Entries for July 2013

The Sports Officiating Challenge

The Sports Officiating Challenge
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
All this comes at a challenging time for our officiating program which is most dramatically demonstrated by this fact: the number of MHSAA registered officials has declined by 1,895 - 17.5 percent – over the past four years!
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'Officiate Michigan Day' Welcomes 1,200

'Officiate Michigan Day' Welcomes 1,200
Saturday, July 27, 2013
April Martin aspires to move up the college basketball officiating ladder. Receiving an NCAA Tournament assignment someday is a dream. So she spent the first half of Saturday's "Officiate Michigan Day" at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids receiving tips and learning what ...
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Preserving A Place

Preserving A Place
Friday, July 26, 2013
During our discussion, the mothers pleaded with me – that’s not too strong a word – to help develop policies that would preserve a place on high school teams for their children.
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'Officiate Michigan Day’ to Draw 1,100

'Officiate Michigan Day’ to Draw 1,100
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
More than 1,100 Michigan High School Athletic Association officials are scheduled to attend “Officiate Michigan Day” on Saturday, July 27, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, where they will receive training from 40 of the best in the offic...
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Monkey Business

Monkey Business
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Because of the volume of information in today’s 24/7/365 “news” cycle . . . we’re likely to get most of the facts, eventually; but the salient and true facts are likely to be lost in the rush and the clutter.
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Former Sportswriter Knows a Good Story

Former Sportswriter Knows a Good Story
Monday, July 22, 2013
It’s not exactly “Man Bites Dog,” the old newspaper standard by which headline stories were determined. But the role reversal that Rick Jakacki and Kevin Miller have experienced certainly makes for interesting reading. And Jakacki, who spent 20 years...
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Misdirection

Misdirection
Friday, July 19, 2013
Sometimes it is quicker or more economical or just more acceptable to go in one direction for awhile in order to reach an ultimate goal that’s in the opposite direction.
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Lessons Passed Down the Coaching Tree

Lessons Passed Down the Coaching Tree
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Lessons, like legends, are meant to be passed from generation to generation. And just as parents hand them down to their children who then do the same, coaches teach athletes the best of what they learned as athletes themselves. Some of those athletes then become co...
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No Place Like Home for Cedar Springs' AD

No Place Like Home for Cedar Springs' AD
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
As half of the Superdome in New Orleans went dark early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, Autumn Mattson had this thought go through her mind: things can happen even during events of that magnitude. “I thought, ‘I guess some burnt po...
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Is a Future Possible?

Is a Future Possible?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
School sports have survived two World Wars, the Korean War and Vietnam, as well as the Great Depression and multiple recessions.
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Do The Opposite

Do The Opposite
Friday, July 12, 2013
It is almost to the point where if I see non-school sports do one thing, I recommend school programs do the opposite.
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“Reaching Higher” Marks 5th Year

“Reaching Higher” Marks 5th Year
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The annual Reaching Higher showcases of Michigan’s top high school basketball players will return to South Lyon High School beginning with the boys event Wednesday, July 17, followed by the state’s top girls prospects taking the floor July 25. More than 220...
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Tomlin Sells Opportunity at Alma Mater

Tomlin Sells Opportunity at Alma Mater
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Edward Tomlin had it all. Or, at least, everything he wanted when he left Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, to launch himself into the real world. But it took a return to Detroit Cass Tech to find the meaningful work he now enjoys as athletic director...
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Finals Playbacks Viewable on Comcast

Finals Playbacks Viewable on Comcast
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
More playbacks have been added for spring MHSAA Championships in baseball, lacrosse, girls soccer and softball to be shown on Comcast Channel 900 over the next few weeks, and highlights packages of all games are now available to Comcast subscribers on Xfinity On Demand.
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Linked Up: Generations of Calls

Linked Up: Generations of Calls
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Father Ralph Burr recently finished his 50th season as an MHSAA official at 76 years old. His daughter Jackie has worked with him for 20 seasons, and son Jeff has served alongside Dad various times over the last 36 years. Add in another son and grandson, and the famil...
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Fundamentals vs. Fads

Fundamentals vs. Fads
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
My vacationing mind then jumped quickly across the ocean and centuries to my working preoccupation with the essentials of school-based sports.
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Olympic Run Leads to Northern Michigan

Olympic Run Leads to Northern Michigan
Monday, July 8, 2013
To a generation of sports fans, Lake Placid, NY, will always conjure images of the “Miracle on Ice” orchestrated by the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team and the voice of Al Michaels counting down the seconds and asking, “Do you believe in miracles?” ...
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Preparing the Whole Person

Preparing the Whole Person
Friday, July 5, 2013
High scores on standardized tests are terrific and training in vocational skills is desirable. But neither will save the planet.
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Singing the Praises of Unsung Heroes

Singing the Praises of Unsung Heroes
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The profession of athletic director calls for selfless, tireless, talented individuals who trumpet the efforts of students, orchestrate harmony among coaches and parents, and set the stage for local, affordable entertainment within their communities. In Michigan, the ...
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Perspective

Perspective
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Each summer I put together a list of all the problems we’re addressing and all the projects we know we’ll be working on through the MHSAA during the year ahead.
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