Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops held on Monday, November 1st

All Pre-Conference Workshops are an additional fee

 Two ways to register:

  1. Include as an add-on during the conference registration process.
  2. Sign-up in a separate registration link.  LINK LOCATED AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

 Each session has a minimum registration. If the minimum is not met, the workshop will be cancelled.

Check-In Process for Pre-Con Workshops:

  1. check-in with the volunteer room host 15 minutes prior to the start of each session
  2. present verification of your registration during check-in either by:
    • downloading the Wild Apricot Member App (use the same login/password as the website) tap on "My Tickets" to show registration
    • presenting a copy of your registration confirmation (print or email)

CEU approval for all conference workshops and sessions can be submitted through link provided on the main conference page.


8:00 AM | 2.5hr

Fourteen Fantastic First Aid Facilitations  AQ

8:00 AM | 4.0hr

Experience Design for the Recreation & Event Professional  RP

8:00 AM | 2.5hr

Public, Private and Tribal partners create community with Phoenix Rising FC Stadium  UM

8:00 AM | 4.0hr | OFFSITE

People’s Park: Community Conceived and Created - Delivering the Goodyear Recreation Campus 

1:00 PM | 2.5hr

Equitable Aquatics:

The 3 P’s of Inclusive Aquatics AQ/ADA

1:00 PM | 4.0hr

Unforced Errors In Meeting The ADA Recreation Inclusion Mandate  RP/ADA

1:00 PM | 4.0hr

Better Approaches to Solving Big Problems  IS



Kelly Martinez

Becky Hullett

Regina Iversen

8:00 - 10:30 AM

Aquatics (AQ

Fee: $30 

Eligible for __ CEUs

Fourteen Fantastic First Aid Facilitations
Session Description:

No more boring first aid lectures or tired game show activities. This session will give you 14 ideas for experiential activities to take back to implement into first aid courses, lifeguarding classes and in-services.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will participate in several first aid activities geared towards introducing a first aid concept in a fun way.

2. Participants will participate in several first aid activities that are high energy with great time-on task for their students.

3. Participants will participate in first aid activities that are challenging and help students to retain the information better.


Annie Frisoli

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recreation Programming (RP) 

Fee: $75

Eligible for  ___ CEUs

Experience Design for the Recreation & Event Professional 

Session Description:

The experience design session will assist you and your organization in developing a common language for innovation and creative problem-solving skills. By participating in this highly energized and highly interactive session, attendees will leave with a newfound creative confidence, along with practical strategies, to assist them in designing new and exciting human-centered experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will be able to identify the core principles of experience design.

2. Participants will be able to participate in an innovative design session.

3. Participants will gain practical experience design strategies to implement at their own agency.


James Murphy

David Laughlin

8:00 - 10:30 AM

Upper Management (UM)

Fee: $30

Eligible for ___ CEUs

Public, Private and Tribal Partners Create Community with Phoenix Rising FC Stadium

Session Description:

The creation of the new Phoenix Rising FC stadium and practice facility at Gila River Indian Community’s Wild Horse Pass sets trends in field design/construction and is a great example of public/private collaboration. With completion slated for March 2021, the stadium will seat 10k and have 3 professional-grade fields/televised-level lighting available for youth/community leagues and to bring the community together.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Preconstruction Best Practices--Fast-tracking the design and construction to complete the project in record speed 

2. Subcontractor Partnering—the collaboration to achieve the best value, design and schedule development required a collective goal-setting session and collective expertise with each trade partner. 

3. Public/Private Partnership—The development authority supported the efforts of the project delivery through expedited permits and approval processes. The general contractor also was creative in breaking up design packages well in advance of the GMP and final drawings. 



Kate Connell

1:00 - 3:30 PM

 Aquatics + Adaptive (AQ/ADA)

Fee : $30

Eligible for ___ CEUs

Equitable Aquatics: The 3 P’s of Inclusive Aquatics

Session Description:

LGBTQ/non-binary individuals, non-native English speakers, and low-income families: are these people able to have equal experiences at your facilities? Part exercises, part lecture, we’ll explore the implications and implementation of the 3 P’s of Inclusive Aquatics and discuss outcomes and examples for each of the areas.

Learning Outcomes:

1: List and create action steps to promote inclusivity in aquatic facilities 

2: Identify blind spots in current operations as related to programming, policies, and personnel and summarize changes to implement as a result of lecture 

3: Recognize unique community needs to foster safe and inclusive aquatic experience


Bobbi Nance

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Fee: $75 

Innovative Solutions (IS)

Eligible for  ___ CEUs

Better Approaches to Solving Big Problems

Session Description:

Do you find yourself faced with the same problem, feeling like nothing seems to work? Before changing your next response, try changing the way you approach the problem. Using activities, new techniques, and gameplay, learn how to get to the root of problems, brainstorm, experiment, and iterate solutions, and even ensure your team fails forward, when the situation requires it.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will think strategically about current challenges and work through exercises that help identify the root causes of problems

2. Participants will practice new frameworks, brainstorming activities, and exercises that generate better solutions while staying focused on the issue at hand

3. Participants will discover challenges and opportunities that come with failure and how to respond


John McGovern

Ahren A. Hoffman

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Fee: $30

Recreation Programming + Adaptive (RP/ADA)

Eligible for ___ CEUs

Unforced Errors In Meeting The ADA Recreation Inclusion Mandate

Session Description:

The ADA recreation inclusion mandate is clear. Yet agencies make unforced errors that damage their reputation, cost valuable fiscal resources, and lose the trust of residents with disabilities. This session reviews the recreation inclusion mandate, identifies accepted reasonable modifications, reviews the eight-step inclusion process, and closes with small group case studies. Current court decisions and settlements will color the content.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will understand the recreation inclusion mandate.

2. Participants will review and discuss court-approved and settlement agreement required reasonable modifications.

3. Participants will review and discuss the eight-step recreation inclusion process.

4. Participants will demonstrate lessons learned in case studies, reporting back to the entire audience.


Sean Wozny, Kimley-Horn 

Marissa Pellegrini, Kimley-Horn

Jeff Kratzke, Kimley-Horn 

Dig Karki, Hunter Contracting  

Nathan Torres, City of Goodyear  Guylene Ozlanski, City of Goodyear Michael Beadle, City of Goodyear 

8:00AM - Noon

Fee: $0

* Session will take place on-site at the Goodyear Recreation Campus

420 S. Estrella Pkwy.
Goodyear Recreation Campus is located south of the I-10 on Estrella Pkwy and Harrison St.

*Transportation is not included

People's Park: Community Conceived and Created - Delivering the Goodyear Recreation Campus


Session Description:

The City of Goodyear is opening the Goodyear Recreation Campus in the summer of 2021 which includes a Recreation Center, Aquatic Facility with Competition and Leisure Pool, and 30-Acre Community Park. The panel will present a comprehensive look at the delivery of the Recreation Campus from planning, community and stakeholder involvement, design and construction with site tour of the facility.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will learn about master planning principles

2. Participants will learn about Community Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement

3. Participants will learn about Project Delivery and the Construction Management at Risk process

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