The Michigan High School Athletic Association and its member schools are transitioning from the fall sports season to winter action. Here’s the latest press release from the MHSAA:
THE FALL ENDS…AND THE MARCH BEGINS – The Fall sports season comes to an end this week with the 11-Player Football Finals at Ford Field on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 29-30). Winter sports season is already underway, with regular-season competition having taken place in Girls Gymnastics, Ice Hockey and Upper Peninsula Swimming. Girls Competitive Cheer and Bowling in the Upper Peninsula can also begin contests this week. The start of the Girls Basketball season is just a week away.
MHSAA PERSPECTIVE – Our weekly audio commentary, MHSAA Perspective, is in its ninth season. The program is available as an mp3 download from the home page of the MHSAA Website, and is posted each Monday morning The program runs four minutes each week, and is sponsored by the Michigan Army National Guard. Eighty-five outlets across the state will carry Perspective, and the complete list is posted on the Perspective Home Page, along with when the program will air each week.
Perspective for the weeks of Nov. 18 and 25 is: 30-Second Timeout (Right click to save, left click to play). In this edition of Perspective, John Johnson spotlights the writings of a former coach and current athletic director who adjusted his perspective about officials by calling his own 30-second timeout.
CHECK OUT JACK ROBERTS’ BLOG— MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts is the only executive director of a state high school athletic association in the country to blog on a regular basis, and he posts entries on our website every Tuesday and Friday with his thoughts about high school sports throughout the summer.
Here are his entries from last week:
Nov. 22 – Well-Roundedness – “When we list all the factors that entice high school students to specialize in a single sport, we need to include that society today has made “well-roundedness” less worthy of praise than being “one-of-a-kind,” and that’s diminishing the value of being a team member unless one is the star on that team.”
Nov. 19 – Values Trump Rules – “This means, according to Seidman, that effective leadership in this environment will be less about coercion (rules) and more about inspiration (values). Leaders will spend less time talking about the carrots and sticks of managing people, and more time focusing on “values and missions worthy of their commitment.'”