(October 27, 2017) Jack Roberts has been the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) 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.
Today his Blog hit the nail on the head of some of the issues facing high schools and college athletics –
Don’t Mention It
- I won’t repeat that we have been outspokenly suspicious of the influence of apparel companies on amateur athletics in America.
- I won’t repeat that we have been continuously critical of the travel team environment infecting sports for youth and adolescents.
- I won’t repeat for the umpteenth time that the “arms race” in major college basketball and football is ultimately unsustainable, or at least indefensible under the banner of higher education.
- I won’t repeat that, in an era of ubiquitous high-definition video, it is ridiculous to think college coaches must be onsite for the cesspool of spring and summer tournaments funded by apparel companies, and that it would save colleges huge sums of money if NCAA rules did not permit onsite evaluations at such times and places.
- I won’t repeat that nationwide travel and national tournaments are bad for student-centered, school-sponsored sports.
- I won’t repeat that the Michigan High School Athletic Association limitation on travel and prohibition of payments to high school coaches from any source but the school are good for school sports.
I won’t mention any of this.
Many high school administrators, including Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors and Coaches will agree on the above list.