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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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Culture of Excellence

Culture of Excellence
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Simply put, these are schools where administrators are dedicated to creating a proper perspective of school-sponsored, student-centered sports, and spend time on this daily. 
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“What Can I Do?”

“What Can I Do?”
Friday, October 16, 2015
Now I’m being asked by interscholastic athletic administrators: “Yes, I hear the chatter, and I see the evidence and anecdotes; but what can I do?”
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The Most Important Decisions

The Most Important Decisions
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The stakes may be higher for decisions made away from the sport by coaches and officials than the decisions they make in the athletic arena. 
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Tough Love

Tough Love
Friday, October 9, 2015
Nothing jeopardizes the future of international student exchange more than sloppy or shady placements of international students ...
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Making the Game Safer

Making the Game Safer
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
“In the 1950s when automobile injuries disturbed the national conscience, we didn’t abolish cars; we made it safer to drive them."
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It’s Not Us

It’s Not Us
Friday, October 2, 2015
There is more than enough travel and exposure opportunity for schools here in Michigan and Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Ontario and Wisconsin. 
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The Western Way

The Western Way
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We educate the whole child; and the whole world wants what we do.
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Inside Information

Inside Information
Friday, September 25, 2015
If I were to listen only to coaches of one sport or another, I’m likely to learn about issues that affect that sport, but not much about issues that affect other sports, or affect schools as a whole. 
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Taking Our Half in the Middle

Taking Our Half in the Middle
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
What most negatively affects the administration of the existing transfer rule is the reluctance of administrators and coaches to report directly the violations they observe personally.
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Towns Without Schools

Towns Without Schools
Friday, September 18, 2015
As schools have consolidated during the past two generations, many of the towns that lost their schools have also lost their identity and much of their vitality.
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Multi-Sport Imperative

Multi-Sport Imperative
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Now, with attention to over-use injuries and burnout, sport specialization has become a health and safety crisis ...
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