Blog: From the Director

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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It’s Not Where, But How

It’s Not Where, But How
Friday, April 28, 2017
Where MHSAA championships are staged is not inconsequential, but it is infinitely less important than how interscholastic athletic programs ...
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MHSAA Tournament Sports

MHSAA Tournament Sports
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
At the end of each school year the MHSAA asks its member high schools to report what sports they officially sponsored on a competitive interscholastic basis and how many students participated. 
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Coach Connection

Coach Connection
Friday, April 21, 2017
It could have been easier had the MHSAA outsourced coaches education to an online provider; but too much would have been missed. 
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Balancing Football Playoffs

Balancing Football Playoffs
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
We have reached the point where 46 percent of the schools which sponsor football qualify for the Football Playoffs ...
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Site Lines

Site Lines
Friday, April 14, 2017
It appears that everyone is talking about where the championship rounds of the Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball tournaments should be played.
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Beyond Fairness

Beyond Fairness
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The NFHS doesn’t publish the most fair rules. On purpose.
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5 Questions for 8-Player Football

5 Questions for 8-Player Football
Friday, April 7, 2017
The 2017 8-Player Football Playoffs will be conducted over four weeks in two divisions of 16 teams each ...
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Representative Voices

Representative Voices
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
It goes almost without saying that nearly all of the Council members participated in competitive school sports and are the parents of participants in interscholastic athletics.
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Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments
Friday, March 31, 2017
People most often learn more from their mistakes than their successes. Failure leads to more useful reflection than success.
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Partners in Promotion

Partners in Promotion
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
In an era where high school sports coverage is at its lowest point in state history, a new team will continue to spotlight the life lessons school sports teach our children.
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