FIRST UPDATE MEETINGS THIS WEEK - The annual series of MHSAA UPDATE Meetings begin next week. MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts visits with school administrators at these meetings on a variety of topics. Media are welcome to attend - advance registration is required at email@example.com. A complete release can be viewed by Clicking Here.
Here's the schedule: Sept. 20 - Kalamazoo; Sept. 25 - Warren; Sept. 27 - Frankenmuth; Oct. 2 - Comstock Park; Oct. 9 - Gaylord; Oct. 11 - Lansing; Oct. 27 - Marquette. All Lower Peninsula meetings begin at Noon and include lunch. The Marquette meeting begins at 10 a.m., and no meal is served.
SECOND BATCH OF TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES IN MAIL – The second batch of Tournament Media Passes will be in the mail this week.
From this point forward, passes will be processed through the MHSAA Office as they are received. Allow 2 weeks for delivery. We will not be sending out any more reminders.
We will process passes until Week Nine of the Football season. We’ll reopen the process December 1.
THIS WEEK’S TROPHY GAMES – There are seven traveling trophy games on our Football schedule this week:
Backyard Brawl – Dundee v. Ida
Blood, Sweat & Tears Jug – Hart v. Shelby
Red, White & Blue Bell – Whitehall v. Montague
Skipper’s Oar – Waterford Kettering v. Waterford Mott
Victory Bell – Reading v. Quincy
We’ve got a list of over 100 football trophy games on our list, about two-thirds we believe to be active. We’re always on the lookout for more, and on the lookout for photos of the trophies. Contact us if you have any information about an award you can share with us.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS & BE THE REFEREE – MHSAA Network audio programming is available each Tuesday. This Week In High School Sports and Be The Referee are generally available by Noon on Tuesday each week, and can be downloaded or listened to on the home page of the MHSAA Website. Both programs are also available on the MHSAA Radio Network Website – MHSAANetwork.com.
MHSAA ON STATE CHAMPS! SPORTS NETWORK – After a year’s absence, a weekly statewide high school Football highlights show returns for cable television viewers each Saturday, on the State Champs! Sports Network’s new program – State Champs! Extra Point - powered by the MHSAA – which will debut each week at 10 a.m. on FOX Sports Detroit with reairs throughout the weekend.
MHSAA Extra Point will feature highlights of upwards of 15 games each week, including contests produced by participants in the School Broadcast Program. A complete release will be issued each week.
The MHSAA will also have a weekly presence on the award-winning State Champs! High School Sports Show, which premiers each week at 9 a.m. Sundays on FOX Sports Detroit and reairs throughout the week. The MHSAA Minute feature this week will feature the Check In Champ.
The MHSAA is working with the State Champs! Sports Network on its weekly Football radio show – State Champs! Scoreboard High School Football Radio Show. The show expands to a statewide network this year, featuring flagship station WXYT-FM (97.1) in Detroit, and airs from 10:30 p.m. to Midnight beginning this Friday night.
AUDIO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS AVAILABLE – A number of new audio Public Service Announcements are now available for download from the MHSAA Website. New 30-second spots have been produced on the Opportunities of Sport, Sportsmanship, Official’s Recruitment, Health & Safety; and the NFHS Series of The Story of High School Sports spots are also available. Scripts have have been posted for the fall sports season, and all of the audio spots will also be sent via snail mail to radio stations in the next few weeks.
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:
Amping Up – “The battle for the hearts and minds of youth and their parents is trending poorly. It’s time – almost past time – to employ more impressive tactics, without losing the soul of school sports . . . pure, amateur, local, educational athletics..”
Cover Story Stats - As expensive travel teams replace community leagues, more kids are getting shut out of organized sports. Some 41% of children from households earning $100,000 or more have participated in team sports, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. In households with income of $25,000 or less, participation is 19%.”
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.
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