LACROSSE KEEPS SPRINGING - Lacrosse Regionals continue throughout the week. Baseball, Softball and Soccer Districts begin May 30. You can track everything from the Sports page of the MHSAA Website.
Interactive pairings are available in Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, Soccer and Softball. PDF brackets only are available for Boys Lacrosse. Track qualifiers are now available.
TRACK FINALS CREDENTIALS - We will post the application form for Track & Field Finals Credentials on the Credentials page this week. A reminder that you only need to apply for those people who do not have MHSAA Tournament Media Passes. The deadline for applying is 4 p.m. on May 31.
BROADCASTING REMINDERS - Any media outlet wishing to broadcast an upcoming MHSAA Tournament contest must apply for the rights in advance. This includes any live and on-demand radio or audio internet streams; and any cable television delayed or video on-demand internet streams.
No matter how you slice it, the transmission/distribution of an athletic event - whether by streaming, over-the-air broadcast, cable, etc. - is still subject to MHSAA rules. Just a few reminders as we approach the tournament season:
- For regular-season events, live and on-demand audio is OK. On-demand video is OK, but schools are prohibited by MHSAA HANDBOOK regulations from appearing on a game which has live video being broadcast on any platform - including social media. There is an exception for schools doing such productions on their own, which must be arranged for in advance through the MHSAA Office.
- For MHSAA post-season tournament events, applications to secure broadcast rights must be submitted, paid for and approved by the MHSAA Office in advance. Requests may be submitted to broadcast audio on a live or on-demand basis; and requests may be submitted for on-demand video of any event not being produced by the NFHS Network or FOX Sports Detroit. Regardless of the platform being used - streaming, over-the-air broadcast, cable, etc. - and whether it's on a media outlet's website or through its social media presence - the rights must be secured in advance. The same rules apply to individuals as well.
MEDIA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AVAILABLE NOW - Our spring 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.
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:
Bottom Lines - "Even if calendar conflicts were not evicting the MHSAA from Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, steeply increased expenses could have the same effect."
Hurry Up & Wait - "I prepare agendas for winter meetings during the previous summer – to help us plan. I draft minutes of those meetings before they occur – a device I’ve found helps to expose gaps in preparation for those meetings. I keep an ongoing file of possible questions for future surveys. I have bulging files that will help us address important topics when interfering urgent matters get out of the way."
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