Tuesday Educational Sessions


Tuesday Educational Sessions

9:45 - 10:45

Current Hot Topics in Youth Sports Roundtable!
Lisa Licata
Crazy things happen all the time in youth sports programs – some positive and humorous; others incredibly disturbing and frightening: and today navigating during a global pandemic can be added to the list. This roundtable discussion will explore policies and philosophies that effect public, private, volunteer-based and military youth sports to arm administrators with practical information that they can share in their community when dealing with a variety of issues. Plus, participants can ask questions and receive feedback from CYSAs and other youth sports administrators to identify best practices and strategies to improve the youth sports experiences for all.

Reach Your Peak
Pam Passow
Looking to move up to the next level? Learn how to climb the ladder of success and get advice on what you should be doing today for your future goals!


12:15 - 1:15

Building Self-Confidence and Overcoming Self-Doubt Personally and Professionally
Emeline Noda, Ron Noda, Megan Shimada
Building self-confidence and overcoming self-doubt are part of personal and professional development. This session encourages positive mindset, self-discovery, and stepping out of your comfort zone to succeed in the Recreation profession.

Community Engagement Tools In A Virtual World
Meredith Reynolds
Understanding and incorporating community knowledge is fundamental to informing public programs and services, and not involving facets of our communities can have significant consequences. Yet to ensure community engagement is done well, we must unpack what barriers to participation exist for our community. New barriers to our traditional in-person engagement activities exist due to COVID-19 as we are forced to shift our programs and services online. To be successful in engaging our communities online, there are a variety of tools available to capture community knowledge and solicit real-time feedback.

Equitable Aquatics: The 3 P’s of Inclusive Aquatics
Kate Connell
LGBTQ/non-binary individuals, non-native English speakers, breastfeeding moms, low-income families, and persons who are differently abled: are these people able to have equal experiences at your facilities? Equitable aquatics is about making sure that you are making your pools accessible AND working to get all types of folks to your facilities. Part exercises, part lecture this session is designed for you to “work-in” your aquatics operations area in real time and leave with ideas to unpack later. We’ll explore the implications and implementation of the 3 P’s of Inclusive Aquatics: Personnel, Programming, and Policies and discuss outcomes and examples for each of the areas. We’ll touch on how to grade your policies and rules for inclusivity, the fundamentals of low-income and scholarship-based offerings, and how to focus on outreach to fill your pool, programs, and payroll list with individuals who represent your diverse community.

Leading with Health in Mind
Jo Burns
How does health manifest itself in your programs, special events and daily interactions with patrons? Does it look different now than before our national health crisis? Our ability to demonstrate Park and Recreation’s influence on health may be the difference between being considered essential or not. Borrowing methodology from Therapeutic Recreation, Public Health and Health Promotion, you can make the healthy choice the easy choice.  In this session we’ll talk about ways to intentionally incorporate physical, emotional and social health into your parks and recreation organization.  We’ll examine opportunities to partner with public health and other organizations in your community to keep health present with low or no cost methods.

The Dollars and Sense of Parks and Recreation
Jamie Sabbach
The recent health, economic and social crises have created an urgent need for organizations to better understand their financial realities in order to prepare themselves for the uncertainties that lie ahead. What better way to help your organization and ultimately your community than by instilling financial discipline, understanding the cost of providing services in order to make informed decisions moving forward, and adopting financial management practices and policies that will help strengthen your organization for the long haul.