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Next Play: Heart of the Matter

Next Play: Heart of the Matter
Sunday, June 28, 2015
From the retirement of NFL players in their mid-20s fearing long-term disability, to NASCAR drivers suffering injuries against concrete walls when alternative substances are available, to MLB outfielders running into barriers which place aesthetics and tradition over sa...
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MSU to Host Inagurual Coaches School

MSU to Host Inagurual Coaches School
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology and the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports are inviting coaches and sport leaders to their inaugural MSU Summer Coaches’ School, to be conducted June 18-20. Coaches and sport leaders will gain knowledge...
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High School a Time for Plays of All Kinds

High School a Time for Plays of All Kinds
Friday, April 10, 2015
At end of season or school year banquets attended by student-athletes and their parents, I often tell this short story about my mother that never fails to get a good laugh, especially from mothers. This old but true story about in-season demands of school sports actual...
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And the MHSAA Survey Says ...

And the MHSAA Survey Says ...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A survey of MHSAA member schools was conducted in the fall of 2014 aimed to determine opinions for and against a myriad of out-of-season coaching/contact period topics within the school year. Click below for some of the summaries drawn from that survey.
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‘Tis (out of) the Season

‘Tis (out of) the Season
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Those who live in close proximity to high schools throughout Michigan don’t even need a calendar to know what time of year it is when a new sports season begins. Whistles piercing through the hum of their air conditioners on the first Monday morning in August ma...
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Changes Create Calendar Conundrum

Changes Create Calendar Conundrum
Monday, April 6, 2015
Decades ago, schools developed policies and procedures for competitive athletics that educators knew were best for both schools and students. On every count, schools were correct.
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Legacies Live on in Matson's Work

Legacies Live on in Matson's Work
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Hugh Matson was a sophomore on the 1951 Newaygo team that made the school's first trip to the MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals. His team fell in that Semifinal. But another highlight of that weekend has stuck with Matson, who has given back to high school sports as a t...
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UPDATE Meeting Series In 37th Year

UPDATE Meeting Series In 37th Year
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Michigan High School Athletic Association will conduct its 37th annual Update Meeting series in the coming weeks, and this year’s schedule will again offer in-service programming for athletic directors at six of the seven locations.  
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CAP Begins 2014-15 on Record Pace

CAP Begins 2014-15 on Record Pace
Friday, August 22, 2014
Gretchen Mohney has come to recognize coaches who think they already know it all. “My favorite is when they admit that they’ve done something wrong, and they want to know how to do something better,” said Mohney, a highly-respected trainer and strengt...
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Athletes: Prepare to Beat the Heat

Athletes: Prepare to Beat the Heat
Monday, August 4, 2014
Despite unseasonably cool temperatures this summer in Michigan, high school athletes should prepare for the heat that usually accompanies August and the beginning of Michigan High School Athletic Association fall practices as they kick off next week. Each year, the MHS...
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Answers from the Athletes

Answers from the Athletes
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The MHSAA is asking tough questions about its current and potential roles in middle school and junior high sports.  Our Student Advisory Council members, only a few years removed from participating at that level, gave us their answers on some of the key issues as ...
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A League of Their Own in Illinois

A League of Their Own in Illinois
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Imagine thousands of spectators roaring their approval as hundreds of cross country runners hit the finish line ... at a postseason meet for middle school athletes.  Continuing our MHSAA benchmarks series examining the state of middle school and junior high athlet...
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Nurturing Our Lower Level Programs

Nurturing Our Lower Level Programs
Thursday, May 15, 2014
When I’ve been faced with the most difficult choices as to different courses of action for the MHSAA, I’ve tried to face up to this reframing of the issue: “If we were creating the MHSAA for the first time today, would we do this, or would we do that?&...
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Prepping for the Long Run

Prepping for the Long Run
Friday, May 9, 2014
Case studies of Middle Child Syndrome range far and wide in the world of family psychology. But at the center of most dialogue regarding those affected is a feeling of being ignored or left out. Within the family tree of scholastic sports, however, there’s no bet...
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4 Thrusts: In Motion, On Track in 2013-14

4 Thrusts: In Motion, On Track in 2013-14
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
During the fall of 2012 at Update meetings across Michigan, we described “Four Thrusts for Four Years” – four health and safety emphases that would help us keep student-athletes healthier and also get a seat for Michigan’s policies and procedures...
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The More Things Change ...

The More Things Change ...
Thursday, January 2, 2014
As we begin another calendar year, let's take a brief look at how the mission of school sports has (or hasn’t) changed since 1955, when former MHSAA Executive Director Charles E. Forsythe presented this practicum to the University of Michigan. 
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Using Heads in the Heat of Competition

Using Heads in the Heat of Competition
Monday, December 30, 2013
With so much recent attention to the risks and recognition of concussions in collision sports, athletic leaders have put their heads together to address far more common – but often overlooked – threats to the health of our student-athletes: heat and sudden c...
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Thank Roosevelt for Football Weekends

Thank Roosevelt for Football Weekends
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The next time you find yourself immersed in a tense crosstown football rivalry on a Friday night followed by a Saturday pilgrimage to the nearest college campus and a Sunday afternoon with a remote and your favorite snacks and beverages, take a moment to consider what t...
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HS Also Stands for Health & Safety

HS Also Stands for Health & Safety
Friday, December 20, 2013
When parents send their children to our programs of school sports, most parents have one hope above all others. More than they want a winning team, even more than they want their child to get playing time and score points, most Moms and Dads want (and many of them pray...
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Inglis Finds Next Home at MHSAA

Inglis Finds Next Home at MHSAA
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The theme chosen by Portage Northern’s student section for its hockey Regional Final in 1989 was “Kings of the Ice,” and as such they wore Burger King crowns as a sign of the royalty their classmates soon would earn.   The celebration began as on...
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