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'Anyone Can Save a Life' Aims to Prepare

'Anyone Can Save a Life' Aims to Prepare
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
It was 2008 when Jody Redman and staff at the Minnesota State High School League developed an emergency action plan to provide guidance and procedure in the event of sudden cardiac arrest during scholastic athletic competition. The desired response from schools upon re...
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Making (Health) Histories Every Year

Making (Health) Histories Every Year
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tom Minter, recently retired from the MHSAA as assistant director, wore many hats while serving the Association and donned official’s gear in numerous sports outside of business hours. But one of his finest refereeing efforts might have come during the 2009-10 an...
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Schools Continue to Manage the Heat

Schools Continue to Manage the Heat
Thursday, July 16, 2015
It certainly was not the MHSAA’s intent to spur the most historically frigid back-to-back winters the state has seen. Nor did the Association wish for one of the mildest summers in recent memory during 2014. Seemingly, it’s just Mother Nature’s way of...
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Staying Ahead on Head Safety

Staying Ahead on Head Safety
Monday, July 6, 2015
Three stacks of concussion-related material offered precious little space on MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts’ desk, and perhaps consumed even more room in his head. Without a doubt, the scene is quite similar on any given day in the offices of his cohorts a...
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Next Play: Action Plans Save Lives

Next Play: Action Plans Save Lives
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Without a doubt, questions will enter the minds of many as they attend AED or CPR training sessions, or MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program courses on health and safety: “Will I ever need any of this?” “Is this worth my time?” The answer to the ...
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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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Strategize for First Parent Meeting

Strategize for First Parent Meeting
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Coaches often cite parents as one of the most uncontrollable and frustrating aspects of coaching. Let’s face it, when this relationship goes south, there can be pent-up frustration and hard feelings between the two parties which can result in a negative experienc...
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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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