Playing time shouldn’t be earned at younger ages. It should be paid forward to develop a future athlete.

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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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More pressure means less enjoyment. As kids enjoy sports less, their motivation goes down.

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“You never know,” he said, “when you are five minutes from your destiny.”

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What I continue to encourage for most students is that they sample the broad buffet of opportunities that a full-service school offers.

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What I hear when I listen to students . . . is that they want to play multiple sports and that they need us to hear that and to help them.

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“Encourage your child to be involved in more than one sport.  Cross-training helps develop their bodies."

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The battle for the hearts and minds of youth and their parents is trending poorly. 

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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.