PLAYOFFS!...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?...PLAYOFFS! - The Playoffs are underway in 11-player and 8-player Football this week, with games on Friday (Oct. 28) and Saturday (Oct. 29). It's also the Regional week of action in the Boys Soccer Tournament. Interactive pairings are now online on the Boys Soccer page of the MHSAA Website. It's also Regional week in Cross Country in the Lower Peninsula. Girls Volleyball begin Districts in another week. Interactive pairings are now online on the Volleyball page of the MHSAA Website.
Tournament information for all fall sports can be found by Clicking Here.
BROADCASTERS CANNOT APPLY FOR FOOTBALL GAMES UNTIL LATE MORNING MONDAY - Audio and video outlets covering games in the Football Playoffs must apply online with the MHSAA - even if the game involves a school you've been covering all year.
Online applications will open after all the site and time data is loaded into our system - schools are required to notify the MHSAA Office of their game date and time each Monday morning. Audio outlets are reminded that they are limited to 2 seats for playoff games, and video outlets are reminded that a game's availability locally is subject to games selected first by FOX Sports Detroit and the NFHS Network.
Additionally, apply only for a game after its participants have been determined. Don't apply speculating your team will win - that application goes into the system, and site managers are notified to get ready for a station that may not come.
PREPZONE RETURNS - The popular PrepZone on FOXSportsDetroit.com and FOX Sports GO! returns this week, with four games each Friday night during the first three weeks of the Football Playoffs, and as four of the 16 Football Semifinal games available online on Nov. 19. This week's games are:
- Canton at Northville
- Walled Lake Northern at Pinckney
- Battle Creek Harper Creek at Coldwater
- Cass City at Unionville-Sebewaing
SATURDAY SPECIALS ARE BACK! - The first three Saturdays of the Football Playoffs, two games will be produced by MHSAA members in the School Broadcast Program to be streamed live on MHSAA.tv. The games are available on a subscription basis. Purchase a Month Pass for $9.95 to watch all four weekends of the Playoffs leading up to the Finals, and have access to MHSAA Finals in Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball (Semifinals & Finals) and Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming & Diving. This weeks games will be announced on Monday (Oct. 24).
FALL TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS APPLICATIONS CLOSED - We will not be processing applications for new or additional MHSAA Tournament Media Passes until Fall tournaments are concluded. Media outlets can make arrangements directly with tournament sites to accommodate staff for sub-Finals games (and you should be calling anyway even if you have Tournament Media Passes already); and use Finals credential applications forms, which will be posted on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website after Regionals are concluded in Lower Peninsula Cross Country, Lower Peninsula Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming & Diving, 8-Player Football, and 11-Player Football.
We have posted to the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website the form to be used for renewal and new requests going forward. We won't even be looking at that list, however, until after Thanksgiving weekend.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - This Week In High School Sports is available for download from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website every Tuesday.
BE THE REFEREE - Our weekly feature Be The Referee returns to help you learn more about rules changes and the fine art of officiating. We encourage audio outlets to air this 60-second message as part of the sports or general programming each week, and the text will also be available for print outlets wishing to reproduce the message. Be The Referee can be downloaded each Tuesday from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website.
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 throughout the year with his thoughts about high school sports.
Here are Jack's entries from last week:
Turnover - "One of every seven MHSAA member high schools has an athletic director this year who has not served in that role for at least the past five years."
Gut Check - "In this time of increasingly complex and difficult decisions, both personal and professional, the gut may be a good guide for us all."
You can follow Jack's blog through the home page of the MHSAA Website, or go directly to the blog's archive 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