Entries for August 2013

The Trump Card

The Trump Card
Friday, August 30, 2013
It is clear now that the rules makers on all levels – from the pros to peewees – have concluded that “player safety trumps competitive advantage.”
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Howell Puts Heart Into Memorial Meet

Howell Puts Heart Into Memorial Meet
Thursday, August 29, 2013
An online tribute to Mackenzie Watts describes how she “made the people and world around her better.” The Howell swimming and diving community continues to work so that her memory makes those who come after her safer as well. Also in this week's "First Pitc...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 1

A Game for Every Fan: Week 1
Thursday, August 29, 2013
It's opening night of another MHSAA football season. Not much more needs to be said to describe why athletes, coaches and communities are stepping a little higher with the first varsity kickoffs only a few hours away. Every game and every team has a story. And each wee...
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Broadcasts Back on MHSAA.TV, FSD

Broadcasts Back on MHSAA.TV, FSD
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The new school year begins on the MHSAA Network this week with school-created content on MHSAA.tv, the season launch of MHSAA Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit, and a new season of MHSAA Perspective on a statewide radio network.
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One-Case Causes

One-Case Causes
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
One of the characteristics I look for in leaders is the ability and courage to ignore certain problems.
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Rethinking Choice

Rethinking Choice
Friday, August 23, 2013
Those who are advocating that we provide parents with “choices” for their child’s education need to be reminded to offer the choices parents really want ...
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Learn More About Beating the Heat

Learn More About Beating the Heat
Thursday, August 22, 2013
After a summer of seemingly cool temperatures, Wednesday felt a lot more like what we're used to for the first weeks of August.  WILX 10 from Lansing stopped in to the MHSAA office to learn more about the model heat management policy approved by our Representative...
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Michigan 7th on Nat'l Participation List

Michigan 7th on Nat'l Participation List
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
For the fifth straight year, Michigan ranked seventh nationally in high school sports participation, according to statistics for the 2012-13 school year released recently by the National Federation of State High School Associations. That level of participation cont...
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The Off-Season

The Off-Season
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
... the best summertime investments are to focus on strength and conditioning more than travel teams and tournaments, on variety more than specialization ...
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Rally Champs 'Survive' Fun-Filled Forest

Rally Champs 'Survive' Fun-Filled Forest
Monday, August 19, 2013
As one of Michigan’s top high school swimming sprinters, Fenton senior Gabbi Haaraoja no doubt was in strong shape to start this summer. But she and her Tigers teammates made sure to prepare for this month’s preseason “survival trip” with plenty...
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Did you lose this medal?

Did you lose this medal?
Monday, August 19, 2013
It’s not quite a needle in a haystack. But it could turn into a great story. This 1984 MHSAA Regional medal, pictured above, was found recently in Massachusetts with a metal detector. The finder, coincidentally a former collegiate track and field coach, hopes to ...
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Fixing Schools

Fixing Schools
Friday, August 16, 2013
If we really would get serious about a comeback season, we would ...
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Rally Finalists Prepped for Competition

Rally Finalists Prepped for Competition
Friday, August 16, 2013
The MHSAA’s inaugural “Prep Rally” contest was born this spring to help us teach athletes the importance of staying in shape during the offseason – while showing them fun ways to do so. And like with our MHSAA “Battle of the Fans” co...
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The Other Side of Safety

The Other Side of Safety
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
One of our newest sports – girls lacrosse – is today presenting one of the oldest conundrums in competitive athletics.
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Wrestling’s Next Big Thing

Wrestling’s Next Big Thing
Friday, August 9, 2013
To avoid this next big thing, the rule makers have banned taped headgear, because tape can’t be properly cleaned.
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Inside Reaching Higher - Interactive

Inside Reaching Higher - Interactive
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
You've hopefully heard of the Reaching Higher basketball showcases put on each summer by the MHSAA and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. Now you've got a chance to see, literally, what all the buzz is about.  
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2013-14 Fall Practice Begins Next Week

2013-14 Fall Practice Begins Next Week
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Approximately 110,000 student-athletes begin practice next week in eight sports in which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors postseason tournaments, signaling the beginning of the 2013-14 Fall sports season.
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Dodger Lessons

Dodger Lessons
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
It would have been difficult to learn more about sports and life from any professional sports franchise than one could learn from the Dodgers as I was growing up.
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MHSAA Ups Awareness with 'Heat Ways'

MHSAA Ups Awareness with 'Heat Ways'
Monday, August 5, 2013
With the beginning of a new year for high school sports just a week away, members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association have been preparing to follow a new model policy for hot weather activity, guided by a new publication and a rules meeting emphasis on heat...
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The Languages of Sports

The Languages of Sports
Friday, August 2, 2013
Becoming increasingly sensitized to these dynamics, the MHSAA has recently begun a long process of providing certain of its documents in other languages than English.
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