially when everyone supports and reinforces those life lessons. This course will empower the athletic administrator to help motivate in order to be a key figure in helping the school community to understand and embrace important character expectations for the school program.

LTC 721 Athletic Administrations: Positive Sporting Behavior-For the Love of the Game
In this course administrators will learn to implement appropriate strategies and techniques designed to create a positive, productive learning environment, which will support a system that encourages character, self-discipline, and sportsmanship. This class will provide opportunities for self-assessment and reflection in regards to prior performance. In addition, administrators will participate in class discussions and activities. This will increase their knowledge and skills of the effective components of successful character, citizenship, and sportsmanship to share with their students, coaches, parents, and communities.

LTC 723 Administration of Professional Growth Programs For Interscholastic Athletic Personnel
There is an ever-increasing demand for trained coaches at all levels of high school and middle school competition. Legal concerns, parental expectations and the objective of providing the best education-based approach for athletes have spurred this movement. Training may include professional development, education and mentoring initiatives. All continuing efforts should be based upon the National Standards for Sport Coaches and would include individual school-sponsored programs, state association requirements and professional providers such as the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Professional Development Academy, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coach Education program and the American Sport Education Program (ASEP). Providing continuing professional development and education for coaches is one of the 14 legal responsibilities of athletic administrators

LTC 724 Athletic Administration: Stress Management Methods, Techniques and Systems
The demands of high intensity daily work, evening and weekend supervision requirements, public expectations, challenging interactions, and limited resources place the athletic administrator in a stressful position. Ways of intervening stress, managing its onset, and using proven methods for reducing its impact are needed. Stress will always be present. Because of the individual nature of perception and preferred response, this course will provide an overview of techniques necessary for coping with the daily demands of an athletic administrator. Examples will include western, eastern, and alternative practices. Demonstrations, activities, videos, and group interactions will be supplemented by sharing of individual experiences.

LTC 726 Athletic Administration: Student Leadership Development
Student Leadership Development is an essential component to any successful education-based athletic program. In this course, numerous ways to actively develop leaders in your local school and at the state level will be covered. Topics include: captains council, student leadership workshops, service learning, and local and statewide student summits. The society in which we live is ever-changing and so are our student-athletes, resulting in a necessity to find new ways to teach and challenge students to be the next generation of leaders. Enrollees that will derive the greatest benefit include educators who seek ideas and materials to help develop student leadership in their respective school, state, and nation.

LTC 790 Athletic Administration: Leadership Training Instructional Methods and Techniques
Since its inception, the integrity of the NIAAA LTI program has been maintained through the consistent and accurate delivery of course curricula. LTC 790 ensures the consistent and accurate delivery of all LTI courses by first providing instructors with an awareness of the expectations that are placed upon them as course instructors, and then by providing instructors with the appropriate instructional strategies, methods, and techniques necessary to properly deliver the courses to administrators. Current LTI National Faculty Instructors guide potential LTI instructors through a series of exercises and interactions that demonstrate best practices for the successful teaching all LTI courses. To become an LTI instructor, individuals must complete LTC 501, LTC 790 and the course the individual will be instructing. Required for: LTI instructors

LTC 799 Athletic Administration: Standards of Excellence in Interscholastic Athletic Programs
Leadership Training Course 799 has two purposes and potential benefits for high school athletic administrators. For those athletic administrators who are new to the profession, the course provides references to a variety of best practices outlined in 27 NIAAA Leadership Training Courses (LTCs) including concepts, strategies, and suggested best practices. Whether working to improve a program or looking for long-range strategic planning guidance, this overview of 27 course components will inspire and encourage significant review, change, and visionary growth. The course manual provides nine chapters that are summarized with detailed checklists developed from topics experienced in the other LTCs. For the more experienced athletic administrator, the same planning and guidance can be derived. However, an additional benefit and incentive discussed in the course is an opportunity to seek the NIAAA Recognition of Program Excellence. This recognition program will identify an exemplary athletic program through the Quality Program Award (QPA) process. The LTC 799 information (its resources, rubrics, and applicable examples) provides guidance of the assessment instrument describing in detail, important components (policies, operations, and best practices) of an educationally sound interscholastic athletic program. This course is required for athletic administrators applying for the QPA at the Exemplary Level.
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LTC 901 Athletic Administration: Introduction to International School Athletic Program Administration
This course serves as an overview for international interscholastic athletic administration and the importance of such programs in these school settings. This course introduces the philosophy of educational athletics, and then focuses on the roles, tasks, and purpose of the athletic administrator in an international school. Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: current International School Athletic Administrators and those planning to move into an International School Athletic Administrator position. Required for RIAA.

LTC 902 Athletic Administration: Principles, Strategies & Methods for Athletic Programs in International Schools
This course takes a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of athletic administration. The course alerts and educates athletic administrators on potential problems, as well as possible solutions in areas such as organization, budgets, scheduling, logistics, parent/student/coach conflicts, and communications. The course also touches upon sample athletic/activity department organizational charts, activity procedures/checklist, public relations, and emergency plans. Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: inexperienced athletic administrators seeking to define and improve their operational procedures. Required for RIAA.

LTC 903 Athletic Administration: Concepts of Program Philosophy
This course is aimed at assisting athletic directors to set the tone for their program. Origins of athletic administration are addressed in addition to codes of ethics. The concept of “educational athletics” is discussed and refined. The role of the athletic administrator and the importance of having a school philosophy are addressed and workshop participants have the opportunity to interact with others to refine their own philosophies. Issues relating to the roles of athletic administrators, coaches, and philosophical applications are covered in depth.

LTC 904 Athletic Administration: Child Protection Overview for the International School Athletic Administrator
This course covers liability for sports injuries, negligence, and risk management practices for athletic administrators. Best practice concepts will be introduced for athletic administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, and other athletic personnel through the use of case scenarios and guided discussion. Appropriate risk management strategies and documentation procedures for athletic administrators will be identified. Real-life scenarios and defining the duties and standards of care that schools require for child protection will be addressed.

Leadership Training Institute FAQ

We encourage anyone who is involved with interscholastic sports to take our courses, including anyone looking to pursue a career in this field.

Membership isn’t required to take a course. However, it is highly recommended because you will save money on online, webinar and national conference courses.

Most likely, you did not put your NIAAA member ID number on the sign-in sheet. Course credit is given once the NIAAA office receives the course rosters and can verify each person's attendance. Sometimes, when we can give you credit all depends on when your state coordinator submits the course rosters to our office.

The LTI courses can be used for CEU credit depending on your state or school district policies. Please check with your State Executive Director or NIAAA Liaison to see if your state has accepted our courses for CEUs.

There are a number of universities that incorporate our LTI courses into their curriculum. Only those that we have a partnership will receive credit for LTI courses that can be used towards Certification. Check out our Certification page to see which graduate programs we partner with.