Blog: From the Director

Seeking Serious Solutions

Seeking Serious Solutions
Friday, April 13, 2018
Because our standing committees have often failed us ... the MHSAA has often resorted to special task forces or work groups to help get necessary things done.
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A Shift

A Shift
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The clock is ticking on the life of school-based basketball, and only a change in emphasis – a cultural shift – may save what arguably has been the most historically important sport in our schools. 
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When Seasons Matter

When Seasons Matter
Friday, April 6, 2018
In school sports done right, the regular season always means something, even for a team which loses every game.
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The First Time

The First Time
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
I remember as clearly as if it were yesterday the first time I had to determine a student was not eligible under rules of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
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A National Perspective

A National Perspective
Friday, March 30, 2018
Here’s the rationale provided by the National Federation for the transfer/residency rule.
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Look Out Below!

Look Out Below!
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Here are the kinds of statements that should send chills down the spines of thoughtful leaders of school-based basketball:
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Anticipating Collateral Damage

Anticipating Collateral Damage
Friday, March 23, 2018
When major college sports sneezes, high school sports usually catches a cold.
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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
There is no single solution that can quickly reverse these negative trends in school-based basketball and other school sports.
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The Power of the MIAAA

The Power of the MIAAA
Friday, March 16, 2018
This MIAAA might be the most powerful organization of its kind in the USA.
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The Imperative of Institutional Control

The Imperative of Institutional Control
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
While we keep working on the language of the Transfer Rule, we harbor no illusions that it will become simpler to understand and enforce. 
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Redefining Winning (and Losing)

Redefining Winning (and Losing)
Friday, March 9, 2018
This is educational athletics. It’s about learning far, far more than about winning ...
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Transfer Rule Rationale

Transfer Rule Rationale
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
In a typical year, the Executive Committee will receive approximately 290 requests to waive the transfer regulation, approving approximately 60 percent of those requests.
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Misdirection

Misdirection
Friday, March 2, 2018
Changes in students, schools, sports and society have not been kind to school-based basketball. 
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The Fourth Option

The Fourth Option
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The transfer/residency rule is a legally and historically tested but still imperfect tool to control athletic-motivated transfers and other abuses. 
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Playing Time: Paying It Forward

Playing Time: Paying It Forward
Friday, February 23, 2018
Playing time shouldn’t be earned at younger ages. It should be paid forward to develop a future athlete.
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Vern Norris

Vern Norris
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
When I leave this job that I have now held and mostly loved for nearly 32 years so far, I intend to follow Vern’s lead. 
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Three New Winter Tournament Venues

Three New Winter Tournament Venues
Friday, February 16, 2018
Facilitating three major changes over four weeks will make this tournament season especially “interesting.” 
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Counterpoint

Counterpoint
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Transfer rules are designed in part to protect those who are not unhappy, who are not dissatisfied with a coach or playing time ...
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“Tournacation”

“Tournacation”
Friday, February 9, 2018
There may be no better example of the state of play than the growth of the “tournacation,” a term merging “tournament” and “vacation.”
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No Rules?

No Rules?
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Without rules, and opponents playing by the same rules, there is no validity in moving the ball to the goal.
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