Blog: From the Director

Exploring Esports

Exploring Esports
Friday, May 18, 2018
At least a half-dozen of our counterpart organizations across the US will conduct or endorse esports seasons and tournaments for high schools during 2018-19.
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Mountaintop Experience

Mountaintop Experience
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I’ve been at the top of the mountain; why would I ever go anywhere else?
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An Extraordinary Choice

An Extraordinary Choice
Friday, May 11, 2018
When ... MHSAA President Scott Grimes announced the selection of Mark Uyl to be the next MHSAA executive director, he said, “It was the easiest decision of the weekend.”
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It’s About the Base

It’s About the Base
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
It is this base of the game, not the few at the pinnacle, that is the future of a game under siege in dozens of courthouses and state houses across the U.S. ...
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Kicking Bad Habits

Kicking Bad Habits
Friday, May 4, 2018
So, as the world of football from youth levels to the pros is eliminating kickoffs or altering rules to reduce their frequency, I write smugly, “What took you so long?”
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The Seeding Disease

The Seeding Disease
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
It was poetic justice to watch one No. 1 seed clobber the other No. 1 seed in a terrible semifinal mismatch.
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Carry On

Carry On
Friday, April 27, 2018
The MHSAA has not been my job; it’s been my purpose.
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No Place They Would Rather Be

No Place They Would Rather Be
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
At Buchanan, attending athletic events is the thing to do – and not just boys sports or winter sports. 
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Every Coach, Every Year

Every Coach, Every Year
Friday, April 20, 2018
All of this screams for the need for coaches education ... for every coach, every year ... no matter how experienced or revered.
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The Top Task

The Top Task
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
All of this, and much more, is about defining and defending educational athletics ... the top task of athletic administrators from top to bottom of our exciting enterprise.
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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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