When I leave this job that I have now held and mostly loved for nearly 32 years so far, I intend to follow Vern’s lead. 

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Facilitating three major changes over four weeks will make this tournament season especially “interesting.” 

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Transfer rules are designed in part to protect those who are not unhappy, who are not dissatisfied with a coach or playing time . . .

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There may be no better example of the state of play than the growth of the “tournacation,” a term merging “tournament” and “vacation.”

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Without rules, and opponents playing by the same rules, there is no validity in moving the ball to the goal.

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The real juice for this inspiring event is the energy of 550 students and the investment of our schools’ coaches and administrators to facilitate the attendance of these students.

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There are two visual aids to bring to the discussion of the transfer rule serving school sports in Michigan.

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It is a shame that students have somehow gotten the message that it’s a waste of their time to be a part of a team where they aren’t a starter or even the star. 

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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 45 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 the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), is in his second term on the board of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and is the first chairman of the NFHS Network board of directors. He has been board president for the Refugee Development Center for nine years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He is chair of the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation for 2018.

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.