Blog: From the Director

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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Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do
Friday, March 24, 2017
The vast majority of daily activities of Michigan High School Athletic Association staff revolve around communicating the meaning of educational athletics. That’s why we do most of what we do.
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Making Matters Worse

Making Matters Worse
Friday, March 17, 2017
The proposal is seriously flawed, and by circumventing the MHSAA Football Committee, its proponents assure it is fatally flawed.
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Transfer Culture

Transfer Culture
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The culture that contributes to this is created in youth programs, starting even before students reach high school.
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Eight-Player Options

Eight-Player Options
Friday, March 10, 2017
This helped save football in some schools and helped return the game of football to other schools.
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Not Right for Us

Not Right for Us
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
This is no criticism of KPI Rankings per se ... but it’s not the right thing to do for our statewide high school basketball tournaments.
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Basketball Tournaments on the Move?

Basketball Tournaments on the Move?
Friday, March 3, 2017
Calendar changes, if any, will be membership driven and may take more than 18 months to finalize.
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Rare Occasions

Rare Occasions
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
It is because bad incidents are so very rare that they make news.
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Inclusion

Inclusion
Friday, February 24, 2017
This is really the best time ever for school sports. It’s just a lot harder to operate today than 55 or 60 years ago.
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Transfer Impasse

Transfer Impasse
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Transfers by students for athletic reasons is a chronic, nationwide, reputation-damaging nuisance for high school sports.
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The Measure of Success

The Measure of Success
Friday, February 17, 2017
“We need to move our focus from MHSAA tournaments to the regular season, to the 9- or 18-game regular season, and to the 100 to 200 practices that occur over three or four months of each season.”
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Cheering for Equal Opportunity

Cheering for Equal Opportunity
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Without a policy prohibiting boys from displacing girls from teams and from the playing surface, athletic opportunities for girls would be in serious jeopardy ...
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Weaving Policy

Weaving Policy
Friday, February 10, 2017
Leaders have to be concerned with two or more sides to most issues. They have to consider in advance both the seen and unseen aspects of the project.
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Not So Great

Not So Great
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
We trail the nation's most progressive states with respect to requirements to coach and a few other most progressive states with respect to requirements to officiate.
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Fit to Fly

Fit to Fly
Friday, February 3, 2017
Well-intentioned people have unrealistic expectations about this. They don't appreciate the amount of resources the MHSAA would have to put into making this thing fly.
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Hard Copy

Hard Copy
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
I remain an ardent advocate for the medium of printed words.  
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Prep Prose

Prep Prose
Friday, January 27, 2017
Mick may have written more words about high school sports in Michigan than any person ever. 
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Culture Wars

Culture Wars
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Unfortunately, every restriction we impose to protect children from such risks and to promote their good health is exploited by others.
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Undue Hardship

Undue Hardship
Friday, January 20, 2017
These are real hardships that should embarrass those who suggest that sitting out school sports for a single contest or an entire career is a hardship.
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