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Leadership training institute Course Descriptions

500 Level
500 Level

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses provide a base of knowledge and skill that serves as a platform for conducting educationally sound extracurricular activities.

LTC 501: Guiding Foundations and Philosophies (Available Online)

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: Strategies for Organization Management (Available Online)

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: Enhancing Organization Management (Available Online)

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: Legal Issues I (Liability for Sports Injuries and Risk Management) (Available Online)

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: Legal Issues II (Title IX and Sexual Harassment) (Available Online)

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: Legal Issues III (Hazing, Constitutional Law, Disabilities Law, Employment Law & Labor Law) (Available Online)

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: Legal Issues IV (Social Media, Transgender Participation, Event Management and Security, Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes, Intellectual Property) (Available Online)

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: Concepts and Strategies for Interscholastic Budgeting and Finance Using Spreadsheets

This course 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.

600 Level
600 Level

Operations and Management Courses

Operations and Management Courses provide knowledge, skill and best practices that enhance athletic administrator efficiency and effectiveness in the management and operation of extracurricular activities.

LTC 601: Developing Athletic Department Handbooks

This course is designed to assist the athletic administrator as part of the administrative team in the school district, in the development of comprehensive handbooks for students, staff, boosters and families. Application, development, and annual review of student handbooks, athletic handbooks, coaches handbooks, booster handbooks, and other groups with constitutions and by-laws, with review of legal rights of students, collective bargaining for staff, and non-profit rules and regulations. In this course, athletic administrators, principals, and those aspiring to enter school administration will benefit from the development, discussion and review of the handbook, constitution, bylaws and legal issues related to this process.

LTC 603: Building Athletic Program Alignment in K-12 School Communities

This course is designed to assist the athletic administrator in aligning sports programs within the K-12 educational model as well as community-based programs. Numerous networking opportunities in the course will allow athletic administrators to add essential tools to their toolbox. Activities are designed for participants to bring home shared concepts from the course for immediate use. This course will assist athletic administrators in identifying building blocks in order to create pyramids of success for education-based and community-based athletic programs from kindergarten through high school. Student-athletes will benefit from aligned skill development and core values. Results are not just for developing student-athletes and winning, but also for supporting the “whole child” as we seek to identify the true meaning of success which includes, but is not limited to, character, integrity, and leadership for every stakeholder.

LTC 608: 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 611: 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: Technology I – Productivity and Collaboration with Google Workspace

This course is designed for those individuals who would like to go beyond the basics and develop advanced skills found in Google Workspace. Administrators will perform hands-on activities using Gmail, Google Drive, Sheets, Forms, Calendar, Keep and Google Meet. 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 Workspace. For maximum benefit, it is highly recommended that attendees bring a laptop computer capable of using Google Workspace applications. Participants will be expected to have established a Google account to include a Gmail account.

LTC 614: Technology II – Current Trends in Digital Engagement & Communications

This course is designed for administrators seeking tips and tools: to manage digital media assets for social media; to create engaging live and on-demand content; to build interactive public presentations; and to leverage applications to make daily tasks more efficient. The course will help participants evaluate the best methods for reaching their target audience depending on environment and delivery method. Participants will audit their school brand, learn how to build a style guide and manage their digital brand using applications. Participants will create brand assets for use in presentations and social media platforms. Participants will learn how to use native and add-on phone 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. Participants will have a pre-class assignment to gather and organize images, logos, videos and other digital assets for use in class.

LTC 615: 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 Facilities: Management, Improvements & Innovations

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: 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: Accountability for Managing Athletic 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: Enhancing Event Experiences Through Curb Appeal

This course highlights areas which the athletic administrator should consider prior to hosting visiting schools, spectators, and participants for athletic events. The opinion of a school, the community, and the school’s administration are often formed based on first impressions experienced when attending an athletic event. These impressions/experiences are built upon not only the visual appearance of the facility but the overall preparedness of the facility from entering the main gate, sitting in the stands, and leaving upon completion of the event. The course discusses the power of being prepared, and how communications can enhance the fans overall game experience. Strategies, methods, and illustrations will provide for maintaining structures through a comprehensive study of “best operational management practices” geared toward an enjoyable fan experience.

LTC 620: Current Trends in Concussion Management and Proper Steps in Fitting Athletic Protective Equipment

This course examines updated information on concussions knowledge, awareness, management, attitudes, and behaviors among athletes, coaches, parents, health care providers and school professionals. It offers potential strategies to help keep athletes safe. The course also offers the proper steps in fitting of helmets and protective padding.

LTC 621: 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: 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: 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: Administration of Interscholastic Sports Strength & Conditioning Program

Strength and conditioning programs have become an integral part of the overall success of today’s athlete as well as enhancing lifelong health and fitness for all students. This course will examine the role of the athletic director and other school administrators in supporting and developing the strength and conditioning programs within a school or district setting. Topics will include: 1) the philosophy and mission behind strength and conditioning; 2) roles and responsibilities of various athletic personnel including certifications and professional standards; 3) program management and assessment within a scholastic environment; 4) the organization and administration of a highly functioning strength & conditioning program, and (5) the development and design of a fitness facility including risk management strategies and financial issues.

LTC 628: 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: 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: 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: 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 635: College Bound Student Athletes: Role of the Athletic Administrator, Best Practices, Educating Student Athletes and Families

The purpose of this course is to provide Interscholastic Athletic Administrators with information that will benefit student athletes and their families as they navigate the path to college athletics. Participants will gain an understanding of academic eligibility requirements, compliance requirements and the significant steps that are part of the recruiting process.

