Taking full-body slams by media who have less than half the facts is not just a nuisance to the MHSAA, it’s disparaging to the goodness of the school sports brand.

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Among the core values of school sports is a program that is inexpensive for students to play and for families to watch.

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“The AD is the school’s curriculum coordinator for educational athletics.”

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Mishandling transfers is still the No. 1 cause of forfeitures in Michigan high school sports.

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All of this is under the over-arching goal to involve more students in school-sponsored sports at younger ages . . .

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This has nothing whatsoever to do with sports except to point out the absurdities of our talking about trivia in one place while near tragedy goes unaddressed elsewhere . . . 

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Michigan’s climate and culture within high school baseball probably makes a change in the MHSAA pitching rule unnecessary for the high school season. 

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What we do in school sports is important. How we do it is even more important. But why we do it is most important. 

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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.