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Perspective: What Did You Do About It

Perspective: What Did You Do About It
Friday, December 19, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson talks about the track record of high school sports in general and the MHSAA specifically as it pertains to concussions.
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Perspective: Fans at the Fore

Perspective: Fans at the Fore
Friday, December 12, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson talks about the Battle of the Fans IV, a program designed to recognize the best student cheering sections in the state. 
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Graduation of Multi-Sport Athletes

Graduation of Multi-Sport Athletes
Monday, December 8, 2014
Student-athletes specializing in one sport is something that is happening more and more. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this is, but it often times seems to boil down to unrealistic expectations from several parties that an athlete is capable of being a legitim...
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Perspective: Life is Bigger than Football

Perspective: Life is Bigger than Football
Friday, December 5, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson tells a couple of stories from last weekend's 11-player Football Finals that illustrate the positive effects sports can have in a young person's life.
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Perspective: Kudos

Perspective: Kudos
Friday, November 28, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson passes out kudos to everyone who went to extraordinary lengths to help stage MHSAA Tournament events last week in the face of bad weather.
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Perspective: Something to Play For

Perspective: Something to Play For
Friday, November 21, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson talks about how in high school sports, there's something to play for every day. 
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Perspective: Paper Playoff

Perspective: Paper Playoff
Friday, November 14, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson recalls the history of the MHSAA Football Playoffs, which started with a paper playoff 40 years ago.
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Perspective: Dumb & Really Dumb

Perspective: Dumb & Really Dumb
Friday, November 7, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson talks about a couple of dumb ideas in the football world – a national high school playoff, and multiple-game weekend tournaments.
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Perspective: The Middle

Perspective: The Middle
Friday, October 31, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson talks about junior high/middle school sports and the MHSAA's work to possibly to do more with student athletes before they reach the high school level. 
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Commentary: Flag Football First

Commentary: Flag Football First
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
St. Johns athletic director Chris Ervin explains why he believes high school football coaches would and should prefer more flag than tackle football for younger children.
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Perspective: Football Playoff Primer

Perspective: Football Playoff Primer
Friday, October 24, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson offers his annual rundown on the process for how teams make the MHSAA Football Playoffs and how they are drawn into the brackets. 
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Perspective: Value ... and Values

Perspective: Value ... and Values
Friday, October 17, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson talks about what a great value high school sports are and the lifetime values they teach young people.
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Perspective: It's a Game - Not a War

Perspective: It's a Game - Not a War
Friday, October 10, 2014
In this week's edition of MHSAA Perspective, John Johnson features the comments of a pregame speech encouraging the players to keep the upcoming contest in perspective.
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MHSAA Teams Up for Leadership Training

MHSAA Teams Up for Leadership Training
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Nothing strengthens a community like neighbors working together. The same can be said for organizations whose missions and goals are closely aligned. Welcome to East Lansing, where the MHSAA and the Michigan State University Institute for the Study of Youth Sports shar...
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Classy Competitor

Classy Competitor
Thursday, January 9, 2014
High school coaches stand on an incredibly influential platform and their expectations, teachings, along with what they tolerate, will establish the athletic culture at their school for years to come.
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Teaching ABC's of Pressure Situations

Teaching ABC's of Pressure Situations
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
How athletes handle increased pressure can often mean the difference between winning and losing. Therefore, helping athletes deal with it is something coaches should consider prior to athletes encountering these high-stakes situations.
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Leadership: A Skill that can be Taught

Leadership: A Skill that can be Taught
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Choosing to frame ‘leadership’ as a process, rather than as some personality characteristic destined only for those naturally-born leaders, allows the concept of leadership to be utilized and taught as a skill, or set of skills.
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Invest in Athletic Diversification

Invest in Athletic Diversification
Monday, January 7, 2013
High school coaches must encourage their athletes to resist specializing in just one sport – and collaborate with their coaching colleagues to produce healthier all-around experiences. 
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Involvement vs. Meaningful Involvement

Involvement vs. Meaningful Involvement
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
As I've worked with the MHSAA in student leadership development and through my role in performance consulting and mental training, a number of coaches and athletes have asked me how to “get kids to buy in” or see the vision of their coach/captain, ...
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Parents, Make a Pledge

Parents, Make a Pledge
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
From time to time, even the most well-intentioned parents yell at officials things they are not proud of later.
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