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SHARP Workshop

The SHARP (Successful Hands-on Applications for Recreation and Parks) Workshop is for park and recreation professionals of all levels: front-line staff to senior-level employees. Lunch will be provided. This workshop will provide attendees with new skills to help you thrive in your position, boost your professional development that will help in everyday tasks, and give you practical experiences to help problem solve at your job.

October 4, 2022

Merriam Community Center
6040 Slater Street
Merriam, KS 66202

CEU Credit - 0.3


8:30 am: Registration Begins

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Aquatics Session: During this aquatic session, participants will learn about full scale emergency action plans, including fire department response, employee debriefing, media response, and critical incident stress. A local fire department will join the session as they would for a serious incident in a pool area. CEU(s): 0.2

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Merriam Facilities Tour & Presentation, Plus KRPA Updates- Participants can take a tour of the new Merriam Community Center. Built in 2020, Merriam Community Center is one-of-a-kind, year-round destination for fitness, aquatics, classes and events. 
The facility included an indoor pool with slides, a lazy river, lap lanes, and a warm water therapy pool; outdoor pool with lap lanes, diving boards, and zip line; industry-leading fitness equipment; walking/jogging track; full-size gymnasium with options for basketball ,volleyball, and pickleball; and space to host events. Following the Merriam presentation, attendees will hear about KRPA updates and more.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Branch Meetings and Networking Lunch

12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Sports Branch Session: Intro to Pickleball- 
Explore the history behind the fastest growing sport in the nation, pickleball. Learn where the sport came from, how it received its famous name, and its current popularity.  Once you know the background, take a deep dive into the rules and end with a brief lesson. CEU(s): 0.1

Wellness Branch Session: Supply and Demand- Participants will learn about supply and demand, identifying needs, resources, tapping into grants, facilities, partnerships and insurance reimbursement programs. CEU(s): 0.1

Recreation Branch Session: Cost Recovery/Budgeting 101- Great session for first or second year programmers! Learn a glossary of terms to keep your budget above water and hands on practice in creating new program budgets. CEU(s): 0.1

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Sports Branch Session: Building a Pickleball Program- Discover ways to bring pickleball programs to your community or how to help your program grow. Here we’ll discuss creating new programs like open play or lessons, explore helpful resources and supplies needs for successful programs, and review creating policies and conflict resolution. CEU(s): 0.1

Wellness Branch Session: Wellness Programming- Participants will discuss scheduling, space, equipment, staff, set up and actually creating a schedule for your facility programs/classes. CEU(s): 0.1

Recreation Branch Session: Take the Leap- Are you ready for a promotion? But not sure how to get there? Whether it is a lateral move to another organization or a promotion from within, learn from those who have made the leap! CEU(s): 0.1

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Sports Branch Session: Growing your Pickleball Leagues and Tournaments- Learn how to take your pickleball programs to the next level! This session will provide realistic strategies for implementing and managing pickleball tournaments, leagues and even the players. Walk away with the confidence you need to finally manage a league or tournament of your own. CEU(s): 0.1

Wellness Branch Session: Grant Writing 101 – Identify how grants can help your ideas and projects, how to get started with the what, where and how of grant writing basics. CEU(s): 0.1

Recreation Branch Session: Governing Bodies: How, Who, Why?- Budgets, procedures, policies. You know we love them, but most of the time they are given to us by those who govern. Hear from our experienced panel on how to navigate your leaders to keep Parks & Recreation in the budget and viable in your community. CEU(s): 0.1

For questions or more information about upcoming workshops, please contact the KRPA office at (785) 235-6533 or jamie@krpa.org.
Cancellation Policy: NO refunds will be granted; substitutions are allowed.

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