Blog: From the Director

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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Sports In Perspective

Friday, January 8, 2010
When kids start playing sports, their healthy egos can be easily and wrongfully amped up by teammates, coaches, or parents. 
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Steroid Use Declines

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Did you notice what is missing in all the stories about the University of Michigan’s 2009 survey of teen drug use?
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More Than A New Year

Friday, January 1, 2010
As we turn the page from our 2009 wall calendars or click our electronic calendars forward to 2010, the people in the work of school sports do so with a sense that 2010 may be like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
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The MHSAA Network

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
If you haven’t done so many times already, click on MHSAA Network at the top of the homepage. Here you will find a large part of the nation’s most comprehensive video coverage of high school athletics.
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Tournament Scheduling

Friday, December 25, 2009
Probably, it would be wisest not to blog about religion . . . But nevertheless, I’m going to; and I’ve chosen a holy day in the cold of winter to write about this hot topic.
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Coaches Education – Anytime, Anywhere

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
There is only one statewide high school association in the United States that has designed its own coaches education program and delivers it directly, face to face, to middle and high school head coaches across the state.
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Time Again to Increase the Savings Account

Friday, December 18, 2009
Think of school sports as a savings account. For years and years, the program has made deposits in terms of trust and credibility.  Students revered their coaches, often giving coaches credit for putting them on the path to good citizenship and a healthier lifestyl...
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Eight-Player Football: Part 2

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Fifteen schools have indicated preliminary intentions to conduct eight-player varsity football programs in the fall of 2010. 
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Checking Academic Progress: Part 2

Friday, December 11, 2009
As reported in an earlier blog (Oct. 30, 2009), one of the topics the MHSAA Representative Council asked to be discussed this school year is the minimum frequency that should be required of member schools for checking student-athletes’ academic progress.
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Softball Pitching Rule – Part 2

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A previous blog, “Softball Steps Back” (Sept. 1, 2009), reported that the national softball playing rules will move the pitching rubber from 40 to 43 feet from home plate for varsity competition after Jan. 1, 2011.
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The Survey Says . . .

Friday, December 4, 2009
Results of the 2009 Update Meeting Opinion Poll indicate attendees prefer the status quo over any “tweaks” in basketball seasons, but prefer a later start for spring sports.
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Video Replay

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
It has been an interesting autumn for observing sports officials and the criticism they too often receive.
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Football Playoffs

Friday, November 27, 2009
Nothing has discouraged me more than football scheduling problems blamed on the Football Playoffs.  What was heralded by coaches and administrators alike as the solution to assuring all deserving teams would qualify for the playoffs is now being cited for exacerbat...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
At the end of an overcast day, the sun slipped beneath the clouds and into Lake Michigan, leaving behind the electric pink and rouge tips of dark clouds and their reflection on the waves of even darker water.
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Football Scheduling

Friday, November 20, 2009
Increasing numbers of schools are having increasing difficulties completing varsity football schedules, citing the unwillingness of schools with similar enrollments within reasonable travel distances . . .
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Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Times were that the appearance of several foreign exchange students on the roster of a Michigan high school team created controversy and hard feelings.
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Student Fees

Friday, November 13, 2009
Here, from Muskegon-based Education Action Group in late August, is a different route to the same opinion we have about participation fees – so-called “pay-for-play.”
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Failure to Focus

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Several times each week that the Michigan Legislature is in session, our legislative liaison office sends the MHSAA and its other clients a list of new bills that have been introduced.  And I alternate between being depressed and infuriated with what I read.
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Wrestling with Integrity

Friday, November 6, 2009
After four seasons on a voluntary basis, in 1997, the MHSAA adopted a mandatory weight monitoring program with a nutrition education component for interscholastic wrestling . . . A remaining point of contention is the “home weigh-in” option for schools during the regula...
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