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It’s Not Where, But How

It’s Not Where, But How
Friday, April 28, 2017
Where MHSAA championships are staged is not inconsequential, but it is infinitely less important than how interscholastic athletic programs ...
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MHSAA Tournament Sports

MHSAA Tournament Sports
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
At the end of each school year the MHSAA asks its member high schools to report what sports they officially sponsored on a competitive interscholastic basis and how many students participated. 
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Coach Connection

Coach Connection
Friday, April 21, 2017
It could have been easier had the MHSAA outsourced coaches education to an online provider; but too much would have been missed. 
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Balancing Football Playoffs

Balancing Football Playoffs
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
We have reached the point where 46 percent of the schools which sponsor football qualify for the Football Playoffs ...
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Site Lines

Site Lines
Friday, April 14, 2017
It appears that everyone is talking about where the championship rounds of the Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball tournaments should be played.
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Beyond Fairness

Beyond Fairness
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The NFHS doesn’t publish the most fair rules. On purpose.
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5 Questions for 8-Player Football

5 Questions for 8-Player Football
Friday, April 7, 2017
The 2017 8-Player Football Playoffs will be conducted over four weeks in two divisions of 16 teams each ...
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Representative Voices

Representative Voices
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
It goes almost without saying that nearly all of the Council members participated in competitive school sports and are the parents of participants in interscholastic athletics.
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Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments
Friday, March 31, 2017
People most often learn more from their mistakes than their successes. Failure leads to more useful reflection than success.
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Partners in Promotion

Partners in Promotion
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
In an era where high school sports coverage is at its lowest point in state history, a new team will continue to spotlight the life lessons school sports teach our children.
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Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do
Friday, March 24, 2017
The vast majority of daily activities of Michigan High School Athletic Association staff revolve around communicating the meaning of educational athletics. That’s why we do most of what we do.
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Making Matters Worse

Making Matters Worse
Friday, March 17, 2017
The proposal is seriously flawed, and by circumventing the MHSAA Football Committee, its proponents assure it is fatally flawed.
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Transfer Culture

Transfer Culture
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The culture that contributes to this is created in youth programs, starting even before students reach high school.
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Eight-Player Options

Eight-Player Options
Friday, March 10, 2017
This helped save football in some schools and helped return the game of football to other schools.
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Not Right for Us

Not Right for Us
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
This is no criticism of KPI Rankings per se ... but it’s not the right thing to do for our statewide high school basketball tournaments.
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Basketball Tournaments on the Move?

Basketball Tournaments on the Move?
Friday, March 3, 2017
Calendar changes, if any, will be membership driven and may take more than 18 months to finalize.
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Rare Occasions

Rare Occasions
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
It is because bad incidents are so very rare that they make news.
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Inclusion

Inclusion
Friday, February 24, 2017
This is really the best time ever for school sports. It’s just a lot harder to operate today than 55 or 60 years ago.
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Transfer Impasse

Transfer Impasse
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Transfers by students for athletic reasons is a chronic, nationwide, reputation-damaging nuisance for high school sports.
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The Measure of Success

The Measure of Success
Friday, February 17, 2017
“We need to move our focus from MHSAA tournaments to the regular season, to the 9- or 18-game regular season, and to the 100 to 200 practices that occur over three or four months of each season.”
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