There is no single solution that can quickly reverse these negative trends in school-based basketball and other school sports.

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This MIAAA might be the most powerful organization of its kind in the USA.

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While we keep working on the language of the Transfer Rule, we harbor no illusions that it will become simpler to understand and enforce. 

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This is educational athletics. It’s about learning far, far more than about winning . . .

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In a typical year, the Executive Committee will receive approximately 290 requests to waive the transfer regulation, approving approximately 60 percent of those requests.

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Changes in students, schools, sports and society have not been kind to school-based basketball. 

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The transfer/residency rule is a legally and historically tested but still imperfect tool to control athletic-motivated transfers and other abuses. 

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

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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.