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Starting Five

Starting Five
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The Task Force on Multi-Sport Participation which the MHSAA appointed early in 2016 has identified its top five projects.
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Guild and Guide

Guild and Guide
Friday, December 2, 2016
If we are to make any headway on these topics during this school year and beyond, then we must see the MHSAA’s role is to be both a guild and a guide.
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UP Power

UP Power
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Here the multi-sport student-athlete is not an endangered species; it's an essential fact of life.
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Inner Life

Inner Life
Friday, November 25, 2016
“It is time to give sports back to the children who play them. To focus on the true purpose of sports in our children’s lives."
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Questions for 8-Player Football

Questions for 8-Player Football
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
We must keep in mind that every enhancement of the 8-player experience invites more conversions from the 11-player to 8-player game ...
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The Specialty of School Sports

The Specialty of School Sports
Friday, November 18, 2016
When rushed into early and intense specialization in a single sport, youth may not be ready for the rigors of that sport.
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Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
There is a similar art to leading modern day interscholastic athletics, where the top task is simultaneously to protect and promote school sports.
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Big Ten TV

Big Ten TV
Friday, November 11, 2016
The Big Ten Conference likes to say it "appreciates" high school football within its footprint; but the evidence is otherwise.
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Late to the Game

Late to the Game
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
What is much more often true is that specialization in a sport that is too early and too intense stunts a young person’s physical literacy ...
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Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk
Friday, November 4, 2016
The vulgar, victimizing language we heard from a presidential candidate in a 10-year-old recording is NOT “locker room talk.”
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The National Anthem

The National Anthem
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The National Anthem is so frequent and routine at most high school events that, sometimes, spectators barely notice.
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Officiating’s High Calling

Officiating’s High Calling
Friday, October 28, 2016
At a time when the number of registered officials with the MHSAA has sunk to a 30-year low, Barry’s words are a clarion call ... to consider sports officiating ...
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Secret Weapon

Secret Weapon
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
In schools across this state there are coaches and administrators whose lifetime profession and passion has been school sports.
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Turnover

Turnover
Friday, October 21, 2016
One of every seven MHSAA member high schools has an athletic director this year who has not served in that role for at least the past five years.
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Gut Check

Gut Check
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I listened to my gut which, long before my head, knew something was not right. 
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Wrong End of the Microscope

Wrong End of the Microscope
Friday, October 14, 2016
Those who love and lead high school football in Michigan may be looking through the wrong end of the microscope.
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A 7’ Tall Tuba Player

A 7’ Tall Tuba Player
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
No one is recruiting tuba players from one school to another. Debaters are not often subject to undue influence.
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Why Not National Events?

Why Not National Events?
Friday, October 7, 2016
Opponents see national events as symptomatic of the "select the best and forget the rest" virus that is infecting much of youth sports that is neither school-sponsored nor student-centered.
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Going to the Mat

Going to the Mat
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Somewhere I heard a speaker say: “The most exciting thing in life is to be shot at ... and missed.”
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More is Not Better

More is Not Better
Friday, September 30, 2016
While media will opine that increasing classifications waters down the tournament, our arguments are more practical.
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