Perspective

 

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If the program has no room for a student today, why would we ever expect that student or his/her parents will support our programs tomorrow?

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One of the odd and irksome scenes I observe occurs when a relative newcomer to an enterprise lectures more seasoned veterans about change. 

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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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What is abundantly clear here is that the MHSAA staff does not operate from an ivory tower or information vacuum.

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I won’t repeat that we have been continuously critical of the travel team environment infecting sports for youth and adolescents.

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“It’s essentially Buffalo Wild Wings, without the liquor license."

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Apparently, the non-school, travel team attitude is bigger than the NCAA may want to battle.

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Sometimes, the advocates for school-sponsored sports have been, and are, their own worst enemies. 

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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.