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Penalty Points

Penalty Points
Friday, August 26, 2016
Taking full-body slams by media who have less than half the facts is not just a nuisance to the MHSAA, it’s disparaging to the goodness of the school sports brand.
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Anti-Participation Fees

Anti-Participation Fees
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Among the core values of school sports is a program that is inexpensive for students to play and for families to watch.
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The Massachusetts Model

The Massachusetts Model
Friday, August 19, 2016
“The AD is the school’s curriculum coordinator for educational athletics.”
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Tracking Transfers

Tracking Transfers
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Mishandling transfers is still the No. 1 cause of forfeitures in Michigan high school sports.
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Sixth-Grade Status

Sixth-Grade Status
Friday, August 12, 2016
All of this is under the over-arching goal to involve more students in school-sponsored sports at younger ages ...
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Conventional Wisdom

Conventional Wisdom
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
This has nothing whatsoever to do with sports except to point out the absurdities of our talking about trivia in one place while near tragedy goes unaddressed elsewhere ...
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Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect
Friday, August 5, 2016
Michigan’s climate and culture within high school baseball probably makes a change in the MHSAA pitching rule unnecessary for the high school season. 
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Why

Why
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
What we do in school sports is important. How we do it is even more important. But why we do it is most important.
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Reality Check

Reality Check
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The MHSAA’s Task Force on Multi-Sport Participation has identified delusional parents as one of the greatest contributors to athletic specialization that is too early and intense ...
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The Multi-Sport Difference

The Multi-Sport Difference
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
“I wanted to do something different because playing different sports helps me grow ... "
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The Curse of Cutting

The Curse of Cutting
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Every student we can keep engaged in school sports is a future advocate for school sports, as are these student-athletes’ parents.
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Economic Indicators

Economic Indicators
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Officials registrations in 2015-16 were the lowest in 29 years. And 2015-16 was the busiest year of litigation since 2010.
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Travel Football

Travel Football
Friday, July 15, 2016
That major college football has been in an uncontrolled spiral of excess is not news; but its insidious damage to high school sports is finally making headlines.
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MHSAA's Roberts Elected to NFHS Board

MHSAA's Roberts Elected to NFHS Board
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts has been elected to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national governing body for high school athletics and activities.
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Cooperative Concerns

Cooperative Concerns
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
When an organization receives positive media attention for a policy change, it’s probably best to accept the praise and get back to work. But that could be too easy ... 
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Ali

Ali
Friday, July 8, 2016
We all stood as Ali entered. My wife’s eyes were on Ali; my eyes were on my wife, for I had never seen her give respect to a sports personality in this manner.
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“Just A Spectator”

“Just A Spectator”
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
I learn that there is a general appreciation for the differences between school-sponsored sports and sports on all other levels by all other sponsors.
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Integrated Learning

Integrated Learning
Friday, July 1, 2016
One of the positive aspects of life that school sports and other after-school activities do better than most everything else is to build a sense of community. Another is to teach teamwork.
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Best Practices

Best Practices
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Michigan was among the handful of states to restrict contact in practice, in 2014, a full season prior to recommendations from the National Federation of State High School Associations ...
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The Whole Body of Work

The Whole Body of Work
Friday, June 24, 2016
So, when there was recent criticism that our football practice policy wasn’t progressive enough, that it allows (in theory only) too much time for contact drills, my response is: Look at the entire body of work.
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