Additionally, the course provides information in regards to finding a system to promote participation of athletes participating in college athletics across all divisions, including Division I, II, III, NAIA and Junior College. Strategies and materials will also be offered to best support your counseling staff, coaching staff and your parents to promote the best fit, both academically and athletically for your student athletes.

LTC 638: Creating an Awareness of Diverse Groups within Athletic Programs

This course will provide insight and understanding of the diverse groups within the athletic program. Specifically, this course will assist the athletic administrator in areas of awareness regarding sexual orientation, gender, religion, socioeconomics, racial dynamics and ageism. Those who complete this course will have a better understanding of how to create a safer and more welcoming environment for all athletic program stakeholders.

LTC 640: Role of the Urban Athletic Administrator

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.

700 Level
700 Level

Leadership Courses

Leadership Courses provide knowledge and skill that will facilitate development of new visions, creative strategies and innovative practices for educationally sound extracurricular activities.

LTC 700: Principles and Philosophies of a Developmentally Appropriate Middle School (Available Online)

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: Leadership and Administration of Middle School Athletic Personnel (Available Online)

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: 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 704: Recruit/Hire, Mentor and Retain Coaches

This course will cover numerous ways to actively recruit, mentor and retain high quality coaches and activity sponsors within your organization. Topics that will be covered include: Best hiring practices for coaches and sponsors, identification of female and minority candidates, faculty vs. non-faculty coaches, challenges with/of parent coaches, strategies to grow coaches, retention strategies. The youth sports industry has changed expectations and realities of being a coach across the United States. This unrealistic expectation of scholarships and the win at all cost emphasis has resulted in the necessity for schools and athletic administrators to develop innovative strategies of recruitment, mentoring and retention of coaches for education-based athletics.

LTC 705: 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 mentoring program. Since each school/site is different, this course provide athletic administrators strategies and methods to develop and enhance successful coach to coach mentoring programs upon returning to their school/site.

LTC 706: 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: Improvement of Athletic Programs and Personnel Through Assessment

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: 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: Current Issues in Education-Based 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: 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 712: Ethical Decision Making in Education-Based Interscholastic Sports Programs

The purpose of this course is to help athletic administrators evaluate the ethical qualities of their department and equip them with a protocol for dealing with ethical dilemmas. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of ethical decision making, specifically as it pertains to interscholastic sports. An emphasis of the course is to assist the athletic administrator establish their own moral framework for making ethical decisions and resolving ethical issues within their department. The course also deals with developing codes of ethics and moral character development within coaches and athletes. This is a highly interactive course with multiple scenarios to illustrate qualitative approaches to resolving ethical issues.

LTC 714: 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: 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 716: Partnering With Parents – Building a Positive Culture in Education-Based Athletics

This course will aid athletic administrators by teaching them how to develop and train coaches to foster positive interactions, develop and sustain quality relationships, and collaborate with parents. A common goal for parents and coaches should be for student athletes to have a transformational experience while participating in education-based athletic programs. Therefore, a focus will be placed on maintaining proper perspective, proactive action plans, and best practices. Emphasis will also be placed on communication practices and how to avoid disconnect between coaches and parents that contribute to strained relationships. The ultimate goal is for parents to feel they are a valuable member of the team culture and community.

LTC 717: Identifying the Need For and Effecting Change in Athletic Administration

The purpose of this course is to assist athletic administrators in navigating change. Gaining an understanding of change related to process, policy, mindset, systems, and culture is critical to developing an appropriate change model. Additionally, gaining context in various aspects of change such as identifying stakeholders, potential solutions, and the inevitable roadblocks will allow athletic administrators to avoid setbacks that can lead to failure.

LTC 718: Leading the Athletic Department through Tragic Events

This course equips athletic administrators with essential tools and resources to effectively lead during and after a tragic event. It addresses the unique challenges athletic administrators face, offering strategies for preparation, immediate response, support, remembrance options, returning to normal, and self-care. Developing these skills, athletic administrators can navigate their own healing and foster a culture of emotional well-being within their departments.

LTC 719: 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: Building a Character Based Athletic Program

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: 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

Providing continual professional development and education for coaches is one of the 14 legal responsibilities of athletic administrators, therefore creating a need to ensure that all coaching staff at all levels are trained at the highest level. This course will show athletic directors how to further continuing efforts. Professional development 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).

LTC 724: STRESS: Causes, Effects, and Strategies

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: 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: 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: Standards of Excellence in Interscholastic Athletic Programs

This course 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.

900 Level
900 Level

International Courses

International Courses provide a base of knowledge and skill for the international athletic administrator seeking to conduct an educationally sound athletic department and extracurricular activities.

LTC 901: Guiding Foundations and Philosophies for International School Athletic Programs (Available Online)

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: Strategies for Organizational Management in International School Athletic Programs (Available Online)

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: Enhancing Organization Management and Effectiveness in International School Athletic Programs (Available Online)

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: Child Protection Overview for the International School Athletic Administrator (Available Online)

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.


LTC 910: Current Issues in the International Education-Based Athletic Community

Topics: 1) Finding/Retaining/Educating Coaches; 2) Inclusion vs Competition - How Can Both Exist?; 3) Home Stay vs Hotel Stay; 4) Dealing with Parents; 5) Dealing with Unexpected Events; 6) Managing Increased Workload Expectations. Instructors will present important issues and effective response strategies for 3 contemporary topics within the International Athletic Community and Programs (selected from the 6 available for LTC 910). The instructional format of this course will consist of brief presentations, group interactions and sharing of ideas. Participants will play an active role as these issues are debated and explored. Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: International Athletic Administrators seeking insight and possible solutions relative to current issues in international athletic programs.

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