Blog: From the Director

Drink Your Milk

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Perhaps you’ve noticed that the MHSAA has an official beverage.  It’s Country Fresh chocolate milk.  This comes at a time when sport and energy drinks are under close scrutiny and growing criticism.
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Football Seeding

Friday, November 5, 2010
I was listening to a radio sports talk show while driving to a speaking engagement last week.  Several callers wondered why the high school football playoffs are not seeded . . .
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Each summer I put together a list of all the problems we’re addressing and all the projects we know we’ll be working on through the MHSAA during the year ahead.
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Critical Issues

Friday, October 29, 2010
We’re almost one-third through the 2010-11 school sports year; so it’s time to remind myself of what I learn every August as the new year kicks off.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
School sports is a team sport.  It’s not just something that coaches and athletes do; but something, even in so-called individual sports, that a team must do together to do well. 
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Silence is Golden

Friday, October 22, 2010
A minor repair to a vocal cord forced me into 48 hours of silence recently.  I rather enjoyed it and, frankly, was a little sorry to see it end.
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Web Works

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Before we change our calendars to 2011, the MHSAA will have launched a streamlined mobile version of, as well as its first six mobile applications for four platforms . . .
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Compass Point

Friday, October 15, 2010
The recent journey of school sports has had some “detours and adjustments,” to be sure – the change of seasons and the failing economy the two most obvious. 
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Stay on the Message

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is election season, and we’ll hear political commentators talk a lot about the need for candidates to “stay on message.”   That’s probably good advice for those of us involved in school sports.
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Communications Change

Friday, October 8, 2010
We’ve seen traditional mail be replaced by email, and we now may be watching texting, tweeting and Facebook replace email.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
If we merely whisper our beliefs, not much will be made of the mistakes we make.  But neither will much become of our message.
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Yesterday’s News

Friday, October 1, 2010
On a recent trip I became annoyed that I couldn’t find a morning newspaper in the hotel, when my son said, “Don’t sweat it; today’s paper has only yesterday’s news.”
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Contradictions and Consensus

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
As I have prepared for October’s Update Meetings at seven sites across Michigan, I returned for guidance to the following words that were actually handed out at the 2007 meetings, titled “From Contradictions to Consensus”:
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Midwest Values

Friday, September 24, 2010
We appreciate that the soul of high school sports is in local communities and their cross-town or cross-county rivalries.
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New Year Observations

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tomorrow may be just the first day of autumn, but we are already far into the fall season of school sports in Michigan.  Here are some early observations:
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College Conference Has Sportsmanship Concerns

College Conference Has Sportsmanship Concerns
Friday, September 17, 2010
Here’s a piece from the Athletic Business Newswire (Aug. 19, 2010) that underscores the importance of our sportsmanship efforts.
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Accelerating Sportsmanship

Accelerating Sportsmanship
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
We need to put our foot back on the gas pedal of good sportsmanship in this decade. It’s not corny; it’s not trite; it’s not trivial.  It’s essential to educational athletics. 
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Life Without Rules

Friday, September 10, 2010
Realizing the goals of even higher participation and higher standards in school sports requires not only maintaining but actually promoting essential eligibility rules. 
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Continuing Education

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Essential to promoting high participation with high standards in educational athletics is not only maintaining but expanding training for those who are in charge of and care for our programs.
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There Is No There

Friday, September 3, 2010
For me, electronic media are tools to be used.  For digital natives, these media just are, like the air they breathe.
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