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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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Butterflies and Helicopters

Butterflies and Helicopters
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
We were instructed that the struggle would give strength to the wings, and that would be essential to the butterfly’s survival.
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Our Laboratory

Our Laboratory
Friday, June 27, 2014
Of course, one of life’s most bountiful laboratories of failure is sports. 
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Valuable Victories

Valuable Victories
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Without rules of eligibility and competition, and opponents playing by the very same rules, there is no validity in moving the ball to the goal.
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Fresh Air

Fresh Air
Friday, June 20, 2014
What we have in school sports that none of the so-called more “prestigious” brands of sports offer is fresh air.
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The Best Is Yet To Come

The Best Is Yet To Come
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
"I hope you will visit us, but not too long or too often. You need to get on with your lives.”
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Official Feedback

Official Feedback
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
We receive much unsolicited comment about the performances of officials and the conduct of spectators. 
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Lockdown Logic

Lockdown Logic
Friday, June 6, 2014
One local school administrator confided that before instant Internet communications, it was standard operating procedure to focus first on kids’ safety.
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Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
. . . the best part of the evening for me was to hear administrators, coaches and boosters talk about student-athletes and observe parents soaking up the moments and messages.
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Loss of Innocence

Loss of Innocence
Friday, May 30, 2014
We were criticized during 2013-14 for being too suspicious, but the results of 2013-14 will make us even more suspicious in 2014-15.
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Ice Hockey Penalties

Ice Hockey Penalties
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
What caught my attention first was the brevity of its list of rules changes for 2014-15 – just three items. ... Only three rule changes ... three tougher penalties.
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Tasks Before Us

Tasks Before Us
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
We don’t prescribe the result, we just provide the forum and facilitation – create focus that has been lacking for too long.
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Power and Popularity

Power and Popularity
Friday, May 16, 2014
The lesson of these situations for leaders in other places and on other levels is to be especially cautious about using power in popular ways.
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Injecting Sports Medicine

Injecting Sports Medicine
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The SMAC and the Michigan Department of Community Health are the voices the MHSAA listens to most in the often over-hyped cacophony of sports medicine opinion.
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Risk Minimization Reaches More

Risk Minimization Reaches More
Friday, May 9, 2014
For the first time in 2014-15, all assistant and subvarsity high school coaches must complete the same meeting requirement as the high school varsity head coach ...
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Channeling Change

Channeling Change
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Rather than building walls to keep the water out, build canals to let water in to be cleansed and used for our betterment.
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