Blog: From the Director


Tuesday, November 24, 2009
At the end of an overcast day, the sun slipped beneath the clouds and into Lake Michigan, leaving behind the electric pink and rouge tips of dark clouds and their reflection on the waves of even darker water.
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Football Scheduling

Friday, November 20, 2009
Increasing numbers of schools are having increasing difficulties completing varsity football schedules, citing the unwillingness of schools with similar enrollments within reasonable travel distances . . .
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Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Times were that the appearance of several foreign exchange students on the roster of a Michigan high school team created controversy and hard feelings.
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Student Fees

Friday, November 13, 2009
Here, from Muskegon-based Education Action Group in late August, is a different route to the same opinion we have about participation fees – so-called “pay-for-play.”
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Failure to Focus

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Several times each week that the Michigan Legislature is in session, our legislative liaison office sends the MHSAA and its other clients a list of new bills that have been introduced.  And I alternate between being depressed and infuriated with what I read.
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Wrestling with Integrity

Friday, November 6, 2009
After four seasons on a voluntary basis, in 1997, the MHSAA adopted a mandatory weight monitoring program with a nutrition education component for interscholastic wrestling . . . A remaining point of contention is the “home weigh-in” option for schools during the regula...
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Leaders as Learners

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
When my wife was going through items her 89-year-old mother had kept prior to her death, she discovered a yellow butterfly-shaped ashtray my wife had made as a Brownie in the 1950s.  Can you imagine that?  We had young girls making ashtrays!
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Checking Academic Progress

Friday, October 30, 2009
An essential characteristic of school-sponsored sports programs is that student-athletes earn the privilege of participation on their school teams by maintaining adequate academic progress in their schools’ classrooms.
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Exploring Michigan

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Each October for 32 consecutive years, the MHSAA has hosted a series of meetings across the state called “Update Meetings,” an opportunity for school representatives to review recent changes as well as proposals for change that are working their way through the organiza...
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Exposing the Hard Work

Friday, October 23, 2009
That football is a more popular spectator sport than gardening has many obvious explanations.  One of the less obvious but more compelling reasons may be discovered in this quote from Michael Pollan’s Second Nature – A Gardener’s Education: 
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What’s a Newspaper to Do?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
America’s daily newspapers are struggling to stay in business.  Some have been reduced in size; some in frequency.  Some have ceased print versions and are only found online; some have ceased to exist altogether.
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Leadership Lessons

Friday, October 16, 2009
When lists are compiled of the benefits of participation in school sports, almost always included is that sports provide practical, real-life leadership lessons for many participants.  Can we be sure about that?
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Calendar Concerns

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It was late August.  All the school district’s professional and paraprofessional staff were gathered in the high school cafeteria.  And in the hallways walked groups of students.
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The Money Problem

Friday, October 9, 2009
A concern for school sports resulting from the underfunding of schools, which began long before our state’s current economic recession, is that desperation will drive many schools to do long-term if not permanent damage to interscholastic athletics.
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A Heads-Up

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Coaches tell their athletes to keep their heads in the game.  They want their teams mentally alert, sharp and thinking about their responsibilities during each play or event.
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Blueberry Picking

Friday, October 2, 2009
Every year in August, my wife and I go blueberry picking in West Michigan.  Two buckets, placed in four freezer bags, from which we make withdrawals for pancakes, muffins and sauces throughout the next 12 months.
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A Good Example

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Building a successful and reputable school sports program within the framework of rules and regulations is a high goal for administrators and coaches alike in our line of work. 
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Proceed with Caution

Friday, September 25, 2009
I’m told the water levels of the Great Lakes are affected more by what we don’t see than what we do see, or what seems most apparent. 
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Tennis Being Reviewed

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Next month the MHSAA will host a professionally facilitated  “study circle” to begin to analyze and search for solutions to several issues that make the interscholastic tennis experience less than we would like it to be for students and their sponsoring schools.
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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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