IT'S A MARCHING MARCHINE!- We start marching on the basketball court this week with District play in the MHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament - with games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Feb. 27-March 1 & 3) this week. Ice Hockey begins its Regional phase of competition this week; the Diving Qualifications for the Lower Peninsula Boys Finals will take place on Thursday (March 2); and Regional in Girls Gymnastics are Saturday (March 4).
Finals this week take place in Skiing on Monday (Feb. 27); Individual Wrestling goes Thursday through Saturday); and the Bowling and Girls Competitive Cheer Finals are Friday and Saturday. Follow all the wrestling action on TrackWrestling and the live video streaming on MHSAA.tv. The Cheer Finals will also be on be live on MHSAA.tv.
Next Monday (March 6), Boys Basketball Districts will begin. Interactive brackets are now available for Boys and Girls Basketball on their respective pages on the MHSAA Website. Pairings in Ice Hockey in many Regionals are now available on that page of the website. Pairings in Individual Wrestling can be accessed off the Wrestling page.
MEDIA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE - Our winter 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.
APPLYING FOR FINALS CREDENTIALS - We are finished processing Tournament Media Passes until after winter tournaments. You may apply for Finals passes on a per event basis on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website. For rounds prior to the Semifinals and Finals in most sports - please contact the site host.
Be advised that credential applications do no open for Final events until after the Regional round of activity is completed. We are currently accepting applications for media credentials for Individual Wrestling (Deadline is Monday (Feb. 27) at 4 p.m. We will begin accepting applications for Ice Hockey and L.P. Boys Swimming & Diving at the end of this week.
Please apply only for members of your staff or for individuals you have been previously using throughout the season for Finals passes - especially in Wrestling. We check all applications against the team rosters and lists of individual qualifiers, and reserve the right to deny any request.
Remember for Girls Competitive Cheer, L.P. Boys Swimming & Diving and Ice Hockey - you only need to submit an application for people who do not have Tournament Media Passes and need to pick up a pass for the event at the site.
For Individual Wrestling, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball - you must apply to tell us who is coming that already has a Tournament Media Pass and to tell us who we need to make out event passes for to pick up at Will Call.
BROADCASTERS MAY BEGIN APPLYING FOR BASKETBALL DISTRICTS - Applications are now open to audio and video broadcasters covering District tournaments in Basketball.
Please do not apply for future rounds on speculation that your team will advance beyond Districts.
Video broadcasters are advised that only District and Regional games are available this year, as the NFHS Network and MHSAA.tv will be live streaming all 16 Quarterfinal and 8 Semifinal games in each gender.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - This Week In High School Sports is available for download from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website every Tuesday by Noon.
BE THE REFEREE - 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 by Noon from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website.
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:
Inclusion - "School sports enjoyed its highest public profile in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This was before competition from televised college and professional sports and proliferation of youth sports programs and myriad entertainment alternatives. But school sports has its greatest reach today. This is the era of inclusion."
Transfer Impasse - "Transfers by students for athletic reasons is a chronic, nationwide, reputation-damaging nuisance for high school sports."
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