Less than two percent of almost 300,000 participants sustained a concussion . . .

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Posted in: Health & Safety

The Task Force on Multi-Sport Participation which the MHSAA appointed early in 2016 has identified its top five projects.

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If we are to make any headway on these topics during this school year and beyond, then we must see the MHSAA’s role is to be both a guild and a guide.

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Here the multi-sport student-athlete is not an endangered species; it's an essential fact of life.

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“It is time to give sports back to the children who play them. To focus on the true purpose of sports in our children’s lives."

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We must keep in mind that every enhancement of the 8-player experience invites more conversions from the 11-player to 8-player game . . .

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Posted in: Technology

When rushed into early and intense specialization in a single sport, youth may not be ready for the rigors of that sport.

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There is a similar art to leading modern day interscholastic athletics, where the top task is simultaneously to protect and promote school sports.

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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, 10,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 44 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 seven years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He was elected to the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation in December of 2013 and to the board of directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations in June of 2016.

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