WE BEGIN MARCHING IN TWO WEEKS - Many schools are into the second semester now, and as the calendar approached February, we're just two weeks from the first Winter MHSAA Tournaments. It all gets started the week of Feb. 2 in Skiing and Wrestling.
WHO DO YOU PLAY FOR PSA'S NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE - Every year in January, the National Federation of State High School Associations provides us with some fresh audio Public Service Announcements about the values of high school sports. This year's content - "Who Do You Play For?" - focuses on the differences between playing on the local high school team and the nondescript club sports team. Disks have been sent to every radio station along with a feedback form that we'd encourage you to fill out and return to the NFHS. The spots were posted to the MHSAA Website last week along with its other promotional messages.
NEW PROMOTIONAL MESSAGES AVAILABLE - We have a fresh set of of MHSAA Promotional Message scripts available for the Winter sport season, and several new video messages which can be used as Public Service Announcements on a schedule available basis on audio/video outlets on all platforms (over-the-air-cable-internet) and to fulfill MHSAA Tournament broadcast institutional time requirements.
For scripts which can be printed out - Click Here
Here's the new video messages you can download:
Student-Athlete Belief Statement
2014-15 MHSAA Student-Athlete Belief Statement (:60)
1920x1080 Broadcast Format - 640x360 Web Format - Preview
High School Sports Promos From The National Federation - (MHSAA Co-Branded)
OK2SAY Student Safety
Just One Place (:30)
1920x1080 Broadcast Format - 640x360 Web Format
Tom Izzo Promo (:30)
1920x1080 Broadcast Format
- 640x360 Web Format
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 Amber Alert Foundation (As of 1.5.15). 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: Fees Bench Players (Left click to listen, right click to save) In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about the findings of a national study recently released by the University of Michigan, which indicate that participation fees for high school sports are keeping kids on the sidelines. (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:
- Week of Jan. 26 - Wrestling Health Concerns - 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:
Jan. 23 - Transfer Trends - "Over the years, some states have relaxed their transfer rule and others have refined their transfer rule. In either case, the transfer rule remains an imperfect rule, an imperfect net. Sometimes this net snags students who should not be made ineligible, and for those situations all associations have arranged some kind of waiver or appeal process."
Jan. 20 - Patience - "I decided that Australian sports fans must have a different definition of drama, a lot more patience for events of long duration, and much more tolerance for events of indefinite length than we do in the USA. Perhaps it is in the DNA of Australians to be patient . . . for they are certainly among the most polite populations I've encountered."
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.
AND WE'VE GOT HIGHLIGHTS - Also available on MHSAA.tv this week is an SBP highlights package from the past week. This week’s highlights include a 2-2 ice hockey tie between Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood and Detroit U-D Jesuit; plus Goodrich scoring a 55-43 victory in girls basketball at Haslett in a clash of two top 10 teams in Class B.
BASKETBALL BRACKETS ARE LIVE - We have finally received most of the District Basketball draws for the 2015 MHSAA Tournament and have put them into the system. They are now live. Here are the links:
Boys - Class A | Class B | Class C | Class D
Girls - Class A | Class B | Class C | Class D
If a time or or particular draw is missing - call the site, not our office, and encourage them to get the information to us so it can be shared with everyone. Pairings for other bracketed sports will be available as soon as the draws are in.
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