As the pandemic has persisted over the past few months, we have all experienced the altering of a number of customary life events. We have hoped and worked behind the scenes in an effort to successfully conduct the 2020 National Athletic Directors Conference as scheduled in Tampa, Florida.
Our planning, registration delay announcements, and survey have led us to this time during which a decision must be made for preparation purposes and for the wellbeing of our members. The conclusion has been reached that the 2020 National Athletic Directors Conference will move to a virtual conference. We are currently determining the platform that will bring the educational sessions to you, and working with the Tampa authorities to bring the national conference back to Tampa in the near future.
It is our goal to continue with most all normal conference functions general sessions, workshops, networking sessions, exhibit hall vendors, meetings and Leadership Training courses. We encourage you to regularly reference the conference website to monitor the registration information, schedule and updates. The number of hours presented each day will be adjusted to help accommodate time zones and work days, balancing non-event supervision weekends with afternoon start times, and having many of the 44th NIAAA Annual Meetings surrounding the professional development sessions.
We hope that this unique National Athletic Directors Conference will provide an opportunity for many athletic administrators who have never attended the national conference to be a part and enjoy a taste of the learning, camaraderie, and uplifting experience that it provides. As the registration fee and opening date are determined, it will be done with the effort to reach many new professionals. The sessions of the conference will be recorded and registrants can view portions that they may have missed, or view workshops other than the one attended.
We know that each of you have committed much too reopening schools and education-based athletic programs. Your efforts are met with continual change, challenges and readjustments. However, we also are confident in your skills, your persistence and your dedication to your students in order to provide them with safe opportunities in which to participate.
We look forward to seeing you virtually at the 2020 National Athletic Directors Conference in December.
Dr. Mike Blackburn, CMAA
NIAAA Executive Director
Dr. Karissa Niehoff
NFHS Executive Director