Sportsmanship is an important part of educational athletics, and student cheering sections can be a key factor in creating a festive high school event. The MHSAA Student Advisory Council wants to see your student section in action, and see how you contribute to a fun and positive experience. The MHSAA Battle of the Fans competition will let us all see who has the top student cheering section in Michigan.
Send us videos of your student section making noise on game night. We want to see videos that reflect enthusiasm and togetherness within cheering sections. We want to witness cheers that pump up the atmosphere without disrespecting all involved in the sporting event. We want to see a mixture of school spirit and positivity within student cheering squads.
Anyone can create the Battle of the Fans video: student section leaders, members of the video production class, yearbook staff, student council or anyone else. We think, though, the best videos will probably use teamwork from the entire student body.
Here’s more about the competition…
Positive sportsmanship, student body participation, school spirit, originality of cheers, organization of the group, student section leadership, and overall impression / FUN
VIDEO CONTENT & LENGTH
Videos should be between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long, and each video should contain two components. First, you must include at least 30 seconds of a student (or students) explaining how your student section embodies the elements listed in the judging criteria and why your school should be named as the top student section in the state. Second, you must include at least 60 seconds of your student section in action. Show us how loud, organized, positive, and original you can be. And don’t forget, sportsmanship is a key component to having one of the top student groups in Michigan.
HOW TO ENTER
Upload your video to YouTube, and then email the link to BOTF@mhsaa.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos must be submitted no later than noon on January 12, 2019. The MHSAA will create a YouTube playlist highlighting all of the videos.
SEMIFINALISTS & CHALLENGES
ONCE AGAIN IN 2018-19: After all videos have been posted the MHSAA Student Advisory Council will choose nine Semifinalists. The semifinalists will be asked to complete 10 social media challenges from a list of 20 found on MHSAA.com. Schools will have approximately two weeks to complete the challenges, and then send the MHSAA an email listing links documenting the completion of the challenge.
The MHSAA Student Advisory Council will choose the three Finalists (Jan. 28) based on the initial application and the completion of the social media challenges.
DETERMINING A WINNER
Members of the Student Advisory Council and MHSAA staff will visit all Finalists on a home game night. We’ll shoot and edit our own video to document our experience at your school. We'll also meet with the school's student leaders and write stories about our experiences. The videos and stories can be found on the MHSAA's Second Half website, and we'll also tweet the links and post to Facebook for other students to see.
The MHSAA Student Advisory Council will determine a winner based on the application, the challenges and the visit using the judging criteria listed above. It will also conduct a vote using a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Likes, Shares and RTs to help in its decision making. Council members will not be use the actual number of “votes”, rather it will use the number of votes in comparison to the size of the school; 500 votes from a school with 1,000 students is better than 500 votes from a school with 2,000 students.
BOTF VIII CHAMPION
The winner will be announced Feb. 22. The winner and two other finalists will be invited to the Division 2 Boys Basketball Semifinals at the Breslin Center on March 15 to be recognized with the winner to receive a championship banner. We will also play a compilation of all three finalist videos on the Breslin Center HD scoreboard during the Boys Basketball Finals in March.
Jan 12 (noon) – Video submission deadline
Jan 14 – Semifinalists announced
Jan 14-26 – Social Media Challenge period
Jan 28-Feb 15 – MHSAA/SAC site visits
Feb 22 – Announce BOTF VII Winner
Mar 15 – Winning school recognized at Breslin Center
Even if you don’t think you can win or if you have only a few seconds of video, we’d love to see your student section in action! We want everyone to have fun with this contest!