FOOTBALL FINALS DEADLINES IS 4 P.M. MONDAY - The deadline for applying for credentials for the MHSAA Eleven-Player Football Finals is MONDAY (NOV. 23) at 4 p.m. All outlet must apply. If you already have MHSAA Tournament Media Passes for 2015-16, we need to know who's coming for planning purposes - you can use your pass for entrance at Executive Gate a. If you need to order an Event Pass for someone who does not have the annual pass - we need to be able to ship via UPS your passes to arrive by Wednesday. THERE IS NO MEDIA WILL CALL AT FORD FIELD!
Additionally, all passes will be checked at the gate upon each entry, Please wear your own pass or you will not be admitted to the building. Event Pass holders will be required to present picture ID.
Audio broadcast outlets must also submit their Broadcast Applications and Credential Applications by 4 p.m. Monday so arrangements for phone lines and seating can be made with Ford Field
To go to the Credential page of the MHSAA Website - Click Here.
THE ROAD TO FORD FIELD ENDS - The 41st MHSAA Football Playoffs, presented by the Michigan Army National Guard, conclude this week with the Finals at Ford Field Friday and Saturday (Nov. 27-28). Visit the Football page of the MHSAA Website to check on pairings.
Media tournament information for all sports can be found by - Clicking Here.
Finals Press Notes in all sports can be found by - Clicking Here.
FOOTBALL FINALS INFORMATION FOR BROADCASTERS - Audio broadcast outlets must submit their applications for Ford Field by 4 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 23), so that arrangements can be made for booth space and telephone lines. MHSAA Network affiliates are reminded that their phone lines are free as a benefit of joining the Network. All other outlets must pay a $100 phone line fee by credit card to the MHSAA by the deadline.
In addition to filing the normal Broadcast Application, audio outlets must file a credentials form for Ford Field. Outlets will be allowed 3 credentials for the games at Ford Field.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - This week's edition of This Week In High School Sports will feature the Girls Volleyball Finals from last weekend; pass out two Game Balls; discuss officials communication on Be The Referee, and finish with an MHSAA Perspective on the right things to be thankful for this weekend. This Week In High School Sports can generally be downloaded from the home page of the MHSAA Website by Tuesday morning each week.
BE THE REFEREE - 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. This week's edition is about officials communication.
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 posts from last week:
Respecting Rules - "For nearly a full century, the high schools of Michigan have stood in opposition to national high school athletic championships. As they existed in the early years of school sports, and even today, such events have very often exploited students and benefitted commercial sponsors most. Such events are beyond the limited resources of most local schools; and allowing one school to participate tends to require other schools to go to the same extremes to remain competitive, creating the kind of arms war in school sports that now drives college sports further and further from their academic mission."
Ideas, Not Events - "In any event, what I would like to see from MHSAA sport committees is less talk about events of the past and more time discussing ideas for the future. Less time on MHSAA tournament details and more time on the sport itself, and particularly on ideas that will make the sport not just safer, but also healthier for participants with respect to its demands in-season and out."
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.
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