PLAYOFF TIME - The 40th MHSAA Football Playoffs begin this weekend. Visit the Football Page of the MHSAA Website to game dates and starting times.
It's also the week of the Final Round of the L.P. Boys Soccer Tournament, with Semifinals on Wednesday (Oct. 29) and Finals on Saturday (Nov. 1); and the L.P. Cross Country Finals will take place on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Visit the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website for playing dates, starting times and pairings.
Tournament information on all Fall sports can be found on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website.
BROADCASTERS MUST APPLY IN ADVANCE TO COVER TOURNAMENT GAMES - With team tournaments underway, media outlets wishing to broadcast audio or video of MHSAA Playoff games in any sport, on any platform - over-the-air or internet - or transmit data in real time - live stats or play by play - must apply for permission through the MHSAA office and pay the applicable rights fees as necessary. If you don't already have an account from previous years, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you set up.
For outlets needing to pay rights fees, they must be paid online using a credit card in advance of the event.
Important Football Information - We will start accepting applications late morning on Monday (Oct. 27), after all of the games have been entered into the system. While getting applications in early is important for planning purposes, just because you got your app in before another local station or called the site first means you'll be granted permission to broadcast. In tight seating situations, the MHSAA recommends sites to accommodate the primary station of both participating schools as determined by their respective athletic administrators. For video originations, the MHSAA and its television partners, FOX Sports Detroit and the NFHS Network, have the first selection of four Friday and two Saturday contests.
MEDIA CREDENTIALING FOR FALL TOURNAMENTS - For levels prior the Finals in most sports, contact the site manager. Even if you have been issued an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for 2014-15, it helps the site plan when you call in advance.
Online credential applications are now available for this week's finals in Cross Country and Boys Soccer. You only need to fill out a form if an individual coming to the event does not already have a Tournament Media Pass form this office.
MHSAA.TV FALL COVERAGE CONTINUES - The MHSAA.TV website will cover 300 events live this school year, featuring expanded coverage of District and Regional action in a number of sports. Here's this week's coverage schedule:
- Boys Soccer - Div. 1 Semifinal at Holt - Saline v. Canton - 5 p.m.
- Boys Soccer - Div. 2 Semifinal at Holt - East Lansing v. Mason - 7 p.m.
- Boys Soccer - Div. 4 Semifinal at Cedar Springs - Grand Rapids Covenant Christian v. Muskegon Western Michigan Christian - 6 p.m.
- Football - Div. 2 Pre-District - Caledonia at Muskegon Mona Shores - 7 p.m.
- Football - Pre-District Game TBA Tuesday
- L.P. Cross Country Finals - Div. 3 & 4 - 10 a.m.; Div. 1 & 2 - 1:30 p.m.
(Awards presentations at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. will be streamed free at MHSAA.TV)
- Boys Soccer Finals - 4 games - Two games at Noon; two games at 3 p.m.
To watch the live action, you can purchase a Day Pass for $9.95, or a Month Pass for $14.95. The games will become available for free On Demand viewing three days after they are played.
In addition, several School Broadcast Program members will be posting On Demand broadcasts of games which will take place on their campus this week.
PREPZONE RETURNS - Back for its fourth season, the PrepZone on FoxSportsDetroit.com will stream free live video of four games each week leading up to the finals. All games are Friday at 7 p.m. Here's this week's schedule:
- Hillsdale at Hanover-Horton
- Grosse Ile at Chelsea
- Warren DeLaSalle at Grosse Pointe North
- Kalamazoo Hackett (United) at Eaton Rapids
PrepZone games will be archived on the MHSAA.TV
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, and is sponsored by the Michigan Army National Guard. 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: The Middle (Left click to listen, right click to save) In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about junior high/middle school sports and the MHSAA's work to possibly to do more with student athletes before they reach the high school level. (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:
- Oct. 27 - Uncatchable Pass - Listen - Read
WE'VE GOT HIGHLIGHTS! - Throughout the school year, weekly highlights packages of games produced by MHSAA members involved in the School Broadcast Program will be featured on the home pages of the MHSAA.com, MHSAANetwork.com and MHSAA.TV Websites. Here are the games in this week's highlights package (Link is to the entire game on MHSAA.TV):
- Football - Midland Bullock Creek at Pinconning
- Boys Soccer - Spring Lake v. East Lansing - Div. 2 Regional Final at East Lansing
- Football - Ishpeming Westwood at Negaunee
To view all of last week's School Broadcast Program productions, go to MHSAA.TV, click on On Demand on the nav bar of the left side of the page, and on the Filters at the top of next page, click on All States and then select Michigan. A year high total of 66 events ranging from athletics, to pep rallies, to parent's night presentations and band concerts, were produced last week.
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:
Oct. 24 - The Golden Rule - "It’s hard to treat nicely people who act nasty. It requires, in fact, a supercharged Golden Rule that says “Do unto others better than they may do unto you."
Oct. 21 - Everyday Heroes - "The last two Heisman Trophy winners have been mostly an embarrassment to college football after receiving what is supposed to be the sport’s highest individual award."
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.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY OVERTIME - Back for another season is Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit. The show will on Fridays throughout the season at Midnight, with reairs on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday. This 30-minute show is hosted by Mickey York and Rob Rubick, and features highlights from games from around the state, including highlights produced by schools in the MHSAA's School Broadcast Program.
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 email@example.com.
We are also now using the e-mail addresses submitted through this year's survey for our regular release distribution.
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