Congrats to Beaverton HS, BOTF III Champion!

Beaverton’s “Bleacher Creatures” student section has filled stands for 35 years. But when leaders decided this fall to get more organized, and then met this for the first-ever Spirit Club meeting, they had one goal in mind:

Win Battle of the Fans III.

After falling just short of making last season’s five finalists, the Creatures simply wanted a chance to show what they’ve been doing since their parents were in high school. They got their chance Friday during the MHSAA’s visit for a boys basketball game against Houghton Lake – and showed more than enough to capture the title as the state’s top high school cheering section.

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Support Your #BOTF Finalist

Now that MHSAA Staff have completed their visits to all five Battle of The Fans Contest Finalists, it’s time to engage communities in a final show of support.  Fans can cast votes for their favorite BOTF Finalist in one (or all) of the four following ways:

  1. Like the corresponding photo via the MHSAA Facebook Page.
  2. Share the photo on your own Facebook Timeline.
  3. Like the corresponding photo via the MHSAA Instagram account.
  4. Retweet the corresponding tweet (with the hashtag #BOTFVote) from the MHSAA Twitter account

Likes, shares, and RTs will be tallied for each Finalist when the vote concludes at 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 20.  The MHSAA Student Advisory Council will consider social media activity when selecting the eventual Battle of The Fans Champion for 2014.

Best of luck to all five of our Finalists!

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#BOTF Finalists: Prepare For Battle

Buchanan is back to defend its title. But rival Bridgman would love to be the next to hoist the championship banner. And Beaverton, Frankfort and Traverse City West plan to show the best cheering in Michigan isn't reserved for the state's southwest corner.

Those five finalists have been selected for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s “Battle of the Fans III,” which will again recognize the top student cheering section from among member schools with the winner crowned in March during Boys Basketball Finals weekend at Michigan State University's Breslin Center.

Finalists will be visited for the following home boys basketball games:

Jan. 17: Buchanan vs. Niles Brandywine
Jan. 31: Bridgman vs. Niles Brandywine
Feb. 3: Frankfort vs. McBain
Feb 7: Traverse City West vs. Petoskey
Feb 14: Beaverton vs. Houghton Lake

To read more, visit the article on Second Half >>>

BATTLE OF THE FANS III (2013-14)

The Battle of the Fans is back for the third year, and is ready to highlight the best student cheering sections across Michigan.  To get involved in the contest, follow these steps before the Jan. 11 (noon) deadline.

  1. FILM YOUR STUDENTS.  Get your video camera and film your student section in action on a game night.
  2. POST TO YOUTUBE.  Edit your video to no more than 3 minutes, and post to YouTube. The deadline is Saturday, Jan. 11 at noon.  Remember: you must include at least 30 seconds of discussion about why your school should be named the winner.
  3. EMAIL US YOUR LINK. Email your YouTube link to BOTF@mhsaa.com or andy@mhsaa.com.  We'll add it to our Battle of the Fans playlist.
  4. FINAL JUDGING.  The five finalists will be chosen, and the MHSAA team will visit each school on a Friday game night.  The winner will be announced on Feb. 21.
  5. #BOTF. Use the hashtag #BOTF throughout the winter when you have a great student section idea or when you see an act of great sportsmanship.

Here's one minute from last year's BOTF to get you pumped up.  For more videos, look in the blue box to the right.

Overview

Sportsmanship is an important part of educational athletics, and student cheering sections can be a key factor in creating a festive high school event. The MHSAA Student Advisory Council wants to see your student section in action, and see how you contribute to a fun and positive experience. The MHSAA Battle of the Fans competition will let us all see who has the top student cheering section in Michigan.

Send us videos of your student section making noise on game night. We want to see videos that reflect enthusiasm and togetherness within cheering sections. We want to witness cheers that pump up the atmosphere without disrespecting all involved in the sporting event. We want to see a mixture of school spirit and positivity within student cheering squads. 

Anyone can create the Battle of the Fans video: student section leaders, members of the video production class, yearbook staff, student council or anyone else. We think, though, the best videos will probably use teamwork from the entire student body.

