THE MARCH IS ROUNDING THE CORNER! - Just two weeks left in the 2014 March, and now the focus is on getting to the Breslin Center. This week is the Final Round of the Girls Basketball Tournament, with Quarterfinals on Tuesday, and the Semifinals and Finals running Thursday through Saturday. All of the Semifinal games will be streamed live on MHSAA.tv, where you can watch it all of the Basketball Semifinals over the next two weekends - for $14.95, or purchase a single day pass for $9.95.
The post-game press conferences will have free live streaming video following each game, as well as the awards ceremonies after each Final game, and the Shooter's Challenges the day of the Finals -- the Three Point and Free Throw competition.
The Regional phase of the Boys Basketball Tournament will take place Monday and Friday this week.
AND THE SPRING IS ON ITS HEELS! - It may not seem like it outside, but a lot of gyms will be humming this week, filled with Spring sports teams beginning formal practices. For the record, games in all sports can begin next week.
CREDENTIALING FOR PRE-FINAL EVENTS - Contact the site you wish to cover games at to let them know you are coming, even if you already have an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for the 2013-14 season. We are finished issuing passes for this year, so if you have a staff person who must be credentialed, go through the host site. You'll be able to apply for Finals passes in many sports online through our website.
Please be sure the individuals you are requesting passes for are staff members with a working function - no parents, coaches, friends, etc.; and that they are creating original content (i.e. game stories) as opposed to just reporting scores.
BASKETBALL FINALS CREDENTIALS FORMS GOING UP THIS WEEK -The Basketball Semifinals and Finals the next two weekends are Big Four event for credentialing purposes - everyone intending to cover these events must submit a credential application form, even if you have MHSAA Tournament Media passes for the 2013-14 school year. This is necessary for assigning press row seating. Thanks for your help, Click Here to go to the Credentials page.
The application deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. both weeks. The Boys Basketball application form will be posted on Thursday this week.
BROADCASTERS PLEASE NOTE - All broadcasts of tournament games must be pre-approved by the MHSAA Office - even if you have been covering a team all season long. Online applications are easy to do. If your outlet is not set up to file online applications with us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, a reminder that audio originations are limited to 2 passes; and that video outlets must submit copies of their productions to the NFHS Network. If you have any questions, let us know.
MEDIA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE - As always, we will have our quick facts sheets with information about all winter tournaments available online. These sheets include dates, ticket information, broadcast information and other useful information. You can get to those sheets by Clicking Here.
MHSAA PERSPECTIVE – Our weekly audio commentary, MHSAA Perspective, concludes its ninth season this week. 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. Eighty-six outlets across the state will carry Perspective, and the complete list is posted on the Perspective Home Page, along with when the program will air each week.
Affiliates should use this week's program as necessary for the final week of the Boys Basketball Tournament.
Perspective for the week of March 10: Nothing Like It (Right click to save, left click to play). In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about the value of school sports and how the values they teach surpass anything that happens in other youth sports by other sponsors.
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 summer.
Here are his entries from last week:
March 7 - Official Treatment - "The human factor of sports is now subject to inhuman expectations. In an enterprise that strives for fairness, it appears that it’s the official who is being treated least fairly."
March 4 - "How" Matters More - "Well, it does matter who wins. Any time a score is kept, the result of the competition matters to people. And there is very much that is very good about trying to win – giving one’s best effort to prepare for and execute a victory."
You can Jack's blog follow 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