Blog: From the Director

Future Thinking

Future Thinking
Friday, August 11, 2017
What are the things we should be doing now that may not show immediate results, but are essential for securing a future for school-sponsored sports?
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The Other Mr. Forsythe

The Other Mr. Forsythe
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
No single person has done more than L. L. Forsythe to shape school sports in Michigan, and the nation. 
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Momentum

Momentum
Friday, August 4, 2017
Excesses and abuses in school sports have their own momentum. We should not create more by NFHS sponsorship of the very events it was created to end.
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Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"From the time the first whistle blew ... until its close the professional coaches employed by the two schools had no contact with players."
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Hat Trick

Hat Trick
Friday, July 28, 2017
There is one initiative that scores a hat trick. It’s the MHSAA Task Force on Multi-Sport Participation.
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The Definition

The Definition
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The programs are extracurricular: after the school day is when they should usually occur, and they are after academics in importance.
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Prime the Pump

Prime the Pump
Friday, July 21, 2017
“You can’t prime the pump with water that’s already run down creek.”
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Well Before Their Time

Well Before Their Time
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
It should be noted that the pioneering leaders of schools and school sports in Michigan were bold, cutting-edge administrators, far ahead of their time in many ways.
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Valuable Volunteers

Valuable Volunteers
Friday, July 14, 2017
I can attend the same event several years in a row and see most of the same volunteers serving year after year. 
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News Unfiltered

News Unfiltered
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Today, meaningful matters often get buried in trivia while the most inane and inaccurate stories and comments can go viral overnight.
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What We’ve Learned

What We’ve Learned
Friday, July 7, 2017
While football – the highest participation sport – has had the most concussions, the sports that follow are girls basketball (second) and girls soccer (third).
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Imperfect Patriots

Imperfect Patriots
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
This nation’s patriots are not merely those who lived at the birth of this nation.
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Show of Hands

Show of Hands
Friday, June 30, 2017
... when we consider any of these things in Michigan, we need much better rationale than a show of hands.
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Planning Period

Planning Period
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I have come to count on and enjoy three times of the year which serve as the major planning periods for my work at the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 
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Summer Football Safety

Summer Football Safety
Friday, June 23, 2017
Across the U.S. this summer, school-age football players are flocking to camps conducted by colleges and commercial interests. They get outfitted in full gear and launch themselves into drills and skills work.
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School Sports’ Influence

School Sports’ Influence
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
He knows that school sports still matters mightily to kids, and that those in charge of local school sports programs still yield great power over young people.
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Football's Status

Football's Status
Thursday, June 15, 2017
And until the past decade, football has not had to cope with out-of-season programs run by non-school groups and commercial entities that are so troublesome ...
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Football Participation

Football Participation
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The latest participation data also requires that those of us who love the game of football have much work to do; and that work has little to do with how either the 8- or 11-player tournament is conducted.
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Law and Order

Law and Order
Friday, June 9, 2017
The MHSAA has neither the legal authority nor the resources to be involved in regulating young people and coaches for all things, at all times and in all places. 
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Consider Communications

Consider Communications
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Like many of my generation, I have a love-hate relationship with advances in communications technology.
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