SRA 375 Recreational Sports Programming

SRA 375 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

David Waddell

Instructor name:
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.

Contact Information:

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

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

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:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

The student will:

  • Understand and utilize leadership techniques to organize, facilitate, interact, supervise, and evaluate a diverse recreational sport program.
  • Be able to structure, schedule, and officiate sporting events in public, private, and non-profit organizational needs pertaining to intramural and extramural sport activities.
  • 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—types of “needs”, 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
  • Understand and utilize risk management techniques related to negligence and conduct and supervision of activities.
  • Be able to conceptualize and conduct one or more programmatic recreational sports activities.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 19 instructional modules, 3 major projects, and 2 proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


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 reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


  • 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


 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


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.