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Where MHSAA championships are staged is not inconsequential, but it is infinitely less important than how interscholastic athletic programs . . .

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Posted in: Perspective
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At the end of each school year the MHSAA asks its member high schools to report what sports they officially sponsored on a competitive interscholastic basis and how many students participated. 

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Posted in: Tournaments
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It could have been easier had the MHSAA outsourced coaches education to an online provider; but too much would have been missed. 

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Posted in: Leadership
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We have reached the point where 46 percent of the schools which sponsor football qualify for the Football Playoffs . . .

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It appears that everyone is talking about where the championship rounds of the (MHSAA) basketball tournaments should be played.

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But the NFHS doesn’t publish the most fair rules. On purpose.

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The 2017 8-Player Football Playoffs will be conducted over four weeks in two divisions of 16 teams each . . .

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Posted in: Football
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It goes almost without saying that nearly all of the Council members participated in competitive school sports and are the parents of participants in interscholastic athletics.

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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 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 seven years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He is vice chair and secretary of the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation.

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.