GET ON THE SPRING - At least it seems like Spring as all MHSAA member schools are now back from break and heading into action which will culminate in mid-June with the last championships of the 2014-15 school year.
Check the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website for tournament site assignments and other information.
SPRING RULES REVIEWS AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON - If you'd like to review the rules changes for the Spring sports season, most of the content viewed by head varsity coaches and game officials during the pre-season will be available for public viewing soon on the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website.
SUBMIT WINTER SPORTS RECORDS NOW - If you are aware of some team or individual performances which are worthy of consideration for the records pages of the MHSAA Website, we'd appreciate it if you'd pass that information along to us. The entire reporting process appears at the end of this message.
One heads up is in order: Too many times, we have submissions come our way which ONLY reference a media account of an game or season or career totals - often written by someone who wasn't at the game. There has to be original documentation of what was reported to the media somewhere, and that's what we really need to validate a performance. Your cooperation in helping us track down that scorebook or stats sheet will help preserve the integrity of the process.
REQUESTING PASSES FOR MHSAA TOURNAMENTS - A reminder that media need to directly deal with host site administration for access to most MHSAA Tournaments prior to the Semifinals - DO NOT CALL THE MHSAA OFFICE.
Credential ordering forms for Finals are be posted to the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website after the Regional round of activity is completed. We will be issuing year-round MHSAA Tournament Media Passes from this point forward until mid-May if you need them. Outlets needing passes for tournament Finals from that point forward can apply on a per-event basis.
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 the past two weeks:
April 10 - Sounds Of Silence - "The task of written communication has become more difficult during the four decades I’ve been engaged in this enterprise. While the work has become more complex and requires more nuanced discussion, the space available for careful comment has been reduced. Pretending cleverness or profundity, texts and tweets often do more harm than good to promote creative and productive discourse."
April 7 - Our Best & Brightest - "This is a happy and pardonably proud group who epitomize the best of what our schools and school sports produce because of the giftedness of the student-athletes and their grit to maximize those gifts with the help of family and the faculty of member schools."
April 3 - Seeding Questions - "When people boast that 'the seeds held' in the NCAA basketball tournament or in our own MHSAA Tennis Tournament, we have to admit that this is exactly what ought to have happened when we gave the top seeds the easiest road to the trophy. It is not wrong to question if that’s the right thing to do."
March 31 - Community Development - "Building a school program without sports is like constructing the physical school building without the mortar that holds things together. Building a community without comprehensive schools is just as foolish."
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 INFORMATION AVAILABLE - Our seasonal Media Tournament Information will be available for Spring Sports in May.
Check out the respective sports pages of the MHSAA website for brackets and school assignments.
The Media Credentials Page of the website will have credential ordering forms for most tournament Finals - except Golf and Tennis - available beginning after the Regional round of play is concluded.
Finals Tournament Notes and Histories can be accessed by Clicking Here. We have how every school has fared in the Final Round (Quarterfinal-Semifinal-Final) of team dual tournaments; and we also post the information submitted by each team for souvenir programs and network broadcast purposes prior to the semifinals in a number of sports.
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