Blog: From the Director

“Non-Traditional” Tournament Structure

Friday, March 19, 2010
As the 2010 Girls Basketball Tournament enters its final week and Boys Basketball Regionals are being contested, it’s a good time to report that a different format for District tournaments is being discussed. 
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Seeking Solutions for Michigan’s Future

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A mere decade into the 21st century, Michigan has dropped off an economic cliff.  One of every two jobs lost in the United States during the past decade was lost in Michigan . . .
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Lights, Cameras, Action

Friday, March 12, 2010
Operating under the radar . . . is an MHSAA initiative creating full- and part-time jobs across the state as well as hands-on learning opportunities in the “movie biz” for high school students in Michigan.
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Seeding

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
There is nothing wrong educationally with conducting MHSAA tournaments without seeding, nor are there any education-based reasons that compel tournament seeding . . .
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Investing in Sports

Friday, March 5, 2010
In this day of tight finances and fierce competition for students . . . Michigan public school districts might be as well served to expand the breadth and depth of their interscholastic athletic offerings.
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Hinges of History

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Those who are serious about facilitating a turnaround in Michigan must face up to the problems of our major cities and turn around the policies that helped cause those problems . . .
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Why Bother With Student Activities?

Friday, February 26, 2010
Why is it important that schools provide student activities programs like interscholastic athletics?  It’s likely many people are raising this question . . .
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Sharing Information

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
My counterparts in other states have been surprised to learn that I maintain a blog on the MHSAA website, with fresh entries twice each week, which I actually write myself. 
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It's the Law

Friday, February 19, 2010
Everybody involved in school sports . . . should keep great distance from any pill, injection, salve or nutritional supplement that is promoted to enhance athletic performance, if for no other reason than it’s the law.
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League Leadership

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tomorrow, for the 25th consecutive year, the MHSAA is inviting the leadership of high school leagues and conferences across Michigan to gather. 
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Haiti Perspectives

Friday, February 12, 2010
. . . as disasters always do, this latest one reminds us of how relatively unimportant school sports are.  Sometimes we behave like sports is life and death.  Of course, it is not. 
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Joining the Conversation

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
It became apparent that there is not only a desire but a need for influential organizations to participate in the once strictly personal arena of social networking.
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Super Sunday and Superstar

Friday, February 5, 2010
The MHSAA is having its own kind of “Super Sunday” on Feb. 7 when record numbers gather for the MHSAA’s WISL Conference in Lansing.
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Groundhog Day

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A lot of school sports administrators may feel like “Punxsutawney Phil” who will disappear for six more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow today.
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March Magic Hoopfest

Friday, January 29, 2010
The inaugural March Magic Hoopfest in 2009 was a success by all measures; and the event will be bigger and better and extend over two weekends in 2010 when the girls tournament returns to MSU.
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Prosperity Follows Education

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned from my son and daughter-in-law’s teaching experience at a school for international students in Wuxi, China.
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Tournament Classification

Friday, January 22, 2010
Michigan is generally credited for being the first statewide high school association in the nation to separate schools by size for interscholastic athletic tournaments. 
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“Bowl Eligible”

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It’s really no wonder that some folks want an expanded high school football playoff plan for Michigan.  They keep hearing “bowl eligible" . . .
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Female Recruits Declining

Friday, January 15, 2010
Maximizing participation in school sports is far more important than maximizing college scholarship opportunities; but (current scholarship) statistics are disappointing.
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Raising Participation and Standards

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
A recent Leadership IQ employee survey to analyze strategic awareness asked more than 30,000 employees if they could articulate their organization’s strategic goals . . . Only 34 percent of those surveyed said they could do so.
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