This reminds us of the need to have our own organization continuously working  on  rules and penalties, and the authority to make and enforce such rules and penalties . . .

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Recently the Florida High School Activities Association escalated the girls lacrosse helmet debate to higher levels by mandating the equipment during competition involving its member schools. 

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In all sports, officials are to err on the side of safety; and when they do, the MHSAA will have their backs. 

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Posted in: Health & Safety
In 2015-16 and 2016-17, it’s Hearts that we bring in focus . . . especially addressing sudden cardiac arrest which is the No. 1 cause of death to youth during exertion.

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Posted in: Health & Safety
The Representative Council has taken advantage of the repose to advance policies that extend across multiple sports and years.

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. . . we can choose to devote ourselves to maintaining our little niche of the sports world as a more principled place . . .

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Posted in: Perspective
Year after year I expanded the borders of my garden. And year after year the overall quality of the garden declined.

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For the past half-dozen years, and especially in 2015-16, the MHSAA is in a traveling mode. In doing so, we add some danger to our lives, but at least we stay alive.

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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 six 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 of 2013.

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.