Blog: From the Director

Vern Norris

Vern Norris
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
When I leave this job that I have now held and mostly loved for nearly 32 years so far, I intend to follow Vern’s lead. 
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Three New Winter Tournament Venues

Three New Winter Tournament Venues
Friday, February 16, 2018
Facilitating three major changes over four weeks will make this tournament season especially “interesting.” 
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Counterpoint

Counterpoint
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Transfer rules are designed in part to protect those who are not unhappy, who are not dissatisfied with a coach or playing time ...
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“Tournacation”

“Tournacation”
Friday, February 9, 2018
There may be no better example of the state of play than the growth of the “tournacation,” a term merging “tournament” and “vacation.”
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No Rules?

No Rules?
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Without rules, and opponents playing by the same rules, there is no validity in moving the ball to the goal.
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Opportunities Abound

Opportunities Abound
Friday, February 2, 2018
The real juice for this inspiring event is the energy of 550 students and the investment of our schools’ coaches and administrators to facilitate the attendance of these students.
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Visualizing Transfers

Visualizing Transfers
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
There are two visual aids to bring to the discussion of the transfer rule serving school sports in Michigan.
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Reserve Lessons

Reserve Lessons
Friday, January 26, 2018
It is a shame that students have somehow gotten the message that it’s a waste of their time to be a part of a team where they aren’t a starter or even the star.
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Striking A Balance

Striking A Balance
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The MHSAA does not have subpoena power, can’t perform wiretaps, and cannot devote the personnel and other resources that an investigations department would require.
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Answering Seeding Questions

Answering Seeding Questions
Friday, January 19, 2018
Seeding is a topic on the agenda of several Michigan High School Athletic Association sport committees.
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By The Book

By The Book
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The rule, as written, with 15 pretty cut-and-dried exceptions, is consistently applied.
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Misspent Money

Misspent Money
Friday, January 12, 2018
More pressure means less enjoyment. As kids enjoy sports less, their motivation goes down.
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Destiny

Destiny
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
“You never know,” he said, “when you are five minutes from your destiny.”
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"Well-Roundedness"

"Well-Roundedness"
Friday, January 5, 2018
What I continue to encourage for most students is that they sample the broad buffet of opportunities that a full-service school offers.
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Valuing Variety

Valuing Variety
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
What I hear when I listen to students ... is that they want to play multiple sports and that they need us to hear that and to help them.
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Injuries and Specialization

Injuries and Specialization
Thursday, December 28, 2017
“Encourage your child to be involved in more than one sport. Cross-training helps develop their bodies."
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No. 1 Worries

No. 1 Worries
Monday, December 25, 2017
Here is where education prevails over entertainment in interscholastic athletics.  Here is where philosophy of athletics is more in tune with the mission of the school.
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Large Topics for the Lower Level

Large Topics for the Lower Level
Friday, December 22, 2017
We have always maintained that there is at least as much potential for school-based sports to benefit both kids and their schools at the junior high/middle school level as at the high school.
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Building Future Support

Building Future Support
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
If the program has no room for a student today, why would we ever expect that student or his/her parents will support our programs tomorrow?
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Taking Back Their Game

Taking Back Their Game
Friday, December 15, 2017
"I’d like them to urge the NCAA to start running its own summer games instead of leaving it to the shoe companies and NBA stars ..."
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