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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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Bad Choice

Bad Choice
Friday, September 11, 2015
You want to rebuild Michigan? Then start with neighborhoods, at the center of which will be a grocery store and a school ...
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Back in the Game

Back in the Game
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Finally, at long last, public schools can begin again to open their classrooms to educate students.
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Medical Mystery

Medical Mystery
Friday, September 4, 2015
That massive number of physical exams will produce a minimal number of complaints – mostly from medical personnel – regarding the “burden” of MHSAA procedures. But if there is one group for whom I have little sympathy, it’s for these medica...
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Soccer Head Games

Soccer Head Games
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Apparently I lack credentials to offer suggestions about the “beautiful game.” Recently, people who do have the credentials that I apparently lack have given credibility to my concerns over heading in soccer.
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The Complete Job

The Complete Job
Friday, August 28, 2015
One of the most important roles of schools and the MHSAA is to tell the story of school sports. ... But the story won’t get told unless we do the work.
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Lost in Time

Lost in Time
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
We see the benefits of engagement over isolationism. We see that symbols without substance are meaningless.
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The Waiver Process

The Waiver Process
Friday, August 21, 2015
In recent years, fewer than one in 400 waiver requests that is not approved has been appealed to the full MHSAA Representative Council. 
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Health and Safety A, B, Cs

Health and Safety A, B, Cs
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Often our impressive progress is used against us. Make an improvement and someone is sure to spout off: “See? It isn’t safe. We need to ban it or at least remove sports from schools.”
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Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage
Friday, August 14, 2015
All the commentary regarding the cesspool of college recruiting is wasted air or ink if it doesn’t focus on those who have the authority to change that environment.
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