Blog: From the Director

Middle Ground

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Any initiative so strongly opposed by a majority of our member schools, or any initiative so obviously harmful to a large segment of our member schools, must be and will be opposed by the MHSAA staff. 
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Memorable Moments

Friday, January 14, 2011
I was there – really, I was – sitting alongside my father, midway up the section of end zone seats where Bart Starr followed Jerry Kramer across the goal line for the winning touchdown in 13-below-zero temperatures. 
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China Syndrome

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
An appropriate analysis of what’s happening in the world of education would ask why it is that students in foreign secondary schools are seeking in record numbers to attend U.S. high schools . . .
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“Point Positive”

Friday, January 7, 2011
Of all the resources needed for school sports, the one that we are not short of, fortunately, is positive examples. 
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Bad Actors

Bad Actors
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
These are examples of the ugly side of competition.  While it’s not like the dark side of the moon that we on Earth never see, it’s a side seen more often than we’d like in sports. 
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New Beginnings

Friday, December 31, 2010
People who work in or with schools are fortunate to have more than one new year.  They get a new calendar year and a new school year during each 12 month cycle.  Two chances to start over!
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Leadership on a Shoestring

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We often hear complaints among school sports leaders that we lack the means to compete in the marketplace against the “big boys,” be they major college and professional sports or huge media conglomerates. 
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Santa Claus

Friday, December 24, 2010
When Christmas came, the box was discovered and there was great joy as the girls tore through their treasures. 
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Leader of NO Reputation

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"One axiom of leadership I have come to appreciate reads, ‘leaders do not inflict pain, they bear it.’  In the same manner, leaders do not absorb praise, they re-direct it."
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They Are Us

Friday, December 17, 2010
One of the ways the MHSAA has minimized the us and them divide is to provide for a governing board (the Representative Council) that allows most of schools’ diverse voices to be heard . . .
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MHSAA’S Bowling Future

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The potentially back-breaking issue unique to bowling is an awards program that tends to cause students to violate the amateur and awards rules of MHSAA member schools. 
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What’s in a Name?

Friday, December 10, 2010
During a recent session in which I participated, a group of athletic directors introduced themselves, each providing his or her name and school.  I am embarrassed to say I didn’t recognize the names of several schools ...
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Council Convenes

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This “fall” meeting of the Council is usually one of much discussion and few votes.  This is intended to be a meeting designed for Council members to think about issues without the tyranny of a quick vote to decide upon a course of action. 
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Booking Holiday Plans

Friday, December 3, 2010
Except for some new socks, there’s nothing I need as a gift this holiday season; and what I want I’ve already obtained myself.  Books!  What I really need – like a lot of you – is the gift of time to actually read them.
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Mao and Me

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In anticipation of visiting our son and his wife who both teach in China, my wife and I have been “studying” the country.
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Member Opinions

Friday, November 26, 2010
During each October for more than 20 years, we’ve invited attendees at MHSAA Update Meetings across Michigan to register their opinions on proposed changes in MHSAA programs, policies and procedures.
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Legislating Parity?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Apparently it was Rufus Miles, an aide to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, who first said:  “Where you stand depends on where you sit.”
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Local Control

Friday, November 19, 2010
This is not the Big Ten, NBA, NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, where a small number of contests, participants and officials can be thoroughly scrutinized from a central office every week.
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Tobacco Troubles

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
No sooner did smoking tobacco products become illegal indoors in most settings in this state than the irrepressible tobacco industry found another way to keep us hooked.
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No Decision

Friday, November 12, 2010
It happens two or three times each school year.  A rule is violated and a forfeit occurs, causing a school to be removed from an MHSAA tournament. 
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