Blog: From the Director

Cheering for Sportsmanship

Cheering for Sportsmanship
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
“I guess I’m the head cheerleader for high school sports in Michigan.”
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The Specialty of School Sports

The Specialty of School Sports
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
There is much finger pointing when it comes to sports injuries, and I’d like to point in a direction that is often missed.
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Summer Safety

Summer Safety
Friday, July 20, 2018
Some critics may focus on what they can’t do in the summer; but clearly, there’s much they can do, and it’s all designed to help players improve and excel in a safe environment.
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Summer Football Safety

Summer Football Safety
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Required precautions of the school season are generally ignored at non-school summer camps.
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Tools of Thought

Tools of Thought
Friday, July 13, 2018
There is no question that, for me, the nature of the equipment I’m using for writing affects the nature of the thinking.
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High-Performing Programs

High-Performing Programs
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A study of 10 academically-oriented after-school programs in New York City ... may provide some unintended guidance for interscholastic athletic programs.
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Perspective

Perspective
Friday, July 6, 2018
We need to model a positive perspective. Point to it when we see it. Explain it. Reward it.  
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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
I worry that some of those who are pushing the limits of high school athletics have forgotten where they parked the car.
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My Privilege

My Privilege
Friday, June 29, 2018
For years I’ve concluded most of my correspondence with the phrase, “It’s a privilege to serve you.” I’ve meant it.
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Leading with Heart

Leading with Heart
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The past 32 years have shaded my hair and softened my waist; and while the years have also toughened my hide, they have not hardened my heart.
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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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