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Why Are There Rules?

Friday, September 18, 2009
If life were perfect in Michigan school sports, we would accomplish these two objectives every year . . .
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Growing Concern Over Obesity

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Obesity has pulled away from a group of concerns vying for the runner-up spot among 23 different health concerns...
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"benchmarks" Debuts

Friday, September 11, 2009
. . . it may seem surprising to some folks that at almost the same time that the MHSAA is making these electronic advances, it is also launching a new print publication.
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Video Streaming Coming to Schools Near You

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
It was readily apparent to regular visitors to MHSAA.com that the MHSAA’s website had a redesigned look and navigation system when it launched at the start of August.
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Newer Research Throws a Curve

Friday, September 4, 2009
The surprising results of new studies about an old topic reveal an ongoing concern in youth sports.
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Softball Steps Back

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The national rules committee for high school softball is moving pitchers a few steps further from home plate.  Effective for school year 2010-11, the pitching rubber must be 43 feet from home – three feet further.
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Drug Testing

Friday, August 28, 2009
Thanks to problems in professional sports, steroids stay in our sports news headlines.  And sometimes the problems of the pros become confused with the problems of schools.
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Eight-Player Football

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
As high school football programs kick off their 2009 seasons this week, some schools are also looking to 2010 when the MHSAA may add an eight-player division to its Football Playoffs for those Class D schools which are struggling to start or maintain 11-player programs.
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Swimsuits Stir Controversy

Friday, August 21, 2009
Some high school sports remain for many years under the radar of the public’s passion, unless you participate or are the parent of a participant.  Then some event or series of events has everyone talking.  That’s how it is with high school swimming and diving.
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Future Sports?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
In any successful enterprise, some time will be devoted to trying to learn what the customer wants.  In school sports, there are many diverse customers, but none more important than the student-athlete. 
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Bad Economy Nets More Officials

Friday, August 14, 2009
One of the certainties of these uncertain economic times is that more people register to officiate school sports in bad times than in good.
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Fall Sports Start

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
For the first time in history, all MHSAA tournament sports – including football, which started practice yesterday and the rest of the fall sports which can begin practice tomorrow – have a minimum number of days of team practice before the first interscholastic contest.
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Travel Savings Add Up

Friday, August 7, 2009
We all read news accounts of economic plight and watch the stock market on a daily basis with one hand over our eyes and the other with fingers crossed, many times feeling helpless against the current tide.
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So I Write

Monday, August 3, 2009
For more than 23 years we’ve been taking some space in MHSAA publications and some time in the busy days of readers for editorials to which I affix my name. These editorials are intended as much to provoke thinking as to report fact. 
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