IT’S SPRINGTIME - MHSAA Spring Tournaments begin this week. On Thursday (May 17), action begins in the Boys and Girls Lacrosse and Lower Peninsula Girls Tennis Regional Tournaments. On Friday and Saturday (May 18-19), Track & Field Regionals take place in both peninsulas.
Track all the action from the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website.
BROADCAST 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.):
- 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.
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
PHOTO BOX FOR BASEBALL-SOFTBALL – The most important note we’d like to pass on at this time of year pertains to the photographer’s box, which is allowed by national rules for Baseball and Softball.
When you plan to cover a Baseball of Softball game this spring, call the school in advance and talk with the athletic director to see if they are able to put a box down on the field for your photographer. If you just show up unannounced, it’s unlikely your request will be accommodated.
For MHSAA Tournaments, sites will be given instructions to mark photographer’s boxes on their Baseball and Softball fields, or provide some kind of accommodation to assist with your coverage.
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:
An Extraordinary Choice – “A decade and a half ago when there was a vacancy on the staff of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, my colleague Randy Allen mentioned that I should take a look at an impressive young guy from southwest Michigan. A guy I had never met, or even heard of. A 29-year-old by the name of Mark Uyl.”
It’s About The Base - “We Michiganders are sometimes criticized for our “conservative” views about the boundaries of a sensible scope for educational athletics. We come by this naturally, on the shoulders of people like Roy Kramer who, even after years in the glitz and glamour of elite college football, maintains his concern for more modest college programs as well as high school football.”
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