Blog: From the Director

Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebration
Friday, October 20, 2017
Here, in my opinion, are the four greatest gifts of the National Federation to school sports in America.
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It’s What Happens Next

It’s What Happens Next
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
“It’s essentially Buffalo Wild Wings, without the liquor license."
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A Change Narrative

A Change Narrative
Friday, October 13, 2017
The theme is “get out of the way of the benign transfers and get still tougher on the really bad ones.”
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Thinking of Don Quixote

Thinking of Don Quixote
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Apparently, the non-school, travel team attitude is bigger than the NCAA may want to battle.
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Grabbing Game-Changers

Grabbing Game-Changers
Friday, October 6, 2017
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has not been standing still while the athletic transfer situation has devolved into an eyesore for educational athletics.
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New World, New Needs

New World, New Needs
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
When the transfer rule was adopted, the world was different than today. In 1904, 1925, 1971, even 1981, it was both a different society and youth sports landscape.
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Storm Surge

Storm Surge
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Should Michigan schools receive a surge of storm victims this fall, we are prepared to act quickly on athletic eligibility.
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Our Own Worst Enemies

Our Own Worst Enemies
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Sometimes, the advocates for school-sponsored sports have been, and are, their own worst enemies. 
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Controlling Authority

Controlling Authority
Friday, September 22, 2017
The true and intended meaning and application of MHSAA rules and regulations are determined at the time they are adopted by their authors – MHSAA Representative Council and staff ...
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Tracking the Transfer Rule

Tracking the Transfer Rule
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
There, in the first code of rules promulgated by the Michigan High school Athletic Association in 1924, is the core of our 2017 rule ...
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Amping Up

Amping Up
Friday, September 15, 2017
The battle for the hearts and minds of youth and their parents is trending poorly. 
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Cover Story Stats

Cover Story Stats
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
For most, a savings account makes more sense than private coaching. “I’ve seen parents spend a couple of hundred thousand dollars pursuing a college scholarship ..."
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Broadening the Scope

Broadening the Scope
Friday, September 8, 2017
The scope is just fine for the sports we sponsor. Broadening the scope of whom we serve is a core principle project that deserves our attention.
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Impaired Judgment

Impaired Judgment
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Public drinking has been accepted in an increasing number of unlikely places, including college sports venues.
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Michigan’s Football Numbers Game – Corrected

Michigan’s Football Numbers Game – Corrected
Friday, September 1, 2017
The demise of Michigan high school football has been greatly exaggerated – or, at least, recently misreported by one of the U.S.’s most recognizable newspapers ...
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Enhancing Public Health

Enhancing Public Health
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
In school sports – educational athletics – we also have the objective that students learn habits of a healthy lifestyle they can carry into adulthood.
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One Concussion Conclusion

One Concussion Conclusion
Friday, August 25, 2017
It may be that girls sustain more concussions than boys, or that girls are more forthcoming in reporting than boys are, or both.
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Our Place in the Sun

Our Place in the Sun
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The school sports spotlight shines brightest on fall Friday nights and has for decades, not only in Michigan, but also from shore to shore across the country.
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Improving Concussion Data

Improving Concussion Data
Friday, August 18, 2017
Schools are taking head injuries seriously. It is not a lack of concern or a lack of care in reporting that has led to the 11 percent decline.
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Official Results

Official Results
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Officials calls are final; and living with the outcome is one of the valuable lessons we try to teach and learn in school-based sports.
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