Stay on the Message

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is election season, and we’ll hear political commentators talk a lot about the need for candidates to “stay on message.”   That’s probably good advice for those of us involved in school sports.
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Communications Change

Friday, October 8, 2010
We’ve seen traditional mail be replaced by email, and we now may be watching texting, tweeting and Facebook replace email.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
If we merely whisper our beliefs, not much will be made of the mistakes we make.  But neither will much become of our message.
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Yesterday’s News

Friday, October 1, 2010
On a recent trip I became annoyed that I couldn’t find a morning newspaper in the hotel, when my son said, “Don’t sweat it; today’s paper has only yesterday’s news.”
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Contradictions and Consensus

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
As I have prepared for October’s Update Meetings at seven sites across Michigan, I returned for guidance to the following words that were actually handed out at the 2007 meetings, titled “From Contradictions to Consensus”:
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Midwest Values

Friday, September 24, 2010
We appreciate that the soul of high school sports is in local communities and their cross-town or cross-county rivalries.
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New Year Observations

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tomorrow may be just the first day of autumn, but we are already far into the fall season of school sports in Michigan.  Here are some early observations:
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College Conference Has Sportsmanship Concerns

College Conference Has Sportsmanship Concerns
Friday, September 17, 2010
Here’s a piece from the Athletic Business Newswire (Aug. 19, 2010) that underscores the importance of our sportsmanship efforts.
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Accelerating Sportsmanship

Accelerating Sportsmanship
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
We need to put our foot back on the gas pedal of good sportsmanship in this decade. It’s not corny; it’s not trite; it’s not trivial.  It’s essential to educational athletics. 
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Life Without Rules

Friday, September 10, 2010
Realizing the goals of even higher participation and higher standards in school sports requires not only maintaining but actually promoting essential eligibility rules. 
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Continuing Education

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Essential to promoting high participation with high standards in educational athletics is not only maintaining but expanding training for those who are in charge of and care for our programs.
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There Is No There

Friday, September 3, 2010
For me, electronic media are tools to be used.  For digital natives, these media just are, like the air they breathe.
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Election Season

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Schools pay nothing to join the MHSAA or to enter MHSAA tournaments.  Their obligations are not financial but administrative; and their opportunities are many . . .
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Turning Defeat Into Victory

Friday, August 27, 2010
Thinking on this event reminds me of what so often happens in so many places in this wonderful world of school sports.
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An Issue That is Never Out-of-Season

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
In spite of everything that bothers us and batters us, school sports is still the best brand of youth sports in America . . . We still have what most kids and parents want in youth sports. 
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Raising Participation and Standards

Friday, August 20, 2010
I’m an idealist.  That’s why I chose to work on this level of sports and not some other level; why I work in sports and not some other field. 
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Lessons Learned

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
. . . we can sometimes learn most by looking furthest from our own type of organization
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Intent to Harm?

Friday, August 13, 2010
Here’s an editorial I penned but withheld from publishing in August of 2006.  Four years of waiting and watching have only made me more convinced of what it says . . .
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Football Fundamentals

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It is necessary to remind all who are involved with football programs on the local level to continue to be vigilant in the pursuit of a risk-free environment for students. 
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Friday, August 6, 2010
. . . participation in MHSAA tournament sports topped 300,000 for the sixth consecutive year; and that while enrollments of MHSAA member schools dropped 2.7 percent for the past year, participation slipped only 0.8 percent.
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