Media Credential Information

For Regular-Season Games

Media should always contact the host site, usually through the athletic director, in advance of attending regular-season games they wish to attend in a working capacity.  This common courtesy will better help the host AD plan for the event.

MHSAA Credentialing Protocol - Pre Finals

Media should always contact site managers in advance for all District, Regional and Quarterfinal events, and for Semifinals and Finals in events not listed on this page -- THE MHSAA OFFICE DOES NOT ISSUE THOSE CREDENTIALS.  

MHSAA Credentialing Protocol - Finals

The Credential Request Form link below will be made active as Finals events approach. In general, you may not apply for Finals credentials until after the Regional round of play is completed for a sport.

By submitting a credentials request, the requesting party agrees to all of the MHSAA Terms & Conditions for media credential usage.
All requests must be made by the Sports Editor, Sports Director, Photo Editor or Assignment Desk.
No credential requests are guaranteed. The MHSAA reserves the right to deny any request for any reason. The MHSAA does not issue credentials for freelance writers, freelance or commercial photographers, or recruiting services. The MHSAA will not honor walk-up requests for credentials at Finals venues. If your outlet already has an MHSAA Finals Pass for the 2015-16 school year, it is not necessary to apply for most events. The exceptions are Football, Individual Wrestling, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball, where all outlets must apply.

Confirmation notices are sent out after the application period for credentials closes with information about picking up passes and other notes.

ALL MEDIA - Including those with MHSAA Finals Passes - Must apply for the following events
by the Deadlines listed below:

  • 8-Player Football - Nov. 18 - 4 p.m. (4 p.m.  Wednesday the week of the Finals)
  • 11-Player Football - Nov. 23 - 4 p.m. (4 p.m. Monday the week of the Finals)
  • Individual Wrestling - Feb. 28 - 4 p.m. (4 p.m. Monday the week of the Finals)
  • Girls Basketball - March 16 - 4 p.m. (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
  • Boys Basketball - March 23 - 4 p.m. (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)


For other Finals events, holders of MHSAA Finals Passes do not need to apply.  Simply present your pass at the door as long as you are in a working capacity.  For individuals needing event passes, the application deadlines are:

Lower Peninsula Cross Country (Nov. 5 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Thursday the week of the Finals)
Boys Soccer (Nov. 5 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Thursday the week of the Finals)
Girls Volleyball (Nov. 18 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving (Nov. 18 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)

Team Dual Wrestling (Feb. 24 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
Girls Competitive Cheer (March 2 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
L.P. Boys Swimming & Diving (March 9 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
Ice Hockey (March 10 – Noon) (Noon Thursday the week of the Finals)

Track & Field (June 2 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
Girls & Boys Lacrosse (June 9 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Thursday the week of the Finals)
Baseball-Softball (June 15 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Wednesday the week of the Finals)
Girls Soccer (June 16 – 4 p.m.) (4 p.m. Thursday the week of the Finals)

For events listed below, Media should present MHSAA Finals Pass or other appropriate form of media identification when requested at each site:

Golf
Tennis
Bowling
Gymnastics 

Click on the event below for a Credential Application Form.  Links to forms will not be posted until after the Regional round of play has been completed. 

If an event is not one of the Big 5 listed above, and you already have a a 2015-16 MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for the staff member assigned to cover it, you do not need to fill out a form.

Be advised that confirmations never go out until after the application period is completed. 

If you have trouble with a form, e-mail John Johnson at the MHSAA Office - john@mhsaa.com

Credentialing for Winter tournament will open on Feb. 17.  Applications will be posted at the conclusion of Regionals in most sports.

For all other events, apply directly through the host tournament manager or present other appropriate form of media identification when requested.  Tournament site managers are under no obligation to allow access to any media party which has not made advance arrangements.

MHSAA Tournament Media Passes

The MHSAA will issue annually, Tournament Media Passes to those established media outlets which cover high school sports on a daily basis. These passes have come to be generally honored at regular-season contests, even though host sites are under no obligation to do so. It is still good form to call a site to let them know you're coming in advance - even if your site has been issued a pass from the MHSAA.

Most passes are issued at the beginning of the school year, but the MHSAA will fill requests on a per request basis throughout the year to accommodate additions to an outlet's staff.

All requests must be made by the Sports Editor, Sports Director, Photo Editor or Assignment Desk.

You can request Tournament Media Passes by completing the Media Survey form - Click Here.

NOTE - Applications are closed until April 1.

Your application is not completed until you submit a head and shoulders shot of the individual(s) a pass being being requested for. It's recommended that the image by 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels high at 200 dpi. E-mail that image as an attachment to us at media@mhsaa.com and in the Subject line put "Tournament Media Pass Image - (Name of Outlet)." For example, a submission from the Detroit Free Press would read as follows in the subject line:

Tournament Media Pass Image - Detroit Free Press

Please name the file with the First Name of the applicant, then an underscore, then the Last Name. For example:

John_Johnson.jpg

Allow at least 2 weeks for delivery.

No credential requests are guaranteed. The MHSAA reserves the right to deny any request for any reason. The MHSAA does not issue credentials for freelance writers, freelance or commercial photographers, or recruiting services. Please refer to the MultiMedia Regulations for all Terms & Conditions.