Congrats to Traverse City West HS, BOTF X Champion!
Few have studied up for the MHSAA’s Battle of the Fans as much as Traverse City West senior Patrick Guiney did before the start of this year’s BOTF X competition. He watched all of the finalists’ videos from the first nine years, and many of the semifinalists’ as well, diving in to uncover the best strategies to help he and his classmates deliver the Bleacher Creatures their second BOTF championship.
Of course, he watched all of Traverse City West’s past videos too, trying to see if those past sections had done something well that the current Creatures should incorporate this year, and to figure out where those past sections may have fallen short.
But watching all of those schools, his and others, also left a pretty significant impression about what BOTF, and more generally student sections, should be about.
Support Your 2022 #BOTF Finalists
Now that MHSAA staff have completed their visits to all three Battle of The Fans Contest Finalists, it’s time to engage communities in a final show of support. Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15, fans can cast votes for their favorite BOTF Finalist in one (or all) of the six following ways:
- RETWEET and LIKE the corresponding tweet from the MHSAA Twitter account.
- LIKE the corresponding photo via the MHSAA Instagram account.
- LIKE the corresponding photo via the MHSAA Facebook Page.
- SHARE the photo on your own Facebook Timeline.
- Like the vote video on the MHSAA Tik Tok Page.
- SHARE the vote video on the MHSAA Tik Tok Page.
Likes, shares, and RTs will be tallied for each Finalist when the vote concludes at 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 17. The MHSAA Student Advisory Council will consider social media activity when selecting the eventual Battle of The Fans Champion for 2022. The winner will be announced Friday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m.
Best of luck to all three of our Finalists!
#BOTF X: Meet the Finalists
Two past champions and a first-time applicant have earned opportunities to vie for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s “Battle of the Fans X” championship recognizing the top high school student cheering section in Michigan, as awarded by the MHSAA’s Student Advisory Council.
Buchanan, Midland Dow and Traverse City West were selected as finalists by the Advisory Council from a group of nine semifinalists that took part in a series of challenges highlighting their sections over the last two weeks.
2022 BOTF SCHEDULE
Battle of the Fans X (2021-22)
The Battle of the Fans is back for the tenth year, and is ready to highlight the best student cheering sections across Michigan. To get involved in the contest, follow these steps before the Jan. 8 (noon) deadline.
- FILM YOUR STUDENTS. Get your phone or video camera and film your student section in action on a game night. You can also use footage previously shot this fall.
- POST TO TIK TOK. Edit your video to no more than 3 minutes, and post to Tik Tok. The deadline is Saturday, Jan. 8 at noon. Remember: you must include at least 30 seconds of discussion about why your school should be named the winner.
- TAG ON TIK TOK, and MESSAGE or EMAIL US YOUR LINK. Tag us on your Tik Tok video (@mhsaasports), and then Message us on Tik Tok or email the link to [email protected] so we can verify your entry. We will add all of the application videos to the @mhsaasports account.
- SEMIFINALS: Nine schools will be selected as semifinalists, 3 each from Class A, Class B and Class C/D. Semifinalists will need to complete a series of BOTF Social Media Challenges over a two-week time span.
- FINAL JUDGING. Three finalists will be chosen, and the MHSAA team will visit each school on a game night. The winner will be announced on Feb. 18.
- #MHSAABOTF2022. Use the hashtag #MHSAABOTF2022 in your application caption, and whenever you have a great student section idea or when you see an act of great sportsmanship.
Battle of the Fans Overview
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 no more than 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, include clips 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
Post your video on Tik Tok and tag @mhsaasports. Also add the #MHSAABOTF2022 hashtag. Then Messshare the video with @mhsaasports. Then Message us on Tik Tok or email the link to BOTF@mhsaa,com so we can verify your entry. Videos must be submitted no later than noon on January 8, 2022. The MHSAA will save all videos and post to the @mhsaasports Tik Tok account.
SEMIFINALISTS & CHALLENGES
After all videos have been posted the MHSAA Student Advisory Council will choose nine Semifinalists. The semifinalists will be asked to complete at least five social media challenges from a list of 20 that will be posted on MHSAA.com. Schools will have approximately two weeks to complete the challenges, and then compile video footage of those challenges and post a second Tik Tok video of NO MORE THAN THREE MINUTES.
The MHSAA Student Advisory Council will choose the three Finalists (Jan. 24) based on the initial application and the completion of the challenges.
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 push to the MHSAA's Tik Tok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts for others to see.
DETERMINING A WINNER
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 Tik Tok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook 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 X CHAMPION
The winner will be announced Feb. 18. The winner and two other finalists will be invited to the Division 2 Boys Basketball Semifinals at the Breslin Center on March 25 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 8 (noon) – Video submission deadline
Jan 10 – Semifinalists announced
Jan 10-22 – Social Media Challenge period
Jan 24 - Finalists announced
Jan 28-Feb 12 – MHSAA/SAC Finalist site visits
Feb 18 – Announce BOTF X Winner
Mar 25 – Winning school and Finalists 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!
From the Student Advisory Council
4 Simple Guidelines for a Great Student Section
- Focus on your school. Encourage and direct comments to your team only. Don’t target individuals on the opposing team. Be loud, and be your team’s “6th man”.
- Promote a positive atmosphere. Cheers should uplift the crowd and get everyone involved. Be aware that children and parents are there, too.
- Get organized. Select a group of leaders. Promote the togetherness of the entire student body. Organize theme nights. Develop your own original cheers.
- HAVE FUN!
BOTF Contest Information
2020 Buchanan: Story | Video | App
2019 North Muskegon: Story | Video | App
2018 Buchanan: Story | Video | App
2017 Frankenmuth: Story | Video | App
2016 TC West: Story | Video | App
2015 Dowagiac: Story | Video | App
2014 Beaverton: Story | Video | App
2013 Buchanan: Story | Video | App
2012 Frankenmuth: Story | Video | App
Midland Dow: Story | Video | Tik Tok
Buchanan: Story | Video | Tik Tok
Traverse City West: Story | Video | Tik Tok
2nd Round Challenges (PDF)
#MHSAABOTF2022 on Tik Tok
BOTF X Official Rules (PDF)
Semifinalists Press Release
Official Press Release
Semifinalist Application Videos:
Traverse City West