CALL AHEAD SEATING - A reminder that those media outlets covering regular season events at local schools should always call ahead to let the host athletic director know that they're coming so appropriate arrangements can be made for press row seating and other possible services.
As the winter sports season has begun, we've already been getting calls from building AD's concerned about folks just showing up unannounced with the MHSAA Tournament Media Pass and expecting to be taken care of. This is not necessarily a TV station issue since camera operators tend to come and go at several games during the course of an evening, and usually don't require space at a table.
Please remember that the pass you've received from the MHSAA Office is not necessarily good for regular season games - if a local school wants to apply its own admissions/access standards, it can. So if you're actually working an event - call ahead for seating. It's just the right thing to do.
IF YOU NEED MHSAA TOURNAMENT PASSES - As the school year progresses, media outlets have staff changes. When you get a new writer or photographer, contact our office to obtain an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass. We plan on cutting a set of passed in mid-January and mid-February based on submissions. Please note that we are no longer issuing generic "staff" passes. For MHSAA Finals Tournaments this winter - photo ID will be required at the media check in at basketball and individual wrestling, and the few generic passes that are in circulation will be not be honored.
MHSAA CHRISTMAS BREAK - The MHSAA Office will be closed from Dec. 20 through Jan. 4 for the holidays.
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 - unless otherwise noted, 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: What Did You Do About It (Left click to listen, right click to save) In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about the track record of high school sports in general, and the MHSAA specifically as it pertains to concussions. (4:30)
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:
- Registration - Part Two - 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:
Dec. 12 - Simon Says - "When I see advertisements that promote travel as an escape, I cannot agree. For me, travel is a change from the daily routine, but it’s hardly an escape."
Dec. 9 - Seeding Thoughts - "There is nothing inherently good or bad about seeding. It’s possible that seeding is good for one sport, but not another. If it can be done without too much controversy and if it has the potential to increase crowds without increasing travel costs for schools and the MHSAA, then seeding may make sense."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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