THE MARCH IS UNDERWAY - All winter sports will be into their regular-season schedules by the end of this week. Boys Basketball begins on Monday (Dec. 5), and competition in Wrestling can begin on Wednesday (Dec. 7). Winter MHSAA Tournaments begin the week of Feb. 13, 2017, with Regionals in Skiing and Districts in Wrestling; and conclude on March 25 at the Boys Basketball Finals.
BASKETBALL PHOTOGRAPHY SUBJECT TO NEW NATIONAL RULE - For the safety of players, the National Federation of State High School Associations has adopted a new national playing rule beginning this season which directs non-playing personnel to stand outside the free throw lane extended during play. The rule covers cheerleaders and photographers for the most part, and officials may now direct non-playing personnel to move from beneath the basket towards the sidelines. Please make your photographers aware of this new national playing rules.
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS PROCESSING BEGINS AGAIN - We are again accepting and processing requests for Tournament Media Passes. Contact us at email@example.com for more information. During the winter sports season, we will accept applications for new passes until Feb. 13 - the week post-season tournaments media.
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:
Guild & Guide - "In similar ways, the MHSAA must be an organization that provides opportunities for people to learn the art of athletic administration and then both points the way and steadies the step of coaches and administrators. We must help new officials get started and stay with it. We must aid and direct team captains and other student leaders."
U.P. Power - "Here the multi-sport student-athlete is not an endangered species; it's an essential fact of life. Here a school sports event draws the community together in good spirit and sportsmanship. Here is the power of school sports."
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