Blog: From the Director

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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Opportunities Abound

Opportunities Abound
Friday, February 2, 2018
The real juice for this inspiring event is the energy of 550 students and the investment of our schools’ coaches and administrators to facilitate the attendance of these students.
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Visualizing Transfers

Visualizing Transfers
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
There are two visual aids to bring to the discussion of the transfer rule serving school sports in Michigan.
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Reserve Lessons

Reserve Lessons
Friday, January 26, 2018
It is a shame that students have somehow gotten the message that it’s a waste of their time to be a part of a team where they aren’t a starter or even the star.
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Striking A Balance

Striking A Balance
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The MHSAA does not have subpoena power, can’t perform wiretaps, and cannot devote the personnel and other resources that an investigations department would require.
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Answering Seeding Questions

Answering Seeding Questions
Friday, January 19, 2018
Seeding is a topic on the agenda of several Michigan High School Athletic Association sport committees.
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By The Book

By The Book
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The rule, as written, with 15 pretty cut-and-dried exceptions, is consistently applied.
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Misspent Money

Misspent Money
Friday, January 12, 2018
More pressure means less enjoyment. As kids enjoy sports less, their motivation goes down.
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Destiny

Destiny
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
“You never know,” he said, “when you are five minutes from your destiny.”
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"Well-Roundedness"

"Well-Roundedness"
Friday, January 5, 2018
What I continue to encourage for most students is that they sample the broad buffet of opportunities that a full-service school offers.
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Valuing Variety

Valuing Variety
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
What I hear when I listen to students ... is that they want to play multiple sports and that they need us to hear that and to help them.
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