2021 Annual Conference - Attendee Registration

    April 27, 2021 9:00 AM to April 29, 2021 12:00 PM
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            This year we are trying something new! Due to the circumstances, we will be conducting our annual conference virtually using the PheedLoop platform. Pheedloop is an all-in-one platform for virtual events that has extensive opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors to participate and create an all-inclusive experience in ways that we have not seen before. Attendees are encouraged to participate in Pheedloop’s conference Gamification where you can earn points through visiting vendors, completing session streams, within announcements, and on social media that you can later trade in for awesome prizes! We are giving away over a thousand dollars in gift cards to attendees that participate the most in our conference! Exhibitors and sponsors will also be giving away their own prizes to participants throughout the conference. Join us in this year’s new and exciting virtual convention and trade show! See the link below to learn more and register!

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     Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

    Welcome attendees and instructions on the virtual conference - Leroy Lopez - President

    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

    Leadership is a Contact Sport | Cory Dobbs, President, The Academy for Sport

    Discover how to create a compelling culture that leads to extraordinary results. This talk will provide the athletic director with a framework for radically redesigning the way he or she does athletics. The goal: to get to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of relationships with stakeholders.

    10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

    Time Out - Visit the Exhibitors

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Intelligence | Cory Dobbs, President, The Academy for Sport Leadership

    In this workshop, based on over ten years of practical research with college and high school coaches and student-athletes, Dr. Dobbs - founder of The Academy for Sport Leadership - presents a pioneering approach to coaching, leadership development, team building, and student-development.

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Time Out - Visit the Exhibitors

    12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

    Mechanics of an Attitude and Championship Self-Talk | Matt Kitashima, CEO, Meiso Consulting LLC

    We hear all the time that “Attitude is a Choice”, but we have never learned the ‘how to’ in order to make that happen. In this session, we will break down the components of an attitude in order to completely control our attitude. Actions are essential to productivity in all we do, but our self-talk initiates the action we decide to take. We will learn the most effective self-talk to initiate the actions that separate us from others.

    1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

    Middle School Break Out | John Andrew,  Director, Athletics, Denver Public Schools

    2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

    Coaches Role & Perspective - Coaches Panel | Andy Lowry, Columbine High School | Gary Childress, Retired | Bonnie Wallin-Kuntz, CAA, Otis High School | Al Melo, Harrison High School District 2

    Respected Colorado Coaches will discuss their thoughts on success and culture in their programs. Coaches will also discuss evolution of coaching, hot topics, and will take questions at the conclusion.

    2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    Closing Comments and last chance to visit vendors for the day

     Wednesday April 28, 2021

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Visit the Exhibitors

    9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Being Intentional with High School Female Sports | Corryne Irvin, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Saint Xavier University

    Topics that will be presented and discussed:

          • How athletic administrations must make intentional decisions to provide opportunities in female athletics
          • Options for promoting female sports in conjunction with male sports
          • How to build and maintain successful female sports programs within the ever-changing landscape of high school athletics

    10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

    Time Out - Visit the Exhibitors

    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Mental Health | Pat McCabe, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Arapahoe High School

    Consider the idea that perhaps the current state helps to create a mentally instable situation for many of our students; that many of our solutions seem to attack symptoms rather than the cause. Could it be that we need to re-examine our approach to student mental health? This is a compelling presentation related to the role that our athletic programs can play, not just in building healthy individuals, but as the leading operation in our schools and communities related to the issue. In the desired state, our coaches and programs, our message, and our approach, if intentional, can help make the cultural adjustments, and teach the skills that lead to the individual and group confidence that is inherent in mentally healthy individuals.

    11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

    Business Meeting/Election/Awards Presentation

    1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

    Officials, recruitment and how to help crowd control | Eric Johnson, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Windsor High School, & President, Colorado Board 4 Basketball Officials Association

     Hoping that the conversations we have will open ideas about how to support one    another to:

          - Understand the roles of the AD and officials in creating solutions to the officials shortage in Colorado and across the country
          - Recruit and retain more people in the officiating ranks
          - Provide ideas about effective strategies for contest management for better experiences for all

    Empowering the Female Athlete to Succeed Beyond High School | Corryne Irvin, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Saint Xavier University

    Topics that will be presented and discussed:

          • Understanding the importance of athletics in young females
          • Systematic approach to developing necessary characteristics to assist female athletes after high school 
          • Assisting female athletes with scholarship opportunities and college decision making skills

    Athletic Safety Audit | Chris Mathewson, Head Athletic Trainer, Ponderosa High School

    Seven years ago I developed the Athletic Safety Audit (ASA).  The ASA is a formal, organized inspection of a high school’s athletic facilities, athletic equipment and athletic operations.   The 25 different checklists represent current best practice (and therefore, legal standard of care)   The standards  were established on the basis of referral to various resources, including but not limited to:

    • NFHS rule books
    • Published recommendations
    • Authoritative texts and articles 
    • Case reports of litigation arising from claims of negligence related to sport facility safety
    • The combined professional experience and expertise of the developers of the inspection checklists


    I will share the results of the six years worth of audits performed across 8 Denver metro area high schools.   The presentation will be divided into five sections: 

    • Brief introduction to the overall concept of the ASA 
    • Five most common hazards in athletic facility audits
    • Two most common hazards in athletic equipment audits
    • Three most common hazards in athletic operations audits
    • Questions and Answers

    1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

    Time Out - Visit the Exhibitors

    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    AD Panel Big and little school split: 1A – 3A – Dirk Pederson, Limon High School | Marcie Ham, Pagosa Springs High School | Jeff Hollway, Kent Denver | Kerry Sayles, Hi-Plains Schools | Dave Walck, Grand Valley High School | Scott Manchester, Cañon City High School| Steve Longwell, Eaton High School

    4A and 5A – Denny Squibb, Fruita Monument High School | Damian Brown, Mullen High School | Autumn Sereno, Green Mountain High School | Tom Brieske, Rock Canyon High School | Harrison Chisum, Fort Morgan High School | Tonya Bond, Eaglecrest High School

    2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    Closing Comments and last chance to visit vendors for the day

     Thursday, April 29, 2021

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Visit the Exhibitors

    9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

    Ted Talk: Booster Club: Rules, regulations, procedures | Eddie Hartnett, Boulder

    Eddie Hartnett will cover rules, regulations, and procedures for booster clubs. Ideas on how to make them successful.

    Ted Talk: Mistakes Made: Table breakouts, discuss, group share | Doug Kilgore, Retired

    Doug Kilgore will share mistakes he has made and how to avoid them. Ideas for success.

    Ted Talk: Overview of CHSAA Constitution and Bylaws | Ernie Derrera

     Ernie Derrera will provide an overview of the Constitution & Bylaws, how changes can be proposed for both and provide insight into CHSAA’s process and timeline.

    10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

    Becoming Unstoppable - Success Secrets from a Four-Time Olympian | Ruben Gonzales, Former Olympianlympian Ruben Gonzalez’ was an unlikely Olympian. He took up the sport of luge while in college and became the first person to compete in four Winter Olympics in four different decades. His inspiring presentation is sprinkled with humor, motivation and leadership content that deals with simple, yet profound ways each person can deal with the challenges they face daily. It will make you laugh, think and walk away with ideas you can put to use immediately.

    11:45 AM - Noon

    Closing Comments, League Door Prize, and 50/50 Drawing (Remotely)


    To learn more about the conference and our speakers, click the Attendee Contract button above!




    $300.00 Non-Member Ticket
    $250.00 Earlybird rate before April 5

    $250.00 Member Ticket
    $200.00 Earlybird rate before April 5