Blog: From the Director

Election Season

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Schools pay nothing to join the MHSAA or to enter MHSAA tournaments.  Their obligations are not financial but administrative; and their opportunities are many . . .
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Turning Defeat Into Victory

Friday, August 27, 2010
Thinking on this event reminds me of what so often happens in so many places in this wonderful world of school sports.
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An Issue That is Never Out-of-Season

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
In spite of everything that bothers us and batters us, school sports is still the best brand of youth sports in America . . . We still have what most kids and parents want in youth sports. 
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Raising Participation and Standards

Friday, August 20, 2010
I’m an idealist.  That’s why I chose to work on this level of sports and not some other level; why I work in sports and not some other field. 
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Lessons Learned

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
. . . we can sometimes learn most by looking furthest from our own type of organization
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Intent to Harm?

Friday, August 13, 2010
Here’s an editorial I penned but withheld from publishing in August of 2006.  Four years of waiting and watching have only made me more convinced of what it says . . .
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Football Fundamentals

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It is necessary to remind all who are involved with football programs on the local level to continue to be vigilant in the pursuit of a risk-free environment for students. 
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Friday, August 6, 2010
. . . participation in MHSAA tournament sports topped 300,000 for the sixth consecutive year; and that while enrollments of MHSAA member schools dropped 2.7 percent for the past year, participation slipped only 0.8 percent.
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Comfort Zones

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Fifty-two weeks ago I began doing what none of my colleagues across the country is doing:  posting a blog twice a week, every week.  Frankly, some of my 49 counterparts think I’m nuts.
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A Walk in the Woods

Friday, July 30, 2010
My wife and I were on a long walk through the woods and back roads of west Michigan this summer when she remarked, “We’re not lost; but we don’t know where we are.”
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CAP Goes to College

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Back in the “good old days,” almost every high school coach had a college degree and was a teacher in the school where he or she coached. 
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Competitive Cheer as a Sport

Friday, July 23, 2010
“Cheerleading could be considered or counted as a sport if the cheerleading team’s primary purpose is to compete.” In Michigan, that is the sole purpose of girls competitive cheer.
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“Proportionality” vs. Student Interest

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
On April 1, 2010, the US Civil Rights Commission . . . recommended that “the regulations be revised to explicitly take into account the athletic interests of both sexes rather than just the interests of the under-represented sex . . . "
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Tournament Classification – Part 2

Friday, July 16, 2010
I’m open-minded to exploration of a more “modern” system that would classify schools by potential participation and not purely by enrollment.
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Tournament Classification

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
. . . with such a wide variety of type of school and so much variance within each type of school, we may need to find new ways to promote competitive equity . . .
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Nobody's Perfect

Friday, July 9, 2010
As he left the office for his assignment to umpire at the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament in North Carolina, MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl quipped, “Just hoping I don’t appear on ESPN.” 
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Injuries and Specialization

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
"Encourage your child to be involved in more than one sport.  Cross-training helps develop their bodies . . ."
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Dead Period

Friday, July 2, 2010
While the dead period’s adoption was one of the most universally praised policy changes of the past decade, it has not been without requests for modification
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Summer Workouts

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have Facebook, foursquare and TweetDeck apps on my IPhone.  I’ve loaded more than 48 hours of music on my IPod.  I Skype with my son and daughter-in-law in China.
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Friday, June 25, 2010
In the world of boxing, when for example a middleweight fighter packs a punch as powerful as a heavyweight, it is sometimes said that the fighter has “punch beyond his weight.”
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