An essential characteristic of school-sponsored sports programs is that student-athletes earn the privilege of participation on their school teams by maintaining adequate academic progress in their schools’ classrooms.
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Each October for 32 consecutive years, the MHSAA has hosted a series of meetings across the state called “Update Meetings,” an opportunity for school representatives to review recent changes as well as proposals for change that are working their way through the organization’s governing structure.
That football is a more popular spectator sport than gardening has many obvious explanations. One of the less obvious but more compelling reasons may be discovered in this quote from Michael Pollan’s Second Nature – A Gardener’s Education:
America’s daily newspapers are struggling to stay in business. Some have been reduced in size; some in frequency. Some have ceased print versions and are only found online; some have ceased to exist altogether.
When lists are compiled of the benefits of participation in school sports, almost always included is that sports provide practical, real-life leadership lessons for many participants. Can we be sure about that?
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.
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.
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.