Skepticism

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Of course, it is easier for a person with a job, insured benefits and a retirement program to question the obsession with economic growth; but a job without clean air to breathe and water to drink will not be satisfying for long. 
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Family Practice

Friday, October 7, 2011
During my first winter on the job with the MHSAA I took my 4th-grade son to his first basketball practice, and I watched uncomfortably when his coach directed him to set a pick.  My son didn’t have a clue what that meant, and was embarrassed; and I felt like a comp...
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Weighing Change

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The national high school wrestling rules committee changed the weight classes for the 1994-95 season; and it changed them back for the 1995-96 season. This is one of several reasons why Michigan has not adopted the national committee’s changes for the 2011-12 season....
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Pivot Work

Friday, September 30, 2011
If these are pivotal times in school sports – and I believe they are – we must, if we are to make the most of these times, remember the skills that many of us worked on when we played basketball . . . The pivot.
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Transfers 101

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A recent blog (“Troubling Transfers”) brought us several responses where the writer had student-specific issues, to which we do not respond here.
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Full Decade Price Freeze

Friday, September 23, 2011
The 2011-12 school year marks the 10th consecutive year of no increase in MHSAA Regional tournament tickets for football and boys and girls basketball . . .
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Is a Future Possible?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
School sports have survived two World Wars, the Korean War and Vietnam, as well as the Great Depression and multiple recessions. 
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Pulling Up the Welcome Mat?

Friday, September 16, 2011
Michigan’s welcoming foreign exchange program network and the MHSAA’s accommodating rules have caused there to be more placements in Michigan schools than any other state during each of the last two school years.
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Troublesome Transfers

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The most troublesome aspect of the transfer regulation is that it does not stop or penalize all transfers that are primarily for athletic reasons. 
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Concussion Legislation

Friday, September 9, 2011
 If a school returns a concussed athlete to play without an MD or DO’s written authorization, that school has used an ineligible athlete and the result of the contest is a forfeit.  We’ve got a rule; and it’s got teeth.
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Let Them Learn

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Teachers have been back for days, and the kids have been bored for weeks.  Finally, teachers can teach and students can learn.
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Participation Surprises

Friday, September 2, 2011
From all the reports of program reductions, it comes as a surprise to learn that high school sports participation increased during 2010-11 on both the national and state levels.
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Taking Back Their Game

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
“I’d also like to see the high school coaches rededicate themselves to teaching humility, civility and respect for the opposition, the public and the media . . .”
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A Half Billion Fans

Friday, August 26, 2011
 It’s an American tradition like nowhere else in the world; and it’s helping to strengthen schools, students and communities of all kinds and in all places. 
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Dream Team

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
FORTUNE magazine is unveiling its “Executive Dream Team” of what it calls “corporate all-stars,” extending the sports metaphor even further.
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Enforceability

Friday, August 19, 2011
We’ve been reading the opinions of people outside school sports that there need to be more rules for school sports, particularly regarding practices. 
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Football by the Numbers

Football by the Numbers
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The hottest numbers in Michigan high school football are 7 and 8.
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Do The Opposite

Friday, August 12, 2011
It is almost to the point where if I see non-school sports do one thing, I recommend school programs do the opposite.
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Fundamentals vs. Fads

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
My vacationing mind then jumped quickly across the ocean and centuries to my working preoccupation with the essentials of school-based sports. 
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Norway

Friday, August 5, 2011
One of the very many rich benefits of international travel is that it can be – and always is for me – a humbling experience.
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