AND WE'RE BACK - We may be a few weeks away from the beginning of MHSAA spring tournament action, but there's lots of activity in the Association this week. The 37th Annual Officials Award & Alumni Banquet is Saturday (April 30) in Lansing; and the spring meeting of the MHSAA Representative Council takes place Monday and Tuesday (May 1-2).
A full release on the Official's Banquet Saturday can be found by Clicking Here. Included is a list of officials being honored for 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years of service to high school sports, and information about Marshall's Linda Hoover being named the 2016 recipient of the Vern Norris Award.
JUST ANOTHER REASON TO CALL AHEAD WHEN COVERING GAMES - By National Federation rules, a photographer's box may be marked off on baseball and softball fields for working media to use during games. However, if there is no box on the field when the game begins, all photographers must shoot from outside the the fence line. In other words, if you're expecting a box to be at a site, then call in advance and request that the host administration consider marking one off. The final decision about putting a box down and its location is made by the host site.
REQUESTING PASSES FOR MHSAA TOURNAMENTS - We will again be accepting applications for MHSAA Tournament Media Passes in April. The form can be found on the Credentials 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 blog entries from last week:
- Political Fallout - "But now I read that the lack of decorum in this year’s presidential campaign has infected conduct at school sports events in at least three states, two of which border Michigan. Student spectators would not shout chants about building walls to keep immigrants out of America if politicians had not created such slogans and campaigned on such themes."
- Secret Sauce - "School sports is a team sport. It’s adults working together to allow students to learn and grow in a variety of activities. It’s placing adolescents’ needs above adults’ desires, which might be the secret sauce in promoting multi-sport participation."
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.
BE THE REFEREE - Our weekly series of insights into the fine art of officiating with MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl continues through the end of the spring sports season. Each message is 60 seconds in length, perfect for radio stations and online audio outlets to use in their daily programming as a public service message to help educate listeners about officiating, and a text accompanies each week's program for use in print. Here is this week's Be The Referee:
You can follow Be The Referee through the officials page of the MHSAA Website, or go directly to the current archives 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