Blog: From the Director

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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Sports Officials Receive Recognition

Friday, April 30, 2010
It’s often said that the best sports officials don’t draw attention to themselves; that a well-officiated contest is one where you don’t notice the officials.  But once a year we make them the center of attention anyway.
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Ten Percent Solution

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
As financial concerns increase among Michigan’s schools, the suggestion is sometimes made to decrease high school sports seasons by the same percentage across the board – e.g., by ten percent. 
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Crunch Time for Council

Friday, April 23, 2010
We normally think of the MHSAA’s year as having three emotional peaks – the culmination of fall, winter and spring tournaments – and certainly that is how most of our constituents view the year.  And that’s good.
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Reaching Higher

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Last Sunday, nearly 100 underclass female basketball players converged on South Lyon High School for the second “Reaching Higher Showcase.”
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Eight-Player Football

Friday, April 16, 2010
There will not be an eight-player division of the MHSAA Football Playoffs in 2010 . . .  there were not enough firm commitments for the 2010 season by the April 1 deadline . . .
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Constitutional Catch-Up

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
For the first time since 1998, MHSAA member schools are voting to amend the MHSAA Constitution.
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Head Trauma

Friday, April 9, 2010
Attention to participant safety is ongoing in school sports; and once again the emphasis is on head injuries.
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Spring Sports Practice

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Cold weather and crowded gyms are customary during the first weeks of practice for Michigan schools as they press to get spring sports underway.
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Class Actions

Friday, April 2, 2010
The classification process for MHSAA tournaments for the 2010-11 school year is completed.
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Pre-Participation Physicals

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
There are movements within this state and across the country to encourage more comprehensive pre-participation screening of student-athletes involving complete medical histories and more inclusive and mandated forms. 
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Scholar-Athletes

Friday, March 26, 2010
One of the core values of school sports is that the interscholastic athletic program must do as much as possible to enhance and as little as possible to frustrate the educational mission of sponsoring schools.
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An Exemplary Athletic Program

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
On Sunday during the annual conference of the MIAAA, I was privileged to participate in honoring Pontiac Notre Dame Prep as the sole 2009-10 recipient of the Exemplary Athletic Program Award.
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“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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