THURSDAY & FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - Football joins the other Fall sports in competition this week, with varsity games on Thursday and Friday nights these first two weeks of the season before Labor Day. In Week 1, 123 varsity games will be played on Thursday, 176 contests will be played on Friday, and 14 games will be played on Saturday.
TROPHY GAMES ARE BACK! - Each week during the football season, we will list rivalry games which include a traveling trophy of some kind. From jugs to paddles to bells - there are all kinds of different things that add a little spice to the heart and soul of high school sports - its local focus. Any trophy name that is linked has an image associated with it. Here are this week's games (Friday 7 p.m. starts unless otherwise noted):
Battle of U.S. 127 - Hudson at Addison
Border Bowl - Ironwood at Hurley, WI
Battle For The Paddle - Sanford Meridian at Midland Bullock Creek
Oscar Wassberg Trophy - Manistique at Negaunee
Little Brown Jug - Napoleon at Brooklyn Columbia Central
Little Brown Jug - Manton at Mesick
The Bull - Fremont at Sparta
Cedar Log - Menominee v. Marinette WI (Saturday, 1 p.m.)
We know there are other trophy games out there that aren't on our list of about 80 such contests. If you know of one, email us by Clicking Here.
MHSAA TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS & EMAIL LIST UPDATE - The first mailing of 2015-16 MHSAA Tournament Media Passes has taken place. Most of you who had your names and images to us by the first cutoff date should seen this sometime this week.
We will continue to collect names and images for the second batch through Labor Day. After that, we will process everything we receive throughout the year on a bi-weekly basis out of our office.
If you have yet to submit this year's Media Survey and images for your passes, please do so when you can. If you're requesting additional passes, use the Media Survey Form, indicate that you're asking for additional passes and give you your mailing informaiton. It's not necessary to completely fill out the form.
By mid-September, we will be switching our e-mail list for releases and advisories over to the addresses gathered on this year's Media Survey.
To go to the 2015-16 MHSAA Media Survey and Tournament Media Pass Request Form - Click Here.
We respectfully request that you no longer use MHSAA Tournament Media passes from previous seasons now that the new passes are going into circulation. Until you receive your passes, simply request access to cover events the old-fashioned way - call the site in advance to let them know you're coming (you should be doing it even if you have passes).
MHSAA NETWORK DECLARATIONS OF CLEARANCE UPDATE - To date, we've heard form about two-thirds of the audio/radio outlets that were members of the MHSAA Radio network last year.
Outlets joining the network by Labor Day week receive a rights fee waiver to originate post-season tournament games in return for carrying the weekly program This Week In High School Sports (formerly MHSAA Perspective); clearing a set number of games from the MHSAA Basketball Finals; and paying a one-time administrative fee.
You can listen to a demo of This Week In High School Sports by Clicking Here.
You can get to the Declaration of Clearance by Clicking Here.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MAKES DEBUT - MHSAA Perspective, a weekly audio program/podcast produced by the MHSAA the past ten years, has been reformatted from a four-minute commentary to a five-minute show including features on kids and teams, officiating, and wrapping up with a brief commentary. The show also has a new name.
The first edition of This Week In High School Sports can generally be downloaded form the home page of the MHSAA Website by Tuesday morning each week. You can access the first edition of the show by Clicking Here.
SUBMITTING FEATURE CONTENT FOR THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - Any media outlet may submit a feature idea for a great performance or interesting story in high school sports that took place in their coverage area for consideration for airing on This Week In High School Sports.
Our priority will be student-athlete, then team performances. If you have a sound clip to include, send it to us as an MP3 file. We prefer the clip to be 10-20 seconds. Be sure to include information about the performance in your email with the sound clip, and if there's a link to an associated article, let us know that. Preference in selecting stories will be given to MHSAA Network affiliates airing This Week In High School Sports.
We need to hear from you by 8 a.m. Mondays during the Fall and Winter sports seasons if you are submitting something. Send your audio clips and story ideas to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will credit all submissions used.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY OVERTIME RETURNS - Back for its fifth season on FOX Sports Detroit is the popular Football Friday Overtime show at Midnight on Fridays. Watch for a separate release on the show this week.
BE THE REFEREE IS BACK! – Our Be The Referee series offers insights into the world of officiating with MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl. Be The Referee is a part of the program The Week In High School Sports, and is also available as a downloadable 60-second message suitable for radio broadcast and in text on the Be The Referee page of the MHSAA Website.
SCHOOL-PRODUCED CONTENT FIRES UP ON MHSAA.TV - Members of the MHSAA's School Broadcasting Program will also begin to produce live and on-demand content for the MHSAA.TV Website beginning this week. Watch for a separate release with this each week's schedule.
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 Summer with his thoughts about high school sports throughout the year.
Here are Jack's posts from last week:
The Waiver Process - "Last school year, over the course of 12 meetings, the MHSAA Executive Committee received 467 requests from member schools to waive either a minimum standard for student eligibility or a maximum limitation on competition. Three hundred sixty-two of these requests for waiver were approved. That’s 78 percent."
Health & Safety A, B, Cs - "Often our impressive progress is used against us. Make an improvement and someone is sure to spout off: “See? It isn’t safe. We need to ban it or at least remove sports from schools.”"
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.
UPDATED CONCUSSION VIDEO/AUDIO RESOURCES AVAILABLE - We have added b-roll of students taking concussion baseline testing to our video clips of concussion related content. We have available online a variety of video and audio clips related to the MHSAA's work with concussions; including interview clips with Jack Roberts and b-roll of the training sessions which took place in the MHSAA Office for schools participating in two pilot programs the Association is conducting.
Sports directors might wish to make their news counterparts aware of these resources, since many outlets prefer to cover this topic as a news item.
You can get to those to those resources by Clicking Here.
Your can get to a release on the MHSAA's concussion efforts by Clicking Here.
AUDIO PSA'S NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE - We have posted a number of fresh audio public service announcements online for radio stations/web audio outlets to download. Included are:
- Audio files in MP3 format on the following: Benefits of Multi-Sport Participation, Sportsmanship, Value of School Sports,Officials Recruitment, MHSAA Second Half, MHSAA School Broadcast Program, SaferThanEver.org, and This Week In High School Sports.
- A set of scripts to be read on-air during breaks in the action while broadcasting games.
We will be sending out a separate release with individual links, but you can access the entire page of downloads by Clicking Here.
Coming soon will be video files in H.264 format, 1920x1080 suitable for broadcast about the Safer Than ever campaign, officials receuitment, and the annual Student-Athlete Belief Statement, featuring the MHSAA's Student Advisory council.
All files will be posted online when ready, and disks will be sent when the complete series is finished.
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