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Once A Coach

Once A Coach
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There are very many very important ingredients in educational athletics . . . but the key ingredient always has been and still is the coach.
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Tipping Point

Tipping Point
Friday, April 11, 2014
In 2012, there were more J-1 visa students enrolled through CSIET-approved programs in Michigan secondary schools than in any other state.
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Baby Steps

Baby Steps
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Two first, small steps have been taken in the direction of making school-sponsored sports for junior high/middle school-age athletes more attractive to these students and their parents.
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Classes or Divisions

Classes or Divisions
Friday, April 4, 2014
Never is the continuous cycle of school sports more obvious to me than at this time of year.
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Shortcomings

Shortcomings
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Within the leadership of the schools involved there has been a sense of understanding that there can be injuries in sports, especially collision sports ...
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Valuing Variety

Valuing Variety
Friday, March 28, 2014
What I hear when I listen to students . . .is that they want to play multiple sports and that they need us to hear that and to help them.
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New Football Practice Policies

New Football Practice Policies
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Michigan’s Football Task Force proposal . . . reduces collision practices to one a day before the first game and to two per week after the first game.
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Coaching Advancement

Coaching Advancement
Friday, March 21, 2014
Over the past nine months we have marched down the field in our effort to enhance the health and safety preparation of those who coach school sports. 
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The Social Setting

The Social Setting
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
If we neglect the social media component . . . we operate with at least one hand tied behind our back.
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BOTF

BOTF
Friday, March 14, 2014
When MHSAA staff asked our Student Advisory Council, “How do we have a sportsmanship program that isn’t boring?”
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Our Tools

Our Tools
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
We work today with the tools we’ve been given through the democratic processes of our voluntary association.
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Official Treatment

Official Treatment
Friday, March 7, 2014
The human factor of sports is now subject to inhuman expectations. In an enterprise that strives for fairness, it appears that it’s the official who is being treated least fairly.
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“How” Matters More

“How” Matters More
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Trying to win is much better than not trying to win. Sloppy effort does not benefit the participants, or anybody else for that matter.
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Time for Tough Topics

Time for Tough Topics
Friday, February 28, 2014
The daily deluge of calls and emails about issues that matter that day tempt us to take our eye off other issues that matter today, tomorrow and for many years. 
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Different Treatment

Different Treatment
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
One single rule, with no exceptions, doesn't work. It’s either too lenient in some cases or it’s too limiting in others.
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Not the Critic

Not the Critic
Friday, February 21, 2014
The critic can be unbothered by truth, accuracy and accountability. We cannot.
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Who’s the Customer?

Who’s the Customer?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I think we can already discern a comfortable pattern so far: everyone puts a premium on student-athletes. And that’s as it should be.
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League Leadership

League Leadership
Friday, February 14, 2014
For most schools, leagues provide the core schedule for regular-season contests. They nurture healthy local rivalries in a competitive arena and provide opportunities for students to interact outside the arena during programs that promote student leadership and sportsma...
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The Scholar-Athlete Profile

The Scholar-Athlete Profile
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
We are well aware that the multi-sport athlete is not as common today as a decade or two ago, but the species is far from extinct.
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Transfer Tools

Transfer Tools
Friday, February 7, 2014
As I have said and written before, our transfer regulation is an inadequate tool for the fight ahead of us. 
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