THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!! - Another year of high school sports activity concludes this week with MHSAA Finals in Baseball, Softball and L.P. Girls Soccer.
Track all the action from the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website.
This weekend’s Baseball-Softball Semifinals and Finals and the Girls Soccer Finals will all have live streaming video at MHSAA.tv. A pass to watch all the action is just $9.95. The Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Soccer games will also have live streaming audio at MHSAANetwork.com. There is no charge for the audio streams. Radio stations wishing to air the audio streams should contact the MHSAA Office for broadcast logs.
MULTI-MEDIA REGULATIONS – Here’s the shorthand version of regulations for media outlets wishing to broadcast events in their entirety or posting highlights of games, regardless of the platform – over-the-air radio/television, cable/satellite television, internet – including social media (Facebook-Twitter-Periscope, etc.); and still image use.
- Audio: If you’re broadcasting a game in its entirety, you must apply for rights through the MHSAA Office – even if the event is at the site of a school you’ve been covering all year. Updates of games inserted into broadcasts do not require an application, but cannot include any live description of the action taking place.
- Video: If you’re using more than three minutes of game action, you must submit a broadcast application and pay the applicable rights fee. There are no restrictions on interviews. All game footage must be delayed – nothing live at any time. Any standups, interviews, etc., before a game, at halftime, or post-game can be live. The three-minute restriction applies to dual competition (i.e. a lacrosse game, baseball, softball, soccer). For other sports (individual track, tennis, golf), up to 20 minutes of game action is allowed daily on a delayed basis from a site.
- Still Images: A media outlet may use still images created at tournaments for purposes consistent with its normal publication/business functions. Media outlets must have an agreement with its freelance photographers where the outlet retains all rights; and which does not allow for the selling of images beyond the outlet’s normal policies.
These terms and conditions which all outlets must agree to when applying for and using MHSAA Tournament Credentials can be found on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website.
SPRING TOURNAMENT CREDENTIALS - Application forms become available after the Regional round of play is completed in a tournament. Confirmations are not sent until after the application period is over.
You can get to those forms from the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website.
Please remember that Spring tournament finals do not require that you fill out a form unless you're sending someone who does not already have a Tournament Media Credential for this current school year.
This week, the deadline for applying for Baseball-Softball Finals Credentials is Wednesday (June 13), at 4 p.m. The deadline for applying for Girls Soccer Finals Credentials is Thursday (June 14) at 4 p.m.
PHOTO BOX FOR BASEBALL-SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTS – For MHSAA Tournaments, sites have been asked to mark photographer’s boxes on their Baseball and Softball fields, or provide some kind of accommodation to assist with your coverage. However, once play at a site begins, if no box has been placed down, the site will play without a photographer’s box for the entire day. If you have a photographer at a site where no box or other accommodation has been provided, please report that to our office.
MEDIA ALERT FOR BASEBALL-SOFTBALL FINALS - This is not a change, but a reminder that credentialed media are not allowed on the playing surface at Michigan State University for the Baseball-Softball Finals. There are photography wells on both fields to shoot from. Media are not allowed on the field at game's end to rush team celebrations for photos or to interview coaches and players. Coaches and players will be brought to designated locations after each game for interviews.
For Saturday's Finals - all interviews will take place in the awards area near the soccer stadium at Old College Field. Do not stop players and coaches while they are enroute to this area. For the fourth game, interviews will be allowed on the respective playing fields for a limited time after the awards ceremony.
Weather conditions permitting, the Baseball press box will be open until 9 p.m. each day. Media filing Softball content may be directed to finish their work at the Baseball press box.
IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING – Football practice for the 2018 season will commence on August 6, and all other Fall sports can begin practice on August 8. Golf and Tennis can begin competition on August 15; followed by Cross Country, Volleyball and L.P. Boys Soccer on August 17; and varsity Football games can be played beginning August 23.
FOOTBALL SCHEDULES UP – If you wish to look at Football schedules for the Fall, you have these options:
- Go to the Scores & Schedules page of our website and search by school, conference or date.
- Go to any individual school’s page, and click on the blue box next to Football on the nav bar on the left side of the page. You can look at the upcoming season, and past seasons back to 2009.
And IF a school has input other sports, you can look for those schedules the same way.
MEDIA PASSES FOR 18-19 – We will start working on Tournament Media Passes for the 2018-19 school year in early July. Watch for an email for instructions about renewing passes and updating our media directory.
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 a couple of Jack’s most recent entries:
Leadership Impressions #1 (The Double Win) – “I have tried to treat the staff I’ve hired at the Michigan High School Athletic Association the way I wanted to be treated as a staff member before I came to the MHSAA as executive director. I wanted to be given a job and be allowed to run with it, without interference.”
Sweating the Small Stuff - #3 – “There can be paralysis in analysis; but when we are dealing with more than 600 high school programs and a physically demanding sport with fewer regular-season contests permitted than in any other sport, one cannot be too careful. Eliminating one of just nine regular-season games? Increasing first-round tournament mismatches? Disadvantaging larger schools locked in leagues or areas of the state where smaller schools predominate? These are not minor matters. And until there are sensible answers, these are not trivial questions.”
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.
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:
Credentials For Finals Events
General Media Information
Tournament Information For Media
Finals Press Notes
Scores & Schedules
Second Half-The Stories Behind The Scores
MultiMedia (Broadcast) Regulations & Forms
Public Service Announcement Scripts & Downloads
MHSAA Graphics (Logos & Staff Photos)
MHSAA.TV Website (Video)
MHSAA Network Website (Audio)
Jack Roberts' Blog
This Week In High School Sports - Weekly Audio Podcast
Sports Participation Listing
MHSAA Network Information
Additional Media Resources (Images & Videos)
MHSAA Facebook Page
MHSAA On Twitter
MHSAA YouTube Channel
Geoff Kimmerly, MHSAA Media & Content Coordinator
John Johnson, MHSAA Director of Broadcast Properties