NOTE - This week in the MHSAA is Under Construction and will be finalized by the end of business on Monday.
WEEK NINE - We enter the last week of Football's regular season with over 165 teams qualified by win total for the MHSAA Football Playoffs, and just about as many schools in the hunt one win away from an automatic qualifying or additional qualifier slot. Things will shake out by Saturday (Oct. 25) night, when all games must be completed, and the Football Playoff Field will be announced at 7 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 26) on the Selection Sunday Show on FOX Sports Detroit.
This is the second week of the Boys Soccer Tournament, which is in its Regional phase.
Visit the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website for playing dates, starting times and pairings.
Tournament information on all Fall sports can be found on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website.
BROADCASTERS MUST APPLY IN ADVANCE TO COVER TOURNAMENT GAMES - With team tournaments just around the corner, media outlets wishing to broadcast audio or video of MHSAA Playoff games in any sport, on any platform - over-the-air or internet - or transmit data in real time - live stats or play by play - must apply for permission through the MHSAA office and pay the applicable rights fees as necessary. If you don't already have an account from previous years, contact us at email@example.com and we'll get you set up.
For outlets needing to pay rights fees, they must be paid online using a credit card in advance of the event.
Important Football Information - We will start accepting applications late morning next Monday (Oct. 27), after all of the games have been entered into the system. While getting applications in early is important for planning purposes, just because you got your app in before another local station or called the site first means you'll be granted permission to broadcast. In tight seating situations, the MHSAA recommends sites to accommodate the primary station of both participating schools as determined by their respective athletic administrators. For video originations, the MHSAA and its television partners, FOX Sports Detroit and the NFHS Network, have the first selection of four Friday and two Saturday contests.
MHSAA.TV FALL COVERAGE CONTINUES - The MHSAA.TV website will cover 300 events live this school year, featuring expanded coverage of District and Regional action in a number of sports. Here's this week's schedule of Boys Soccer Regional Semifinal coverage:
- Div. 2 at Ortonville Brandon - Linden v. Madison Heights Lamphere, 5 p.m.; Marysville v. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 7 p.m.
- Div. 4 at Lawton - Kalamazoo Hackett v. St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic, 5 p.m.; Grand Rapids Covenant Christian v. Kalamazoo Heritage Christian, 7 p.m.
- Div. 1 at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central - Saline v. Grand Haven, 5 p.m.; Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central v. Okemos, 7 p.m.
- Div. 3 at Clare - Elk Rapids v. Grant, 5 p.m.; Ludington v. Tawas, 7 p.m.
To watch the live action, you can purchase a Day Pass for $9.95, or a Month Pass for $14.95. The games will become available for free On Demand viewing three days after they are played.
In addition, several School Broadcast Program members will be posting On Demand broadcasts of games which will take place on their campus this week.
THIS WEEK'S TROPHY GAMES - Each week, we'll try to highlight in this space trophy games on the schedule in any sport that we're aware of. Our list of such games has grown to nearly 80 over time, but we know there are many more out there. Let us know with a quick note to firstname.lastname@example.org - and let us know the two schools, the name of of trophy and any history you may be aware of. A photo would be great.
Here are this week's Trophy Games:
Football - Little Brown Jug - Newberry at Sault Ste Marie, Friday, 7 p.m. - This is believed to be the oldest of the Trophy Games and Little Brown Jug series games, with the Jug initiated in 1923. The series between the two schools is believed to have started in 1916.
MHSAA PERSPECTIVE –
Football - Little Brown Jug - Eaton Rapids at Charlotte, Friday, 7 p.m.
Copper Bowl - Houghton at Hancock, Friday, 7 p.m.
State Bank Trophy - Fenton at Linden, Friday, 7 p.m.
Old U.S. 131 Trophy - Morley-Stanwood at Big Rapids, Friday, 7 p.m.
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: Football Playoff Primer (Left click to listen, right click to save) This is John Johnson's annual rundown on the process for how teams make the MHSAA Football Playoffs and how they are drawn into the brackets. (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:
- Oct. 20 - Officials Training - Listen - Read
WE'VE GOT HIGHLIGHTS! - Throughout the school year, weekly highlights packages of games produced by MHSAA members involved in the School Broadcast Program will be featured on the home pages of the MHSAA.com, MHSAANetwork.com and MHSAA.TV Websites. Here are the games in this week's highlights package (Link is to the entire game on MHSAA.TV):
- Football - Harrison at Clare
- Football - Flint Beecher at Montrose
- Girls Volleyball - Blanchard Montabella at Stanton Central Montcalm
To view all of last week's School Broadcast Program productions, go to MHSAA.TV, click on On Demand on the nav bar of the left side of the page, and on the Filters at the top of next page, click on All States and then select Michigan. A year high total of 71 events ranging from athletics, to pep rallies, to student-produced public service announcements and interviews, were produced last week.
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:
Oct. 17 - The Antidote - "Under the radar, in communities across Michigan and the nation, school-based competitive athletic programs are doing good things for students, schools and society. This is the antidote for the cynicism creeping across the landscape of high-profile intercollegiate and professional sports."
Oct. 14 - Summer School Sports - "What we are talking about today are not only overdue changes, they are insufficient if we really want to return school sports to the central, most coveted and compelling sports experience for youth. To more certainly assure that future role, we should be doing more than merely adjusting our outdated junior high/middle school programming to fit the modern world where children begin to play at younger ages and compete at higher levels than is currently allowed for MHSAA member schools. Our 1950s philosophy for the junior high/middle school level does not fit 2014 reality."
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.
DRONE POLICY ADOPTED - At its October meeting, the MHSAA Executive Committee adopted the following policy prohibiting the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - Drones - at its tournaments:
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”), also known as drones, is prohibited for any purpose by any persons at MHSAA tournament venues. Tournament management shall refuse admission or entry to anyone attempting to use a UAV; and if necessary, tournament management shall remove anyone attempting to use a UAV and/or confiscate the UAV until the event has been completed.
For purposes of this policy, a UAV is any aircraft without a human pilot aboard the device.
An exception to this policy may be made in specific cases for MHSAA broadcast partners, provided the management of the tournament facility permits the presence of UAVs for broadcast purposes under the control of the MHSAA.
One league within the MHSAA membership - the Catholic High School League in Detroit - and one of its Finals venues - Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn - already have policies prohibiting the use of Drones.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY OVERTIME - Back for another season is Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit. The show will on Fridays throughout the season at Midnight, with reairs on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday. This 30-minute show is hosted by Mickey York and Rob Rubick, and features highlights from games from around the state, including highlights produced by schools in the MHSAA's School Broadcast Program.
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.
We are also now using the e-mail addresses submitted through this year's survey for our regular release distribution.
SCHOOL DIRECTORIES - One of the most popular services the MHSAA still provides is a printed School Directory. The 2014-15 edition should be mailed out by now to everyone filling out this year's media survey. If you need additional copies, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While most media still enjoy having the print edition of the Directory, the most current information - including e-mail addresses for school administrators and the names of varsity head coaches - can be found using the online directory. Here's the link: http://www.mhsaa.com/schools Bookmark it and use it often.
NEW PSA'S READY FOR DOWNLOAD - We now have posted to the Public Service Announcements page of the MHSAA Website PSA scripts for the Fall Sports Season. These spots will also be sent to stations on CD's in September.
Video outlets can download Football promotional messages and Officials Recruitment PSA's now from the Public Service Announcements page. The promotional messages for MHSAA Second Half, Concussion Awareness, and PLAY-Preparation Lasts All Year should be pulled from use.
The Student-Athlete Belief Statement for 2014-15 should be available for download in mid October.
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