Reasons for Rules

Friday, June 11, 2010
Sometimes it takes the most exaggerated circumstances to remind us that (1) some people are (in a non-clinical sense) “crazy,” and (2) our programs need rules to protect them from such bizarre behavior.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
After cutting and removing all the branches of a 40-year-old shrub, I was left with a massive clump of roots, precisely in the center of what I had planned to make last year’s expanded vegetable garden.
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Penny-wise, Pound-foolish

Friday, June 4, 2010
. . . it worries caring, cautious people like me that school districts have found it necessary to reduce essential oversight of their programs during drastic local school budget restructuring. 
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Doing the Opposite

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
. . . the genius of interscholastic athletics, if you wish – is in being different from college and professional sports. 
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Ready, Get Set . . . Change

Friday, May 28, 2010
“While youth have always introduced new ideas that help shape culture, today’s young generation have found themselves at the very epicenter of major societal change."
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"We're No. 1"

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Oh, how I dislike that chant at the end of sporting events.  But it does accurately describe one little aspect of Michigan’s role in the world.
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Safety First

Friday, May 21, 2010
We are most pleased when we see the policy makers of school sports focusing on the lasting, defining issues of educational athletics . . .
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Yes and No

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Only the closest observers of MHSAA operations would notice this apparent dichotomy . . .
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New Year Resolutions

Friday, May 14, 2010
The 2010-11 MHSAA Membership Resolution is being mailed today to all school superintendents to be included on the agenda for their board of education or governing board prior to Aug. 1, 2010.
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Sounding Board

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We recently announced the newest class to join the MHSAA Student Advisory Council . . . a student group which provides feedback to MHSAA staff regarding policies, procedures and programs at the local, regional and statewide levels.
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The Art of Athletic Administration

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
While objective measures of time and distance are staples of competitive sports, athletic administration is less science than it is art.  Snap decisions and judgment calls mingle with hard and fast rules... 
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Sports Officials Receive Recognition

Friday, April 30, 2010
It’s often said that the best sports officials don’t draw attention to themselves; that a well-officiated contest is one where you don’t notice the officials.  But once a year we make them the center of attention anyway.
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Ten Percent Solution

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
As financial concerns increase among Michigan’s schools, the suggestion is sometimes made to decrease high school sports seasons by the same percentage across the board – e.g., by ten percent. 
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Crunch Time for Council

Friday, April 23, 2010
We normally think of the MHSAA’s year as having three emotional peaks – the culmination of fall, winter and spring tournaments – and certainly that is how most of our constituents view the year.  And that’s good.
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Reaching Higher

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Last Sunday, nearly 100 underclass female basketball players converged on South Lyon High School for the second “Reaching Higher Showcase.”
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Eight-Player Football

Friday, April 16, 2010
There will not be an eight-player division of the MHSAA Football Playoffs in 2010 . . .  there were not enough firm commitments for the 2010 season by the April 1 deadline . . .
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Constitutional Catch-Up

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
For the first time since 1998, MHSAA member schools are voting to amend the MHSAA Constitution.
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Head Trauma

Friday, April 9, 2010
Attention to participant safety is ongoing in school sports; and once again the emphasis is on head injuries.
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Spring Sports Practice

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Cold weather and crowded gyms are customary during the first weeks of practice for Michigan schools as they press to get spring sports underway.
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