Blog: From the Director

Hard Fun

Hard Fun
Friday, June 22, 2018
What the very best classrooms and competitive athletic and activity programs do is challenge students.
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The Past, Present and Future of Golf

The Past, Present and Future of Golf
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Think you might want to hire a person for a job? Then take that person golfing. Observe. 
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Leadership Impressions - #3 (Embracing Interruptions)

Leadership Impressions - #3 (Embracing Interruptions)
Friday, June 15, 2018
I was once told that “the job is the interruptions” – to look at an interruption not as something that detracts from my work but rather is the work.
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Leadership Impressions- #2 (Plugging Holes)

Leadership Impressions- #2 (Plugging Holes)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
State high school associations do not have the luxury to hire as many experienced people as they need to focus expertly on every topic that associations are asked to address.
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Leadership Impressions - #1 (The Double Win)

Leadership Impressions - #1 (The Double Win)
Friday, June 8, 2018
A hands-off, lead-by-example leadership style unlocks the time leaders need to look down the road and around the corner ...
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Sweating the Small Stuff - #3

Sweating the Small Stuff - #3
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
... when we are dealing with more than 600 high school programs and a physically demanding sport with fewer regular-season contests permitted than in any other sport, one cannot be too careful. 
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Sweating the Small Stuff - #2

Sweating the Small Stuff - #2
Friday, June 1, 2018
The effort to arm the Council with these answers had the effect of turning some advocates into opponents of seeding.
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Sweating the Small Stuff - #1

Sweating the Small Stuff - #1
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Even if the planners choose a path of least resistance for a national event, the devil will be found in the details.
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The Pencil Tale

The Pencil Tale
Friday, May 25, 2018
"From time to time you will experience a painful sharpening, but remember that this will make you a better pencil."
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Bet On It

Bet On It
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
It is impossible to know all the consequences ... of expanding legalized gambling in our society generally and on sports particularly.
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Exploring Esports

Exploring Esports
Friday, May 18, 2018
At least a half-dozen of our counterpart organizations across the US will conduct or endorse esports seasons and tournaments for high schools during 2018-19.
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Mountaintop Experience

Mountaintop Experience
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I’ve been at the top of the mountain; why would I ever go anywhere else?
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An Extraordinary Choice

An Extraordinary Choice
Friday, May 11, 2018
When ... MHSAA President Scott Grimes announced the selection of Mark Uyl to be the next MHSAA executive director, he said, “It was the easiest decision of the weekend.”
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It’s About the Base

It’s About the Base
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
It is this base of the game, not the few at the pinnacle, that is the future of a game under siege in dozens of courthouses and state houses across the U.S. ...
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Kicking Bad Habits

Kicking Bad Habits
Friday, May 4, 2018
So, as the world of football from youth levels to the pros is eliminating kickoffs or altering rules to reduce their frequency, I write smugly, “What took you so long?”
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The Seeding Disease

The Seeding Disease
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
It was poetic justice to watch one No. 1 seed clobber the other No. 1 seed in a terrible semifinal mismatch.
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Carry On

Carry On
Friday, April 27, 2018
The MHSAA has not been my job; it’s been my purpose.
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No Place They Would Rather Be

No Place They Would Rather Be
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
At Buchanan, attending athletic events is the thing to do – and not just boys sports or winter sports. 
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Every Coach, Every Year

Every Coach, Every Year
Friday, April 20, 2018
All of this screams for the need for coaches education ... for every coach, every year ... no matter how experienced or revered.
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The Top Task

The Top Task
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
All of this, and much more, is about defining and defending educational athletics ... the top task of athletic administrators from top to bottom of our exciting enterprise.
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