For more than a decade, Mark Uyl has been the MHSAA’s leader of service and support to officials. 

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In an online world, including many other ways here at the MHSAA, CAP still trades purposefully in face-to-face learning . . .

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For nearly two dozen years, the MHSAA has conducted its “Legacy” program through which high school students are welcomed into high school sports officiating . . .

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Another informed and influential voice has joined our frequent refrain that sports specialization is rarely in a student’s best interest.

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“The more money folks are investing, the higher pressure kids are perceiving. More pressure means less enjoyment."

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The required response to a defining-moment crisis cannot be cosmetic change, but must be almost genetic change.

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Because we care about the health and welfare of students . . . we operate our programs in ways that make promoters, marketers and business entrepreneurs laugh, cry or cringe.

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But our patient coaches had just the right response. They said, “You are Americans.”

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About the Author

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA as its Executive Director since 1986, implementing programs and overseeing tournament administration and regulations for the Association which boasts 1,500 member schools, 11,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 43 years, Roberts has spoken to educator and athletic groups, business leaders and civic groups in almost every state and five Canadian provinces. He is one of the nation's most articulate advocates for educational athletics.

Roberts has served on several national association boards and is the first chairman of the NFHS Network board of directors. He has been board president for the Refugee Development Center for four years, and is past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He was selected to the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation in December.

He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he played defensive safety for the Ivy League's winningest football team during that span, and he sang in Dartmouth's close harmony vocal group.

His wife, Peggy, has recently retired from a 30-year career in social services, and is serving as president of the board of the Fenner Nature Conservancy in Lansing. 

Jack and Peggy are passionate world travelers and have two grown sons: John, who - with his partner, Liliana Garces - are on the school of education faculty at Penn State University; and Luke, who - with his wife, Alison - are international school educators in Wuxi, China.