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Little League Lessons

Little League Lessons
Friday, September 12, 2014
Like school sports, Little League has different parents today than years ago. “For them, the youth sports fields aren’t so much a destination as a path."
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Questions

Questions
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
And a better way to look at a leader than the one with all the answers is to view the leader as a collector of questions.
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More Than A Myth

More Than A Myth
Friday, September 5, 2014
There is a temptation to characterize the multi-sport athlete as an anachronism or myth of modern school sports.
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Family Focus

Family Focus
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The limit of my commentary now is to offer a reminder, even to myself, that the manner in which we did things when the family unit looked one way is very likely in need of an overhaul, or at least a tweak, when the family unit looks very different.
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Family Time

Family Time
Friday, August 29, 2014
“It’s the drive there and the drive back. And you talk about anything else except about the game.”
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Counting On Officials

Counting On Officials
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It is sometimes the most maligned who do the most good; and that might be said of high school sports officials.
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In Others’ Words

In Others’ Words
Friday, August 22, 2014
It chafes me to hear a CEO say he or she wants to know what “creative” has to say about a sponsorship initiative before the CEO will offer an opinion.
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See the Whole Play

See the Whole Play
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
“To make the right call we have to avoid narrow focus and be aware of all details.”
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Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons
Friday, August 15, 2014
There are three actions on a fast-moving expressway that jeopardize the health of travelers that are like three actions that jeopardize the health of organizations.
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Ready for Some Football

Ready for Some Football
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
How seriously should we take public criticism of tackle football when that public promotes boxing or cage fighting?
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Software Development

Software Development
Friday, August 8, 2014
In school sports, coaches don’t select and sculpt the body type as much as welcome what comes to them and work to develop skills to overcome inherent shortcomings.
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Elite Soccer?

Elite Soccer?
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Predictably, those who don’t understand or don’t like soccer ridiculed the sport, while the sport’s devotees ignored ugly blemishes on the face of the “beautiful game.”
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Who’s Listening?

Who’s Listening?
Friday, August 1, 2014
Generally, such criticism comes from those who favored a different decision. They complain about the process when it’s really the result of the process that bothers them.
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A Leading Official

A Leading Official
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
For more than a decade, Mark Uyl has been the MHSAA’s leader of service and support to officials.
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Anytime, Anywhere

Anytime, Anywhere
Friday, July 25, 2014
In an online world, including many other ways here at the MHSAA, CAP still trades purposefully in face-to-face learning ...
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Specialization Risks

Specialization Risks
Friday, July 18, 2014
Another informed and influential voice has joined our frequent refrain that sports specialization is rarely in a student’s best interest.
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Misspent Money

Misspent Money
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
“The more money folks are investing, the higher pressure kids are perceiving. More pressure means less enjoyment."
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FBI Tips

FBI Tips
Friday, July 11, 2014
The required response to a defining-moment crisis cannot be cosmetic change, but must be almost genetic change.
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Investments

Investments
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Because we care about the health and welfare of students . . . we operate our programs in ways that make promoters, marketers and business entrepreneurs laugh, cry or cringe.
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Independence Day

Independence Day
Friday, July 4, 2014
But our patient coaches had just the right response. They said, “You are Americans.”
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