Blog: From the Director

Changing Rules

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Sometimes after our best efforts to explain a rule are not successful and a request to waive the rule is not approved, someone will want to change the rule for the future. 
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Limitations In-Season and Out

Friday, June 3, 2011
School administrators have learned . . . it is not only necessary to define the interscholastic season and limit what can occur during it, but also it is necessary to define and limit what can occur out of season. 
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Higher Stakes Means More Rules

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The higher the stakes and the greater the resulting tendency of some people to try to gain unfair competitive advantage, the greater the need for rules.
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“Why Do You Have All Those Stupid Rules?”

Friday, May 27, 2011
Administrators of school sports need a good answer to this question that will be posed by some people after they have discovered that a student is ineligible or a contest is forfeited.
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Annual Contract

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
In Michigan, schools make for themselves the rules which serve and support interscholastic athletics.  The rules cover hundreds of policies and procedures for administration of local programs.
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Membership Renewal

Friday, May 20, 2011
MHSAA membership is free of charge, and its postseason tournaments are without any entry fees.  All that’s required is a commitment to institutional control, that is, to apply the rules locally. 
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Serving Students

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Student-athletes have always been the destination of MHSAA services; increasingly through these programs, they are also becoming the origination of many services.
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Officiating by the Numbers

Friday, May 13, 2011
While they do their jobs best when they are least noticed, game and meet officials are one of the MHSAA’s core constituents. 
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Crisis Management

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Most encouraging has been the number of our state’s fine medical centers that have stepped forward this spring to offer their expertise at free or reduced costs
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Losing Our Savings

Friday, May 6, 2011
Many years ago when I was in school I learned that if I saved my money for something I wanted, I could obtain that thing; but if I spent my savings on other things, I wouldn’t be able to afford the thing I had been saving for.
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Heads, Hearts and Heat

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Minimizing risks and promoting healthy living have always been on the minds of competent administrators and compassionate coaches . . .
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Improving Officials

Friday, April 29, 2011
The largest hurdle we face in recruiting and retaining officials is the poor treatment they too often receive from the observers to the contests.
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Council Convenes

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It is often said that watching a committee work is like making sausage – not pretty, but necessary for a good result. 
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Communications Hub

Friday, April 22, 2011
We are seeking to increase engagement of our core constituents and the public with MHSAA.com and MHSAA.tv, and to establish these as the hub for all things school sports in Michigan.  Recent analyses suggest we’re making progress.
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Soccer Evens Up

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In 2011-12, the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Boys and Girls Soccer Tournaments return to four equal divisions after 11 years under the “20 Percent Modification.”
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Deadline Day

Friday, April 15, 2011
April 15 has long been held in ill repute because it’s usually the deadline for filing taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. 
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Eight Is Enough

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Late in March the MHSAA received the 20th commitment from an MHSAA member Class D school to sponsor eight-player football during the 2011 season . . .
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Humble Battles

Friday, April 8, 2011
We have problems that need addressing in school sports; but no matter how high our mountains sometimes seem, they are – in the overall scheme of things – high class problems.
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Canaries in the Coal Mine

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
If you have ever wondered why MHSAA member schools have adopted rules that tend to temper the hype of high school sports, then current events in college sports . . . provide your answer.
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New Curfew

Friday, April 1, 2011
Another obstacle to participation in school activities is the unintended consequence of well-intentioned additional restrictions on new drivers...
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