THE MARCH HITS THE FINISH LINE - This is the last week of March Magic. This week is the Final Round of the Boys Basketball Tournament with Quarterfinals on Tuesday (March 24), Semifinals on Thursday and Friday (March 26-27), and Finals on Saturday (March 28).
MHSAA.tv will provide live coverage on a subscription basis for the Boys Basketball Semifinals, plus live free coverage of post-game press conferences after all Semifinal and Final games, and all on-court presentations. FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports-PLUS will show Saturday's Finals live. MHSAANetwork.com will carry live audio of all of this weekend's Boys Basketball Semifinals and Finals.
Tickets for the Semifinals and Finals of both Basketball tournaments are sale through the Athletic Ticket Office at Michigan State University.
Check the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website for tournament site assignments and other information.
EVERYONE MUST REGISTER FOR BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL & FINALS - The deadline for applying for media passes for the Basketball Semifinals & Finals is 4 p.m. on Wednesday for the Boys this week. All media - including holders of MHSAA Tournament Media Passes for 2014-15 - must register for these events so that we can plan appropriately.
REQUESTING PASSES FOR MHSAA TOURNAMENTS - A reminder that media need to directly deal with host site administration for access to most MHSAA Tournaments prior to the Semifinals - 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. We are not issuing any year-round MHSAA Tournament Media Passes from this point forward during Winter tournaments. Outlets needing passes for tournament Finals from this point forward can apply on a per-event basis.
BROADCASTERS SHOULD APPLY EARLY - Audio and video outlets wishing to cover MHSAA Tournaments can apply now for the rights to originate games. All outlets must apply, even if a District is taking place in the gym of a team you've covered all season long. Audio outlets are limited during the basketball tournament to two seats. If you need to create an account to apply online, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadcasters must also fill out a separate application for credentials in addition to their broadcast application form.
MHSAA PERSPECTIVE – Our weekly audio commentary, MHSAA Perspective, concluded its tenth season last 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 - unless otherwise noted, and is sponsored by the Amber Alert Foundation. 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: Sowing Seeds (Left click to listen, right click to save) In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about the seeding of MHSAA Tournaments, how it's happened in some sports, and why it hasn't happened in basketball (4:30).
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:
March 20 - A Rite Of Spring - "While postseason tournaments are the MHSAA’s “bread and butter” program, tournament seeding is not a defining or fundamental issue of educational athletics that requires our urgent or concentrated attention. Promoting participant health and safety, for example, demands much more attention. I’m not opposed to seeding; I just don’t give it the same importance as so much else we are challenged to do."
March 16 - It's A Blizzard - "Like the good people in Boston and other eastern cities and towns who couldn’t find anywhere to put all the snow they were getting this past winter, those in charge of school sports can’t find anywhere to put all the advice and expertise pouring down on us. We are well beyond the tipping point between too little and too much information regarding concussions."
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 INFORMATION AVAILABLE - Our seasonal Media Tournament Information is now available for Winter Sports by Clicking Here.
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 Girls Gymnastics and Skiing - 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.
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