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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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Cheering for Equal Opportunity

Cheering for Equal Opportunity
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Without a policy prohibiting boys from displacing girls from teams and from the playing surface, athletic opportunities for girls would be in serious jeopardy ...
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Weaving Policy

Weaving Policy
Friday, February 10, 2017
Leaders have to be concerned with two or more sides to most issues. They have to consider in advance both the seen and unseen aspects of the project.
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Not So Great

Not So Great
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
We trail the nation's most progressive states with respect to requirements to coach and a few other most progressive states with respect to requirements to officiate.
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Fit to Fly

Fit to Fly
Friday, February 3, 2017
Well-intentioned people have unrealistic expectations about this. They don't appreciate the amount of resources the MHSAA would have to put into making this thing fly.
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Hard Copy

Hard Copy
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
I remain an ardent advocate for the medium of printed words.  
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Prep Prose

Prep Prose
Friday, January 27, 2017
Mick may have written more words about high school sports in Michigan than any person ever. 
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Culture Wars

Culture Wars
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Unfortunately, every restriction we impose to protect children from such risks and to promote their good health is exploited by others.
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Undue Hardship

Undue Hardship
Friday, January 20, 2017
These are real hardships that should embarrass those who suggest that sitting out school sports for a single contest or an entire career is a hardship.
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Suspicious Solutions

Suspicious Solutions
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
It appears that correcting one thing adversely affected another thing; and the second problem is much more painful than the first one was.
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Mandate Mania

Mandate Mania
Friday, January 13, 2017
No entity can do a good job at some things if it’s being asked to do everything.
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Transfers

Transfers
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The fact is, the future of the transfer rule will be less about extending its reach and more about retaining its existence.
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Boring Impartiality

Boring Impartiality
Friday, January 6, 2017
Tournaments which favor no teams through a seeding scheme cause fewer arguments.
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Seeding Discontent

Seeding Discontent
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Developing a seeding plan is not at all difficult, but living with one could be.
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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects
Friday, December 30, 2016
This is a cautionary tale for those who desire that the number of classifications and divisions be expanded in MHSAA tournaments for other sports.
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A Different League

A Different League
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
What is happening in Auburn Hills is, quite literally, in an entirely different league.
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Attendance on the Rise

Attendance on the Rise
Friday, December 23, 2016
Among proof of the enduring importance and high profile of school-sponsored sports is that MHSAA tournament attendance continues to climb ...
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The “Extra” Ingredient

The “Extra” Ingredient
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Competitive interscholastic athletic programs can be educational without being part of the school’s curriculum.
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Why They Don’t Officiate Anymore

Why They Don’t Officiate Anymore
Friday, December 16, 2016
Many recent MHSAA policy changes and most MHSAA in-service training have focused directly on assigners, and this survey confirms that this must continue and expand.
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Sold Out

Sold Out
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Big Ten knows it’s wrong, admits it, but schedules football games on Friday nights to attract larger rights fees from television.
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