THE FALL BALL ENDS AT FORD FIELD -
The Fall sports season concludes this weekend with the 40th MHSAA Football Playoff Finals at Ford Field in Detroit Friday and Saturday (Nov. 28-29). Visit the Football Page
of the MHSAA Website to game dates and starting times.
Tournament information on all Fall sports can be found on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website.
AND THE MARCH IS ON - We're a week away form the beginning of the Girls Basketball season, with the first games taking place next Monday (Dec. 1). Events can take place beginning this week for Girls Competitive Cheer and Upper Peninsula Bowling; joining Girls Gymnastics, Ice Hockey and Upper Peninsula Swimming & Diving. Lower Peninsula Boys Swimming & Diving can begin practice this week.
EVERYONE MUST APPLY FOR FOOTBALL CREDENTIALS BY MONDAY @ 4 P.M. - YOU MUST APPLY IF YOU INTEND TO COVER THE FOOTBALL FINALS - Even if you have an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for the 14-15 school year.
There is no press Will Call at Ford Field, so if you show up unannounced, we may not be able to provide working accommodations for you.
You can get to all of the applications for Football Finals on the Credentials Page of the Website.
MHSAA PERSPECTIVE – Our weekly audio commentary, MHSAA Perspective, is in its tenth 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. Over 80 outlets across the state carry Perspective, and the complete list is posted on the Perspective Home Page, along with when the program will air each week.
This week's Perspective: Kudos! (Left click to listen, right click to save) In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson passes out Kudos to everyone who went to extraordinary lengths to help stage MHSAA Tournament events last week in the face of bad weather. (4:00)
BE THE REFEREE - A new feature on the Officials page of the MHSAA Website is Be The Referee, with MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl, an accomplished collegiate official in two sports who umpired the NCAA College World Series in 2014. Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
The audio messages are formatted for 60 seconds, suitable for broadcast. The text of Be The Referee will be distributed by e-mail each week, and may be used in print on any platform (print or web) with credit to the MHSAA. The series will run weekly through the end of the 2014-15 school year. Here is this week's Be The Referee installment:
- Seven-Person Mechanics - Listen - Read
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 year. Here are Jack's entries from last week:
Nov. 14 - The Fun Factor - "My experience with school-age young people is that what they seek most from sports participation is fun and friends. More sophisticated research from many sources consistently has affirmed my less formal findings."
Nov. 11 - Representative Governance - "Throughout most of the MHSAA’s history, there has been a nearly equal balance of superintendents, principals, athletic directors and others on the 19-member Representative Council. However, in recent years the balance has shifted decidedly toward athletic directors, as superintendents have become increasingly occupied with keeping school districts afloat financially and principals are increasingly consumed with demonstrating improving student test scores."
You can follow Jack's blog through the home page of the MHSAA Website, or go directly to the current archives page by clicking here.
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES UPDATE - To order passes - go out to the Media Survey form and give us your mailing information and the names. If you're a first-timer, fill out the entire form. We will do fill-in passes once a month until Spring tournaments.
If you have any questions, contact John Johnson at 517-332-5046 or email@example.com.
SUBMITTING INFORMATION FOR THE MHSAA RECORD BOOK - When submitting information for the MHSAA Record Book, please remember that some form of documentation is required, and the best forms of documentation are the scoresheet from a game, the season-ending statistics sheet for a season record, and the season-ending stats sheets for each season a young person plays for career marks. News accounts of a record being set are good backs-ups, but especially for career and season marks, the paper trail is necessary.
We don't have the staff to chase down potential records. Please be sure a submission is complete when you contact us.
HEAD TO THE MEDIA INFORMATION PAGE - The number of calls we get weekly from media members looking for information could be saved by just clicking on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website. It is the jumping-off point for everything from credentials to tournament information specifically for the media. You an also make a quick jump to key information by going to the black box at the bottom of many pages of the MHSAA Website.
Here's a list of important links that will also help you find media information from the MHSAA:
John Johnson, MHSAA Communications Director
Geoff Kimmerly, MHSAA Media & Content Coordinator