Blog: From the Director

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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Show of Hands

Show of Hands
Friday, June 30, 2017
... when we consider any of these things in Michigan, we need much better rationale than a show of hands.
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Planning Period

Planning Period
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I have come to count on and enjoy three times of the year which serve as the major planning periods for my work at the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 
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Summer Football Safety

Summer Football Safety
Friday, June 23, 2017
Across the U.S. this summer, school-age football players are flocking to camps conducted by colleges and commercial interests. They get outfitted in full gear and launch themselves into drills and skills work.
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School Sports’ Influence

School Sports’ Influence
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
He knows that school sports still matters mightily to kids, and that those in charge of local school sports programs still yield great power over young people.
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Football's Status

Football's Status
Thursday, June 15, 2017
And until the past decade, football has not had to cope with out-of-season programs run by non-school groups and commercial entities that are so troublesome ...
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Football Participation

Football Participation
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The latest participation data also requires that those of us who love the game of football have much work to do; and that work has little to do with how either the 8- or 11-player tournament is conducted.
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Law and Order

Law and Order
Friday, June 9, 2017
The MHSAA has neither the legal authority nor the resources to be involved in regulating young people and coaches for all things, at all times and in all places. 
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Consider Communications

Consider Communications
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Like many of my generation, I have a love-hate relationship with advances in communications technology.
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Focus on Fun

Focus on Fun
Friday, June 2, 2017
When properly focused, competitive interscholastic athletics trades in difficult fun, devoted friendships and dedication to fitness throughout life.
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Correctable Error?

Correctable Error?
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A decade has passed since the court-ordered change in several sports seasons for Michigan high schools.
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Tournament Divisions

Tournament Divisions
Friday, May 26, 2017
The objection of smaller schools to the equal divisions format in these sports has diminished over time as the Class D enrollment range has shrunk. 
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Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
While MHSAA membership is free of costs, it’s not free of responsibilities.
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Bottom Lines

Bottom Lines
Friday, May 19, 2017
People might believe it’s more appropriate for MHSAA events to be on college campuses than in commercial arenas; but frankly, it’s getting hard for us to see a difference.
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Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Rather than consider this as a huge disruption, we are choosing to look at this as an opportunity to review how and when we do things, both regular season and MHSAA tournaments. 
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Upon Further Review ...

Upon Further Review ...
Friday, May 12, 2017
It’s interesting to observe that some recommendations that passed coach-dominated sport committees with unanimous support fail to receive 50 percent support by the athletic directors ...
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Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Officials know what it means to have a partner, and to have his or her back in good times and bad.
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Why We Watch

Why We Watch
Friday, May 5, 2017
The lure of participation for adolescents is that competitive school sports is difficult fun.
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Push Pause

Push Pause
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
These topics were brought into focus by making time for the MHSAA staff and Representative Council to pause from the frenetic pace of everyday duties ...
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