Blog: From the Director

Nobody's Perfect

Friday, July 9, 2010
As he left the office for his assignment to umpire at the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament in North Carolina, MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl quipped, “Just hoping I don’t appear on ESPN.” 
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Injuries and Specialization

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
"Encourage your child to be involved in more than one sport.  Cross-training helps develop their bodies . . ."
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Dead Period

Friday, July 2, 2010
While the dead period’s adoption was one of the most universally praised policy changes of the past decade, it has not been without requests for modification
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Summer Workouts

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have Facebook, foursquare and TweetDeck apps on my IPhone.  I’ve loaded more than 48 hours of music on my IPod.  I Skype with my son and daughter-in-law in China.
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Punch

Friday, June 25, 2010
In the world of boxing, when for example a middleweight fighter packs a punch as powerful as a heavyweight, it is sometimes said that the fighter has “punch beyond his weight.”
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Snake Oil

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
You almost have to admire QVC . . . It has just about mastered the art of selling things you didn’t know you wanted and heretofore didn’t “need.”
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Hope

Friday, June 18, 2010
. . . this school year ends with dread that the next school year will be one of less opportunity and less oversight than we’ve seen at any time in the last 75 years of high school sports in Michigan.
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Toxic

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
What is really “toxic” about high school sports is the increasing attention to the ranking of high school teams and players . . .
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Reasons for Rules

Friday, June 11, 2010
Sometimes it takes the most exaggerated circumstances to remind us that (1) some people are (in a non-clinical sense) “crazy,” and (2) our programs need rules to protect them from such bizarre behavior.
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Holes

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
After cutting and removing all the branches of a 40-year-old shrub, I was left with a massive clump of roots, precisely in the center of what I had planned to make last year’s expanded vegetable garden.
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Penny-wise, Pound-foolish

Friday, June 4, 2010
. . . it worries caring, cautious people like me that school districts have found it necessary to reduce essential oversight of their programs during drastic local school budget restructuring. 
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Doing the Opposite

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
. . . the genius of interscholastic athletics, if you wish – is in being different from college and professional sports. 
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Ready, Get Set . . . Change

Friday, May 28, 2010
“While youth have always introduced new ideas that help shape culture, today’s young generation have found themselves at the very epicenter of major societal change."
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"We're No. 1"

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Oh, how I dislike that chant at the end of sporting events.  But it does accurately describe one little aspect of Michigan’s role in the world.
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Safety First

Friday, May 21, 2010
We are most pleased when we see the policy makers of school sports focusing on the lasting, defining issues of educational athletics . . .
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Yes and No

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Only the closest observers of MHSAA operations would notice this apparent dichotomy . . .
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New Year Resolutions

Friday, May 14, 2010
The 2010-11 MHSAA Membership Resolution is being mailed today to all school superintendents to be included on the agenda for their board of education or governing board prior to Aug. 1, 2010.
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Sounding Board

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We recently announced the newest class to join the MHSAA Student Advisory Council . . . a student group which provides feedback to MHSAA staff regarding policies, procedures and programs at the local, regional and statewide levels.
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The Art of Athletic Administration

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
While objective measures of time and distance are staples of competitive sports, athletic administration is less science than it is art.  Snap decisions and judgment calls mingle with hard and fast rules... 
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