Sportsmanship

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Our games are teaching respect and civility and team spirit at a time when America is in desperate need of those values.

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Officials calls are final; and living with the outcome is one of the valuable lessons we try to teach and learn in school-based sports.

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"From the time the first whistle blew . . . until its close the professional coaches employed by the two schools had no contact with players."

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 It is because bad incidents are so very rare that they make news.

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Here the multi-sport student-athlete is not an endangered species; it's an essential fact of life.

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I would require and pay for both initial and continuing education of all coaches, both high school and junior high/middle school, head coaches and assistants, paid and volunteer. 

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

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I have often maintained that good sportsmanship is a precursor to good citizenship . . .

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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.