One could change the qualifying system or double the number of qualifiers so that even winless teams make the playoffs, and some schools would still refuse to schedule others . . .

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Posted in: Football

The Friday night high school football tradition can expect to be trampled as college football swarms and grunts around the feed trough like hungry hogs.

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The pieces about space almost always have the effect of putting my world in humble perspective.

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Posted in: Perspective

The top topics will again be those that are most important to the fabric and future of school-sponsored sports, even if they are not the fad of the day or the fetish of media

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Posted in: Leadership

In sports with identical playing rules, girls reported head injuries with approximately twice the frequency that boys did.

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Posted in: Health & Safety

And that is one very important of very many reasons why play of a competitive nature . . . matters, just as much today as 28 centuries ago.

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There seems an increasingly popular attitude that if something isn’t specifically prohibited, then it’s permitted. 

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Even if we put players in bubble wrap for sports, what do we do about their decisions away from sports, perhaps in vehicles, with their friends and their cell phones? 

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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.