Blog: From the Director

Durable Leadership

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
These colleagues from across the country had the same thoughts we have; and they used the very same words we’ve been using in Michigan.
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Finding What We’re Losing

Friday, March 25, 2011
In my opinion, in a few years we’re going to be saying that we’ve lost some things in our schools that have been important to us; and we’re going to find them right where we lost them.
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Screening Participants

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A recent tragedy has caused caring people to look at what reasonable things could be done differently to further reduce the already small number of deaths that occur in relation to student sports participation.
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Tournament Tweaks & Tweets

Friday, March 18, 2011
It remains our belief that the passion and performance of the competition on the court must be the primary focus of these tournaments, but we do want to increase the interest and enhance the enjoyment of spectators.
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Fresh Pain

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Since the national media descended on our state to cover the loss of one of the more prominent of many thousands of Michigan’s precious students, I’ve been reminding people to consider also . . .
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Foreign Student Eligibility

Friday, March 11, 2011
The challenge now before the MHSAA is to modify existing rules so that the opportunities for international students to attend MHSAA member schools apply equally to public and nonpublic schools. 
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A Speck of Humility

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
During March, the month of “one and done” in school and college sports tournaments, it’s very easy to think of games as life and death moments.  So it’s timely, I think, to provide a little perspective.
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Leading by Example

Friday, March 4, 2011
 The more essential qualities of a team leader are not physical – not being the biggest, fastest or best athlete. 
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Meet Them, However Far They Get

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The teachers and coaches who make these requests of their students and athletes, as well as of themselves, are the teachers and coaches invited to the class reunions. 
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Exercising the Brain

Friday, February 25, 2011
Take a look at another good reason schools need to preserve broad and deep athletic programs for their students:  physical exercise may improve brain functions.
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“Over the Top”

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Occasionally the same media who complain that things have gone over the top will complain that we down here in the trenches are too conservative in our philosophies or too restrictive in our policies.
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Why Students Play

Friday, February 18, 2011
During a recent meeting of the MHSAA Student Advisory Council, I asked the group to help me answer again one of the most basic questions we must keep asking ourselves about school-based sports: 
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Preparing the Whole Person

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Any student who feasts on most of that menu will be ready for life – ready for life’s ups and downs and all the changes the future will surely bring.
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Michigan Boasts "Grand" Gatherings

Friday, February 11, 2011
Michigan – and specifically West Michigan – will host two important national meetings related to our business during the next two years.
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Core Questions

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
As I prepared to lead a group of people of a national school sports organization through a weekend strategic planning session out of state recently, I was challenged to check again my own answers to questions like these:
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Scheduling Recommendations

Friday, February 4, 2011
Based on what was learned from other states, we made some recommendations in 2007 that appear to have been largely forgotten or ignored.
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Coaches Share

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Twenty-five years ago the MHSAA began a tradition of hosting the presidents of the state’s high school coaches associations for a dinner meeting.  It’s an opportunity for two important things to happen.
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Basketball Scheduling

Friday, January 28, 2011
Mixing up the days and times for regular-season basketball games is doing a disservice to our students and their supporters.
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Preparticipation Screening

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The preparticipation physical examination is a staple of educational athletics; and for MHSAA member schools it’s an annual requirement . . .
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Fighting Spirit

Friday, January 21, 2011
When it comes to fighting, schools know their limitations:  lack of time, money and will.  Schools depend on the MHSAA to do their fighting.
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