Blog: From the Director

Broadening the Scope

Broadening the Scope
Friday, September 8, 2017
The scope is just fine for the sports we sponsor. Broadening the scope of whom we serve is a core principle project that deserves our attention.
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Impaired Judgment

Impaired Judgment
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Public drinking has been accepted in an increasing number of unlikely places, including college sports venues.
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Michigan’s Football Numbers Game – Corrected

Michigan’s Football Numbers Game – Corrected
Friday, September 1, 2017
The demise of Michigan high school football has been greatly exaggerated – or, at least, recently misreported by one of the U.S.’s most recognizable newspapers ...
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Enhancing Public Health

Enhancing Public Health
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
In school sports – educational athletics – we also have the objective that students learn habits of a healthy lifestyle they can carry into adulthood.
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One Concussion Conclusion

One Concussion Conclusion
Friday, August 25, 2017
It may be that girls sustain more concussions than boys, or that girls are more forthcoming in reporting than boys are, or both.
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Our Place in the Sun

Our Place in the Sun
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The school sports spotlight shines brightest on fall Friday nights and has for decades, not only in Michigan, but also from shore to shore across the country.
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Improving Concussion Data

Improving Concussion Data
Friday, August 18, 2017
Schools are taking head injuries seriously. It is not a lack of concern or a lack of care in reporting that has led to the 11 percent decline.
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Official Results

Official Results
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Officials calls are final; and living with the outcome is one of the valuable lessons we try to teach and learn in school-based sports.
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Future Thinking

Future Thinking
Friday, August 11, 2017
What are the things we should be doing now that may not show immediate results, but are essential for securing a future for school-sponsored sports?
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The Other Mr. Forsythe

The Other Mr. Forsythe
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
No single person has done more than L. L. Forsythe to shape school sports in Michigan, and the nation. 
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Momentum

Momentum
Friday, August 4, 2017
Excesses and abuses in school sports have their own momentum. We should not create more by NFHS sponsorship of the very events it was created to end.
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Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"From the time the first whistle blew ... until its close the professional coaches employed by the two schools had no contact with players."
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Hat Trick

Hat Trick
Friday, July 28, 2017
There is one initiative that scores a hat trick. It’s the MHSAA Task Force on Multi-Sport Participation.
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The Definition

The Definition
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The programs are extracurricular: after the school day is when they should usually occur, and they are after academics in importance.
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Prime the Pump

Prime the Pump
Friday, July 21, 2017
“You can’t prime the pump with water that’s already run down creek.”
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Well Before Their Time

Well Before Their Time
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
It should be noted that the pioneering leaders of schools and school sports in Michigan were bold, cutting-edge administrators, far ahead of their time in many ways.
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Valuable Volunteers

Valuable Volunteers
Friday, July 14, 2017
I can attend the same event several years in a row and see most of the same volunteers serving year after year. 
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News Unfiltered

News Unfiltered
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Today, meaningful matters often get buried in trivia while the most inane and inaccurate stories and comments can go viral overnight.
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What We’ve Learned

What We’ve Learned
Friday, July 7, 2017
While football – the highest participation sport – has had the most concussions, the sports that follow are girls basketball (second) and girls soccer (third).
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Imperfect Patriots

Imperfect Patriots
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
This nation’s patriots are not merely those who lived at the birth of this nation.
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