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The Rules We Use

The Rules We Use
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Every policy described in the current Handbook got there as a response to people wanting more rules or recommendations ...
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Rush to Ridicule

Rush to Ridicule
Friday, February 5, 2016
That’s the story. But it’s been mangled by most professional and social media which have rushed mindlessly to ridicule the athletic association.
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Where are the Adults?

Where are the Adults?
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Behind the glitz and glamor of major college athletics is a program without, it appears, any rudder but the pursuit of more revenue ...
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School Overload

School Overload
Friday, January 29, 2016
I don’t know how school administrators and local boards of education do it.
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Early Learners

Early Learners
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Students are engaged in school sports, marching band, cheerleading and other school-related activities throughout most of August, and they are much more eager learners then than later in the school year.
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Soccer for Schools

Soccer for Schools
Friday, January 22, 2016
Soccer is a global game, and we – at the high school level – are not going to change the game at its highest level in the U.S. I don’t really care. 
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Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I saw none of this until I got beneath the surface, and waited.
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News Cycle is Downward Spiral

News Cycle is Downward Spiral
Friday, January 15, 2016
The loss of long-form reporting by professional media who have spent many years with the topics and persons involved has affected all news reporting ...
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Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This is where I get a “fix.” This is where I discover the antidote for creeping cynicism.
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Wakeup Call

Wakeup Call
Friday, January 8, 2016
This is not really school-sponsored, educational athletics. It’s becoming a recruiting service.
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It’s Change, Not Status

It’s Change, Not Status
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Long ago I was impressed by the statement that we should measure impact by change, not by status.
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Not Good Enough

Not Good Enough
Thursday, December 31, 2015
When Frank Lloyd Wright was asked to choose his best project, he replied – in his 80s – “My next one.”
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The MHSAA Model

The MHSAA Model
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Each time I perform this task, I am reminded how differently school sports operates in Michigan compared to non-school sports.
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Not Acting Like Grownups

Not Acting Like Grownups
Thursday, December 24, 2015
What I’d like you to see – what I’m most proud of – is the behavior of the players.
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The Work I Want

The Work I Want
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I would much rather see school sports tackle a half-dozen difficult health and safety issues than spend a half-minute debating national travel and tournaments.
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Our Drop in the Ocean

Our Drop in the Ocean
Friday, December 18, 2015
This country is unique in the world. And school-sponsored sports exist in this country like no other place on earth.
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No Further Review

No Further Review
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
So, let the so-called higher levels interrupt and prolong their games with questionable procedures that are resulting in as much acrimony as accuracy. 
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Unjustified

Unjustified
Friday, December 11, 2015
We expect our schools to follow established rules of their state association, and we try to model that expectation ...
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The Meaning of Success

The Meaning of Success
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I once told a team of T-ballers I was coaching that they had a perfect record: six wins and six losses.
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Data is Due

Data is Due
Friday, December 4, 2015
Allow me to wander way outside my expertise for a moment … to quantum physics.
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