Blog: From the Director

Football's Status

Football's Status
Thursday, June 15, 2017
And until the past decade, football has not had to cope with out-of-season programs run by non-school groups and commercial entities that are so troublesome ...
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Football Participation

Football Participation
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The latest participation data also requires that those of us who love the game of football have much work to do; and that work has little to do with how either the 8- or 11-player tournament is conducted.
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Law and Order

Law and Order
Friday, June 9, 2017
The MHSAA has neither the legal authority nor the resources to be involved in regulating young people and coaches for all things, at all times and in all places. 
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Consider Communications

Consider Communications
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Like many of my generation, I have a love-hate relationship with advances in communications technology.
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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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