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A Healthy Future

A Healthy Future
Friday, April 24, 2015
The 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years complete an eight-year period during which we have addressed for two years each Health Histories, Heads, Heat and Hearts. What will the following two years – 2017-18 and 2018-19 – bring? Here are some aspirations – ...
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The Safe Play Game Plan

The Safe Play Game Plan
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This proposed federal legislation demonstrates two things. First, that we have been on target in Michigan with our four Hs – it’s like they read our playbook of priorities before drafting this federal legislation.
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More Than X’s & O’s

More Than X’s & O’s
Friday, April 17, 2015
Without leaving any of the three previous health and safety “H’s” behind, during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, the fourth quarter, our focus will be on Hearts.
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Classification Trends

Classification Trends
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Statistics undermine arguments by some who opine that the enrollment ranges are too large and that more classifications and divisions for MHSAA tournaments are needed today.
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Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence
Friday, April 10, 2015
The task of written communication has become more difficult during the four decades I’ve been engaged in this enterprise.
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Our Best and Brightest

Our Best and Brightest
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The best two hours of each work year are those spent with the MHSAA Scholar-Athletes and their parents on the last Saturday of the winter tournament season.
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Seeding Questions

Seeding Questions
Friday, April 3, 2015
Seeding in school sports is a much more difficult task than it is at higher levels where there are many fewer teams operating in much less diverse settings.
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Community Development

Community Development
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Successful schools are the ones in the center of community life; and when the job is well done, school sports programs are central to the life of those schools.
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Attendance Trends

Attendance Trends
Friday, March 27, 2015
Media across the US have been reporting the decline in attendance at intercollegiate football and basketball games. “It’s a national epidemic ...”
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The Essential AD

The Essential AD
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
As societal changes cause school competitions to become more complicated and controversial, the case for the full-time, well-trained athletic administrator becomes even more compelling. 
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A Rite of Spring

A Rite of Spring
Friday, March 20, 2015
The challenge before us is not intellectual – seeding tournaments is not rocket science. No, the challenge is political ...
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It’s a Blizzard

It’s a Blizzard
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
When I read that the National Football League, with all of its resources, was “overwhelmed by all of the expert opinion right now,” I was not comforted.
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Big Lessons for Little Leaguers

Big Lessons for Little Leaguers
Friday, March 13, 2015
So far, the kids have learned that it’s not right to cheat. The mayor would have them learn that you can avoid the consequences of cheating if you know people in the right places.
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Corporate Care

Corporate Care
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
One of the MHSAA’s newest corporate sponsors is arguably one of its most important ever because it will assist ... in promoting student-athlete health and safety.
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The Character Network

The Character Network
Friday, March 6, 2015
Like high school sports, the NFHS Network is for the masses, not merely the elite.
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Going on Offense

Going on Offense
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
High school football is character-building for students, spirit-building for schools and community-building for cities and towns.
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Spitting in the Ocean

Spitting in the Ocean
Friday, February 27, 2015
But most times that I laugh at or criticize the blind eyes or bad faith of others, I pause to consider if we might sometimes act in similar ways.
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Holding Back

Holding Back
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I wrote last week in this space about the positive place for disagreement in organizations; and I held back on pushing the topic a bit further.
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Supporting Sports Officials

Supporting Sports Officials
Friday, February 20, 2015
To make a difference of opinion about legislative strategy the litmus test of MHSAA support for officials is misguided at best and manipulative at worst.
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Permission to Disagree

Permission to Disagree
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
If the board is always in total agreement, then management is not bringing the board tough enough topics. The subjects are not serious enough.
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