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Athletic Director In-Service Workshop Dates Set For 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. - July 21 - The Michigan High School Athletic Association begins its 12th year of conducting an annual series of regional in-service workshops for athletic directors in August.

The series of nine workshops begins August 6, and one session is intended specifically for first-time athletic directors and their secretaries. The workshops will be conducted in various parts of the state. The one-day seminars will cover many of the basic responsibilities of a school athletic director, from working with game contracts, facility scheduling, and budgets; to hiring game officials and on-going relations with the public and the media. Athletic department secretaries and booster club officers are also encouraged to attend at all sites.

Each program will include presentations on recent actions by the MHSAA Representative Council, Association regulations, round-table discussions and the presentation by a local athletic administrator. At three sites, the MHSAA will join with the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association to conduct a seminar called Legal Issues and Strategies in Athletics.

The programs begin at 8:30 a.m., and four of the sites will conclude their day with lunch at 12:30 p.m. The three sites offering the Legal Issues and Strategies in Athletics, and the new AD workshop will run into the afternoon.

Each year, approximately one-third of the MHSAA's 729 member high schools are represented at these workshops.

Registration is $15.00 and includes lunch and an in-service manual. Parties interested in additional information may contact Jerry Cvengros at the MHSAA office, 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823. Telephone: 517.332.5046. E-Mail:

The following is a list of the dates and sites of the 1998 MHSAA Athletic Director In-Service Programs:

· Aug. 6, Gaylord, Holiday Inn
· Aug. 7, Escanaba, Days Inn
· Aug. 11, Frankenmuth, Zehnder's Restaurant - Includes Legal Issues & Strategies in Athletics
· Aug. 13, Grand Rapids, Holiday Inn Airport
· Aug. 14, Jackson, Holiday Inn
· Aug. 18, Bloomfield Hills, Fox & Hounds - Includes Legal Issues & Strategies in Athletics
· Aug. 31, East Lansing, MHSAA Office -- NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
· Aug. 21, Kalamazoo, Holiday Inn West - Includes Legal Issues & Strategies in Athletics
· Aug. 24, Clare, Doherty Hotel

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted in 12 sports for boys and 12 sports for girls which attract approximately 1.3 million spectators each year.