January 28, 2020
Dear WADA Members,
I hope all of you have had a smooth start to your second semesters and are finding some success with your programs as we enter the last 6-8 weeks of the WIAA winter season.
I posted a New Years Message recently on the WADA website as the “New President” that includes much information about our plans for the upcoming year as an organization. Please take a few minutes to look at it and see what we have planned for you this next year:
WADA Website AD Tool Box
An LTI CoHort Plan from our LTI folks for CAA Certification within 1 year
A NEW WADA Summer Leadership date and location for 2020 - July 20-22 in Stevens Point, look for more details in the spring.
Continuing work on the implementation of our WADA Strategic Plan through strategic plan work groups of WADA members who are making recommendations to the WADA Board on implementation strategies and ideas.
Research and Produce an AD Best Practice guide, based on school size and job expectations/responsibilities, to be used as a guide by school boards and administrators.
If you wish to be involved in any of the above initiatives please reach out to me or your WADA District Rep for more information.
A few other items I want to make sure you are aware of that the WADA Board meet on, discussed, and approved at our January Board meeting:
- WADA’s position on members petitions concerning the WIAA as an organization is
- The WADA Exec Board is unwilling to take a stance on member-drive petitions.
- We, as a WADA board can share information with members, BUT include a disclaimer as not an “Endorsement”.
- Beginning in the 2022 WADA Board Cycle, to be eligible for a WADA Board position you will need to have an RAA level NIAAA Certification, and to be an Executive Board Member you need a CAA level NIAAA Certification. I have linked in what those certification requirements are from the NIAAA.
Finally, if you have not been a frequent visitor to the WADA website please consider adding it to sites you visit on a regular basis. Over the past 6-9 months we have worked to make upgrades and have looked to better use the site as a means of more transparent communication with our members about the business of WADA.
I look forward to leading and working with everyone during 2020. Best of luck with what is left in your winter sports seasons. I hope to see some of you in person at the state tournaments. As always, feel free to contact me with questions, thoughts, concerns, or just to catch up on things.
Thank you for your GOYA (Give Only Your All) efforts for student athletes involved in Educational Based Athletics in the state of Wisconsin and for being a part of WADA.
Todd Sobrilsky, CMAA-U