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Stacking

Stacking
Friday, December 19, 2014
Appealing to personal integrity works with most coaches, but not all; so the issue of stacking festers, and it frustrates many coaches.
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An Athlete’s Father

An Athlete’s Father
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
He was especially adept – instinctively, not by any book of instruction – at being an athlete’s father.
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Simons Says

Simons Says
Friday, December 12, 2014
When I see advertisements that promote travel as an escape, I cannot agree. For me, travel is a change from the daily routine, but it’s hardly an escape.
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Seeding Thoughts

Seeding Thoughts
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
If it can be done without too much controversy and if it has the potential to increase crowds without increasing travel costs for schools and the MHSAA, then seeding may make sense.
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On Purpose

On Purpose
Friday, December 5, 2014
There is a difference between solving problems and creating a future.
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The Goldilocks Solution

The Goldilocks Solution
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
And so it continues ... finding that sweet spot that fits the perspectives and problems of a very diverse membership that supervises a wide variety of sports.
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Priming the Pump

Priming the Pump
Friday, November 28, 2014
Try as we might to diversify our revenue, all our non-tournament revenue sources combined continue to account for less than 15¢ of every $1 the MHSAA generates.
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Change for Worse

Change for Worse
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Much of the change that has come to our homes has not improved our daily lives. Much of the change that has come to our schools has not improved the quality of education our children receive.
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Research

Research
Friday, November 21, 2014
We freely admit that a state high school association is much better at running tournaments than conducting research. ... (But) there is a small body of research that is unique to the MHSAA.
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Up-Close Learning

Up-Close Learning
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
What occurred that day demonstrates the MHSAA’s commitment to a particular teaching and learning model we have chosen for its effectiveness, not its ease.
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The Fun Factor

The Fun Factor
Friday, November 14, 2014
My experience with school-age young people is that what they seek most from sports participation is fun and friends.
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Representative Governance

Representative Governance
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We need policymakers who see things with a wide angle view as much as we need policymakers who see the daily details of school sports up close.
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A Dedicated Downtime

A Dedicated Downtime
Friday, November 7, 2014
In fact, a disconnected downtime – one without television, texting, tweeting and team drills ... might be central to an effective prescription for the upcoming season.
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Long-Term Effects?

Long-Term Effects?
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The questions being raised about the long-term effects of long-term interaction with today’s artificial turf remind us once again to seek moderation in how much we do of any one thing and to seek humility when we think we’ve accomplished something.
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Cardiac Screening

Cardiac Screening
Friday, October 31, 2014
The American Heart Association has once again concluded that sophisticated and expensive heart screening is not practical or appropriate as a precondition for youth and young adults to participate in competitive organized sports.
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Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Our world is not bubble wrapped, nor should it be. School sports is not 100 percent injury-free, nor can it be. We should work to make school sports still safer, and work almost as hard to explain how safe school sports already is.
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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule
Friday, October 24, 2014
It’s hard to treat nicely people who act nasty. It requires, in fact, a supercharged Golden Rule that says “Do unto others better than they may do unto you.”
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Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
For most of us, the really important people are the “everyday heroes” who influenced our lives without fanfare or tribute.
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The Antidote

The Antidote
Friday, October 17, 2014
Under the radar, in communities across Michigan and the nation, school-based competitive athletic programs are doing good things for students, schools and society.
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Summer School Sports

Summer School Sports
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
What we are talking about today are not only overdue changes, they are insufficient if we really want to return school sports to the central, most coveted and compelling sports experience for youth.
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