LTC 501

LTC 501 Athletic Administration: Guiding Foundations and Philosophies

The flagship course of Leadership Training serves as an overview for interscholastic athletic administration. This course introduces the philosophy of educational athletics, then focuses on the roles of the NIAAA, the NFHS, the State Athletic/Activity Associations, and the State Athletic Administrator’s Associations. The course also previews the NIAAA Leadership Training and Certification Programs. It is a prerequisite for all four levels of certification and includes study materials for the CAA exam. Required for: LTI instructors and all certifications.

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 8am-12pm

Virtually (Link will be sent to you prior to the class)


Cost: $125 for MSSADA Members or $160.00 Non-Members


Link to Register for LTC 501


Deadline to Register: January 21, 2022


Questions? Karrah Ellis, Athletic Director at Tantasqua Regional High School, is our LTC Coordinator. Any questions on LTI Courses and the NIAAA CAA Exam should be directed to Karrah (

LTC 501
Message From Fran Whitten - Exec. Director

Dear Membership,


First and foremost, I hope this finds all of you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and beginning the new year with a sense of optimism.  I know these are very challenging times we are facing, however I am confident that with your dedication, perseverance, and leadership we will make it through this pandemic stronger and more productive than ever.  Our mission is to provide our students with the most positive possible experience in the field of educational athletics, and I know that is what all of you remain focused on achieving!


In addition to serving as your executive director, I have been fortunate enough to serve on the NIAAA's National Initiatives and  Assistance Network Committee for the past four years. Each year we promote a national initiative for a highly worth cause, seeking your support.  The last three initiatives for the Red Cross, Wounded Warrior, and Tunnels to Towers have been extremely successful thanks in great part to your generosity.  The National Initiative for this year is The Make A Wish Foundation.  I am certain that all of you are familiar with this wonderful association.


As in the past we will be asking you to make a small personal contribution to this initiative at our state conference in Hyannis.  Won't it be great to actually see everyone in person again this year! The reason I am reaching out to you today is to encourage you to take this initiative a step further.  Please consider involving your student-athletes in a fundraising effort to support this tremendous cause. All of the money raised will be used to make the wishes come true for children throughout the state of Massachusetts. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to develop leadership skills, teamwork, and a knowledge of benevolent giving within your entire athletic program.  By getting your coaches and student-athletes on board, they will be able to witness full filling experiences that will last a lifetime.


I thank you in advance for your involvement and support of this very meaningful initiative. Please see the attachments for further information and how you can make a wish come true!




Fran Whitten, CMAA

Executive Director, MSSADA

Message From Fran Whitten - Exec. Director
Be sure to join us in Hyannis this year from Tuesday, March 29, 2022-Friday April 1, 2022.  Our Conference is a highlight of the school year packed with professional development, concurrent sessions, hot topics, and first-class vendors.  Further information regarding the MSSADA  Annual Conference will be forthcoming in the new year!
Scholar/Athlete Essay Application

2021-2022 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar/Essay Application


Purpose of Scholarship:

In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate, and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and acknowledge the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership, and citizenship attributes of high school student athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life.




  1. Applicant must be a Senior
  2. Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following:
  1. minimum of B+ average;
  2. Ranked in the top 25% of class;
  3. ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Math and Reading)
  1. Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  2. Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  3. Applicant must complete attached scholar/essay application
  4. Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  5. School athletic director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
  6. The principal or athletic director must sign the application to insure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  7. Due Date: February 10, 2022. All materials must be emailed to our MSSADA Secretary at or hard copy can be mailed to Tania Rich, MSSADA Secretary, Nashoba Regional HS, 12 Green Road, Bolton, MA 01740.



MSSADA will award $500 to the male and female winners for Massachusetts


Scholar/Athlete Essay Application

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Thank you for agreeing to be a sponsor of M.S.S.A.D.A. Having sponsors for our Association is vital in providing superior experiences through educational athletics.  Your support is an excellent vote of confidence in our mission. Please accept our most sincere thanks for your support.
For your, convenience MSSADA is now using PayPal.  @MSSADA  When registering for an L.T.C. course it is now a click of a button or quick scan. Questions regarding L.T.C. Courses can be directed to:  
Karrah Ellis, LTC Coordinator
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