Entries for July 2012

Fall 2012 Kicks Off Monday

Fall 2012 Kicks Off Monday
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The 2012-13 Fall sports season officially begins next week, when approximately 110,000 student-athletes begin practice in eight sports in which Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors postseason tournaments. Here's a list of new rules and dates to keep handy ...
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See What You Say

See What You Say
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I cannot be sure what I know – or what I believe and will stand behind – until I can see it in writing and know that it will be read by others.
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Sacred Heart Standout Goes National

Sacred Heart Standout Goes National
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sara Hansen put together one of the best softball seasons in MHSAA history this spring. And here's the most incredible part -- she's still got two more high school seasons to play. We caught up with Hansen last week while the National Federation of State High School...
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Good New, Bad News

Good New, Bad News
Friday, July 27, 2012
There’s some “good” news on a bad topic:  participation fees. In addition to news stories about several school districts which have had fees but are now dropping them, and donors who are stepping up to reduce fees in other districts, the overview ...
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MHSA(Q&)A: Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen

MHSA(Q&)A: Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen
Friday, July 27, 2012
Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen helped her softball team this spring to its first MHSAA Semifinals appearance since 1994. That, in itself, was plenty to celebrate.
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Coaches Get U-M Concussion Training

Coaches Get U-M Concussion Training
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Already administering a strong set of protocols addressing the removal and return to play of young athletes suspected of sustaining concussions in competition, the Michigan High School Athletic Association is further ramping up its concussion education efforts of coache...
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Controlled Fires

Controlled Fires
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Even those who work in the “prevention business” – whether that’s the US Forest Service or a statewide athletic association – must tolerate a few fires.
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One Community at a Time

One Community at a Time
Friday, July 20, 2012
In the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula there is a group of volunteers who are focusing on the character-building potential of youth and high school sports.
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Kalamazoo's Winter a Pro in the Fall

Kalamazoo's Winter a Pro in the Fall
Friday, July 20, 2012
Kalamazoo's Ron Winter has been part of just about every major event possible on a football field with more than four decades officiating high school, college and now National Football League games. He can appreciate each level for what makes it special. And he's passe...
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MHSA(Q&)A: NFL official Ronald J. Winter

MHSA(Q&)A: NFL official Ronald J. Winter
Friday, July 20, 2012
Kalamazoo's Ron Winter has officiated in the National Football League for nearly two decades, and became a referee in 1999. But long before he joined the highest level of the game, he got his start on Michigan's high school fields.
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Jousting at Windmills

Jousting at Windmills
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Charles Barkley uttered famously last month that the worst thing that ever happened to basketball was the AAU.
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We Must Do Better

We Must Do Better
Friday, July 13, 2012
Many are campaigning – on health care, as well as . . . every other pressing issue of our times and our children’s times – but few are truly leading on those issues.
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Student Advisory Council Goes to Camp

Student Advisory Council Goes to Camp
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Michigan High School Athletic Association gains valuable input during the school year from its Student Advisory Council, while providing leadership training to the 16-member group of seniors and juniors representing schools of all sizes from all over the state. Th...
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10 to Remember from 2011-12

10 to Remember from 2011-12
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Second Half's mission in this, its first school year, was to tell the best stories behind the scores and highlights of MHSAA competition. Of course, every score and especially every championship has a story behind it. The MHSAA awarded 127 team and many more individua...
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From High School to Olympic Swimming

From High School to Olympic Swimming
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Fans of U.S. Swimming already have plenty of reasons to cheer for Missy Franklin later this month at the Summer Olympics -- but fans of high school sports and what they provide athletes at all levels of ability can also support her for how she's chosen to compete when s...
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A Hot Topic

A Hot Topic
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
It is a terrible irony that Georgia saw two of its high school football players die late last summer when it’s the Georgia High School Association that was providing us with the best information we’ve ever had about the risks of heat illness and death.
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Noel Dean on Parental Expectations

Noel Dean on Parental Expectations
Monday, July 9, 2012
At Lowell High, football parents who think their child should be playing more get an opportunity to convince coach Noel Dean of the same -- but must do so in a meeting with the parents of the player who would lose time in the process.
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Failing Boys

Failing Boys
Monday, July 9, 2012
There is a growing body of research that supports the premise that while high school sports participation is great for girls, it’s actually bad for high school boys.
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A Game Changer

A Game Changer
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In the year 2000, fewer than 300,000 books were published in the United States.  In 2010, more than a million were published.
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