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Keynote Speakers Announced For Women In Sports Leadership Conference; TWO-DAE, PACE, AD Training On Weekend Schedule

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jan. 4 - A day of educational opportunities for coaches, officials and athletic administrators will again precede this year's Women In Sports Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the first weekend in February.

On February 2, the day before the general conference opens, the MHSAA will again conduct its annual Program of Athletic Coaches Education (PACE) at two levels. PACE provides training in legal responsibilities, prevention and care of sports injuries, physical conditioning, planning and evaluating instruction, motivation of student-athletes, positive coaching and MHSAA regulations. Level I is the basic program, and Level II deals with advanced topics. Registration for PACE is $50 per individual for the Level I seminar, and those who have completed Level I may register for Level II at a cost of $50.

For the second year the MHSAA is providing as part of the WISL weekend, training for officials and athletic administrators.

TWO-DAE is the acronym for: Trained Women Officials - Dedicated, Accomplished, Educated, the title of a day-long workshop designed to assist new female officials and females interested in becoming registered high school game officials, learn the tools of this avocation. TWO-DAE will feature the six-hour Rookie Official Training Program intended to help participants understand officiating mechanics, study basic rules, explore the psychology of officiating and review the elements of professionalism in officiating. The cost of the TWO-DAE clinic is $30. Last year, 53 individuals participated in this new program.

For individuals who are new school athletic directors or interested in becoming an athletic director, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) will be offering the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Leadership Training course. The four-hour session has a registration fee of $79 and the presentation will focus on daily duties of an athletic director.

For more information about pre-conference activities, contact the MHSAA at 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823. Telephone: 517/332-5046. E-Mail: meetings@mhsaa.com.

Former San Francisco Chronicle sports writer Jane Gottesman headlines the major speakers for the 14th annual Women In Sports Leadership Conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Lansing Hotel, February 3-4. Gottesman will deliver an address "Game Face: What Does A Female Athlete Look Like?," to the opening general session, which will be attended by over 500 people on February 3.

Also on the agenda for this year's conference are Susan McFarland, of Life Enrichment Seminars of Ada, Michigan, who will present her speech, "Live With Abandon and Hope for the Best" at the banquet on the first day of the conference; and Jack Reenkens, author of the book, "Recruiting Realities," will be the general session speaker the morning of the second day of the conference.

"Pregame" is the theme for this year's conference, providing a focus for the administrators, student-athletes, coaches and officials in attendance. As in past years, registration for the nation's first and longest-running program of its type is limited to 500. (NOTE - Media registration is complimentary - A copy of the WISL brochure can be viewed on the MHSAA Web Site) One of the top attractions for of the conference will be a Student Leadership Workshop each day.

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