SPRING TOWARDS THE FINISH LINE - There's one month of high school sports left in the 2012-13 school year, and Spring MHSAA Tournaments begin this week. Regionals in Lacrosse and Lower Peninsula Girls Tennis can begin Thursday, and Track & Field Regionals in both peninsulas can take place May Friday and Saturday.
Click on the links below to navigate to dates, times and other tournament information. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
Media should contact site management for more information, and to obtain results from Regionals in Tennis and Track. Lacrosse scores will be updated daily on the MHSAA Website.
SPRING SPORTS CONTINUE ON XFINITY - PlayOn! Sports, an MHSAA broadcast partner continues it coverage of regular season Spring sports action with Huron League baseball contest with New Boston Huron at Carleton Airport on Wednesday (May 15) at 4:30 p.m. The once-beaten Huron squad was tenth last week in the baseball coaches association poll in Division 2. The game will be shown on Comcast Channel 900 next Tuesday (May 21) at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with addition airings through the following Sunday. The games will be online for Xfinity subscribers at HighSchoolSports.Xfinity.com, and highlights will also be available on the Xfinity on Demand service. Here’s the remainder of the Spring schedule:
May 22 – Kensington Lakes Activities Association Championship - Softball
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS... - A weekly feature of the MHSAA.tv website during the regular season is a highlights package of games from MHSAA members involved in the School Broadcast Program. Student-produced game highlights from the week of May 6 are a baseball game between Tawas and Oscoda; and girls soccer matches pitting Portage Northern against Plainwell and Howard City Tri County against Ludington. Over 60 schools are involved in the School Broadcast Program. To get involved, contact John Johnson at the MHSAA office.
...AND THIS WEEK'S CLASSIC HAS A CLASSIC ANNOUNCER! - MHSAA Classics continue on MHSAA.tv this week, featuring championship games from past years. This week's Classic is the 1992 Class D Baseball Final between Hillman and Athens, with former Detroit Tiger broadcast great Paul Carey calling the play-by-play.
RULES MEETING REVIEWS AVAILABLE - Rules meeting review presentations for Spring sports are now available for folks interested in learning some of the rules changes for the new season. Presentations in Baseball, Golf, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field are available. Much of the content is the same as head coaches and officials review, including a concussions education presentation produced by University of Michigan Neuro Sport. To get to a rules review presentation, head to the Sports page of the MHSAA website, click on the sport you're interested in, and look under the Additional Resources subheader.
AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT RULES OF GOLF TIPS - To help you better understand the rules of golf, these video clips cover a variety of situations and the appropriate way to deal with them as presented rules officials John Allen, Mick Kildea and Terry Kildea.
SPRING SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SCRIPTS NOW AVAILABLE - A set of fresh MHSAA Public Service Announcement scripts for the Spring season is available on the Promotional Messages page of the MHSAA Website, and can also be found by clicking here.
BASEBALL-SOFTBALL PHOTOGRAPHY - A reminder that photographers are only allowed inside the fence lines for baseball and softball games when a designated area has been appropriately marked off per National Federation rules. If you're heading out to cover a game, you might wish to to call the host athletic director to check to see if there are plans to chalk off a designated area for photographers so you can plan accordingly.
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.
Here are Jack's most recent entries:
May 10 - Playoff Proposal Pauses - "Rather than making regular-season scheduling easier, it could make it harder as the “six-wins-and-in” mindset is replaced by the even worse “seven-wins-and-in” mindset. And any system that ignores a minimum number of wins and relies entirely on playoff points is even less fair than the current system to schools in the less densely populated areas of Michigan."
May 3 - Competitive Classes - “After the classifications and divisions for MHSAA tournaments in 2013-14 were posted on mhsaa.com last month, there were more questions and comments than in previous years."
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