Restrooms and locker rooms have become the front line of the latest civil rights battle in America, with collateral damage to school sports possible.

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Research is inconclusive if specialization is the path to the elite level of sports, but it is conclusive that specialization is the path to chronic, long-term negative effects.

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Shallow, spiteful politics is doing deep damage to America, even to school sports.

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School sports is a team sport. It’s adults working together to allow students to learn and grow in a variety of activities.

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Seeding is such an imperfect art . . . that it is more of a publicity stunt than it is a science on which to structure a tournament.

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Actually, the greatest threat to the future of school sports is from the self-inflicted wounds by local school district boards of education.

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The fact that there was no seeding proposal even considered by the MHSAA Basketball Committee this year is indicative of two facts . . .

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It wasn’t a bad call in Michigan that caused MSU’s loss in Mississippi. It wasn’t even a tough call for us; it was the only call.

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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 a 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 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 educators in a school for Chinese students in Shanghai.