Blog: From the Director

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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Injuries and Specialization

Injuries and Specialization
Thursday, December 28, 2017
“Encourage your child to be involved in more than one sport. Cross-training helps develop their bodies."
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No. 1 Worries

No. 1 Worries
Monday, December 25, 2017
Here is where education prevails over entertainment in interscholastic athletics.  Here is where philosophy of athletics is more in tune with the mission of the school.
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Large Topics for the Lower Level

Large Topics for the Lower Level
Friday, December 22, 2017
We have always maintained that there is at least as much potential for school-based sports to benefit both kids and their schools at the junior high/middle school level as at the high school.
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Building Future Support

Building Future Support
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
If the program has no room for a student today, why would we ever expect that student or his/her parents will support our programs tomorrow?
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Taking Back Their Game

Taking Back Their Game
Friday, December 15, 2017
"I’d like them to urge the NCAA to start running its own summer games instead of leaving it to the shoe companies and NBA stars ..."
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Five Fewer Volleyball Days?

Five Fewer Volleyball Days?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
When 90 percent of one of our key constituent groups has the same opinion, it’s worth talking about – even if the topic is a sacred cow.
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A Temporary Fix

A Temporary Fix
Friday, December 8, 2017
After six months of effort, there is only a 12-month solution for issues affecting the girls and boys basketball seasons and Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball tournaments.
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History Reveals Legacy

History Reveals Legacy
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
National Federation opposition to national events in high school athletics is not “one and done.”
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Living With Change

Living With Change
Friday, December 1, 2017
One of the odd and irksome scenes I observe occurs when a relative newcomer to an enterprise lectures more seasoned veterans about change. 
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No Shortcuts

No Shortcuts
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Full-time, continuously trained athletic administrators are essential to the conduct of safe and successful interscholastic athletics.
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Football Week in Michigan

Football Week in Michigan
Friday, November 24, 2017
The Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Playoff Finals dominate the schedule for FOX Sports Detroit’s first annual Football Week in Michigan this November.
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Seeking Input on Seeding

Seeking Input on Seeding
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
There is so much else that is so much more important than seeding to the health of school-sponsored basketball that deserves the attention that seeding has been getting.
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Bouncing Basketball Around

Bouncing Basketball Around
Friday, November 17, 2017
When we think and talk about sites for MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals in 2019 and beyond ... it draws more public and media attention than the fundamental importance of the topic.
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Scheduling Controversy

 Scheduling Controversy
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
I don’t campaign for this task (scheduling games for schools) because, frankly, it will produce complaints and controversy.
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December 1st is a Big Deal

December 1st is a Big Deal
Friday, November 10, 2017
One of the two or three most important MHSAA Representative Council meetings of the past three decades will occur Dec. 1. 
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Football Antics

Football Antics
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Our games are teaching respect and civility and team spirit at a time when America is in desperate need of those values.
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Current Events

Current Events
Friday, November 3, 2017
I rediscovered that in the fall of 2009, I was writing about topics that remain current today. 
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Engagement

Engagement
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
What is abundantly clear here is that the MHSAA staff does not operate from an ivory tower or information vacuum.
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Don’t Mention It

Don’t Mention It
Friday, October 27, 2017
I won’t repeat that we have been continuously critical of the travel team environment infecting sports for youth and adolescents.
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