Sports - General



We trail the nation's most progressive states with respect to requirements to coach and a few other most progressive states with respect to requirements to officiate.

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Among proof of the enduring importance and high profile of school-sponsored sports is that MHSAA tournament attendance continues to climb . . .

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Competitive interscholastic athletic programs can be educational without being part of the school’s curriculum.

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“It is time to give sports back to the children who play them. To focus on the true purpose of sports in our children’s lives."

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“The AD is the school’s curriculum coordinator for educational athletics.”

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This has nothing whatsoever to do with sports except to point out the absurdities of our talking about trivia in one place while near tragedy goes unaddressed elsewhere . . . 

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What we do in school sports is important. How we do it is even more important. But why we do it is most important. 

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Every student we can keep engaged in school sports is a future advocate for school sports, as are these student-athletes’ parents.

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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.