Blog: From the Director

The National Anthem

The National Anthem
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The National Anthem is so frequent and routine at most high school events that, sometimes, spectators barely notice.
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Officiating’s High Calling

Officiating’s High Calling
Friday, October 28, 2016
At a time when the number of registered officials with the MHSAA has sunk to a 30-year low, Barry’s words are a clarion call ... to consider sports officiating ...
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Secret Weapon

Secret Weapon
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
In schools across this state there are coaches and administrators whose lifetime profession and passion has been school sports.
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Turnover

Turnover
Friday, October 21, 2016
One of every seven MHSAA member high schools has an athletic director this year who has not served in that role for at least the past five years.
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Gut Check

Gut Check
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I listened to my gut which, long before my head, knew something was not right. 
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Wrong End of the Microscope

Wrong End of the Microscope
Friday, October 14, 2016
Those who love and lead high school football in Michigan may be looking through the wrong end of the microscope.
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A 7’ Tall Tuba Player

A 7’ Tall Tuba Player
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
No one is recruiting tuba players from one school to another. Debaters are not often subject to undue influence.
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Why Not National Events?

Why Not National Events?
Friday, October 7, 2016
Opponents see national events as symptomatic of the "select the best and forget the rest" virus that is infecting much of youth sports that is neither school-sponsored nor student-centered.
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Going to the Mat

Going to the Mat
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Somewhere I heard a speaker say: “The most exciting thing in life is to be shot at ... and missed.”
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More is Not Better

More is Not Better
Friday, September 30, 2016
While media will opine that increasing classifications waters down the tournament, our arguments are more practical.
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Scheduling Solution

Scheduling Solution
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
One could change the qualifying system or double the number of qualifiers so that even winless teams make the playoffs, and some schools would still refuse to schedule others ...
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Friday Night Football

Friday Night Football
Friday, September 23, 2016
The Friday night high school football tradition can expect to be trampled as college football swarms and grunts around the feed trough like hungry hogs.
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Long Days

Long Days
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The pieces about space almost always have the effect of putting my world in humble perspective.
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Choices & Voices

Choices & Voices
Friday, September 16, 2016
The top topics will again be those that are most important to the fabric and future of school-sponsored sports, even if they are not the fad of the day or the fetish of media.
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Girls, Boys and Concussions

Girls, Boys and Concussions
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In sports with identical playing rules, girls reported head injuries with approximately twice the frequency that boys did.
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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play
Friday, September 9, 2016
And that is one very important of very many reasons why play of a competitive nature ... matters, just as much today as 28 centuries ago.
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The Limitation of Rules – Part 2

The Limitation of Rules – Part 2
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
There seems an increasingly popular attitude that if something isn’t specifically prohibited, then it’s permitted. 
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The Limitation of Rules – Part 1

The Limitation of Rules – Part 1
Friday, September 2, 2016
Even if we put players in bubble wrap for sports, what do we do about their decisions away from sports, perhaps in vehicles, with their friends and their cell phones?
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New Beginnings

New Beginnings
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Michigan High School Athletic Association office experienced an unusual amount of mobility this summer ...
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Penalty Points

Penalty Points
Friday, August 26, 2016
Taking full-body slams by media who have less than half the facts is not just a nuisance to the MHSAA, it’s disparaging to the goodness of the school sports brand.
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