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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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Money, Money Everywhere, But ...

Money, Money Everywhere, But ...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
In sports as in most other aspects of American society, ours is a free-market system that allows the rich to get richer, with little regard for the consequences.
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The One Thing

The One Thing
Friday, June 17, 2016
I would require and pay for both initial and continuing education of all coaches, both high school and junior high/middle school, head coaches and assistants, paid and volunteer.
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School Sports Benefits

School Sports Benefits
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
"When we look at the larger body of evidence, we find that sports are a tradition in U.S. education that has genuinely benefited students and their school communities.”
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Better Business

Better Business
Friday, June 10, 2016
I am encouraged that “someday” may be coming soon when the symbol of business – The Wall Street Journal – features an article on the dangers of sport specialization that is too early and intense. 
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Neighborhood Pressure

Neighborhood Pressure
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
“If the neighbors do this for their son or daughter, what kind of parent am I if I don’t do this for my child?”
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Fun Factors

Fun Factors
Friday, June 3, 2016
It is well documented that the No. 1 reason youth from age 6 through high school participate in sports is to have fun. But what does fun mean to them?
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Investing in Kids

Investing in Kids
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Coaches education, infused with the core values of educational athletics, is a necessity, not a luxury.
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Inactivity Epidemic

Inactivity Epidemic
Friday, May 27, 2016
This nation must awaken to the reality that physical literacy is as important to our future as reading and writing have been in our past.
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Brilliant Blend

Brilliant Blend
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
It has been a brilliant blend of successes and failures and wins and losses that work together in school sports to help form healthy, happy adults.
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What is Educational Athletics?

What is Educational Athletics?
Friday, May 20, 2016
The positive educational outcomes of interscholastic athletics do not happen by chance.
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