MORE SPRINGING THAN THE LAW ALLOWS - This is the busiest week of the entire school year for MHSAA Tournament action, as approximately 30,000 student-athletes will take part in post-season play in every spring sport.
Here's the schedule, by sport, for the week:
- Baseball & Softball - District Semifinals on Tuesday (May 30), Finals Friday or Saturday (June 2 or 3)
- L.P. Boys Golf - Districts may be played Wednesday (May 31), Thursday (June 1), Friday or Saturday
- U.P. Boys & Girls Golf - Finals may be played Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
- Boys Lacrosse - Regional Finals Tuesday or Wednesday, Quarterfinals Friday or Saturday
- Girls Lacrosse - Regional Semifinals Tuesday or Wednesday, Regional Finals Friday or Saturday
- L.P. Girls Soccer - District play begins Tuesday and runs throughout the week
- L.P. Girls Tennis - Finals Friday and Saturday
- U.P. Boys Tennis - Finals on Wednesday
- Track & Field - Finals Saturday at four Lower Peninsula locations in Grand Rapids; U.P. Finals at Kingsford
You can track everything from the Sports page of the MHSAA Website.
Interactive pairings are available in Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, Soccer and Softball. PDF brackets only are available for Boys Lacrosse. Track qualifiers are now available.
TRACK FINALS CREDENTIALS - The application for this event can be found on the Credentials page. A reminder that you only need to apply for those people who do not have MHSAA Tournament Media Passes. The deadline for applying is 4 p.m. on WEDNESDAY.
TRACK FINALS LIVE ON MHSAA.TV - This is the first of three straight weekends of Spring tournament action on MHSAA.tv. The Track & Field Finals in both peninsula will have live coverage of all running Preliminaries and Finals, beginning at 10 a.m. A $9.95 subscription allows for 30 days of viewing live content. Other events to be covered this Spring at the Lacrosse Finals on June 10, the Baseball-Softball Semifinals and Finals on June 15-17, and the L.P. Girls Soccer Finals on June 16-17. No other coverage is planned, but MHSAA members participating in the School Broadcast Program may originate live events taking place on their respective campuses. Check the MHSAA.tv website daily for schedule updates.
TRACK FINALS AGATE - Agate results from Saturday's Track & Field Finals will be provided for Upper Peninsula media outlets only, since the newspapers there expressed a desire for it and a promise to run most - if not all - of the content in its next print editions. Those results will likely be available by 9 p.m. and be emailed to all U.P. media outlets, as well as posted on the MHSAA Website.
For the Lower Peninsula Finals, column style results will be posted to the MHSAA Website between 7 and 8 p.m.
Live results will be available throughout the day in both peninsulas from the Track FInals Qualifiers page of the MHSAA Website.
BROADCASTING REMINDERS - Any media outlet wishing to broadcast an upcoming MHSAA Tournament contest must apply for the rights in advance. This includes any live and on-demand radio or audio internet streams; and any cable television delayed or video on-demand internet streams.
No matter how you slice it, the transmission/distribution of an athletic event - whether by streaming, over-the-air broadcast, cable, etc. - is still subject to MHSAA rules. Just a few reminders as we approach the tournament season:
- For regular-season events, live and on-demand audio is OK. On-demand video is OK, but schools are prohibited by MHSAA HANDBOOK regulations from appearing on a game which has live video being broadcast on any platform - including social media. There is an exception for schools doing such productions on their own, which must be arranged for in advance through the MHSAA Office.
- For MHSAA post-season tournament events, applications to secure broadcast rights must be submitted, paid for and approved by the MHSAA Office in advance. Requests may be submitted to broadcast audio on a live or on-demand basis; and requests may be submitted for on-demand video of any event not being produced by the NFHS Network or FOX Sports Detroit. Regardless of the platform being used - streaming, over-the-air broadcast, cable, etc. - and whether it's on a media outlet's website or through its social media presence - the rights must be secured in advance. The same rules apply to individuals as well.
MEDIA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AVAILABLE NOW - Our spring collection of media tournament information is now available on the Media Tournament Information Page of the MHSAA Website.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME OUR TEAM GOT TO THE FINALS? - We've got your answer online. Go to the Finals Press Notes page of the MHSAA Website. Scroll to the bottom of that page to find links to the Final Round histories in most dual activity sports.
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:
Tournament Divisions - "The objection of smaller schools to the equal divisions format in these sports has diminished over time as the Class D enrollment range has shrunk. If the change to equal divisions had occurred for 2017-18, the change would be from a Class D maximum of 203 students to a Division 4 maximum of 216 in girls volleyball, 212 in girls basketball and just 208 in boys basketball."
Membership Renewal - "Each school district that wishes one or more schools to participate in MHSAA tournaments and benefit from MHSAA services must schedule on its board of education agenda the adoption of the MHSAA Membership Resolution."
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.
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