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The MHSAA Model

The MHSAA Model
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Each time I perform this task, I am reminded how differently school sports operates in Michigan compared to non-school sports.
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Not Acting Like Grownups

Not Acting Like Grownups
Thursday, December 24, 2015
What I’d like you to see – what I’m most proud of – is the behavior of the players.
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The Work I Want

The Work I Want
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I would much rather see school sports tackle a half-dozen difficult health and safety issues than spend a half-minute debating national travel and tournaments.
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Our Drop in the Ocean

Our Drop in the Ocean
Friday, December 18, 2015
This country is unique in the world. And school-sponsored sports exist in this country like no other place on earth.
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No Further Review

No Further Review
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
So, let the so-called higher levels interrupt and prolong their games with questionable procedures that are resulting in as much acrimony as accuracy. 
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Unjustified

Unjustified
Friday, December 11, 2015
We expect our schools to follow established rules of their state association, and we try to model that expectation ...
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The Meaning of Success

The Meaning of Success
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I once told a team of T-ballers I was coaching that they had a perfect record: six wins and six losses.
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Data is Due

Data is Due
Friday, December 4, 2015
Allow me to wander way outside my expertise for a moment … to quantum physics.
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Projects That Matter

Projects That Matter
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Our challenge is to choose to do those projects that are large enough to matter, yet small enough to accomplish.
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Grateful for Guidance

Grateful for Guidance
Friday, November 27, 2015
I have heard, and I believe, that the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. 
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Advancing CPR

Advancing CPR
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Only three of the MHSAA’s 750 member high schools failed to comply with the CPR certification requirement for all of their head coaches. That’s progress.
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RESPECTING RULES

RESPECTING RULES
Friday, November 20, 2015
For nearly a full century, the high schools of Michigan have stood in opposition to national high school athletic championships.
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Ideas, Not Events

Ideas, Not Events
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
What I would like to see from MHSAA sport committees is less talk about events of the past and more time discussing ideas for the future.
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Oyster Stew

Oyster Stew
Friday, November 13, 2015
Imagine the courage – or the desperation – of the first person to eat an oyster … or any other ugly, slimy critter ... raw!
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MVPs

MVPs
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The qualities of the MVP are usually apparent. ... But that’s not always the case; and it shouldn’t be.
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Upon Further Review

Upon Further Review
Friday, November 6, 2015
The task force concluded that counting minutes of contact during a practice or a week was not the best approach.
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Small Steps

Small Steps
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Indeed, taking two small jumps when one giant leap is necessary is an ill-fated strategy.
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Becoming Busy or Busy Becoming?

Becoming Busy or Busy Becoming?
Friday, October 30, 2015
That question captures the essential difference between transaction and transformation.
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Yogi

Yogi
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We lost a treasure when Yogi Berra died last month at the age of 90.
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The Old Is New Again

The Old Is New Again
Friday, October 23, 2015
This caused me to recall that some of the discarded policies of educational athletics are working their way back in fashion. 
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