It was late August. All the school district’s professional and paraprofessional staff were gathered in the high school cafeteria. And in the hallways walked groups of students.
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A concern for school sports resulting from the underfunding of schools, which began long before our state’s current economic recession, is that desperation will drive many schools to do long-term if not permanent damage to interscholastic athletics.
Coaches tell their athletes to keep their heads in the game. They want their teams mentally alert, sharp and thinking about their responsibilities during each play or event.
Every year in August, my wife and I go blueberry picking in West Michigan. Two buckets, placed in four freezer bags, from which we make withdrawals for pancakes, muffins and sauces throughout the next 12 months.
Building a successful and reputable school sports program within the framework of rules and regulations is a high goal for administrators and coaches alike in our line of work.
I’m told the water levels of the Great Lakes are affected more by what we don’t see than what we do see, or what seems most apparent.
Next month the MHSAA will host a professionally facilitated “study circle” to begin to analyze and search for solutions to several issues that make the interscholastic tennis experience less than we would like it to be for students and their sponsoring schools.
If life were perfect in Michigan school sports, we would accomplish these two objectives every year . . .
From the Director is the official MHSAA Blog which will touch on pertinent school sports topics periodically throughout the school year from various MHSAA Staff.