WE ARE UNDERWAY! - All fall sports will be in full swing by the end of this week, as Football games can be played beginning Thursday (Aug. 25). You can download the Quick Reference Calendar for the coming year by Clicking Here.
2016-17 TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS PROCESSING - About 750 passes have been sent out as of Monday (Aug. 22), and we're now compiling the second batch for the printer. Those passes in the first group were primarily renewals from last year.
We remind you that even if whenever you finally receive your passes that you always contact the host school in advance to let them know you're coming - especially if they have to make press box seating arrangements. It's not good form to simply show up, even if you have a pass; and please do not use passes from previous years to gain access to venues. Many thanks.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - The five-minute audio feature program begins a 30-week run this week. Last year, over 90 media outlets aired the program; and right now we're at about 70. For MHSAA Network affiliates, we need you to fill out the online Declaration of Clearance form immediately (and certainly no later than Sept. 9) to join the network and receive the associated rights fee waiver for broadcasting tournament games. Outlets not desiring to participate in the Network are also welcome to air This Week In High School Sports - just drop us a line at email@example.com with information about where and when folks can listen. This Week In High School Sports will be available for download from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website every Tuesday.
OFFICIALS REGISTRATION FOR 16-17 UNDERWAY - The MHSAA is now accepting registrations for game officials for the 2016-17 school year. Folks can sign up by Clicking Here.
FALL SCHEDULES - You can visit the portal page on our website for the school(s) you're interested in, or click on Scores & Schedules at the top of almost any page on our site, and use the filters to search by date, range of dates, school or conference. We do have everything broken down by week for Football on the Football Page of our website.
BE THE REFEREE IS BACK - 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.
ANNUAL REMINDER ABOUT FOOTBALL PHOTO RESTRICTIONS - A real liability issue is someone one the sidelines at a football game getting bowled over by players coming out of bounds. All media outlets are reminded that on most high school football fields there is a broken line generally two yards off the sidelines they should not cross during play. Additionally, photographers should never be inside the team bench area between the 25-yard lines. Similar protocols exist and are observed by those of you who shoot at college and pro games (where they have extra security to make sure the rule is followed) - all we're asking is that you follow the same guidelines at high school contests for your safety and the safety of the participants.
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:
Tracking Transfers - "Mishandling transfers is still the No. 1 cause of forfeitures in Michigan high school sports. Increasing mobility and the messiness of marital relations keep students on the move, and keep athletic administrators on their toes. Vetting all new students, and getting all information before the new student gets in a game, is a high priority of the full-time professional athletic administrator, and it’s not something many part-time ADs can do."
Sixth-Grade Status - "All of this is under the over-arching goal to involve more students in school-sponsored sports at younger ages, and to capture their interests and meet their needs within the philosophies of educational athletics."
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.
GO GO TROPHY GAMES!!!! - Each week during the Football season, we'll spotlight gridiron trophy games at we're aware of. We have around 60 active match-ups, and nearly 20 such games on our list that won't be played this year or that are retired rivalries. If you have such a game in your area that you'd like to share information about, pass it along to us with a photo of the trophy. The history behind the trophy is always nice to have.
From what we know, the oldest trophy active trophy games began in 1894 - Kalamazoo Central and Battle Creek Central is the oldest in-state rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains, but it's prize, The Totem Pole, disappeared years ago; and the M&M Game - Menominee and Marinette, WI, also began in 1894, and it's trophy - the Cedar Log, came along in 1948. We believe the oldest game with its original trophy still around, is the Battle for Butch between Beaverton and Gladwin. The stuffed dog on wheels was created in 1937.
Here are this week's trophy games (Click on link for artwork - all times local)
Battle of US 127 - Hudson at Addison, Thursday, 7 p.m.
David Hecht Memorial Trophy - Vassar at Millington, Thursday, 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy The D Zone)
M15 Milk Jug - Ortonville Brandon at Goodrich, Thursday, 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy The D Zone)
Border Bowl - Hurley at Ironwood, Friday, 7 p.m.
Battle for the Paddle - Midland Bullock Creek at Sanford Meridian, Friday, 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy The D Zone)
Oscar Wassberg Trophy - Negaunee at Manistique, Friday, 7 p.m.
Little Brown Jug - Brooklyn Columbia Central at Napoleon, Friday, 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy Brooklyn Exponent)
The Bull - Sparta at Fremont, Friday, 7 p.m.
Cedar Log - Menominee at Marinette, Saturday, 1 p.m.
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