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SRA 375 Sec 1: Recreational Sports Programming

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

David Waddell

David Waddell

David has taught at Ole Miss for seven years following a twenty-five year career leading recreation programs for churches and retirement communities.   

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

An examination and discussion of the operational uniqueness essential to successfully operate recreational sports programs in a public or institutional setting.

Textbook Information:


Mull, Forrester, and Barnes. Recreational Sport Programming. Sagamore Pub Llc; UK ed. edition (December 10, 2012) Print ISBN 978-1571677082

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Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

The student will:

  1. Understand and utilize leadership techniques to organize, facilitate, interact, supervise, and evaluate a diverse recreational sport program.
  2. Be able to structure, schedule, and officiate sporting events in public, private, and non-profit organizational needs pertaining to intramural and extramural sport activities.
  3. Understand sport program management and strategies for planning, development, cooperative problem-solving, and conflict resolution. To provide the student with an understanding of the program planning process:
    1. Program a variety of programs/services to enhance the quality of life
    2. Participant needs assessments ñ types of ìneedsî, constituents, data gathering techniques and resources
    3. Development of outcome oriented program goals and objectives
    4. Program design and planning to include the selection/ coordination of programs/events
    5. Marketing of programs/events
    6. Program implementation ñ servant leadership, professionalism in all situations, service to community and constituents
    7. Program evaluation ñ the necessity of evaluation, quantitative and qualitative paradigms, evaluation models and techniques, data analysis
    8. Apply current programming technology to practice
  4. Understand and utilize risk management techniques related to negligence and conduct and supervision of activities.
  5. Be able to conceptualize and conduct one or more programmatic recreational sports activities.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 19 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide to complete the course in one semester
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*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
  • Lesson 1: Introduction & Identified and Realized (ch 1)
  • Lesson 2: A Specialized Field (ch 2)
Journal, Timed quiz
Week 1
  • Lesson 3: A Management Model (ch 3)
  • Lesson 4: Fun (ch 6)
  • Lesson 5: Career Implications (ch 19)
Lesson assignments, timed quiz Week 2-3
  • Lesson 6: Instructional Sport (ch 7)
  • Lesson 7: Informal Sport (ch 8)
  • Lesson 8: Intramural and Extramural Sport (ch 9)

Lesson assignments, timed quiz

Week 4-5
Major Project 1

Sports Programming Observation

To be completed before proceeding
Week 6
  • Lesson 9: Club Sports (ch 10)
  • Lesson 10: Fitness (ch 4)
Lesson assignment, timed quiz Week 7
Major Project 2

Instructional Sport Video

To be completed before proceeding
Week 7
Midterm Exam
Covers lessons 1-10
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 8

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
  • Lesson 11: Staffing (ch 11)
  • Lesson 12: Funding (ch 12)
Timed quizzes Week 9-10
  • Lesson 13: Facilities (ch 13)
  • Lesson 14: Equipment (ch 14)
  • Lesson 15: Programming Planning (ch 15)
Assignment, timed quizzes
Week 11-12
  • Lesson 16: Marketing (ch 16)
  • Lesson 17: Maintenance (ch 17)
  • Lesson 18: Legal Concerns (ch 18)
Lesson assignments, timed quiz Week 13-14
  • Lesson 19: Review of Ten Steps
Assignment Week 15
Major Project 3
Tournament Design
To be completed before proceeding
Week 15
Final Exam
Chapter 10, Part II through Chapter 19
To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit
Week 16


Grading Scale:

900 - 1000 = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
Below 599 = F

The grading format is as follows:

Sports Programming Paper 100
Instructional Sports Video 200
Tournament Design Project 200
Midterm 100
Final 100
Quizzes 150
Assignments 150
Total Points 1000


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