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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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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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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Continuing the Conversation

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Now as I complete a second year of blogging, I think of Hemingway’s description of his own work and how perfect he would be for today’s blogosphere which, 104 weeks ago, I joined with twice-weekly postings. 
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How Can It Be Changed?

Friday, July 29, 2011
The health of our nation will be found in the health of our neighborhood communities, and their health is inseparable from strong local schools. 
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Required Rules Meetings Launch

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Online rules meetings were launched yesterday for football, soccer and volleyball.  Meetings launch Monday, Aug. 8, for cross country, golf, swimming & diving and tennis.
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Orchestrating Conflict

Friday, July 22, 2011
The key is to agitate peoples’ minds without aggravating their spirits. To get them thinking about things they thought they were satisfied with; but to do so without questioning their intelligence or dedication.
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Borrowing Brilliance

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
While we work with admirable efficiency – that is, take action promptly and purposefully – the truth is we often are not effective.  We salve more than solve difficult situations. 
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Patience and Power

Friday, July 15, 2011
One of the many lessons I’ve taken away from these gatherings is that we don’t get people to change by telling people what should happen. Effective facilitation is more subtle.
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