Entries for December 2013

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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Tournament Talk

Tournament Talk
Friday, December 27, 2013
Although middle school and even elementary school tournaments exist in many states, only a very small number of our constituents in Michigan promote the idea of statewide tournaments for junior high/middle school students.
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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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Youth Should be Served

Youth Should be Served
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It is often cited and well-documented that, today, 80 to 90 percent of all youth who ever started playing organized sports have stopped doing so by age 13. Before high school.
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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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Playing Time

Playing Time
Friday, December 20, 2013
Even as a headstrong, self-centered adolescent, it occurred to me that not being able to play as much as one might want, or not at all, had to be a terrible feeling.
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Participation Fees Rise Again

Participation Fees Rise Again
Thursday, December 19, 2013
The use of participation fees to help fund interscholastic athletics in Michigan high schools for the first time rose significantly above 50 percent during the 2012-13 school year, according to the most recent survey taken by the Michigan High School Athletic Associatio...
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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 1

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 1
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The first month of boys basketball season always is stock-piled with invitationals, showcases and match-ups pitting the predicted best in the state. Most of those games will take place of the next three weeks and give us a better idea of what to expect once league p...
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Breslin Bound: Girls Report Week 2

Breslin Bound: Girls Report Week 2
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Those who regularly contend for MHSAA titles or monitor high school sports statewide always are on the lookout for surprise teams making an impression at the beginning of a season or showing signs of contending at the end.  A number of teams making this week&rsqu...
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Building Future Support

Building Future Support
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Every time we cut a kid from a high school team, we create critics of our programs – the student’s parents today and this student in the future.
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Boys Hoops Tips Off on MHSAA.TV

Boys Hoops Tips Off on MHSAA.TV
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
More than 30 events covering five sports were loaded last week by the School Broadcast Program onto MHSAA.TV, including 17 games from the first week of boys basketball season.
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'Mailloux Management' Goes Global

'Mailloux Management' Goes Global
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Leslie (Barnhart) Mailloux graduated from Ogemaw Heights High School in 1999 and since has lived in New Mexico, Texas and Ohio twice.She’s traveled to parts of Africa and Europe multiple times, plus Haiti, with a voyage to Switzerland planned for next month. Need...
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Students Make Championship Calls

Students Make Championship Calls
Monday, December 16, 2013
It’s a great thrill each Thanksgiving weekend for those schools that make the trip to the Finals of the MHSAA Football Playoffs at Ford Field.  For the players, they get to occupy the same space as some of their professional favorites did just hours earlier&...
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Model Education

Model Education
Friday, December 13, 2013
The athletic classroom is at least as pregnant with teachable moments as any other classroom of our comprehensive secondary schools.
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Rep Council Wrap-up: Fall 2013

Rep Council Wrap-up: Fall 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The addition of a CPR certification requirement for all high school varsity head coaches highlighted actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its annual Fall Meeting on Dec. 6 in East Lansing. 
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Winter Returns to MHSAA.TV

Winter Returns to MHSAA.TV
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Girls basketball season tipped off last week with 12 games broadcast on MHSAA.TV. And hockey fans can watch a pair between a Lower Peninsula power and two of the best from the U.P. 
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The End is Near

The End is Near
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
For 50 years the “end is near” prophecy has been present among our critics.
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Let the Battle of the Fans Begin!

Let the Battle of the Fans Begin!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
First, there was a call from a student on the west side of the state who wondered if we'd still be sponsoring the contest. Those sparks came just last week – and don't include the handfuls of tweets we received during the fall as student sections ramped ...
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Breslin Bound: Girls Report Week 1

Breslin Bound: Girls Report Week 1
Monday, December 9, 2013
Just like that, fall is done – and so is the first week of MHSAA girls basketball season. “Breslin Bound” also is back, giving fans a quick lowdown each week on 10 teams that impressed me over the seven days prior.
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Singing Spectators

Singing Spectators
Friday, December 6, 2013
It was merely a regular-season event between two nearby opponents – nothing special on the world’s soccer schedule. But it was amazing.
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