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Friday Night Football

Friday Night Football
Friday, September 23, 2016
The Friday night high school football tradition can expect to be trampled as college football swarms and grunts around the feed trough like hungry hogs.
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Long Days

Long Days
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The pieces about space almost always have the effect of putting my world in humble perspective.
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Choices & Voices

Choices & Voices
Friday, September 16, 2016
The top topics will again be those that are most important to the fabric and future of school-sponsored sports, even if they are not the fad of the day or the fetish of media.
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Girls, Boys and Concussions

Girls, Boys and Concussions
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In sports with identical playing rules, girls reported head injuries with approximately twice the frequency that boys did.
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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play
Friday, September 9, 2016
And that is one very important of very many reasons why play of a competitive nature ... matters, just as much today as 28 centuries ago.
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The Limitation of Rules – Part 2

The Limitation of Rules – Part 2
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
There seems an increasingly popular attitude that if something isn’t specifically prohibited, then it’s permitted. 
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The Limitation of Rules – Part 1

The Limitation of Rules – Part 1
Friday, September 2, 2016
Even if we put players in bubble wrap for sports, what do we do about their decisions away from sports, perhaps in vehicles, with their friends and their cell phones?
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New Beginnings

New Beginnings
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Michigan High School Athletic Association office experienced an unusual amount of mobility this summer ...
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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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