Blog: From the Director

Reluctant Leadership

Reluctant Leadership
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
It’s only mid-March, and I’m already sick and tired of campaign rhetoric and the ridiculously low behavior of candidates for what’s supposed to be our nation’s highest office.
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One Thing

One Thing
Friday, March 11, 2016
“If there was one thing sports has taught me, it’s that everyone matters.”
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Designed and Delivered

Designed and Delivered
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The benefits of school sports do not occur by accident. They occur by design and by delivery.
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Participation in Perspective

Participation in Perspective
Friday, March 4, 2016
Our mission is to increase participation and to raise standards, including standards of eligibility, conduct and care.
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Predicting Success

Predicting Success
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Participation in high school sports, music and drama ... did more to shape my character and chart my life journey than any factor other than my parents.
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Adult Errors

Adult Errors
Friday, February 26, 2016
While the Executive Committee starts the consideration of every case with a bias toward helping the student, the Executive Committee does not accept as a blanket excuse, “It wasn’t the student’s fault.”
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Special Delivery

Special Delivery
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
If there is one month of the year that demonstrates the difference in the MHSAA today compared to a generation ago, it is February.
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Future Actions

Future Actions
Friday, February 19, 2016
There is so much more we could be doing to transform school sports for the 21st Century.
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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The transformational idea here – I don’t like it, but perhaps it’s unavoidable – is that the MHSAA must do more because of the reality that overburdened, under-resourced school personnel can only do less.
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Seal of Approval

Seal of Approval
Friday, February 12, 2016
Without getting into the policies and procedures, here is what the NFHS says about the philosophy of sanctioning interstate athletic events.
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The Rules We Use

The Rules We Use
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Every policy described in the current Handbook got there as a response to people wanting more rules or recommendations ...
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Rush to Ridicule

Rush to Ridicule
Friday, February 5, 2016
That’s the story. But it’s been mangled by most professional and social media which have rushed mindlessly to ridicule the athletic association.
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Where are the Adults?

Where are the Adults?
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Behind the glitz and glamor of major college athletics is a program without, it appears, any rudder but the pursuit of more revenue ...
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School Overload

School Overload
Friday, January 29, 2016
I don’t know how school administrators and local boards of education do it.
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Early Learners

Early Learners
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Students are engaged in school sports, marching band, cheerleading and other school-related activities throughout most of August, and they are much more eager learners then than later in the school year.
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Soccer for Schools

Soccer for Schools
Friday, January 22, 2016
Soccer is a global game, and we – at the high school level – are not going to change the game at its highest level in the U.S. I don’t really care. 
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Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I saw none of this until I got beneath the surface, and waited.
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News Cycle is Downward Spiral

News Cycle is Downward Spiral
Friday, January 15, 2016
The loss of long-form reporting by professional media who have spent many years with the topics and persons involved has affected all news reporting ...
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Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This is where I get a “fix.” This is where I discover the antidote for creeping cynicism.
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Wakeup Call

Wakeup Call
Friday, January 8, 2016
This is not really school-sponsored, educational athletics. It’s becoming a recruiting service.
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