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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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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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Presidents Converge on MHSAA Office

Presidents Converge on MHSAA Office
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Coaches serving over three seasons and in a variety of different sports can have a variety of perspectives when it comes to most topics, including MHSAA rules. The Coaches Association Presidents Meeting, an annual event hosted Monday at the MHSAA office in East La...
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NFHS Honors 4 of Michigan's Finest

NFHS Honors 4 of Michigan's Finest
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Three longtime Michigan high school coaches and one of the state’s most highly-respected athletic directors were recognized Wednesday by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association.
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Strategize for First Parent Meeting

Strategize for First Parent Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Coaches often cite parents as one of the most uncontrollable and frustrating aspects of coaching.  Scott Westfall from the MSU Institute for the Study of Youth Sports offers these strategies to assist in establishing trust and credibility with paren...
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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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Online & On-Demand, Video 24/7

Online & On-Demand, Video 24/7
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Online and on-demand video of school sports has never been more accessible for those involved.  The technology is a boon for coaches, students, fans and officials when used for all the right reasons. 
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Catch These New Rules as Fall Kicks Off

Catch These New Rules as Fall Kicks Off
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The first practices of 2014-15 begin next week for approximately 110,000 student-athletes taking part in eight sports in which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors postseason tournaments. Nearly 41,000 football players practicing under a new policy in...
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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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Anytime, Anywhere

Anytime, Anywhere
Friday, July 25, 2014
In an online world, including many other ways here at the MHSAA, CAP still trades purposefully in face-to-face learning ...
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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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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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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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