Here’s more about the competition…

JUDGING CRITERIA
Positive Sportsmanship
Student Body Participation
School Spirit
Originality of Cheers
Organization of the Group
Student Section Leadership
Overall Impression / FUN

VIDEO CONTENT & LENGTH
Videos should be between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long, and each video should contain two components. First, you must include at least 30 seconds of a student (or students) explaining how your student section embodies the elements listed in the judging criteria and why your school should be named as the top student section in the state. Second, you must include at least 60 seconds of your student section in action. Show us how loud, organized, positive, and original you can be. And don’t forget, sportsmanship is a key component to having one of the top student groups in Michigan.

HOW TO ENTER
Upload your video to YouTube, and then email the link to BOTF@mhsaa.com or andy@mhsaa.com.  Videos must be submitted no later than noon on January 11, 2014.  The MHSAA will create a YouTube playlist highlighting all of the videos.

THE FINALISTS
After all videos have been posted (Jan. 12), the MHSAA Student Advisory Council will choose the Top 5 Finalists. At least one Class C or D school will be included in the Finalist group. 

FINALIST TOUR
Members of the Student Advisory Council and MHSAA staff will visit all Finalists on a home game night. We’ll shoot and edit our own video to document our experience at your school.  We'll also meet with the school's student leaders and write stories about our experiences.  The videos and stories can be found on the MHSAA's Second Half website, and we'll also tweet the links and post to Facebook for other students to see.   

DETERMINING A WINNER
The MHSAA Student Advisory Council will determine a winner based on the judging criteria listed above.  It will also conduct a vote using a Facebook poll to help in its decision making. Council members will not use the actual number of votes on Facebook, rather itwill use the number of votes in comparison to the size of the school; 500 votes from a school with 1,000 students is better than 500 votes from a school with 2,000 students.

BOTF III CHAMPION
The winner will be announced Feb. 21 and will be invited to the Class B Boys Basketball Semifinals at the Breslin Center on March 21 to be recognized and receive a championship banner.  We will also play a compilation of all five finalist videos on the Breslin Center HD scoreboard during the Girls & Boys Basketball Finals in March. 

TIMELINE
Jan 11 (noon) - Video submission deadline
Jan 17 to Feb 14 - MHSAA/SAC site visits
Feb 21 - Announce BOTF II Winner
Mar 21 - Winning school recognized at Breslin Center

FINAL NOTE
Even if you don’t think you can win or if you have only a few seconds of video, we’d love to see your student section in action!  We want everyone to have fun with this contest!

And the 2013 BOTF Winner Is...

Josh Money had gone to just about every Buchanan boys basketball game during his first three years of high school, usually one in a semi-full section of stands.

But as the senior “Trophy Buck” stood in front of his school’s newly-created “Herd” for its first theme night on Dec. 7, he hardly could believe his eyes.

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Five Finalists Announced For BOTF II

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The champion is back. But the competition is all new and no doubt hungry to become known as the best cheering section in Michigan. 

Let "Battle of the Fans II" begin.

Reigning champion Frankenmuth along with Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, Buchanan, Vandercook Lake and Zeeland East have been selected as finalists for this year's "Battle of the Fans II," which for the second year aims to recognize the top MHSAA student cheering section. 

Finalists will be visited for the following home boys basketball games:

Jan. 18: Frankenmuth vs. Bridgeport
Feb. 1: Vandercook Lake vs. Michigan Center
Feb. 5: Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard vs. Madison Heights Bishop Foley
Feb. 8: Zeeland East vs. Muskegon Mona Shores
Feb. 15: Buchanan vs. Bridgman

To read more, visit the article on Second Half >>>



 

From the Student Advisory Council


4 Simple Guidelines for a Great Student Section 

1. Focus on your school. Encourage and direct comments to your team only. Don’t target individuals on the opposing team. Be loud, and be your team’s “6th man”.

2. Promote a positive atmosphere. Cheers should uplift the crowd and get everyone involved. Be aware that children and parents are there, too.

3. Get organized. Select a group of leaders. Promote the togetherness of the entire student body. Organize theme nights. Develop your own original cheers. 

4.
HAVE FUN!