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Bathroom Breaks

Bathroom Breaks
Friday, April 29, 2016
Restrooms and locker rooms have become the front line of the latest civil rights battle in America, with collateral damage to school sports possible.
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Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Research is inconclusive if specialization is the path to the elite level of sports, but it is conclusive that specialization is the path to chronic, long-term negative effects.
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Political Fallout

Political Fallout
Friday, April 22, 2016
Shallow, spiteful politics is doing deep damage to America, even to school sports.
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Secret Sauce

Secret Sauce
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
School sports is a team sport. It’s adults working together to allow students to learn and grow in a variety of activities.
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Our Open Tournament

Our Open Tournament
Friday, April 15, 2016
Seeding is such an imperfect art ... that it is more of a publicity stunt than it is a science on which to structure a tournament.
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Lost Leaders

Lost Leaders
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Actually, the greatest threat to the future of school sports is from the self-inflicted wounds by local school district boards of education.
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Slow to Seeding

Slow to Seeding
Friday, April 8, 2016
The fact that there was no seeding proposal even considered by the MHSAA Basketball Committee this year is indicative of two facts ...
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An Easy Call

An Easy Call
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
It wasn’t a bad call in Michigan that caused MSU’s loss in Mississippi. It wasn’t even a tough call for us; it was the only call.
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The Culture of School Sports

The Culture of School Sports
Friday, April 1, 2016
School sports enjoy a standing in our communities and a status in our local media that non-school sports can’t come close to. 
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Time and Money

Time and Money
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I was once told that the best way to discern what may be in a person’s heart is to look at two indicators.
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Sport Sponsorship Should Be Up

Sport Sponsorship Should Be Up
Friday, March 25, 2016
The overall theme may be that, no matter how much schools are struggling for resources and resorting to outside funding, they value the high school brand of sports. 
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Concussion Story

Concussion Story
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Our health and safety narrative addresses all sports and both genders; and the 2015-16 school year provides three significant examples.
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Sportsmanship To Citizenship

Sportsmanship To Citizenship
Friday, March 18, 2016
I have often maintained that good sportsmanship is a precursor to good citizenship ...
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Reluctant Leadership

Reluctant Leadership
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
It’s only mid-March, and I’m already sick and tired of campaign rhetoric and the ridiculously low behavior of candidates for what’s supposed to be our nation’s highest office.
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One Thing

One Thing
Friday, March 11, 2016
“If there was one thing sports has taught me, it’s that everyone matters.”
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Designed and Delivered

Designed and Delivered
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The benefits of school sports do not occur by accident. They occur by design and by delivery.
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Participation in Perspective

Participation in Perspective
Friday, March 4, 2016
Our mission is to increase participation and to raise standards, including standards of eligibility, conduct and care.
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Predicting Success

Predicting Success
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Participation in high school sports, music and drama ... did more to shape my character and chart my life journey than any factor other than my parents.
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Adult Errors

Adult Errors
Friday, February 26, 2016
While the Executive Committee starts the consideration of every case with a bias toward helping the student, the Executive Committee does not accept as a blanket excuse, “It wasn’t the student’s fault.”
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Special Delivery

Special Delivery
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
If there is one month of the year that demonstrates the difference in the MHSAA today compared to a generation ago, it is February.
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