SPRING IT ON - This is the busiest tournament week of the entire school year. District play begins Tuesday (May 26) in Baseball, Softball and Lower Peninsula Girls Soccer. Regionals continue in Boys and Girls Lacrosse, and it's also Regional week for Lower Peninsula Boys Golf. Upper Peninsula Finals in Boys and Girls Golf and Boys Tennis are on the slate. The Lower Peninsula Girls Tennis Finals are Friday and Saturday (May 29-30), then on Saturday, 7,545 student-athletes representing 593 schools will take part in the Track & Field Finals at four Lower Peninsula and one Upper Peninsula site.
Check the respective Sports pages of the MHSAA Website for tournament site assignments and other information.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AVAILABLE - Our seasonal Media Tournament Information is now available.
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.
BROADCASTS REQUIRE ADVANCE APPLICATION - A reminder that during tournament play, any broadcast of an event requires that the originating party submit a Broadcast Application with the MHSAA. Broadcasters should apply early so that proper arrangements can be made with the site manager. This includes live/delayed/on demand audio broadcasts and delayed/on demand video exceeding 3 minutes of game action from a team dual event (i.e. baseball-softball-soccer-lacrosse) or 20 minutes from an individual event (i.e., track-tennis-golf). This is regardless of the platform (over-the-air, cable, internet), and regardless of type of portal used (company website or social media site).
TRACK FINALS AGATE & LIVE STATS - The MHSAA will once again provide agate from the Track & Field Finals in AP style. The agate will be emailed between 6 and 8 p.m. for the Lower Peninsula Finals to our entire Lower Peninsula media list; and between 8 and 9 p.m. for the Upper Peninsula to that entire media list. It will also be posted to the MHSAA Website along with the long-form results which include preliminary results. Please note that this timetable is based on no weather delays during the meet.
There will also be live stats available throughout the day. Links will be on the home page and track pages of the MHSAA Website.
TRACK FINALS CREDENTIAL FORM IS UP - Outlets needing to order passes for the Track & Field Finals can now apply using the form on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website. We remind you that we only need you to apply if you have a staff member needing a pass who does not already have an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for 2014-15. The same will be true for all other Spring tournaments.
The deadline for applying for credentials for the Track & Field Finals is Wednesday (May 27) at 4 p.m.
LACROSSE & TRACK ON MHSAA.TV - MHSAA.tv will carry Regional Semifinal action in Lacrosse from two sites this week. On Tuesday, will be streamed live, with DeWitt (11-6) facing Haslett-Williamston (9-9) in the opening game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the host Okemos Chiefs (14-2) taking on Portage Northern (13-7) in the nightcap at 7. Then on Wednesday (May 27), the Division 1-Region 4 Girls Lacrosse semifinal games at Lake Orion High School will be televised, with Midland Dow (12-0) vs. Hartland (11-5) in the first game at 5:30 p.m.; and the second game featuring Lake Orion (11-4) against Waterford Kettering (2-10-1) at 7 p.m.
Track & Field Finals coverage will begin at about 10 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday in both peninsulas, and will cover only running events. Field event results will be announced throughout the day.
The NFHS Network is offering a special All-Access Pass for $9.95 for this week's action, plus Finals the following two weeks in Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, and Lower Peninsula GIrls Soccer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT 2015-16 TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES - This is a heads-up that MHSAA Tournament Media Passes for 2015-16 will be Photo ID's, and that media outlets will be required to submit an image for every individual a pass is requested for. You must submit images that are 1.5 inches high by 1 inch wide at a minimum 150 dpi for these passes - no images taken off the web will be allowed as they are generally of lower resolution. Please submit JPEGs, and name them: First Name-Last Name.jpg
So John Johnson's jpg would look like this: john-johnson.jpg
Watch for more information in the coming weeks about submission. We will be opening the application process in early July.
BE THE REFEREE - Our Spring sports editions of Be The Referee will run through the end of the tournament season. Be The Referee is a series of one-minute 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.
This week's Be The Referee - Balks - Listen/Download - Read
REQUESTING PASSES FOR MHSAA TOURNAMENTS - A reminder that media need to directly deal with host site administration for access to most Spring MHSAA Tournaments prior to the Finals - 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.
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:
May 19 - Risky Business - "After-school sports and activities provide safe and supervised danger. A place to learn new skills, meet different people, perform under pressure and test one’s limits. A supervised place to engage in life before going out in the less supervised real world."
May 22 - Leadership Road - "Earlier this month, the small portion of Michigan voters who bothered to vote at all resoundingly rejected the so-called road fix – Proposal One. It was no surprise, and provides at least these two leadership lessons."
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.
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